About Burgess Genealogy

I've been interested in family history since the age of sixteen, when I asked both of my surviving grandmothers to tell me what they knew about their respective families. I typed out the details (two pages each) on my Grandmother Anna's old Olivettiā€”and I still have those sheets today. Eventually, I published several editions of The House of the Burgesses, a genealogical history of my Burgess family, and then in 2004 startedĀ the Burgess Surname DNA Project, which Mary and I have continued to administer to this day.

These web pages include a short story relating to genealogy (what happens when we REALLY get a chance to ask Ole Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandpa about the family origins), some pieces from The House of the Burgesses, some abstracts of early Burgess census records, some abstracts of Virginia personal property tax records, and abstracts of Burgess wills and estates from various sources. Nothing here should be regarded as complete or definitive, but just a starting point for further research.

Finally, the section dealing with the Burgess Surname DNA Project contains much background data on the families and family groups included in that project. I urge all of you who have "dead-end" Burgess lines to consider joining the project, if you have a direct-male-line Burgess descendant who's willing to participate. If your family group is NOT generally represented in the Project presently, and you don't have the financial means to join (but are still willing to participate), please send us an email, and we'll see what can be done.

Yours in genealogy--

Michael Burgess
Mary Wickizer Burgess

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