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King and Queen County is one of the earliest areas in the United States to be settled by Europeans, beginning in the last half of the 17th century. Lewis, Scott, Lumpkin, Baylor, Hill, Fleet, Walker, Roane, Braxton, Beverly, Corbin, Temple, Todd, Taylor, Tunstall, Bagby, Robertson, Madison, Major, Semple, Henley, Ryland and Pollard are some, but by no means all, of the early family names. The descendents of many of these early settlers became well known in American history. Descendents of some still hold parts of the original family property.

Researchers visiting the Museum will find a wealth of information about King and Queen families in the books in the library, the King and Queen County Historical Society Bulletins that have been published since 1956, and the artifacts available in the archives, including genealogy charts for various families. The Video Histories will bring you face-to-face with a storyteller of local history. Visit our Library, Archives, Bulletins, and Video History pages for more detail.

Although the Museum does not provide a research service, many of the docents are familiar with the county and its families and can often provide some direction in your search for information.