Ancestry Library Edition

Please note: Ancestry is only available in the library. Wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. Includes US census records, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists, and more.

Daily Press Obituary Index

The main source of these obituaries is the Daily Press, which has been the City of Newport News’ local paper since 1898. The current obituary index covers 1898 through 1988. This index also covers obituaries from the Times-Herald from 1902 to 1915.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library

WRL is pleased to announce that both our library locations are now registered FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries, meaning that many records that would otherwise be locked can now be accessed on computers at either library location. FamilySearch includes the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world, and is international in scope. A free, easy-to-set-up FamilySearch account is required to access all of these resources.


Fold3, available from WRL, is the premier collection of US military records from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Additionally, Fold3 includes a variety of international military records as well as non-military records, including naturalization records, Native American and African American records collections, passport applications, and more. Military records include not only registers and service records but also letters, maps, and photographs. Fold3 is a treasure trove for anyone researching a family member who served in the armed forces, and is available in the library or from home with a valid WRL card.


Examine census data and search through genealogical books and magazines. Explore special resources devoted to African-Americans and to the Revolutionary War.

Virginia Gazette Obituary Index

Available obituaries were published in Williamsburg’s Virginia Gazette from 1930-2017.