This index contains marriage and obituary notices selected from more than 150 Richmond-area and Virginia newspapers. The index covers 1736 through 1982, with the major emphasis on the years 1780 to 1910. Each entry includes the full text or abstract of the notice, as well as the newspaper title, publication date, page and column numbers, and place of publication.
Most of the newspapers indexed are available on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Where available, the microfilm number is listed in the entry.
Bernard J. Henley (1909–1989) served as a reference librarian for more than 37 years at the Richmond Public Library. After he retired in 1967, he began a systematic examination of Richmond and Virginia newspapers, selectively indexing and compiling abstracts of the marriage and obituary notices he found. He recorded each entry by hand, in chronological order by newspaper. In addition, he compiled a detailed index card file relating to marriages, obituaries, and other topics gathered from Richmond and Virginia newspapers. This index combines entries from both sources.
The following resources provide access to some of the indexed articles: