2017 Virginia Genealogy Society Fall Conference
Please join us for the 2017 Virginia Genealogy Society Fall Conference, "Genealogical Gems: Hiding in Plain Sight," at Slover Library in historic downtown Norfolk on October 27-28, 2017. The conference is co-sponsored by the Virginia Genealogy Society, Sargeant Memorial Collection (Local History and Genealogy Department) at Slover Library, and the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society.
Final Push Please Take Action Now to Help the Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia again needs your help this week to get its budget amendments through the Virginia General Assembly.
Thanks to the efforts of the many Virginia researchers, genealogists and historians who have written the General Assembly, we have made some good progress.
Both the House and the Senate have adopted separate budgets which include an amendment for $428,571 to hire nine LVA staff and permit LVA to re-open six days per week. This amendment should be included in the final budget and if so, will represent great progress.
Please Help a Treasure House in Trouble: The Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia, Virginia’s treasure house, the repository of the history of our state and much of our nation has suffered greatly from budget reductions in the past, but has always been able to provide access to all researchers by maintaining its Saturday schedule. The latest budget cuts have forced it to close its doors to the public not only on Saturdays but Mondays as well and to effectively cut all personal access to those who work a nine-to-five week. And worse may yet come. The governor’s office has announced a need for an additional 2.5 percent cut for next year. Such a cut would result in further staff reductions (the current cut caused the loss of twelve full-time (including six archival positions) and six part-time staff members.) We need you (all of you) to come to the Library’s aid.
First: Do it today!!
Download and read the “Open Letter to Members”[click here for PDF] and contact the members of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees. Contact information is included in the “Letter.”
It will take legislative action to restore the funds necessary to reopen the Library on Saturday. Contact your personal legislators in person, by phone, email, and letter (http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/). Let them know your concern. Ask them to support the restoration of the funding for the lost archival positions so that the library can reopen on Saturday and continue to process the collections that it receives. [Click here for a sample letter.]
Ask your legislators to support the code changes outlined in the letter to members. We need to ensure that the Library’s mission of providing access to our history to all citizens is part of the Code of Virginia.
Don’t Live in Virginia?
Write the governor; write the members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations committee. Remind them that you have voting relatives in Virginia, that your tourist dollars support the Virginia tourism industry and that they have a responsibility to see that Virginia’s history is preserved and available to all. We need your voices too.
Library of Virginia Hours
Beginning 14 November 2016, the reading rooms of the Library of Virginia will be closed on Mondays and Saturdays. The reading rooms will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Our Web site is currently undergoing renovations and some sections are currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please come back often to see what becomes available.
New Member Discounts
The Virginia Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a new member benefit—discounts on two genealogy publications plus a discount on all purchases through the publisher’s online store!
Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle Magazine)
"A genealogical magazine for people researching family trees, family history, their heritage and genealogy roots using the resources of the Internet."
A magazine that focuses on keeping today's family historian up-to-date with the vast and ever-growing collection of genealogy-related resources, software, tools, products, technologies and more."
Members use the offer code VGS20% on checkout to receive a 20% discount on all purchases, including magazine subscriptions.
Amazon donations to VGS
What's New on the VGS Website
From time to time VGS will add new content for the Virginia genealogist to its web site. While some content will be for members only, much will be for the general public. New content will be announced through VGS’ Google group email. VGS recommends that you subscribe to this group if you would like to be kept apprised of additions. You can find a subscription form at the bottom of the home page.
Research repositories throughout Virginia offer genealogists opportunities to put flesh on the bones of their ancestors, as well as the opportunity to break through brick walls in their family research. VGS governor Kate Parker has compiled articles on over 40 statewide, local, and regional repositories throughout the state. Each article includes contact information, hours available for research, collection holdings, and recommended preparation before a visit.