Project: Virginia

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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 both "pre-USA" and "post-USA" Virginia (to June 20, 1863 for the 50 counties that became the Union state of West Virginia on that date). Its "pre-USA" overlaps with the project covering Colonial Virginia.

Virginia Projects
Jamestown Virginia Colony (presently inactive) Covered in Virginia instead now — Virginia — West Virginia[ * ]


How to Join

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The Virginia 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.

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:

  1. Add something about yourself in the list of members (below).
  2. Add [[Category:Virginia Project]] to your profile.
  3. 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:
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... ... ... migrated from Wales to Virginia.
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{{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. 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.


Welcome to the Virginia Project! If you're a member and not listed below, please add something about yourself at the bottom of the list. If you're not a member but would like to be, please see How to Join (above).
  • William Foster: Many of my ancestors migrated to America through Virginia. Happy to lookup records for you in books I have that are not online.
  • 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.
  • Kathie Forbes is or Virginia G2G project coordinator. If you need help with a G2G question, please contact Kathie.
  • Andrea Pack: Many of our grandparental ancestors arrived in Jamestown, Augusta, and other now counties of Virginia and several moved to WV when it became a state or lived there when Virginia was still Virginia I married Walter Henderson Pack Sr which is of his generations of grandparental Lineages.
  • 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 [[[Space:Clinch_Valley_News|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. (Jerry - if you see this, please contact me... I cannot find your WikiTree profile. ~ Noland-165)
  • 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.
  • William Caracofe: Born in the Shenandoah Valley, descendant of a Hessian Soldier, Militia Captains, the 1st White man to enter Kentucky and enough Confederate Soldiers to field a baseball team (I'll get my full tree uploaded 1 of these days}
  • Mike Stinson: Born in Lynchburg. Current residence in, and many ancestors from, Buckingham County.
  • Sherrie Mitchell: Born in Roanoke VA. 100% of my tree is in Bedford Co VA @ Rev WAR. Most surnames I have to country of origin. I am basically English, Scottish, a bit of Wales, and one Irish ancestor... My parents have many connections, their parents don't, we call her "Aunt Mom". So my tree is considered > 30% inbred, hence we have some recessive genetics showing. Hugely involved in DNA for many years, so that project also. Plus connecting to all 17 of Magna Carta through surnames Greer and Holland.
  • Brian Parton Born in Cincinnati, OH. Born of our families hail from southern Kentucky and trace back through the Cumberland Gap. It's believed that Robert Partin (Jamestown, 1609) is the progenitor of the Parton linage to which I belong.
  • Nina Reauveau Researching for over 30 years, long lineage in Virginia dating back to Jamestown, I joke that I'm probably related to half of the central Virginia folks on either side of the Blue Ridge. I currently live in Virginia.
  • Bobbie Bonner @ months in and working hard. Glad to be a part of the Community. Many of my ancestors came through Virginia and then headed south. I currently live in Oregon.
  • Robert Wyatt Picked up researching the family line where my forebears left off. I have a reliable line to my 8th-great-grandfather Major William Wyatt. Here to help disambiguate the various Wyatt lines.
  • Jeremy Addington Most of my family is originally from Virginia; specifically Scott, Russell, and Wise counties. Surnames I am focusing on include: Addington, Ring, Hendrix, Beamer, Stallard, McGee, Carmichael, Vermillion, and Quillen. (Always happy to help with other's as well).
  • Steve Lake My Green line was in Berkeley County (VA/WV) before 1798, when they went to Ohio. My Cain line was in Augusta and Albemarle counties until about 1800, with they went to Ohio. I am just starting to get acquainted with my Scott line, which was in Bedford county and possibly in several others, including Greenbriar, until they went to Bourbon county, KY and then to Ohio. I started my family research in 2012, primarily on the internet, and a member of the Broomfield, Colorado Genealogy Society.
