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The following is intended as the start of a comprehensive bibliography for Southwest Virginia. Links to full bibliographic citations on WeRelate are being added on an "as needed" basis in support of the SW VA project. The focus of this effort is currently materials that are out of copyright, and which have on-line versions available for consultation. Clicking the links will take you to the WeRelate "Source" card for the work. If there's an online version of the work, a link to that work may be found under "Electronic Sources". See Also Southwest Virginia Bibliography. However, more recent works, which normally can not be viewed "online" are also being included as they come to hand.


Color coding:HistoriesFamily HistoriesRecord Abstracts

? Records of Lee and Scott Counties, Formed from Russell in 1793 and 1814 Respectively.
? The Heritage of Russell County, Virginia 1796-1988, Volumes 1 & 2.
Addington, 1932 History of Scott County
Addington, 1965 A Short History of Extreme Southwest Virginia.
Addington, 1935 Charles Kilgore of Kings Mountain
Alderman, Pat. The Overmountain Men; Early Tennessee History, 1760-1795. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1970.
Alvord, Clarence W. & Lee Bidgood. The First Explorations of the Trans-Allegheny Region by the Virginians, 1650-1674. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1912.
Alvord and Bidgood. 1912 The First Explorations of the Trans-Allegheny Regions by the Virginians, 1650-1674.
Arnow, Harriette. Flowering of the Cumberland. NY: Macmillan, 1963.
Arnow, Harriette. Seedtime on the Cumberland. NY: Macmillan, 1960.
Asbury, 1821 The journal of the Rev. Francis Asbury
Bales and Laningham, 1977 Early Settlers Of Lee County And Adjacent Counties
Barnes, Katherine R. James Robertson's Journey to Nashville: Tracing the Route of Fall, 1779. Tennessee Historical Quarterly 35 (Summer 1976).
Belue, Ted Franklin. The Hunters of Kentucky: a Narrative History of America's First Far West, 1750-1792. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2003.
Bickley, 1852 History of the settlement and Indian wars of Tazewell County, Virginia
Brock, R. A. Washington County 1606-1888: Virginia and Virginians: Eminent Virginians.
Brown, D. E. The Marriages of Washington County, Virginia, 1781-1853. To Which Is Added Short Sketches of the Early Ministers of the County.
Brown, Meredith Mason, 2008. Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America Louisiana State University Press.
Buck, Solon J. & Elizabeth H. Buck. The Planting of Civilization in Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1939.
Caruso, John A. The Appalachian Frontier: America's First Surge Westward. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1959.
Cayton, Andrew R. L. & Fredrika J. Teute (eds). Contact Points: American Frontiers from the Mohawk Valley to the Mississippi, 1750-1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
Source:Chalkley, 1912-1913a. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia : index extracted from the original court records of Augusta County, 1745-1800.
Chilton, Ann. Botetourt Co., Va., Will Book A, 1770-1801.
Clark, 1999 Colonial Soldiers of the South
Colley, Thomas. Annotations of Washington County, Virginia Cemeteries. 3 volumes.
Colley, Thomas. Washington County, Virginia Surveys & Commissioners’ Certificates, 1781-1797.
Colley, Thomas. Russell County, Virginia Deed Book. 4 volumes.
Colley, Thomas. Some Russell County, Virginia Records: Births & Deaths
Collins, Darrell L. Jackson’s Valley Campaign
Connelley, Thomas L. Gateway to Kentucky: the Wilderness Road, 1748-1792. Kentucky State Historical Society Register 59 (April 1961).
Dodderidge, et al. 1912 Notes on the settlement and Indian wars of the western parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1763 to 1783 inclusive
Douthat, James L. Rockbridge County, VA Deed Book B, 1788-1793.
Douthat, James L. Tazewell County, Virginia Survey Book 1, 1801-1824
Douthat, James L. Wythe County, Virginia, Will Books 1-2, 1790-1822.
Douthat, James L. Smyth County, Va. Wills: Will Book A, 1832-1844, Will Book 1, 1838-1898.
Douthat, James L. Wythe County, VA Civil War Records, 1861-1865.
Dulaney, Ben Bane. An Economic and Social Survey of Washington County.
Edwards, Shelby Ireson. Execution Book 1, 1782-1787: Judgement Book 1, 1782-1786: Washington County.
Filson, John, 1784 The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone.
Finger, John R. Tennessee Frontiers: Three Regions in Transition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Fleet, Beverley. Virginia Colonial Abstracts|Virginia Colonial Abstracts]], Vol. 34. Washington County Register, 1782-1820.
Folmsbee, Stanley J. & Lucile Deaderick. The Founding of Knoxville. East Tennessee Historical Society Publications 13 (1941).
Fugate, Mary D. Implied Marriages of Russell County, Virginia : Maiden Names of Wives Mentioned in the Wills and Deeds of Russell County Prior to 1860, and in the Earliest
Gerald R Clark Guardian Bonds of Washington County, Virginia, 1780-1872
Gille, Frank H. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Virginia Indians: Tribes, Nations, and People of the Plains Eastern Woodlands. (2 Vols.)
