Thank heavens there are now millions of new digitized records from Virginia available to be searched on Ancestry.com.
My genealogy research on my husband’s ancestry has resulted in several brick walls, but the biggest brick wall is that of the ancestry of Robinson Coke Jones of Virginia. I have exhausted all available records to date and have been unable to find anything concrete to connect him to the man I believe is his father – Richard Cannon Jones. If I can make this connection, I believe I will have confirmed that Mark’s ancestry leads to the Chastain family of Virginia.
This morning, I read a welcome announcement on the WDBJ7 website stating that Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a project to digitize over 16 million documents has been completed.
As a result of the two year collaboration between Ancestry.com and the Virginia Department of Health, the records are now digitized and indexed.
The final digital, scanned documents are available through Ancestry.com. The indexed information of the records can be accessed for free via the Division of Vital Records of VDH and websites of the Library of Virginia.
Records that have not yet reached the legal time for release are available in a limited index. The information in the index includes names, dates and locations. The records that are now being released include marriage records from 1936, divorce records from 1918, and birth and death records from 1912.