Louisa County is a family history goldmine (download Genealogy Brochure) and people from all across the nation find they have roots here. Our courthouse records alone date back to 1742 and the historical society has been gathering materials on local and family history for over 40 years. Both the Sargeant Museum and the Louisa County Public Library contain a complete set of the society's magazines and copies of published books on local history. If you are planning a visit to Louisa County and need help guiding your search, we welcome you to contact us . Also, several of our local genealogy experts monitor the Louisa County Rootsweb site where you are welcome to post your queries.
An enormous amount of genealogical information comes with four hundred years of history. We are pleased to be able to assist with genealogy research in a number of ways:
Trained family history researchers are available at the Sargeant Museum by appointment only. Our researchers can demonstrate how to find ancestors in public records available online, in our public library, in the genealogy books for Louisa County and Virginia, and at the county courthouse. These appointments are designed to both help you locate a few records and, more importanly, launch you on your own search with confidence.
We offer periodic workshops in family history at the Sargeant Museum. See our events page for upcoming programs.
If you are unable to come to our office, but would like our assistance, we ask that you download our Guide to Family History Research in Louisa County. This guide explains our services and fees. We are, however, dependent on the availability of our volunteers to fill requests and appreciate your patience if we are unable to help you immediately. We suggest you begin with some of our online resources listed below. These will be the first places we also look for information to answer your queries.
The advent of the Internet improves the collection and dissemination of this material, and our last service is to provide the following helpful links. All the sites have forward links of their own-- please don't miss this wealth of information!