Project: Virginia

Categories: Virginia | Virginia Projects | Virginia Project | Virginia Colony

United States Project | Virginia Project

Welcome to the Virginia Project!

The purpose of this project, part of the United States Project, is to provide a gateway for all Virginia-related projects and resources. The Virginia Project itself, one of several Virginia Projects, focuses on "post-USA" Virginia (to June 20, 1863 for the 50 counties that became the Union state of West Virginia on that date). Virginia's "pre-USA" (birth before 1776) is handled within the US Southern Colonies Project .

Virginia Projects
Jamestown Virginia Colony — Virginia — West Virginia[ * ]


How to Join

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It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia or live there yourself to join the Virginia Project. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

  • Add something about yourself in the list of members: (Virginia Team).
  • Add [[Category:Virginia Project]] to your profile and add the tag Virginia to the list of tags you follow on Wikitree (Click here to permit you to add it).

The Virginia Discussion Google group is open to not only members of the Virginia Project, but also US Southern Colonies project members interested in Virginia, members of the Jamestown project, members of the West Virginia project, and members of any other WikiTree project with Virginia interests. Just submit your WikiTree Profile ID when joining.

Please see our list of goals for a basic overview for ways you can help.


Project Box: For profiles of Virginians that need to be a project-managed profile, add the {{Virginia}} project box at the top of the profile and the project account as a manager. Use the "category=" variable to change the default Category:Unknown County, Virginia added by {{Virginia}}, for example:
{{Virginia|category=Prince William County}} will give you:
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This profile is managed by the Virginia Project.
Join: Virginia Project
Discuss: Virginia
and add Category:Prince William County, Virginia to the profile page.
Any profile displaying the Virginia project box needs to be managed by the project. Add wtvirginia[at] as a manager. If the profile is "locked" (PPP), then it must be managed by a project.
For profiles that do not need to be managed by the Virginia Project, use a sticker instead.
You could use the Virginia Sticker or, if you'd like to display two flags for someone who immigrated to Virginia (from/to locations), you can use the Migrating Ancestor Template.
The Virginia Sticker, either plain or using |text=, begins with {{Name}} (which returns "... ... ..." when the sticker is used on a non-person page):
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... ... ... lived in Virginia.
{{Virginia Sticker}}

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... ... ... is a Virginian.
{{Virginia Sticker|text=is a Virginian.}}

|fulltext= can be used to both override the default text and override having {{Name}} added automatically (recommend no more than 60-70 characters):
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Native Virginian
{{Virginia Sticker|fulltext=Native Virginian}}
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Native Virginian (born, married, and died in Prince William County)
{{Virginia Sticker|fulltext=Native Virginian (born, married, and died in Prince William County)}} (67 characters)
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John Doe settled in Virginia.
{{Virginia Sticker|fulltext=John Doe settled in Virginia.}} (29 characters)

The Migrating Ancestor Template displays two flags (see that page for links to more "origin flags"), but does not allow for the default text to be changed:
Flag of Wales
... ... ... migrated from Wales to Virginia.
Flag of Virginia
{{Migrating Ancestor
|origin = Wales
|destination = Virginia


The overall goals of the United States Project are to develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in the United States of America. To meet these goals for Virginia:
  1. Connect and Source Virginia unconnected and unsourced profiles.
    1. See the Connectors Project page for more information about unconnected profiles & how you can help connect them.
    2. If you missed the October 2016 Source-a-Thon, you can still benefit from the pages set up for Team Virginia: Space:Team_Virginia & Space:Virginia_Sources_Quick_Reference. Every Saturday, there's a 24-hour mini–Source-a-Thon — Saturday Sourcing Sprints. If you participate & work on Virginia Unsourced Profiles, let William know you're Team VA!
  2. When duplicate profiles are found, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  3. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  4. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  5. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  6. Add the Virginia template to the profiles along with any relevant categories.
  7. Contact William to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection.[1] This will protect them from having their parents, spouse, or children changed or getting merged away.
  8. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.

Ongoing List of Things To Do

  1. Work on fixing profiles we manage in the:
  2. Work on profiles in the Virginia Project Maintenance Categories that need attention.
  3. Need space pages created and developed for Virginia counties and linked to this page. Would you like to lead a county project? Please "Adopt-a-County" here.
  4. If you have any Virginia resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Virginia Resources Page.
  5. If you live in Virginia, please consider adding your name to the Virginia Research Assistance page (see Offering Your Assistance).
  6. Every once in a while, do one of these and update the date it was last reviewed here:
    • Last checked February 9, 2020:
      • Scan Category:Virginia to make sure no people have been added to it. If any are found, move them to a sub category, such as for being resident of a county.
    • Last checked February 9, 2020:
  7. Cemeteries in Virginia need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Virginia Cemeteries Project
  8. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Virginia state tribes.
  9. Work on Virginia's unconnected and unsourced profiles.
  10. Create new profiles for people of Virginia who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  11. Work on Suggestions for profiles from Virginia, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.
  12. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Virginia in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.

Team Members

See all our team members over here.

Virginia Counties, Independent Cities, and Parishes in WikiTree

Independent cities are those Virginia cities which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.
When entering a Virginia location in a profile's datafields, please include as appropriate "County" or "Parish" if you know that Parish or County is meant (many Virginia cities, counties, and parishes share a name but not a location). See this page for Virginia Project guidelines concerning Virginia and Virginia Colony categories for Counties, Parishes, and Cities (whether an Independent City or not).
Please see this comprehensive table for Virginia counties, past and present.[2] The table includes links to county subprojects (from the county name) and to county categories under Category:Virginia Colony, Category:Virginia, and Category:West_Virginia. To "Adopt-a-County", please see this page, maintained by the One Place Studies project.

West Virginia
Fifty counties separated from Virginia and, on June 20, 1863, were admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia. These West Virginia counties are listed under Category:West Virginia. For a table with links to category pages for the Virginia (pre-1863) and West Virginia (post-1863) counties, see the Virginia Counties and Parishes page.
Also click here for a county and city map of present-day Virginia, plus a table of counties and cities past and present, dates of formation, parent counties, and links to Wikipedia articles for each locality.

Research Assistance

WikiTree's members are a generous bunch of volunteers, as you may notice if you ask for help in G2G. Some members also volunteer to provide research assisance.
If you live in Virginia and would like to volunteer to help others who have specific questions and requests about their ancestors who lived in your region, visit the Research Assistance page to find out how. And Thanks!
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Virginia Resources

Wikitree has many Virginia-related resource pages already. Rather than add more sources to this project page, please add them to one of the existing WikiTree pages listed below or on the appropriate county or parish page (see this page for links).

Census Note

  • Original 1800 U.S. Census returns for Virginia have been lost and are not available. (Binns Genealogy is a good alternative.) --Note: Stephen Binns passed away in 2020 and the site license was allowed to expire and is no longer available.

Virginia on WikiTree

Note: Virginia has many, many WikiTree pages. Following is a selection.

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

See also Category: Virginia Projects (for categories and pages that have categorized themselves under Category:Virginia_Projects), and other pages of interest, such as:
Other projects of interest:

  1. For general information about PPP (project-protected profile), see this page. There are four criteria (from this page):
    1. In a project
    2. Notable or born 200+ years ago
    3. Lowest-numbered WikiTree ID with the correct Last Name at Birth (LNAB): see more here
    4. Controversial or duplicated
  2. The Virginia project's Virginia Counties and Parishes page will also include tables for independent cities, parishes, and other locations, but they are still being developed.

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