Legislative Petitions Handout

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Legislative Petitions Handout

  1. 1. Legislative Petitions Petitions to the General Assembly were the primary catalyst for legislation in the Commonwealth from 1776 until 1865. Public improvements, military claims, divorce, manumission of slaves, division of counties, incorporation of towns, religious freedom, and taxation were just some of the concerns expressed in these petitions. The petitions often contain hundreds of signatures and are a useful tool in genealogical and historical research. Frequently, the petitions contain supplementary support documents useful in research, including maps, wills, naturalizations, deeds, resolutions, affidavits, judgments, and other items. The collection includes petitions from localities classified as Lost Records Localities Legislative Petitions Database: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/petition/ Legislative Petitions Images: http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/petitions

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