Fauquier County Public Library

Virginiana Room Open House September 26

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Genealogy-Day-Family-TreeHave you ever visited the Warrenton central library, seen the sign for the Virginiana Room and wondered what they keep in there?
The Virginiana Room collection is a treasure trove for anyone interested in genealogy or local history. It is open to all researchers whenever the Warrenton library is open. Patrons must check in at the reference desk and leave a photo I.D. before entering the room. Library staff is available to introduce first-time users to the collection and to give limited assistance to researchers. Many of the books are available for checkout; others must be used in-house.

How do you leverage these resources? We will be holding a Virginiana Room Open House on Saturday, September 26, from 10 am – 2 pm, during the Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day.  Librarians will be available to provide guided tours of the room, demonstrate how to use the library’s online genealogy databases, and answer basic genealogy and local history questions.

The Virginiana room collection contains a wealth of materials on the history of Fauquier County. For a basic introduction to the county’s history, you might want to start with the books 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, Fauquier County, Virginia, 1759-1959, or Fauquier During the Proprietorship: A Chronicle of the Colonization and Organization of a Northern Neck County. There are a few histories of towns and communities in Fauquier County, including Warrenton, Virginia: A Unique History of 200 Years, Fauquier County, Virginia, 1759-1959, High in Old Virginia’s Piedmont: A History of Marshall (Formerly Salem), Fauquier County, Virginia, and Train Whistles and Hunting Horns: The History of The Plains, Virginia. There are also books on Fauquier County during the Revolutionary War and Civil War times, as well as reminiscences of people who lived in the county.

If you have Fauquier County ancestors and want to research your family history, the Virginiana Room has some county records on microfilm, including deeds, wills and marriages, starting with the county’s formation in 1759.

We hope to see you on September 26!

Vicky, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

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