• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Genealogical Research for a Jamestown Ancestor

watercolor montage of early English settlers at Jamestown

On May 13, 1607, 104 English settlers landed at Jamestown.

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Colonial National Historical Park - Historic Jamestowne does not do genealogical research. However, we do have recommendations for several sources which may assist you in your search for ancestors from Jamestown.


The following three publications, available online from the National Park Service may help you in your search:

- Documentary History of Jamestown Island, volume I: Narrative History

-Documentary History of Jamestown Island, volume II: Land Ownership

-Documentary History of Jamestown Island, volume III: Biographies of Owners and Residents

The following three sites may help you research your ancestor:

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities
204 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: (804) 648-1889
Web site: http://www.apva.org

Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 692-3500
Web site: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/

Jamestowne Society
Web site: http://www.jamestowne.org

The following publications may also be helpful:

Brown, Stuart E. and Lorraine F. Meyers and Eileen M. Chappel. Pocahontas' descendants. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1994.

Hotten, John Camden, editor. Original Lists of Persons of Quality 1600-1700. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1980.

McGinnis, Carol. Virginia Genealogy: Sources and Resources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.

Meyer, Virginia M. Adventures of Purse and Person: Virginia 1607-1624/5. Richmond, Virginia: Dietz Press, 1987 (third edition)

Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979.


Did You Know?

A photograph of a tribute payment picture from the Pamunkey Indian Museum.

The Pamunkey and Mattaponi are the only Virginia Indian tribes who own reservation lands. The lands were granted by treaties signed with the English in 1646 and 1677. The tribes still make the yearly tribute payment of fish and game - now to the Virginia Governor - as stipulated by those treaties! More...