The Genealogy Department is located on the second floor beside the Children’s Department. 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 during Society hours, with the assistance of a Society member. 

The VA-NC Genealogical Society has its offices here and provides volunteers to help patrons with genealogical research.  Visit their website for hours and other information. 


If you need help using the Genealogy Department, we recommend you make an appointment with the Society. To make an appointment, call (434) 799-5195, ext. 2765.

We strongly recommend an appointment if you are traveling to Danville to conduct family history research. Without an appointment, staff assistance may not be available during your visit to the library.

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

Danville Historical Society

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.