Virginia Family History Societies (R-S)

This section lists associations from Rappahannock to Sussex giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Rappahannock Historical Society

The association was established in 1964 and its aims are to collect, store and preserve archives relating to Rappahannock County and the surrounding area.  For a fee, they are willing to conduct genealogical research on your behalf.

The museum has artefacts relating to the county which have been donated by descendants and generous benefactors.

The association has many archives in their library which incorporate:

  • Abstracts of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Abstracts of Estate and Chancery Records
  • Bible Records
  • Burial Database
  • Cemetery
  • Census Returns 1790-1920
  • Early Tax Records
  • Family Files
  • Local Histories
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Published Genealogies

A number of publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Rappahannock Co. History
  • Rappahannock Co. Picture Book
  • Shenandoah Heritage
  • Shenandoah Secrets
  • Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park

They also sell the Cemetery Project CD, which includes information obtained from Public Records, Family Information, Local History and Gravestone Inscriptions.


Rockbridge Area Genealogical Society

A list of Cemeteries is on the site, along with Burial Indexes.


Scott County Historical Society

A list of Cemeteries is on the site, along with Photographs of Tombstones.  An Index of Obituaries is also on the site.

There is a link to Kenny's Place - The Digital Library where a number of Databases and Indexes are available, which incorporate:

  • Chataigne's Gazetteer and Business Directory 1888-1889
  • Five Confederates from Pleasant Hill
  • Old Mills of Southwest Virginia
  • Scott Co. Connections which is Don Lane's Genealogy Database of more than 350000 Names with a connection to the area
  • Scott Co. Fair Premium List and Catalogue 1934, 1938, 1940, 1941 and 1950
  • Scott Co. Historic Homes
  • Scott Co. Sesquicentennial 1815-1965

Smyth County Genealogical Society

Some databases are on the site, which incorporate:

  • Family Bible Images
  • Information regarding Mt. Olivet Free Will Baptist Church
  • Obituaries
  • Photograph Collection
  • School Census Transcriptions
  • Town of Marion Records

Southampton County Historical Society

A list of Cemeteries in Southampton, Nansemond, Isle of Wight and Surry Counties is accessible, along with Burial Indexes.  There are also some North Carolina Cemeteries on the site.


Surry County Historical Society

A number of Databases, Information and Indexes are on the site, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Listings
  • Church Photographs
  • Claremont History
  • Courthouse Photographs
  • Family Files: African-American (Black) Families
  • Family Files: Caucasian (White) Families
  • Family Photographs
  • Histories
  • Indenture and Deed Inscriptions
  • Information regarding Surry Families
  • Tombstone Inscriptions

They have some publications available for sale, including:

  • Adam Boykin - James Atkins (History of African-American who fought in the Civil War)
  • Jones Family (300 Years in Eastern Virginia)
  • Old Surry - Aurelius Wilson Bohannan
  • Sharing Our Country Best - Carsley United Methodist Church Cookbook
  • Surry Co. - Deborah Harrison Dawson
  • Surrey Co. at War 1861-1865 - Willis W. Bohannan

They also have links to other sites you may find useful.


Sussex County Historical Society

The aim of the society is to preserve, publish and promote the history of Sussex County.

Many Books are available for sale, which include:

  • Albemarle Parish Vestry Book 1742-1786: Surry and Sussex Counties
  • Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties
  • Blandford Cemetery-Life and Death at Petersburg
  • Petersburg War on the Doorsteps
  • Sussex Co. - A Tale of Three Centuries
  • Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635
  • Ye Olde Sussex Sampler: Delicious Foods Prepared in Sussex Co.

They also have links to other sites you may find useful.