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Special Interest Groups (SIG)
The purpose of the Virginia SIG is to bring together folks interested in Virginia, to learn about her genealogy related topics and resources; to share knowledge with each other; to help each other with brick walls, technology challenges; and whatever else folks want to address/do.
Meetings are planned for the 4th Mondays of each month, from 1-2pm in the Research Library, room 214 at HHSC. However, we'll have the room until about 3:30 if we decide we need more time.
Meetings will likely be in-person or on zoom, depending on what works best at the time. There will be informal presentations and discussions to help us learn about a topic or repository; folks sharing our successes and problems; computer time when needed; and anything else that helps us with our research in Virginia.
A few of the potential topics that have been mentioned so far are:
- Background on the history of Virginia, county formation, settlement patterns, etc. What brought folks to Virginia in early 1900’s? What roads were there in 1910?
- What areas of West Virginia and Kentucky may still have records here in Virginia? Is there somewhere to find info on who moved away, and when, and with whom?
- All about the repositories in Virginia, their resources, availability, etc.
Maybe do by geographic areas, e.g., Fredericksburg/Central Virginia; Northern Neck; Middle Peninsula, e.g., Gloucester, Williamsburg, Jamestown; Southeast Virginia; Southwest Virginia, etc.
- What kinds of valuable info do folks find in various types of records/repositories?
- Learn about using Virginia church records, road orders, land records, chancery records, David Rumsey maps, and more.
- Look at different groups of folks in Virginia , e.g, Native Americans, Huguenots, African Americans, Germans, Scots-Irish; early Quakers, etc.
- Get help on navigating the Library of Virginia website.
- Genealogy resources available on social media,
Field Trip/Road Trip SIG
The Field Trip/Road Trip SIG meets the Fourth Friday quarterly. Occasionally, the SIG meets on the Saturday following the Fourth Friday. The FT/RT SIG meets in January, April, July, and October.
Prior outings have included the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, the Library of Congress, and a walking tour Old Town Alexandria with the Manumission Tour Company. Future outings will include the Maryland Archives, the Library of Virginia, and the National Archives.
The start and finish times of the outings or tours, as well as any cost for tickets, usually depends on the number of people attending. Transportation to and from the outings or tours ranges from Metro to carpool to individual vehicles. If you are interested in joining us for a future Field Trip or Road Trip, contact Stephanie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
African American Special Interest Group (AA-SIG)
The African-American SIG was formed to explore the rich history of our ancestors and their experiences. A combination of learning tools (group discussions, computer searches, lectures, presentations, case studies, site visits, etc.) will assist the genealogist in uncovering clues that help tell and document their stories. Generations to come will appreciate and enjoy the care that went into preserving this bit of history.
Meetings are normally scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00-3:00 pm in the MVGS Research Library, Hollin Hall Senior Center. If you’d like more information or have a question you’d like help researching, send an email to MVGSaaSIG@gmail.com
The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12, 2024.