Virginia History Books

Browse selected volumes on popular topics, such as the Civil War, the American Revolution, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding counties. These titles are updated frequently, so check back often for more recommendations. Most books can be requested and checked out from your home library branch. Use the menu below to limit your search to areas that interest you.

For students wanting historical tales--true and otherwise--check out our lists of Virginia History Books for Kids.

Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

By Megan Smolenyak

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"The ground-breaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? takes seven of America's best-loved celebrities--from Lisa Kudrow to Susan Sarandon--on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are. The revelations are sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fascinating. With the Who Do You Think You Are? companion guide, you will learn how to chart your own journey into your past and discover the treasures hidden in your family tree.

"Featuring step-by-step instructions from one of America's top genealogical researchers ... covers everything a beginner needs to know to start digging into their roots, including: * Full-color profiles of the celebrities' surprising revelations * Starting the search-it's as easy as pulling out the old family photos * Census information-where to find it and how to use it * What birth, death, and marriage certificates have to tell us * How to track down immigration and military documents * The latest breakthroughs in DNA testing * The best online resources to conduct your searches, and store your newfound discoveries to share with family and save for future generations"

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Williamsburg Christmas: The Story of Christmas Decoration in the Colonial Capital

By Libbey Hodges Oliver and Mary Miley Theobald

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Illustrates the beautiful Christmas displays crafted from natural materials that are so popular in colonial Williamsburg's Christmas celebrations.

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Williamsburg's Glorious Gardens

By Roger Foley

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Over 117 pages of brilliant photos explore the glorious formal and informal gardens of Williamsburg.

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Williamsburg: Decorating with Style

By Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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"In the first decorating book from America's favorite colonial restoration, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and bestselling author Tricia Foley give hundreds of ideas for bringing the glories of 18th-century design into today's homes. 200 color photos." (Catalog summary)

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