One of the biggest (third largest) and fastest growing hobbies in America is genealogical research. From coast to coast, people are returning to the communities of their ancestors and pouring over old records.
In the process, people are finding out a lot about themselves and about each other....and they're also finding long-lost relatives in distant places who share much of the same ancestry.
There is so much interest in family trees that the Chamber of Commerce frequently is asked where to find genealogical resources in the South Boston area. This page lists some of the accessible resources available to both amateur and professional genealogical researchers.
Remember that some of the very best resources are the people you meet, the court clerks, librarians and others who can give you even more ideas about where to look for information... and they can often offer you clues that the written records never mention.
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Halifax County Court House
Halifax, Virginia 24558
The historical courthouse in the county seat of Halifax (formerly known as Houston) holds hundreds of thousands of documents relating to the people and the property of Halifax County, Virginia. See available resources here.
Many of these documents go back to the 18th century. There you'll find will books, deed books, and other official records and a courteous staff to help you.
For information about hours and services, call (434) 476-6211 or visit this link
If you have research requests, please write to the office at Halifax County Clerk's Office, PO Box 729, Halifax, Va 24558. Detail your request with as specific information as is possible.
South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History
1500 Wilborn Avenue
South Boston, Virginia 24592
The Museum collects, preserves and displays a variety of artifacts and historic memorabilia and houses several personal collections. In addition to what the museum has, its staff can direct you to other sources of information, including individuals who have recorded both the social and political histories of the area.
Call (434) 572-9200.
Halifax County Regional Library
South Boston Public Library
509 Broad Street
South Boston, Virginia 24595
Halifax Public Library
Halifax, Virginia 24558
With two locations, the Regional Library features hundreds of volumes of published works dealing with local and regional history, many of them written by local historians and no longer in print. Through the Virginia State Library, local library patrons can have access to the historical archives of the Commonwealth. The libraries also house several important personal collections of papers and other documents. Again, some of the most valuable resources the libraries have are the trained and helpful staff who can lead you toward more information.
See available resources here.
Church records can provide valuable information for genealogical researchers. Many area churches were founded in the early to mid-19th century and there are even some that were started in the late 1700s. In addition to information on births, deaths, and marriages, church records can provide some insight into the families who worshipped there. Some of the published church histories can be found in the local public libraries and the South Boston Historical Museum, but often the records remain unpublished and can be found only in the church archives.
Cemeteries & Graves
Some information, such as dates and names, can be gleaned from burial grounds, and the Halifax County area has many historic grave yards. While most of the recognized burial sites are adjacent to churches (such as the one at St. John's Episcopal Church in Halifax, there are several historic public cemeteries, such as Rose Garden and Oak Ridge in South Boston, and the cemeteries in Halifax and Virgilina. In addition, many private grave yards remain throughout the rural communities ( many of them in the middle of fields or in woods); of course, you must get permission from the appropriate landowners to visit such sites.
George Waldrep's meticulous catalogues of gravesites, one of the most unusual collections of information available locally, are available at both public libraries, as are other valuable resources.
There are two newspapers published regularly in South Boston: the South Boston News & Record (formerly known as the South Boston News and the Record Advertiser) and the Gazette-Virginian (formerly known as the Halifax Gazette).
The News & Record lost much of its archives in a tragic fire in the late 1970s, but it still has access to material from the late 19th century. The News & Record frequently publishes articles and features useful to genealogical pursuits.
The Gazette's roots go back almost as deep, and its archives are, more or less, intact. The newspaper occasionally re-publishes a page from one of its earlier editions.
You will have to visit each newspaper office and talk to the staff to see whether or not looking through their archives is feasible.
South Central Virginia Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 295
Charlotte Court House, Virginia, 23923
The South Central Virginia Genealogical Society, Inc. (SCVGS) began its work in August 1999. Through volunteers we are acquiring data from many different sources, such as county records, loose court house papers, and countless hours spent in cemeteries in our 13 County service area. These Counties are Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward.
Piedmont Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2272
511 Patton Street
Danville, Virginia 24541-0272
The Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society is a non-profit educational organization which was founded in 1978 to help genealogical interests in the Virginia counties of Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax and the North Carolina counties of Person, Rockingham, and Caswell.
The society maintains a collection and Search Room at the Danville Public Library and holds regular meetings. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and are allowed free queries for information.
The holdings of the Society include more than 2,000 books, early maps, microfilm, microfiche, funeral home and cemetery records, and much more.
The annual membership fee is $15. For more information, call or write the Society.
The Society also has several publications for sale on cemetery records, burial records, gravestone inscriptions, property boundaries, and Revolutionary militia.
Virginia Historical Society
The Virginia Historical Society has a search engine that allows for the search of books, manuscripts, broadsides, sheet music, maps, Confederate Imprints, newspapers, magazines, and journals. There are numerous materials helpful to genealogists such as genealogical notes and charts, family papers, Bible records, county histories, and census records.
The Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia has collections that include census records vital records, county and city records, military records, Bible records, genealogy notes and charts, published family histories, books, magazines, newspapers, state and Federal publications; maps, rare books, broadsides, sheet music, posters, prints and engravings, postcards, paintings, sculpture and photographs.
|Halifax County Genealogy:|
|The USGenWeb Project has a Web site devoted to Halifax County history and genealogy. This organization is non-profit and run completely by volunteers. The site is rich in content and contains numerous sources for researching your family history.|
| In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to
provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
In June, as the Kentucky Project was coming to completion, it was decided to create this page for all states, establishing the USGenWeb. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of county pages for a state page. If you would like to contribute your data or create a county page within a given state, please contact the person responsible for maintaining your state page.
| This site is dedicated to assisting all of those in pursuit of African American ancestry by being a central depository for African American records of historical proportion.
Organization of resources is by States and Projects/Databases. The Project Pages are databases for individuals and records pertaining to groups of people.
As limited as African American genealogical and historical resources are, it is important that those that are in existence are preserved for researchers and those seeking information.
|Software & Links:|
|The Family Tree Maker||Ancestry.Com|
|Ellis Island.Com||Genealogy Web Sites on the Web|
|The Master Genealogist||Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet|
|Ultimate Family Tree||RootsWeb Message Board|
|Genealogy Research Resources||Progeny Geneology|