  • William Wells Born in Nottoway County, Virginia where paternal lines are concentrated and raised in Bedford, VA where many of my maternal lines are. All lines are Virginian. Surnames include Wells, Johnson, Adams, Brown, Vaughan, Young, Worsham, Pullen, Ogain, Lazenby, Williamson, Dickerson, Cousins, Truly, Hatchett, Motley, Moorman, Farris, Irby, Poythress, Archer, and others. Ancestors date to 1600 and 1700s in Virginia. I live in Lexington, VA.
  • Ellen Spertus My husband is descended from many Virginians, including members of the Burnett, Hurt, and Lee families.
  • Kathryn Morse I have ancestors and living relatives in Isle of Wight, Brunswick, Prince George, Chesterfield and Hopewell.
  • Virginia Butter FieldsI have never lived in Virginia but I have many ancestral lines that landed in Virginia and then migrated through the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and finally, to Louisiana and Texas. I have now worked my way back to Virginia in the early 1800's and going back to the early 1600's including the Rush and Grey families. I am currently a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society, the Dallas Genealogical Society and the DAR. I look forward to working with the Virginia Project.
  • Nathan Menefee I have some significant family ancestors who settled in colonial Virginia, particularly under the Menefee line. I currently live in Virginia.
  • T Stanton I have numerous ancestors in Virginia, mostly prior to 1720.
  • Katherine Regeimbal Born in Maryland and I grew up in Spotsylvania, Virginia. I'm descended from the Brooke family who settled in Essex County in the 1600s.
  • Maggie N No family connections but always sourcing, working on Virginian Bollings and their connected relatives.
  • Dan Sparkman Ancestors on my father's side came to Virginia in the early to mid-1600's, many migrated out later. I have lived there 3 different times for a few years.
  • Linda Barnett:
  • Marie Keeton: Several family lines lived in colonial Virginia. Many moved on up through Ohio, Indiana, and on westward over the years. Particularly interested in my great great grandmother's family from the Mead line.
  • Loretta Morrison Never lived in Virginia myself. But I have 20 paternal ancestral lines from Virginia, and 22 and counting maternal lines from Virginia. Some arrived in the early to mid 1600's. Here are some surnames we may connect with: Paternal tree: Peninger, Fleisher/Flesher, Arbogast, Gum, Maggard/Maegert, Bolling, Mullins, Caudill/Caudle-Arv.1654, Mason, Humphrey, Wells, Sturgill, Blackstone (Arv. abt 1635), Armstrong, Hankins (Arv. 1637), Hash, Holman/Hellman, Crewes, Gilley, Bateman Maternal tree: Benj. Smith d:1772 married Elizabeth Chester whose father was Thomas Chester b:1689 Blueridge area, Cartmell, Shaver, Essary/Ussery, Amy, Jenkins, Courtney, Ballentine, Cherry, Faithful, Lloyd, Emery, Zumwalt, Sanders, Carr (Arv. mid 1600's), Garland, Wilson, Broaddus, Gwynn, Vaughn, Breedlove. I see some common cousins posting above, so I look forward to our collaborative efforts.
  • SJ Baty Working on the Mullins line, specifically, William G. Mullins and the duplicates that need to be merged: Mullins-1493, Mullins-4816.
  • Susannah Rolfes I've been researching men in Colonial Virginia named William Russell since 1998; one of them is my 6th great-grandfather. There were over 20 men in Colonial Virginia with this name, and records for them have become very confused. To make matters worse, a Gustav Anjou genealogy hoax created errata that has been repeated across the Internet for decades. With all this in mind, I am starting a sub-project in the hopes that they can be untangled.
  • Nancy Thomas Third generation Washingtonian that discovered I had deep roots in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Spent years over a microfilm reader researching Fauquier, Culpeper, Spots, Orange, and K&Q counties.