Hale, John P. Trans-Allegheny Pioneers: Historical Sketches of the First White Settlements West of the Alleghenies, 1748 and After.
Hale, John Peter. Trans-Allegheny Pioneers; Historical Sketches of the First White Settlers West of the Alleghenies 1748 and After. . . . 2d ed. Charleston, WV: Kanawha Valley Publishing Co, 1931.
Hammon, Neal O. Captain Harrod's Company, 1774: a Reappraisal. Kentucky State Historical Society Register 72 (July 1974).
Hammon, Neal O. The Fincastle Surveyors in the Bluegrass, 1774. Kentucky State Historical Society Register 70 (October 1972).
Harman, John Newton. Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia, from 1800-1922. 2 volumes.
Hart, Freeman H. The Valley of Virginia in the American Revolution, 1763-1789. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1942.
Harwell, Richard Barksdale (Ed.). The Committees of Safety of Westmoreland and Fincastle. Proceedings of the County Committees, 1774-1776.
Hassinger, Luther. The Lumber Industry in Southwest Virginia.
Hatfield, Emmanuel. Stories of Hatfield, the Pioneer; Embracing a Detailed Account of His Experience in the Wilderness of East Tennessee, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. New Albany, IN: G. Fishback, 1889. [various reprints]
Hiatt, Marty and Craig Roberts Scott. Washington County Virginia Marriages. Ministers’ Returns, 1776-1855.
Hitchcock, Susan Tyler. Gather Ye Wild Things: A Forager’s Year.
Hockett, Thomas Jack. Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Vol. 6, 1831 – 1840.
Hockett, Thomas Jack. Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Vol. 7, 1841 – 1850.
Hockett, Thomas Jack. Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Vol. 3, 1800 – 1807, 1809 – 1810.
Hockett, Thomas Jack. Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Vol. 4, 1811 – 1820.
Hockett, Thomas Jack. Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Vol. 5, 1821 – 1830.
Hockett, Thomas Jack. Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Vol. 1, 1782 – 1786, 1788 –1790.
Horsman, Reginald. The Frontier in the Formative Years, 1783-1815. NY: Holt, 1970.
Johnson, 1938 A narrative history of Wise County, Virginia. Norton, Va.: Norton Press
Johnson, Mattie Ruth. My Melungeon Heritage.A Story of Life on Newman’s Ridge.
Johnson, Patricia G. James Patton and the Appalachian Colonists. Verona, VA: McClure Press, 1975.
Johnston, David E. History of Middle New River Settlements.
Kegley, Mary B. Abstracts of Court Orders of Wythe County, Virginia.
Kegley, Mary B. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters.Volume 3, 2 Parts.
Kegley, Mary B. Early Adventurers in the Town of Evansham, Volume 4.
Kegley, Mary B. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters.Volume 5.
Kegley, Mary B. The Lost Children of Wythe County, Virginia, 1790-1878: Poor School Children, Orphans and Apprentices from County Records.
Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers.
Kegley, Mary B. Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia.1774
Kegley, Mary B. Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815.Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties.
Kegley, Mary B. Supplement to Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815.Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties.
Kegley, Mary B. Wythe County, Virginia : A Bicentennial History.
Kennedy, N. Brent The Melungeons.The Resurrection of a Proud People.An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America.
Kilgore, Frank. Far Southwest Virginia.A Postcard Journey.
Kincaid, Robert L. Colonel Arthur Campbell, Frontier leader and Patriot.
Kincaid, Robert L. The Wilderness Road. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1947.
Kirkpatrick, Dorthie. Rockbridge County Marriages, 1778 – 1850.
Koontz, Louis K. The Virginia Frontier, 1754-1763. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1925.
Leslie, Louise. Tazewell County.
Lester, William S. The Transylvania Company. Spencer, IN: S. R. Guard & Co, 1935.
Lineberry, Mildred. Memoirs of Burkes Garden and Tazewell County.
Loving, Robert. Double Destiny: The Story of Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia.
McClure, Rhonda R. Abstracts of Rockbridge County, Virginia Circuit Court Will Book 1,1809–1974.
McGhan, Judith (Indexer). Genealogies of Virginia Families: From Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine.4 Volumes.
McWhorter, Connelley, and MacLean, 1915 The border settlers of northwestern Virginia from 1768 to 1795: embracing the life of Jesse Hughes and other noted scouts of the great woods of the trans-Allegheny.
Mead, Edward C. Historic Homes of the South-West Mountains, Virginia.
Meade, William. Old Churches and Families of Virginia.2 volumes.
Merrens, Henry R. Historical Geography and Early American History. William & Mary Quarterly 22 (October 1965). {Appalachians as barrier}
Mitchell, Robert D. Commercialism and Frontier: Perspectives on the Early Shenandoah Valley. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977.
