The New River Historical Society will present its annual genealogy workshop, “Researching Our Family History,” on Saturday, May 16, at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum. Registration is at 9 a.m. and workshop sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Sessions for the day will focus on how to do genealogical research and how to present that research in innovative ways.
Janie Dillon, a researcher and instructor in genealogical research, will lead a session sharing her own — “Janie’s Top 6 List of Historical Documents.” She will provide tips on how to find and interpret wills, deeds, marital documents, chancery records, census records and tax records.
A panel of local family historians will share their personal journeys, explaining how they researched, where that research has led them and how they are preserving their families’ stories.
Mary Catherine Stout, of Dublin, will show her research on the Farris family of Newbern, sharing with participants her process for putting together an illustrated publication that she distributed to family members. Sharon Hardy, of Pulaski, will present “The Halsey Family from New York to Virginia,” sharing the research that took her on two trips to Southampton, New York.
Carolyn Mathews, of Newbern, will suggest creative approaches to presenting and preserving family history. She will read poems and show art work based on her mother’s research on her maternal line.
Tom McGohey, a volunteer at the museum and former director of the Writing Center at Wake Forest University, will present “Picturing the Past: Writing with Photographs.” This workshop will provide strategies for “reading” photographs as another primary source of the past. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs, personal and/or published, related to their historical interests for use in writing exercises.
April Danner, deputy museum administrator for Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, will offer a session called “German Heritage through Frakturs.” She will explain these illuminated manuscripts created by artisans of German descent from around 1740 to 1900 to record births, baptisms and marriages.
A registration fee of $20 includes coffee and donuts, served beginning at 9 a.m., and a lunch of soup and sandwiches.
The registration fee may be paid on site, but participants are asked to reserve space by preregistering.
For more information, call the museum at 674-4835 during regular hours of operation, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.