Libraries, Archives & Museums


The Virginia Room, housed in the Gloucester Main Library, is a special collection of family histories, genealogical and reference materials, surname files and vertical files pertaining to Virginia history and more specifically to families of the Gloucester and Tidewater areas.
Originally established as a Community Project in 1991, the Gwynn’s Island Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Gwynn’s Island and Mathews County, Virginia.
The Library of Congress is the research library of the United States Congress and is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.
As the commonwealth's library at the seat of government and the state archives, the Library of Virginia's collections of books, periodicals, government publications, newspapers, architectural drawings and plans, manuscripts, archival records, maps, rare books, prints and photographs, and fine art are unsurpassed in depth and scope. These collections document the history, culture, and people of the commonwealth and are available on paper and microfilm, as well as digitally.
Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center at the College of William and Mary houses original manuscripts, photographs, rare books, sheet music, maps, and other unique or rare treasures documenting humanity’s history and culture. 
Mathews Maritime Museum is owned and operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation. Established in 1998, the Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Mathews County’s maritime and cultural heritage through research, conservation, documentation and education.
The National Archives holds the records of the United States Federal government.
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Ancestry Library Edition
Only available at the library!

Heritage Quest

America's Genealogy Bank

Mathews Oral History Project

The Mathews County Historical Society is engaged in an ongoing project to record and create permanent records of stories that residents have to tell. Read more.

Families of Mathews

Over 10,000 families of Mathews County, Virginia and their connections!

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