Fauquier County Public Library

Genealogy Resources I’m Thankful For

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thankfulNovember is the month in which we give thanks for the important things in our lives. So, please join me in giving thanks for these wonderful genealogy resources found at the Fauquier County Public Library.

My own family tree has no Fauquier County ancestors. However, I have spent many years assisting library patrons with their Fauquier County research. In that time, I have come to rely heavily on the library’s genealogy resources, both print and online, to help me answer these reference questions. So which Fauquier County Public Library genealogy resources am I the most thankful for? Read on to find out . . .

AncestryLibrary.com

I know, this is at the top of many people’s lists. With access to the U.S. census records, military records, vital records from all over the world, and much more, AncestryLibrary is a good place to start your genealogy research. It’s also something I use often for my own personal genealogy research. AncestryLibrary is available to use from any library computer at any Fauquier County Public Library branch.

Indexes to Fauquier County vital records

I am so grateful to the many persons who have indexed the Fauquier County vital records–births, deaths and marriages. Here are just a few of the many printed indexes we have for these records:
Fauquier County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds: 1759-1854 and Marriage Returns: 1785-1848 by John K. Gott
Fauquier County, Virginia, Marriages, abstracted and compiled by Dee Ann Buck, covering the years 1854-1896
Fauquier County, Virginia, Birth Register, 1853-1896 by Patricia B. Duncan
Fauquier County, Virginia, Death Register, 1853-1896 by Patricia B. Duncan

Other resources I’m thankful for are the indexes to Fauquier County wills, deeds, and minute books

Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia: Wills, Inventories & Accounts by Dee Ann Buck, covering the years 1759-1865
Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia: Deed Books 1759-1866 by Dee Ann Buck
Fauquier County, Virginia Minute Books Abstracts by Ruth & Sam Sparacio.  These abstracts cover the years 1759-1790, and were published in 22 volumes. Each volume has an index.

I am also thankful that we have all of the above-mentioned records on microfilm, and a new microfilm reader/scanner to view, scan, and print them!

Newspaper indexes

Many hours have been spent indexing the vital records (births, deaths, marriages) and other news items from our local newspapers. We have printed indexes to:
Miscellaneous Fauquier County newspapers published from 1817-1832.  Some of the titles include the “Warrenton Virginian,” “The Flag of ’98,” “The Jeffersonian,” and “The Remington Press.”
The “True Index” newspaper, which began publication in 1865. Unfortunately, not all of the issues have survived; the indexes cover the issues that do survive.

Over the last several years, library staff and volunteers have worked on indexing the births, deaths, and marriage information from the issues of the “Fauquier Democrat” newspaper (now the “Fauquier Times”) found on microfilm in the library’s Virginiana Room. You can search the index from 1905-1967 here.

There are many, many other genealogy resources at the library that I am thankful for, but I’ll stop with these for now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

∼ Vicky, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

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