BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

TimeFriday, April 5, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Are you interested in exploring your family tree, but don’t know where to begin? Join Library staff members Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager) and Nathan Verilla (reference archivist) to learn about basic research strategies, useful websites, and helpful resources found at the Library. No experience necessary. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, May 10, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia reference archivists Dawn Tinnell and Bill Bynum introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Out of the Shadows: Little-Known Records for Virginia Genealogy

TimeFriday, June 7, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia archivists Tom Crew and Jennifer Huff will discuss a variety of records that are often overlooked when doing family history research, such as Virginia penitentiary records, Prohibition Commission records, state mental hospital records, court order books, business records, and militia commission records. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870

TimeFriday, July 19, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

THIS EVENT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 12 AND HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 19

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library's collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through databases. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA WORKSHOP AT YORKTOWN

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870 

TimeFriday, July 26, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationAmerican Revolution Museum, Classrooms A & B, 200 Water Street, Yorktown
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members & Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Annual Fund members)

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War with the Library of Virginia. Hosted by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as part of its ongoing “Preserving Your Family History” workshop series in partnership with the Library of Virginia, library reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library of Virginia’s collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds, and tax records, in addition to selected federal records that can be accessed through databases. A separate ticket is required to attend this workshop. To learn more, visit https://www.historyisfun.org/forgotten-soldier/workshop-series/. 

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Historic Census Records at the Library of Virginia 

TimeFriday, August 9, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

United States Census records provide a framework for initial genealogical research as well as offering significant clues to comprehending a bigger picture of a person’s life—his or her family relations, community, migrations, and livelihood. Led by Library staff members Mary Clark (director of acquisitions and access management), Kevin Shupe (archivist), and John Deal (editor), this workshop will illuminate the particulars of each census, suggesting potential search strategies, tips for finding missing ancestors, and ways to mine the census for more information. We will also introduce the non-population and special censuses, such as agricultural, slave, mortality, and veterans’ censuses, showing how they might provide useful insights. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA WORKSHOP AT YORKTOWN

To Common Defense: Military Records for Genealogical Research 

TimeFriday, August 16, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationAmerican Revolution Museum, Classrooms A & B, 200 Water Street, Yorktown
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members & Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Annual Fund members)

The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from the commonwealth's founding to the end of World War II. Hosted by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as part of its ongoing “Preserving Your Family History” workshop series in partnership with the Library of Virginia, this workshop presents records unique to the Library, as well as records available on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed resources. Service in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World Wars I and II will be highlighted, along with militia service through the centuries and lesser-known conflicts such as the War of 1812 and the French and Indian War. A separate ticket is required to attend this workshop. To learn more, visit https://www.historyisfun.org/forgotten-soldier/workshop-series/. 

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Virginia Immigration Research, 1607–1952 

TimeFriday, September 6, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia archivist Cara Griggs leads this workshop focused on records from 1607 to 1952 concerning the immigration of individuals who came to Virginia. Learn about passenger lists and naturalization records as well as strategies for identifying birthplaces through records that relate to immigration and naturalization, vital records, obituaries, cemetery records, the records of religious organizations, and records from an individual's country of origin. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Telling Your Family History Story

TimeWednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Get tips and inspiration from two speakers who have moved past basic genealogical research and now compile fuller stories for their family histories. Samuel Hayes's lecture, “The Intersection of a 42-Year Family Search and the Age of DNA,” focuses on how DNA research filled in several gaps within his family tree, as well as the impact of slavery on his ancestors' lives. “Put Some Meat on Them Bones – Telling the Stories,” the lecture from Rosemary Cantrell, shows the importance of storytelling and explains how you can use background information about locations, organizations, neighbors, local and historical events, and other tidbits to tell a fascinating and accurate story of an ancestor’s life, even when few actual facts are available. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY

Genealogy Open House 

TimeFriday, September 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM–4:30 PM
LocationComputer Lab & Second Floor
PriceFree

Join us for a Genealogy Open House held in connection with the Library’s Virginia Family History Day Conference on Saturday, September 14. Attend computer lab sessions on topics such as newspapers and maps, register ahead of time for a one-on-one "Ask an Expert" session (see contact information below), and join a tour of the Library in the afternoon. This event is free and open to public—you do not need to be registered for Saturday’s conference to attend. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one session, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY CONFERENCE

Searching for Your Ancestors: 

The Genealogical Impact of Forced & Voluntary Virginia Migrations

TimeSaturday, September 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall & Conference Rooms
Price$35 ($14 for optional lunch)

The 1619 arrival of Africans marked a pivotal moment in Virginia’s history and eventually caused major shifts in its economy and culture. The 400th anniversary of this seminal event invites us to examine its influence on the practice of family history as well as the impact of subsequent migrations to, from, and within the commonwealth. Many American families have ancestors who migrated through Virginia, crisscrossing the map within historical migration routes. Africans and African Americans suffered the harshest experience of all migrants, experiencing the horrors of slave ships and having their families forcibly separated in the routine transactions of the American slave trade to which Virginia was essential. Famines, land clearings, poverty, and religious persecution pushed British and European souls out of the Old World to find a new life and new land in Virginia and beyond, whether as indentured servants or willing immigrants. In the process, native people lost their land to the colonizers due to warfare and forced resettlement.


This conference explores the ways in which the search for ancestors in records is affected by these historical currents. Attendees can learn more about the historical context of their family history stories and shed light on their ancestors’ journeys.

 

Join us for an exciting day of family history exploration and networking. Keynote speaker Ric Murphy—an educator, historian, lecturer, and award-winning author and the national vice president for history with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society—will discuss "The 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America."


An optional open house on Friday, September 13, 10:00 AM–4:30 PM, offers computer lab sessions on topics such as newspapers and maps, one-on-one "Ask an Expert" sessions, and a tour of the Library. (Reservations are required for the “Ask an Expert” sessions. To schedule one, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.)

 

The Library of Virginia hosts this third annual Family History Day conference in collaboration with the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support from FamilySearch.


For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

TimeFriday, October 25, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Are you interested in exploring your family tree, but don’t know where to begin? Join Library staff members to learn about basic research strategies, useful websites, and helpful resources found at the Library. No experience necessary. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, November 15, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia reference archivists Amanda Morrell and Jennifer Huff introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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