Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 9, 2013 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research, Website

ACOM_HungerGames_DistrictsI love maps. Real.  Make-believe.  I was looking at the Panem map from The Hunger Games and noticed that not only are both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson’s characters from what might have been the Mid-Atlantic states, but the actors have deep roots into those areas as well.

If you are doing Mid Atlantic research one of the states you are likely to find your ancestors in is Virginia just like these actors did.

Did you know:

  • Virginia was location of the first permanent English settlement in North America, Jamestown.
  • It gave us our first president: George Washington, and 3 out of the next 5: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
  • More Civil War battles, 122, were fought in Virginia than in any other state.
  • Virginia ceded part of its land to help establish the nation’s capital and it is the home of Arlington Cemetery where many of our nation’s veterans have been laid to rest.

virginiaVirginia has a rich and colorful history and while some of its records have been destroyed over the years due to wars, fires, weather and neglect, many of them remain available for you to use in putting together the puzzle of your past.

Our free research guide, Virginia Resources in the Old Dominion State gives you a brief history of the state, important dates for helping to create your ancestors’ timelines and links to a variety of Virginia records.

Also, check out our Virginia state page and make sure you look at each individual county for records to specific to the county your ancestor lived in.

Happy searching!

Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

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