  • Amanda Torrey My mother's mother who died when I was weeks old in Kansas City Missouri (I'm sure that's a story), was raised in Georgia as was her mother and father and theirs and theirs and theirs. Georgia. My mother's father was raised in Virginia as was his mother, his father was from Baltimore. But at my grandparents wedding one of his aunts had a conversation with his new bride at their reception and said, We are direct descendants of Albrecht Durer - to which my nana replied Illegitimately I'm sure... oh my. Great start to a long life lol. No, I seriously doubt that I'm a direct descendant of Albrecht Durer. My great grandmother Augusta named my grandfather Duer as a second name - so she believed it. The Durers were Hungarian and the famous Albrecht never had children, but his father had more than plenty. I'm sure everybody is a direct descendant of Albrecht Durer. shoot... But the point is Augusta's family came out of Cumberland Cty Virginia and were not (for the most part) agriculturalist. Her father was a "painter" by trade which I'd have to believe helped those farmers that lived around him keep their modest farms spruced up, especially during the Civil War. He married a girl from Buckingham Cty and they had 4 children together. He made a fair living for he kept at it over a decade and his personal worth increased steadily ... I don't know though, I found an article from the History Channel that said one of the benefits of the American Revolution was the introduction of the artisan and yeomen into the American system. I cannot believe there was a lot of call for portraits and such in Cumberland Cty and certainly not enough to make a living. But I had to smile when I saw Painter in the Census category of occupation. His son was a painter as well. They owned their own house, even when just married...It was terribly modest, worth only about $300. They had to have gotten a small tract of land from somebody.
  • Karol Jacob My Virginia roots run very deep, 400 years, deep. I have lived 98% of my life in Virginia and consider myself a Virginia native and currently reside in Virginia, minutes to the State's Capital, Richmond.
  • Wanda Horn My Vaughn line is from Virginia; other lines passed through on their way South. My husband's line - Horn - were in Virginia in the 1600's.
  • Todd-6590 I have multiple ancestors from Colonial Virginia but am particularly interested at present in collaborating on the protected profile for my sixth gg-grandmother, Mary Madeleine Hardin Unknown-8463. (My mother was a Hardin.) Results from DNA tests I've taken have given me leads about her possible maiden name, but I want to collaborate with others interested in that profile to help clarify her identity. Thanks!
  • De Anna Overcast My mother was born in Southwest Virginia. I have traced many of her ancestors back as far as the 1600's. Some of her ancestor surnames are Bowman, Cox, Farmer, Collins, Elikins, Moss, Spears, Crabtree, Canady, Bailey, Belcher, Fields, just to name a few. All of my mother's people was from Virginia. I was born just across the border in Northeast Tennessee.
  • Kelly Kersey My earlier Ancestors were born in Delaware, New Jersey,Maryland,Pennsylvania area and moved to Virginia, they raised families in Alexandria. They most all were Watermen. Ship carpenter, captains engineers. My gg grandfather Captain Mathew Kersey,a sea captain, was a board member for Alexandria Marine Rail Way Company.
  • Greta Moody I live in Tennessee. Most of my ancestors came to, lived in, or moved from Virginia. I have a lot of surnames from Virginia that I'm researching from my family tree.
  • Chris Brady I live in Indiana, but my early ancestors are from Amherst,VA. Particularly interested in Edwards and Vaughan lines. Also focused on Amherst County. I have multiple books for Amherst and am willing to do lookups.
  • Mathew Christensen: Many of my ancestors migrated to America through Virginia (Stallards and Bollings).
  • John Williams My family has been in the Tug Valley of Central Appalachia for over 200 years. Almost all of them emigrated from Southwestern Virginia in the New River Valley. I am very interested in the immigration patterns from Virginia into Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • April Baker I was born in Virginia and have lived here most of my life. Several family members immigrated from Ireland and Germany settling in Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Carolyn Whaley Vosburg My earliest known Whaleys were in Fairfax/Loudoun counties during the Rev. War period. Hannah Higgerson Whaley was from Stafford County. William Allen and his family eventually came to Loudoun county, too, from Ireland and then New Jersey. I have too many ancestors to list who were a part of the Germanna Colony and spread out to both Culpeper and Madison counties.

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 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. (Binns Genealogy is a good alternative.)

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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