Ancestry provides coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as records from Canada and other areas. Read more about Ancestry Library Edition.


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FamilySearch is a family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. The Shenandoah County Library is one of over 4,000 FamilySearch Centers that provides access to the FamilySearch database of digitized records, family trees, books, and genealogies. This service requires the creation of a free FamilySearch Account. 

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Footnote is now fold3! Keeping its focus on bringing together original historical documents and social networking, fold3 promises a greater emphasis on military records.  Read more about the changes here.


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HeritageQuest is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. You can use HeritageQuest Online to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Read more about Heritage Quest

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The Virginia Newspaper Project is part of United States Newspaper Program, a national effort to locate, describe, inventory, preserve, and provide public access to the United States imprint newspapers housed in the commonwealth. To browse the collection, click here


The USGenWeb Project is a volunteer-driven effort to provide free genealogical Web sites for researching information in all 50 states.  To access a comprehensive list of sites, click here.  To navigate directly to the Virginia GenWeb site, click here.  Information for Shenandoah County in particular may be accessed by clicking here.  Finally, if you wish to search Hening's Statutes-at-Large, a collection of the laws of Virginia from 1619, click here.