Project: Virginia

Categories: Virginia | Virginia Projects | Virginia Project


Welcome to the Virginia Project!

The purpose of this project, part of the United States History Project, is to provide a gateway for all Virginia-related projects and resources. The Virginia Project itself, one of several Virginia Projects, covers "post-USA" Virginia (to June 20, 1863 for the 50 counties that became the Union state of West Virginia on that date). It is preceded by the project covering Colonial Virginia.

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


Contents

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For a full list of U.S. History project participants, see the badge report. See Category:Virginia Project for (post-USA) Virginia project members who have added that category to their profile.

The coordinator for the Virginia project is Liz Shifflett.

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

  1. Answer "Yes" to this G2G post.
  2. Add us_history and Virginia to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Add something about yourself in the list of members (below).
  4. Add [[Category:Virginia Project]] to your profile.
  5. Please see our list of goals for a basic overview for ways you can help.
  6. Add the project template to any relevant Virginia profiles - profiles of people who are identified with Virginia, whether living in Virginia now or born, married, or died in the Commonwealth (1776 to the present).

To join WikiTree's Virginia Google Group, send a private message to Liz Shifflett with your WikiTree ID & the e-mail address you want to use for the Google Group (some people have different e-mail addresses for Google and WikiTree). The Google Group is open to not only members of the Virginia Project (post-USA), but also US Southern Colonies (pre-USA) project members interested in Virginia and members of the Jamestown project.

Template

For profiles of post-USA Virginians, use the US History project box, setting the sub-project as Virginia and adding a location category. For example, {{US History|sub-project=Virginia|category=Prince William County}} will give you:
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... ... ... is a part of Virginia History.
Join: Virginia Project
Discuss: Virginia
and add Category:Prince William County, Virginia to the profile page.

Goals

The overall goals of the U.S. History 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's unconnected and unsourced profiles.
    1. See the Connectors Project page for more information about unconnected profiles & how you can help connect Virginia's unconnected profiles.
    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 Liz 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 Liz Shifflett to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection.[1] This will protect them from having their parents changed or getting merged away.
  8. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.

List of Things To Do

  1. Profiles in the Virginia Mainenance Categories need attention.
  2. 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.
  3. If you have any Virginia resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Virginia Resources Page.
  4. If you live in Virginia, please consider adding your name to the Virginia Research Assistance page (see Offering Your Assistance).

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Cemeteries in Virginia need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Virginia Cemeteries Project
  2. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Virginia state tribes.
  3. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Virginia for the Virginia in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.

Members

Welcome to the Virginia Project! If you're a member and not listed below, please add something about yourself. If you're not a member but would like to be, please see How to Join (above).
  • Liz Shifflett: I was born in D.C. and raised in Virginia (Alexandria). Many of my ancestors either arrived in Virginia or passed through it on their journey south. I am especially interested in Dinwiddie County, one of Virginia's burned counties.
  • Cynthia Billups: My father's family were all immigrants through Virginia in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
  • Terra McDavid born and raised in Lee County Virginia with deep connections to Scott County, Virginia via Ireland, Germany, and England.
  • Thom Anderson: My wife is from Richmond and her folks from Amelia Courthouse and having been born in Maryland makes me a northerner in some peoples eyes. Fortunately, I see that there are several ancestors from Virginia going back to the 17th century (including at least one Virginia Minuteman).
  • Mary Richardson I guess I am a member of your project as I have been managing the Jamestown subproject all of this time. I never thought to list myself.
  • Lori Zukerman: I grew up in OK but have lived in VA for 28 years. I love doing genealogy on ANYONE, not just my family. Love doing research, period. LOL I've been doing it for almost 25 years.
  • E. Compton: I grew up elsewhere but I have family on both sides with Richmond ties, and distant cousins in Southwest Virginia. I've been reading an old newspaper from Tazewell County 1885-1922 and [indexing as I go].
  • Amanda Doss: When my family came from various places in Europe, in the 1700s, they settled in Virginia before moving into what is now West Virginia. Both maternal and paternal ancestors came to the New World in the 1700-1800s.
  • Cathy Wydner: I was born in Roanoke, Virginia. Tracing my family they were in the Bedford, Virginia area throughout the last 250 years.
  • Patricia Prickett Hickin: I was born in Bluefield, WV, but both my parents were Virginians and we moved to my mother's home town in Botetourt County before I was two. My maternal ancestors were Germans via Pennsylvania (and one irishman) in Virginia before 1800; my paternal ancestors were all in Virginia before the Revolution: Scots-Irish via Pennsylvania in Washington County; English via New Jersey on the Monongahela.
  • Lisa Mullings: I was born in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. and live in Old Town Alexandria, Va. with my husband and two kids. Most of my paternal grandmother's ancestors emigrated from the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland and many of them settled in the Alleghany and Piedmont regions of Virginia.
  • Rebecca Lilly: I was born in West Virginia and many of my ancestors come from VA, WV. I've researched my family history off and on for many years, but have been away from it for awhile. I hope to connect with other researchers to share info and possibly break through a few brick walls.
  • Jerry Buhl: I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. My ancestors on both my paternal and maternal lines date back to the late 1700's and are settlers in the Valley of Virginia and the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. I have a lot of experience in the field and behind the computer in researching these good people.
  • Jon Nicholas: My ancestors immigrated from Germany in the 1700s and settled in Highland County near Crab Bottom (Crabbottom), which became Blue Grass, Virginia. Several generations of Nicholas's lived and died there. I have photographs of some of them, along with some photos of the house they built there.

Virginia Counties, Independent Cities, and Parishes in WikiTree

Independent cities are those Virginia cities which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.
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 exiting 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.

Virginia on WikiTree

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

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

See also 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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