Virginia Genealogy Books
Staff Officers in Gray: A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the
Army of Northern Virginia (Hardcover)
by Robert E. L. Krick
This indispensable Civil War reference profiles some 2,300 staff officers in
Robert E. Lee's famous Army of Northern Virginia. These men--ordnance officers,
engineers, aides-de-camp, and quartermasters, among others--worked at the side
of many of the Confederacy's greatest figures, helping to feed and clothe the
army, maintain its discipline, and operate its military machinery.
A typical entry includes the officer's full name, the date and place of his
birth and death, details of his education and occupation, and a synopsis of his
military record. An introduction discusses the role of staff officers in the
Confederate army, describes the evolution and importance of individual staff
positions, and makes some broad generalizations about the officers' common
Two appendixes provide a list of more than 3,000 staff officers
who served in other armies of the Confederacy and complete rosters of known
staff officers of each general in the Army of Northern Virginia.
Synthesizing the contents of thousands of unpublished official documents, Staff
Officers in Gray will be of interest to anyone studying the battles, personnel,
and organization of the Army of Northern Virginia.
It Was Different Then: 1870 to 1885 Through the
Eyes of the Loudoun County, Virginia Press (Paperback)
by Jerry Michael
This compendium of newspaper articles offers a
different sort of look at this period in our nation's history. At the time there
were three local papers in Loudoun County, Virginia, an area which was then
mostly rural. Major news is covered, but more importantly, one gets a feel for
the culture of the times through a description of the local happenings, opinion,
humor and advertisements of those years following the Civil War. This
first-generation material is copied directly from the microfilm but is cleaned
up for easy reading.
About the Author
Mr. Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Randolph-Macon College, class of 1952,
with majors in English and History. It would be a long time, however, before he
would follow these academic pursuits, for in his younger years he was busy
establishing a dairy farm in Loudoun County. Eventually, he discovered a rich
fund of microfilm data on the old county newspapers and his appetite became
whetted in this direction.
Today he lives on a farm in western Loudoun but his
main dairy facility is in Maryland. He currently divides his time between his
research and his beloved Holsteins.
The Quaker of Olden Time: The Life and Times
of Israel Thompson (d. 1795)--His Land, Plantation, Mills, Tanyard & Mansion
House, and the Rise of Wheatland, Loudoun County, Virginia
by Roberto Costantino
This original contribution to American cultural
geography concerns backwoods developmental dynamics in the Blue Ridge Uplands
during the second half of the 18th century. It is a book about American folk
like and the life and times of a certain woodland pioneer named Israel Thompson
of a distinctive culture who transformed a temperate wooded area into farmland
or a material culture.
It traces his family from Anglo Irish Quaker roots
through the Province of Pennsylvania to the Colony of Virginia and to his heirs,
some of whom lived and prospered in Virginia, including his son and
daughter-in-law, Jonah and Margaret Peyton Thompson of Alexandria.
In his time,
Jonah Thompson was one of the most respected citizens and one of the most active
merchants in Northern Virginia. Original research, family papers, illustrations,
insurance records, account sales of Israelís personal estate, Israelís last will
and testament, real estate plats, endnotes, and an every name index add up to an
excellent narrative history, rich with genealogical data, which will appeal to
historians and genealogist alike.
Here I Lay My Burdens Down: A History of the
Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia (Paperback)
by Veronica Davis
This book is an important source of genealogy
and serves as a history of the final resting places, funeral homes, and family
traditions of Richmond's African-American residents.
About the Author
Veronica Davis earned her undergraduate degree from Hampton University and a
Masters of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is active in a
number of professional organizations, among them the American Library
Her background includes service as a former children's librarian, founder and
editor of the Virginia Correctional Librarian Newsletter, and as a contributing
writer to the American Libraries Magazine and the Library of Virginia's
Dictionary of Virginia Biographies.