Genealogical Research

Waynesboro Public Library has one of the largest local history and genealogical collections in the area. The book collection contains obituary books, county records, city directories, school yearbooks, military resources, and more. The archival file collection contains cemetery records, family records, histories of local businesses, and other documents of local interest. The microfilm collection includes census records, county records, and local newspapers. 


Traveling to use our collection? Please call well in advance (540-942-6584) to ensure the room is open and the resources are available. We cannot guarantee access without prior notice.

Customers under the age of 13 require adult supervision

The genealogy room is subject to closing without notice, please call ahead.

Monday:         9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5 pm

Tuesday:        9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5 pm

Wednesday:   9 am - 12 pm & 5 pm - 9 pm

Thursday:       9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5 pm  

Friday**          9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5 pm

** CLOSED FRIDAY: 12/6/19**

*the Local history room is only open on select Fridays and Saturdays. On these days it will be closed from 12 pm-1 pm. The schedule of available Fridays and Saturdays is posted.


Dec.7: 9 am - 12 pm & 1:30 pm- 5 pm

The room is closed:

12 pm – 1 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,

1 pm - 5 pm every Wednesday

Online Resources

HeritageQuest will give you access to U.S. Federal Census Records, genealogy books, periodicals, and various other resources.Register here to get Library of Virginia library card to gain access to HeritageQuest.
The historical photograph collection contains more than 1,500 photographs depicting people and places in Waynesboro. The photographs are included in the digital collections of the Virginia Memory database at the Library of Virginia and are available for viewing. Waynesboro is listed in alphabetical order.

Other Resources
The Genealogy Periodical Collection includes all magazines indexed in Swem’s Virginia Historical Index. These periodicals contain material vital to researchers, particularly early time period research. The periodical collection also includes Virginia Genealogist, Virginia Appalachian Notes, Augusta Historical Bulletin, and many other titles that will assist patrons with local area research.

The Sanborn Map Collection includes insurance maps for Waynesboro from 1886-1920 and Basic City from 1891-1912. Genealogists use these maps to locate residences and workplaces of ancestors. The maps are also used for historical research because some of the structures no longer exist.

Augusta County Historical Houses includes architectural surveys of houses located in Augusta County. These surveys were created by Ann McCleary, architectural historian for Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission.  

The Virginia Regimental History Series for Civil War research.