Virginiana & Genealogy

The Virginiana Collection

The Virginiana Collection has been expanded from the original collection of the old Charles Taylor Memorial Library. Rich in Virginia and Hampton history, these book & non-book materials are very useful for local history and genealogical research. Here's a small sampling of both.


  • 400 Years of Hampton History
  • Virginia Historical Index (E.G. Swem)
  • Family Histories
  • Virginia Census Indexes (1810-1870)
  • Yearbooks for Hampton high schools
  • Hampton and Newport News City Directories


  • Map Collection Guide (PDF)
  • Postcard Collection Guide (PDF)
  • New Journal and Guide, Norfolk VA - September 30, 1916 through 1930 (microfilm)
  • Vintage photographs of Hampton, including some Cheyne Collection images
  • Local newspapers on microfilm
  • Wills, deeds and vital records of Elizabeth City County
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Hampton
  • Ancestry Library Edition (no remote access; in-house only)
  • Virginia Federal Census Schedules (1790-1930)
  • Research Requests