Mitchell, Robert D. The Shenandoah Valley Frontier. Association of American Geographers Annals 62 (September 1972).
Nuckolls, Benjamin Floyd. Pioneer Settlers of Grayson County, Virginia.
Owsley, Harriet C. Westward to Tennessee. Tennessee Historical Quarterly 29 (Spring 1965).
Pedigo, Virginia G. History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia.
Pendleton, 1920 History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920
Pendleton, William C. Political History of Appalachian Virginia, 1776-1927.
Peyton, J. lewis History of Augusta County, Virginia.
Ramage, James A. The Green River Pioneers: Squatters, Soldiers, and Speculators. Kentucky State Historical Society Register 75 (July 1977).
Ramsey, 1853 The annals of Tennessee to the end of the eighteenth century
Source:Redd, 1899 Reminiscences
Source:Redd, 1903 General Joseph Martin
Rice, Otis K. The Allegheny Frontier: West Virginia Beginnings, 1730-1830. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1970.
Rohrbaugh, Malcolm J. The Trans-Appalachian Frontier: People, Societies, and Institutions, 1775-1850. NY: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Roy, 1959 Descendants of William Duncan, The Elder
Russell County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Russell County, Virginia, 1786 – 1986.2 Volumes.
Salmon, Emily J., and Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., (Eds.). The Hornbook of Virginia History: A Ready-Reference Guide to the Old Dominion's People, Places, and Past.
Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. The 1787 Census of Virginia.3 volumes.
Speed, Thomas. The Wilderness Road; a Description of the Routes of Travel by which the Pioneers and Early Settlers First Came to Kentucky. NY: Burt Franklin, for the Filson Club, 1971.
Stephenson, Mattie Rountree. Historical Sketch of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, at Abingdon, Virginia, 1773-1948.
Sturgill, Roy L. Crimes, Criminals and Characters of the Cumberlands & Southwest Virginia.
Source:Summers, 1903 History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County 1777-1870
Source:Summers, 1929 Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
Summers, Lewis Preston. Southwest Virginia in the World War.
Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Meet Virginia’s Baby: A Brief Pictorial History of Dickenson County, Virginia, From its Formation in 1880 to 1955, With Stress on Pioneer Background.
Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Sand Lick Primitive Baptist Church the First Hundred years, 1837 – 1937.
Tennis, Joe. Southwest Virginia Crossroads.An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See.
Thwaites and Kellogg, 1905 Documentary history of Dunmore's War, 1774
Thwaites, 1902 Daniel Boone
Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Frontier Defense on the Upper Ohio.
Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Revolution on the Upper Ohio.
Source:Turner, 1914 Reuben Gold Thwaites; a memorial address
Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography.5 volumes.
Virginia. Auditor of Public Accounts.Virginia militia in the War of 1812 : from rolls in the Auditors's Office at Richmond.2 volumes.
Vivian, Jean H. Military Land Bounties during the Revolutionary and Confederation Periods. Maryland Historical Magazine 61 (September 1966).
Vogt, John. Botetourt County Marriages, 1770-1853.2 volumes.
Waddell, 1902 Annals of Augusta county, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871.
Waddell, Joseph Addison. Annals of Augusta County, Virginia 1726-1871.
Wardell, Patrick G. War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applicants.
Weisiger, Benjamin G. Burned County Data, 1809 – 1848: As Found in the Virginia Contested Election Files.
Weslager, C. A. Dutch Explorers, Traders, and Settlers in the Delaware Valley, 1609-1664. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1961.
Wigginton, Eliot. 1972. The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing; Log Cabin Building; Mountain Crafts and Foods; Planting by the Signs; Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing; Moonshining; and Other Affairs of Plain Living . Eliot Wigginton, ed. NY: Doubleday, 1972. 384 pages. (Interviews and essays describe the way of life and crafts of pioneer America still surviving in the Appalachian region.)
Williams, Edward G. (ed). Bouquet's March to the Ohio: the Forbes Road. Pittsburgh: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1975.
Williams, Samuel C. Dawn of Tennessee Valley and Tennessee History. Johnson City, TN: Wautauga Press, 1937.
Wilson, Goodridge. Smyth County History and Traditions.
Winkler, Wayne. Walking Toward the Sunset.The Melungeons of Appalachia.
Wolf, George D. The Fair Play Settlers of the West Branch Valley, 1769-1784: a Study of Frontier Ethnology. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, 1969.
Worrell, Ann Lowry. A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831.


The following provides links to articles dealing with various categories of works relevant for Southwest Virginia Genealogy. See also: Southwest Virginia Bibliography for a partial listing of useful references based on Source:Skinner, 1921. These categorized lists do not necessarily contain all of the references included in the above list. They may, or may not, be updated in the future.

Southwest Virginia Alphabetical List of References
Southwest Virginia Project Regional Histories
Southwest Virginia Project County Histories
Southwest Virginia Project Family Histories
Southwest Virginia Project Biographies