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Genealogy in Colonial Virginia

Program Number: 7044RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/8/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Price starting at: $785.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history of Tidewater Virginia, site of the first permanent English settlement in North America and entry point for thousands of adventurers, indentured servants and enslaved Africans. Learn how to further your genealogical research into the lives of your 17th- and 18th-century ancestors using Virginia land, church, civil, tax and business records. See how economics, religion, and warfare impacted people’s lives, with time for individual research under expert guidance.




Highlights

• Delve into genealogy research at Swem Library on the William & Mary campus and the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

• Search the state’s best collection of church records and get access to two of the best manuscript collections in Virginia.

• Explore colonial culture with a talented musician and an extraordinary African American historical interpreter.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

11-3-2013

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Williamsburg (Virginia)

One of America’s first planned cities, this one-time capital of the New World was laid out in 1699, and today, the historic community serves as a well-preserved center of American Colonial history, from nearby Jamestown to impeccably restored buildings.



Accommodations
Modern hotel near historic area, indoor pool and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Historic District
  Williamsburg 5 nights
 Clarion Hotel Historic District
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.
  Contact info: 351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com
  Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge
  Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds) Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds) Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm Program registration begins at hotel, Check in to your room; 5:15pm Start of Program. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:45am with Boxed Lunch. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Williamsburg
  Nearest city or town:  Richmond
  Nearest highway: Interstate 64
  Nearest airport:  Williamsburg/Newport New Airport (30 minutes)
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Williamsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For train information, call 1-800-872-7245 or go to www.amtrak.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For bus information, call 1-800-231-2222 or go to www.greyhound.com. Additional taxis are available to transport to hotel; all rates are the same.

 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45 miles

   

Travel from this airport to the hotel (and back after the program) includes passage through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel which is frequently congested, causing long delays. The trip may well cost in excess of $100 per person one way. We recommend using Richmond or Newport News Airports if possible. Alternate transportation includes Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Cary Airport Connection (757-963-0433). If using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 

Richmond

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Groome Transportation
phone: 800-552-7911

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about an hour depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45-50 miles

   

Alternate transportation from/to airport available through Oleta Coach Lines van service (757-253-1008) or Marrow Transit, a private car service,757-564-5466. Call for rates and reservations.

 

Newport News

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

about 20

   

Although this is a smaller airport than Richmond or Norfolk, it is the closest and most convenient in terms of getting from the airport to the hotel and back. Besides the van service listed above, several taxi companies are also available in the ground transportation area of the airport. Alternatives include Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Triangle Taxi (757-564-6969). When using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 
Driving Directions
  From Hampton Roads Travel WEST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Richmond and I-95 Travel EAST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242-A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Southside Virginia via the Jamestown Ferry Cross the James River on the Jamestown Ferry/Route 31. Follow Route 31/Jamestown Road toward Williamsburg for about 4.2 miles. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Route 199. Follow Route 199 to 3.8 miles to exit for Route 60. At the bottom of the off-ramp there is a traffic light, turn left onto Route 60 West and follow it in the direction of Williamsburg. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-In
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Afternoon: 4:00 pm Arrival/Check-in. Announcements, Introductions, and Academic Program Overview.
 Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.
 Evening: Class: "Colonial Virginia History: Church, State, Women's Roles", An investigation of the world of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to put the records you will be searching into their cultural context.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Swem Library
(Monday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Civil, Church, Bible, and Cemetery Records", Though Virginia did not require vital records until the mid-nineteenth century, church records can be substituted if they survive. Search the state's best collection of church records, learn why Virginia does not have New England-style cemeteries, and identify where the best Bible collection in the state can be found. Class: "Census and Tax Records", Some colonial Virginia tax lists are as valuable as census data, even noting the names of individual slaves in selected years. Discover other census records that have been commercially created using tax and property records.
 Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: Field Trip to Swem Library for orientation, tour of genealogy collection, and research time.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Class: "Probate and Court Records", Virginia's court system had its roots in English common law so colonial era courts had many similarities to the British legal system that preceded it, including cases related to probate matters. Delve into issues of primogeniture and dower rights, and find out why the eldest son and wife weren't always included in the will.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: College of William and Mary
(Tuesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: Library of Virginia. Your visit will include a brief exploration of the facility and then plenty of time for research. The Library is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state's incomparable printed and manuscript holdings. The collection, which has grown steadily through the years, is the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government. Its vast holdings are a rich resource for those who are searching for family connections during genealogical research.
 Lunch: Enjoy a tasty box lunch provided by the Library's own café.
 Afternoon: Continue research at the Library of Virginia.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Free Evening: Can be used for additional research if desired. Information on other options will be available.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Military Records", From the Massacre of 1622 to the Revolutionary War, records of military engagement have survived to varying degrees for Virginia's colonial soldiers and sailors. Discover the numerous places where military records might be found for your ancestors. Class: "Passenger Lists and Business Records", Though Virginia's early government mandated passenger lists to bar criminals from the colony, compliance was practically non-existent. Records that have survived are usually found in business documents of that era, along with other potential goldmines like mercantile account books and family papers. Learn to differentiate indentured servants and slaves and access two of the best manuscript collections in Virginia.
 Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Afternoon can be used for additional research at Swem on your own or for free time to explore some of the historical sites of the area.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Performance: Colonial Instruments, A talented musician plays and describes typical and unusual instruments of the colonial period.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Library of Virginia
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Colonial Virginia Government", Investigate the structure and operations of the various levels of government from towns to counties to state and the development of record-keeping that has provided tools for the genealogist. Class: "Land Records", Some Virginia counties have surviving land records back into the 1600's while other are "burned records counties" where deed books may only exist for 140 years. Learn to correctly interpret headright bounties as noted in colonial land patents.
 Lunch: A lighter mid-day fare will be served in our private dining area.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: The Wren Building and campus of the College of William and Mary. Enjoy a guided tour of the oldest continuously used academic building in the United States, then stroll across Old and New campus with a guide on your way back to Swem Library for additional research time. Field Trip: Swem Library. Continue research in the College's extensive records.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Performance: "African American Traditions", Enjoy the talents of an engaging singer/storyteller as she walks you through several centuries of African American culture, highlighting the importance of oral traditions in preserving heritage.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Class/Checkout/Farewell
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Class: "Colonial Economics, Trades, and Monetary System", Investigate the economic systems of pre-revolutionary America to gain a better understanding of the types of record keeping that may hold important clues to the past. Checkout, Final Farewells
 Lunch: Pick up a box lunch with sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, and beverage before heading home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Williamsburg Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and Yorktown
Our Road Scholar programs are filled with fascinating and informative classes, field trips, excursions and extracurricular activities. The day-by-day itinerary details what you will see and do. The schedule includes a free afternoon during the week to pursue your own interests; otherwise, there will be only a few hours of unstructured time per day. Because the Road Scholar schedule is so full, there will be little opportunity for independent exploration of other sites in the Williamsburg area. We suggest you consider taking time after the program concludes to enjoy local attractions. Visit our web page with links, sample schedules, hotels, web pages, Colonial Williamsburg and more. For additional information, visit www.wm.edu/Elderhostel
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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