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 genealogical society member.


The 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 other information.


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


If you need help using the Genealogy Department, it's recommended you make an appointment with the Society; call (434) 799-5195, ext. 2765.