The Genealogy Department is located on the first floor beside the elevator. The department provides a comfortable and quiet space for researching family history.  Department resources may be used during normal library hours with the assistance of a library supervisor or Society member. 

The VA-NC Genealogical Society has its offices at the Ruby B. Archie location and provides volunteers to help patrons with genealogical research.  Visit their website for hours and additional information. 

Genealogical Materials

The library has an extensive collection of genealogical materials including:
  • Past City Directories
  • Local burial and marriage records
  • Family histories
  • Histories of Danville and other Virginia and North Carolina cities and counties
  • Civil War military records
  • A variety of Genealogical journals and reference books

Online Resources

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

Ancestry Library (In Library only)
Census, military, and vital records

Fold3 (In Library only)
Browse military records

Danville Historical Society
Local volunteer history organization

Genealogical records from a nonprofit family history organization

Final disposition information from around the world

Genealogy for Kids Pedigree Chart

VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society
Official website of the volunteer group found at Ruby B. Archie branch location

Obituary Search
Searchable database of all obituaries currently collected by VA-NC PGS

Danville Register & Bee Digital Archive
Full-color digital archive of the Danville Register & Bee. B/W microfilm available at Ruby B. Archie branch location.