“Researching Our Family History”
Wilderness Road Regional Museum
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The New River Historical Society is excited to announce its annual Genealogy Workshop at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum, “Researching Our Family History” A registration fee of $20 includes coffee and donuts beginning at 9 a.m. and a lunch of soup and sandwiches.
“Janie’s Top 6 List”
Presenter: Janie Dillon
The pursuit of family history can lead genealogists to delve for hours into historical records of one kind and another. Janie Dillon has formulated her own Top 6 List of Historical Documents crucial for researching family trees: wills, deeds, marriages, chancery records, census records, and tax records. She will provide tested tips for finding and interpreting these important records.
“Picturing the Past: Writing with Photographs”
Presenter: Tom McGohey
They say a photograph is worth a thousand words, and in historical research those images and words can lead to a deeper level of discovery and meaning not so “visible” in factual records. This workshop will provide strategies for “reading” photographs as another primary source about the past. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs, personal and/or published, related to their historical interests for use in writing exercises.
“This is Our Story”
Mary Catherine Stout, Sharon Hardy, and Carolyn Mathews will share their personal family history journeys, explaining how they researched, where the research led them, and how a family’s stories can be preserved in innovative ways.
“German Heritage through Frakturs”
April Danner, Deputy Museum Administrator for Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, will explain these illuminated manuscripts created by artisans of German descent from around 1740 to 1900 to record births, baptisms, and marriages.
Guests can register by calling the museum at (540) 674-4835 during its hours of operation,
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
5240 Wilderness Road
Dublin, VA 24084