Genealogy & History

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry allows you to search billions of records and discover your family's history. What you need: Must access this site from within a Suffolk Public Library location and create a free account

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Ask Library Staff

Have a genealogy or local history-related question? Contact us for personalized assistance! Join us for one of our Genealogy Meetups at the library to explore your family history or other genealogical projects.
Check out other history-related talks and events hosted by the library.

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City of Suffolk Cemeteries App

Use the City of Suffolk Cemeteries app to search the records of those interred or entombed at the City of Suffolk Cemeteries. This app also allows you to view your loved one's Living Memorials, Photos, Videos and Condolences shared by family and friends. All of this with GPS Navigation functionality to allow you to locate loved ones interred at the cemeteries. To submit a memory or photo of your loved one, click here.

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Encyclopedia of Virginia

This encyclopedia is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. Resources include an A-Z index, map, podcasts, virtual tours and more.

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Hamblin Studio Photograph Collection

This collection features 1,300 photographs taken by 4 photographers associated with the Hamblin Studio 1910-1975.

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Library of Virginia's Genealogical Resources

These Library of Virginia collections document the history, culture, and people of the commonwealth and are available on paper and microfilm, as well as digitally. Virginia Chronicle, which contains the Suffolk News-Herald, is a historical archive of Virginia newspapers, providing free access to full text searching and digitized images of over a million newspaper pages. 

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National Archives Resources for Genealogists

Use the resources at the National Archives to explore your family's ancestry, access veterans' service records, find educator resources, and search America's founding documents.

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Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society

This Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society has grown into a membership of over 300, and the Society has become an advocate for the community at large by bringing attention to people and places that are in danger of being forgotten or lost. Suffolk Public Library partners with the Society on a monthly Afternoon Conversations series at the Phillips-Dawson House for local history talks on a variety of topics.

Suffolk High Yearbooks

Locate Suffolk High yearbooks digitized by Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society.


NewsBank Inc.- HeritageHub

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. 

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You can find even more tools at our Suffolk Public Library locations.

  • Public computer access (guest passes available for those without a library card)
  • Copy, Scan-to-USB, and Print Services
    - Faxing is not available but you can find other faxing locations here
    - Send your print job to the library from your device with PrinterOn
  • Free Public Wi-Fi access
  • Discovery Appointments
  • Books and audiobooks available for checkout to Virginia and North Carolina residents with a Suffolk Public Library card
  • Local History Reference Collection available at Morgan Memorial Library (443 W Washington St, Suffolk, VA 23434)