DOME website officially released

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A new, searchable website on all the people who have served in the Virginia House of Delegates has officially been released.

The site initially debuted in January at the start of the General Assembly session.

Now the House Clerk's Office has released the completed iteration, which is a multi-year project to record and share biographical sketches and legislative service information on the more than 9,700 people who have served as Burgesses or Delegates since 1619.

The site is officially called Database of House Members or DOME, honoring the oldest continuously operating English-speaking representative legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.

It is now contains expanded content, enhanced overall navigation and is available on mobile devices.

Governor George Yeardley arrived in Jamestown on April 18, 1619 and the first General Assembly, or House of Burgesses as it was then called, was convened on July 30, 1619.

“It is not only apt but fantastically fitting formally to launch this new education resource 400 years to the day representative democracy began taking shape in North America,” said House Clerk G. Paul Nardo. “I hope DOME increases public understanding of this venerable institution, its leaders and our individual members, and ultimately affords users the opportunity to make connections with our past in order to help shape a better future for our entire Commonwealth.”

There are four categories in DOME: Burgesses and Delegates, Speakers and Clerks, Legislative Sessions and Committees, and State Capitol Locations.

The first two contain an array of personal, legislative and historical information on former and current members and leaders of the legislative body, including names, session years, constituency, and more.

The third category is a chronology of legislative floor sessions and lists the leadership roles of members and their committee assignments.

The final category describes the various locations where the House has met, beginning with the church at Historic Jamestowne Island to Shockoe Hill in Richmond.

The site is also designed to encourage the public to help write the ongoing history of the House of Delegates by sharing information from their own research or family archives.

To visit DOME, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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