Virginia family Bible records are an important source for birth, death, and marriage dates and sometimes other personal and family information, including the births and deaths of enslaved persons. Centralized recording of vital records did not begin in Virginia until 1853, making early Bible records even more valuable.
The Library of Virginia has digitized over 7,000 Bible records in its collection, which grows with new donations regularly. Some early images—usually digitized from photocopies—are less legible than more recent scans due to the poor quality of the paper records. In cases where images are illegible, please contact Archives Reference Services for assistance.
The Library of Virginia actively seeks copies of privately held Bible records related to Virginia residents. Donations may be in the form of photocopies, photographs, and digital scans, as well as original pages that have been removed from a Bible.
Potential donors may contact Special Collections at (804) 692-3703.
Revised January 2024