Genealogy & Local History

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The Staunton Public Library can help you in your search with numerous online and in-Library resources. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Staunton Public Library is a FamilySearch affiliated Library, with in-house access to some digitized resources. 

Researching at the Library

We offer the following resources at the Library for your genealogical research:

Researching Around Staunton

Download the guide to local genealogical research.

Researching Local History & Families

Online Genealogical Resources

  • Ancestry Library Edition (accessible at the Library only)
  • Ancestry for Virginians (accessible from home). The Library of Virginia is pleased to provide Virginians free public access to select content from Ancestry.com. PLEASE NOTE: These records do not include the entirety of Ancestry.com's Virginia-related content. 
  • Fold 3: Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
  • Heritage Quest: A collection of genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials. Available through the Library of Virginia . How to get a LVA library card.
  • Chronicling America: Access to and information about many American newspapers.
  • Cyndi’s List: More than 180,000 categorized and cross-referenced links to websites with genealogical information on the web. Includes lists of sources geared specifically for beginners.
  • The DAR Genealogical Research System: A combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the Daughters of the American Revolution has collected since its inception in 1890.
  • Ellis Island Immigration Records: Search passenger records for ships that landed at Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. Castle Garden, also in New York harbor, was the official immigration center from 1855 to 1890.
  • FamilySearch.org: The Internet Genealogy Service of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the largest genealogy organization in the world.
  • RootsWeb: Known as the oldest and largest free genealogy website. See who is looking for the same surnames as you.
  • Social Security Death Index: A listing of persons who had a Social Security number and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration. Available online from a variety of commercial services.
  • USGenWeb Project: Links to state and county genealogy sources organized by volunteers working to provide for genealogical research in every county in the U.S.