Ancestry.com. Virginia, Biographical Encyclopedia [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2000.Original data: Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. Richmond, VA, USA: n.p., 1915.
The first surviving British colony in what was to become the United States, Virginia has been home to millions since the founding of Jamestown in 1607. This database is a collection of over 20,000 biographical sketches of prominent individuals from the state before the twentieth century. Each entry includes vital information (birth, marriage, and death information), professional pursuits, and family background. This database can be a great aid in identifying Virginia ancestors who distinguished themselves in settlement of the colony and state.