Genealogy Group holds 10th Anniversary Workshop

November 8, 2014

"Celebrating 10 Years of Exploring, Connecting, and Documenting African-American Families" is the title of a workshop to be given by Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS) on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Angel Visit Baptist Church, 29566 Tidewater Trail (Route 17), Dunnsville, Virginia (map). This workshop is presented in celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary, and promises to be beneficial to both beginning researchers and experienced researchers who are looking for resources to expand their family trees.


"African-American Research at the Library of Virginia" will be the one of the day’s topics. Library of Virginia Reference Archivist Cara Griggs will give a general overview of the Library of Virginia, with an emphasis on pre-1870 Virginia African-American genealogy using sources that are available from the Library. Greg Crawford, the Library’s Local Records Program Manager, will present "Stories of Pre-Civil War African Americans Found at the Library of Virginia". Crawford will recount a few of the many stories that emerge from the vast and diverse collections of records at the Library. An overview of the 10-year history of MPAAGHS will be shared, with examples of the many successes that the organization has achieved with connecting eastern Virginia families. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.


MPAAGHS was formed in September of 2004. Its mission is to create and provide opportunities to encourage and enable African Americans to research, document, and publish their family histories and genealogies.


Anyone who is interested in genealogy is invited to attend. The workshop is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to talk with experienced researchers, to view displays of their work, and to get tips for starting or furthering your own research. Refreshments will be served. For further information, call 804-758-5163.


Workshop Program
Location of Angel Visit Baptist Church
Library of Virginia