VGS 17-18 October 2014 Conference to Be in Historic Augusta County, Virginia

The Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) and the Augusta County Genealogical Society (AGCS) announce their combined fall conference on 17 and 18 October 2014. The conference includes guided research at the Waynesboro Public Library in Waynesboro and lectures at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center in Staunton, Va. (16 minutes apart). Attendees will draw for great genealogical prizes at this event. VGS partners with a local society for a fall conference and in the spring holds another conference in Richmond.

Friday is a free day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., guided research will be offered at the Waynesboro Public Library at 600 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Va. Library staff and experienced researchers from VGS and ACGS will be available to help. At 2 p.m., Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D., professor of history,  emerita, James Madison University, will speak on the topic “In the Beginning, Augusta County, Virginia,  Was [Almost] Everything” in the library conference room. She is currently senior research historian associated with the James Madison Center. She is author or editor of numerous genealogy books and articles and has served as president of VGS.

On Saturday, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center at 152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, Va., where a full day of lectures begins at 9 a.m. Speaker Barbara Vines Little, C.G. will address these topics: “Before It Was Augusta,” “West of the Blue Ridge: Augusta’s Chancery Court Records,” “Frontier Settlement: The Virginia Land Office and Its Records,” and “Migration Trails and Settlement Clusters.” Ms. Little is a certified, professional genealogist whose primary interest is in Virginia research, brick wall problems, and complete genealogies. She is an Orange County Historical Society board member and former president of both the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and VGS. She has served as coordinator and instructor for the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research Track II (VIGR), and for the Virginia track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. Currently, Ms. Little is editor of the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and NGS’s Research in the States series. The VGS website under the Research Aids tab (go to Libraries…) provides articles about the research facilities in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

On Saturday afternoon, Nancy Sorrells will speak on “Weaving the Fabric of a New Nation.” Ms. Sorrells holds a master’s degree in local, regional, and state history with James Madison University. An independent scholar and freelance writer, she is a partner in a local history publishing company. The Lot’s Wife Publishing website lauds the accomplishments of Nancy Sorrells saying she “was the research historian for ten years at the Museum of American Frontier Culture.”

Space is limited for these sell-out speakers. Be sure to register early to get a seat and save money. The cost of the conference is $44 for VGS & ACGS members and $55 for nonmembers if submitted by 28 September. After 28 September the cost increases $10 for everyone. The price includes Saturday lunch. 

Register at 804-285-8954 or by mail ACGS members register by mailing the brochure to the address below. Registration on the website may not work. Call or e-mail with questions. Cancellations after 1 October will not be refunded. One year VGS membership is $35 for individuals/$40 for families; one year ACGS membership is $15 for individuals/$5 for each additional family member. 

Vendors of books and other items of researchers’ interest will be available Saturday. 

Door prizes coveted by genealogists will be awarded; among them is’s prizes FamilyTreeMaker, FamilyTreeMaker Mac 3; a one-year World Explorer Membership; one-year annual membership to Fold3; and a one-year subscription to For more information, contact the Virginia Genealogical Society at

Speakers for this conference were provided by funds from the
Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of the Community Foundation Serving
Richmond and Central Virginia.

1900 Byrd Ave., Suite #104, Richmond, VA 23230-3033  |  804-285-8954