Power Course: Virginia Genealogy


  • You want to start researching your Virginia roots, but don’t know where to start
  • You’re at a brick wall in your Virginia genealogy and are looking for new resources
  • You have ancestors from Richmond and want tips specific to that city

Whether your ancestor was a settler of colonial Jamestown, an Algonquin tribesman or an insurgent in Bacon’s Rebellion, this class will serve to solve your Virginia genealogy impasse. Both newcomers to Virginia and seasoned veterans will discover helpful tools, sources and strategies to find their Old Dominion State ancestors.

Family Tree University Power Courses are designed to give you an intense dose of learning on one topic. You’ll have one week to go through about two hours worth of course materials. In the time it takes to watch a soccer game, you’ll give your research a big jump forward, and come away with new tools and techniques that you can use to find more family members.This course is self-led and does not contain any graded exercises, but instructors are available to answer any and every question you may post on the Discussion Board.


$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

7 Days

Start Date:

Register any time and receive immediate access for 7 days.


  • Essential Virginia Commonwealth history that will influence your genealogy search
  • Research strategies unique to Virginia genealogy
  • Details about the state’s key genealogy records and where to find them, online, on microfilm and in libraries
  • Records availability for each county
  • Special reference and how-to guides, including a Richmond city version
  • Tips for tracing Virginia immigrants and pioneers, as well as military ancestors


  • A one-hour video presentation on Virginia genealogy records and research strategies
  • A quick-reference PDF guide explaining Virginia genealogy how-tos, fast facts, key websites and resources and a timeline of Virginia history
  • A in-depth PDF guide with a historical overview, record highlights, reference map with county boundaries, bibliography of state resources and directory of archives, libraries and societies—plus a breakdown of what records are available in each county and where to get them
  • A PDF city guide of Richmond that documents key websites, resources and research strategies


  • This Power Course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in our First Steps series–Discover Your Family Tree–will provide a helpful foundation for genealogy beginners.

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