Compatriots, for those of you with Virginia roots, the NEHGS has this notice that might be of interest to you or anyone you know who is researching for Virginia ancestors:
Research Recommendations: Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia (LVA) was founded by the General Assembly in 1823 to manage the books and official records of the Commonwealth dating back to the early colonial period. The library was housed in the Capitol in Richmond until a new library and office building was constructed in 1895. In 1940 it outgrew this space and moved to a new building adjacent to City Hall. In 1997 the library moved to its current six-story building. The library has always worked diligently to provide access to the materials in its collections, and has taken advantage of recent technological developments, such as the internet, to make it easier to access information.
The LVA website includes a sophisticated search page that allows you to search many different catalogs at once, or limit your search to a specific area. You can also search a number of different online record collections. Among the valuable collections available are several newspaper marriage and obituary notice indexes, WPA Life Histories Collection, photograph collections, historic building surveys, and biographical sketches.
A large number of military records have been digitized, including Revolutionary War bounty warrants, land office military certificates, public service claims, and state pensions; Index to War of 1812 Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls; and World War I History Commission Questionnaires. Also available are Confederate Disability Applications and Receipts, Confederate Pensions Rolls for veterans and widows, Index to Virginia Confederate Rosters, and Index to Confederate Veteran Magazine. The pension files are filled with valuable information about births, marriages, and deaths as well as other family details. You can also find more details about an ancestor's military service as well.
LVA also operates the Virginia Memory website at www.VirginiaMemory.com . In addition to the searchable databases also available on the main LVA site, you can find general information about Virginia history, a chronology of the Commonwealth, online exhibitions from the collections, and an online classroom for use by educators.
The main LVA website is at www.lva.virginia.gov , but they have also just launched a beta version of their new website, which you can view at http://beta.lva.virginia.gov/ . If you have Virginia ancestors, LVA is a must-visit place.