The Research Center

The Genealogy and Research Center at the museum offers one of the most sophisticated genealogy research libraries in Southside Virginia. The Genealogy and Research Center is an excellent means to help fill in the gaps of one’s family tree and learn more about the general history of the Town of South Boston, Halifax County, and other surrounding areas. All you have to do is ask!

Some available resources:

  • One-on-one assistance from a volunteer museum research assistant
  • Access to and other online resources
  • Over 1,500 book and 2,000 historical archives, manuscripts, and files
  • Family-Tree Maker

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: by appointment only

Contact Information:

please contact the museum at or call 434-572-9200.

Our Current Projects

Since the founding of our Genealogy and Research Center nearly two decades ago, voulnteers and staff at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum have undertaken numerous projects to expand the collections to better servethe public.

For the last several years, the Genealogy and Research Room has collected historic newspapers generated by local publishers.  As of April 18 a new batch of historic papers was sent to the Virginia State Library for preservation and digitization.  A copy of these images will be avaliable to the public in the Research Center.  The Research Center is interested in any papers published by the Gazette-Virginian before 1960 and any newspapers published before the year 2000 by the News and Record or the South Boston News.  If you have any newspapers that you wish to donate, fell free to contact us with the time range and the publisher of the newspapers.

Thousands of images have been captured on film, glass, and tin ever since the art of photography made its way to Southside Virginia in the late 1830s. The Genealogy and Research Center has been gifted several hundred photos since the museum was founded in 1982.  The style phototography within the museum’s permanent collection ranges anywhere from Daguerreotypes and Tintypes to modern digital images.

A collection of images that have been provided by the local residents to create our gallery known as the “Wall of Faces.” The “Wall of Faces” is a gallery of Halifax County residents presented in photographs that predate 1950. Can you find your distant ancestor?

The Genealogy and Research Room’s collection of photographs is ever expanding.  The Research Center welcomes anyone who would like to help us identify individuals in some of our more historic collections.  If you are interested in donating photographs to the museum, feel free to contact us during our buisness hours or by our email:

New Arrivals!

Over 1,300 books have a permanent home on the shelves of the Genealogy and Research Center. A visitor can look up information about the history of South Boston, Halifax County, Southside Virginia, and parts of North Carolina. Many of these books contain information about vital records of the area from the 1700s and 1800s, special topics such as Halifax County’s African American history, and the research center maintains a special collection of books written by local authors.

Letters, obituaries, diaries, photographs, ledgers, and more can be found in the Genealogy Files of our Research Center.  Volunteers over the last ten years have worked diligently to compile dozens of family histories. The histories recorded and the research material provided is a wonderful resource for any person wanting to begin a genealogy research saga.