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Family Bibles

One of the most valuable items you can find in your home or the home of a relative is a family Bible. Before births and deaths were recorded by localities and states, some families recorded births, deaths, and marriages in the family Bible.

Family Bible records can also be found outside the home. Some family Bibles have been donated to historical societies. Transcriptions of family Bible records have been collected by genealogical and historical societies and published in genealogical periodicals.

  • Bible Records Online. Tracy St. Claire rescues old Bibles, digitizes and transcribes the family-record pages, then posts the data online. Her collection covers more than 3,200 surnames from 1,000 plus Bibles, which span 1596 to 2003.
     
  • Edmondson, Chan and Helen M. Lu. Revolutionary War period Bible family & marriage records :gleaned from pension applications: index volumes 1-10. Dallas, Texas : Edmondson, 1990
     
  • Family Bible Website
     
  • Library of Virginia Family Bible Records
     
  • National Genealogical Society Bible Records.  The NGS Bible Record collection is being indexed and digitized. A large percentage of the Bibles, but not all, have an every name index. The index is searchable via the Internet to members free of cost. Images of the Bible pages are being scanned in PDF format. They are available to view online by members only. When new Bibles are indexed or scanned, they are uploaded that night, and become available on-line the next day to members. Since we are working on these almost daily, people need to check back periodically.

  • Norfleet, Fillmore. Bible Records of Suffolk and Nansemond County, Virginia -- Together with Other Statistical Data. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., Inc., 2006, 1963.
     
  • "Perspectives on the Family Bible."  National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Special Edition, V. 90, #4, December 2002. This issue focuses on the family Bible. Included are articles on family record keeping to examining and analyzing the family bible. The NGS Digital Bible Records Project and Orphaned Bible and Family Records Rescue Project are also discussed.
     
  • VAGenWeb Project. Pittsylvania County. Bible Records Online, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Collection of transcribed family Bible records.
     
  • Wilcox, Shirley Langdon. "Saving Our Bibles." NGS News Magazine (January/February/March 2006) 9-10. Discusses the NGS volunteer project to index Bible records.