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SMC Research Tools

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Get started on your local history or genealogical research with these helpful databases, resources and guides. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact us. Don't forget to visit our calendar for our classes and conferences!


Ancestry Library Edition

In-Library Use Only


Heritage Quest

Remote Access


SMC Historic Photos

Remote Access


Norfolk Air 2.0

Remote Access


Norfolk Journal & Guide

  Remote Access


Norfolk Cemeteries

Remote Access

sanborn maps

Remote Access

SMC Archives

Remote Access

VA City Directories

Remote Access


Remote Access


Digital Directory of Historic and Genealogical Resources

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

Research Guides

African American Resources at SMC

A bibliographical listing of materials available in the SMC about the African American experience in Norfolk and Virginia.

Native Virginians

A bibliographical listing of materials available in the SMC about the Native American experience in Virginia.

Norfolk and Portsmouth Annexations

A guide containing a timeline of Norfolk & Portsmouth city growth. Also includes a map of Norfolk annexations.


Norfolk Property Research

A guide containing materials available in the SMC about how to research your Norfolk’s property.

Norfolk City Directories

How to understand and make the best use of the Norfolk City Directories, as well as a list of Norfolk City Directories available in the SMC.