The on-site research materials in our library are shown below in two database indices: the Family File Index and the Library Books Index. The Family File Index is a listing of surnames for which we have documentation from our own and others' research. Each surname is in a separate, hard copy file. The Library Book Index lists all of the reference books in the Historical Society library.
We can copy limited sections of these materials, but cannot copy entire books. If you would like to have copies made, please call us at 276-623-8337 to make arrangements.
Of course, the best way to utilize these particular resources is to visit us in Abingdon!
The Historical Society has digitized over 27,000 photographs and over 52,000 pages of documents. The indices of these images are shown below, in four categories: People, Places and Objects, Documents, and Gravestones. Each of these images is available for purchase. The order form is linked below.
The People index lists digitized photographs of people in varying scenes both posed and candid.
The Places and Objects index lists the images we have of churches, houses, schools, bridges, mills, railroads, historical scenes, etc.
The Document index lists images of documents covering a wide range of historical interest, such as marriage certificates, obituaries, military documents, letters, newspaper articles, business receipts, etc.
The Gravestone index lists images of individual gravestones in Washington County cemeteries.
The actual images are only available for viewing at the Historical Society Library in Abingdon, Virginia. The four searchable PDF files, shown below, are the indices for these images. Each image has a Picture ID Number. Use this number on the order form to identify the specific image you wish to purchase (instructions below). General questions regarding digitized images may be sent to:
For those researchers unable to visit our Society, we are happy to answer one or two specific questions for a $20 research fee.
To Submit Your Request Online
First, download and complete one of the following request forms. The Genealogy Research Request Form is for research related to your family history, while the General Research Request Form is for non-genealogical research questions.