Whether you are looking for information online or in print, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Virginiana Room at Fredericksburg Branch provides a welcoming harbor for genealogists and historians, experienced or not.

Discover your family history with help from these online resources and our friendly staff.

Starting Out

Those who are new to family research can use our online resources to begin their genealogical journey.
AncestryLibrary is a popular genealogy research database offering access to obituaries, census records, vital records, city directories, and much more.
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A Checklist for Genealogical Neophytes

Want to start researching your family history? Complete this helpful checklist before you begin!

The Virginiana Room

The Virginiana Room at Fredericksburg Branch is the place to go if you want to learn more about ancestors - especially if they lived in our part of Virginia.
People from around the country come to our library to search for their roots.
Stop by and see what we can do for you.
If you can't stop by the Virginiana Room, you can still ask us for assistance.
You might start with our obituary indexes for local newspapers, dating to 1788. Indexed obits can be found in our microfilmed copies of Fredericksburg newspapers. Look in our "family files" to see what other researchers may have found.
If your ancestor fought for Virginia units in the Revolutionary War or Civil War, this is the place to look. Early Fredericksburg city directories, lot history files and insurance maps can tell you when and where your ancestors lived in more recent times.

Online Databases for Genealogy

Genealogy in the Catalog

Local History

Local History Blogs

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