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,
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
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
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.