A Guide to Bible Records in the Library of Virginia
Volume One. Compiled by Lyndon H. Hart III. vii + 309 pp.
ISBN 0-88490-194-7 (paper) $20.00
Volume Two. Compiled by Dale F. Harter. viii + 230 pp.
ISBN 0-88490-195-5 (paper) $20.00
Two-Volume Set: $37.50
When volume one of A Guide to Bible Records in the Library of Virginia originally appeared in 1985, the Library of Virginia had barely entered the computer age. The extensive collection of family Bible records was one of the first collections in the Archives to be cataloged electronically. Subsequently, the Library digitized the records, and they are available to researchers worldwide at the Library's home page. Automated technology has not made printed finding aids obsolete, however, and these two volumes provide a convenient means of access to information about the Bible records.
Because Virginia had no centralized recording of vital statistics until 1853, family Bible records represent an invaluable source of information for the genealogical researcher. Accordingly, the Archives at the Library of Virginia actively seeks copies of privately held Bible records. Volume one of the Guide describes records acquired between 1928 and 1982, and the second volume describes records acquired from 1983 through 1998. Together they contain entries for approximately 5,000 Bibles and family registers. The indexes include entries to all surnames mentioned in the Bible records.