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Researching Your Heritage: Genealogy and the Library of Virginia

Program Number: 7058RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014; 11/16/2014 - 11/21/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 11/15/2015 - 11/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Price starting at: $645.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

During much of U.S. westward migration, Virginia was the largest state, and many Americans have Virginian forebears. The extraordinary Library of Virginia, adjacent to the beautifully restored capitol in Richmond, has the state's most complete genealogical resources. Led by an expert genealogist, get background information to master research techniques, then enjoy privileged access to the Library’s records for individual work tracing your ancestors. Advanced students will receive professional assistance. This program is of great value for both novice and experienced family historians.




Highlights

• Begin the day with classes taught by an expert on genealogy and research at Virginia Commonwealth University, directly across the street from the Library of Virginia, then proceed to the Library for personal research.
• Examine resources such as census, court and church records; land and military grants; tax lists; maps; manuscripts; personal papers; newspapers; slave records; and many other historical documents.
• Enjoy evening presentations from history to musical entertainment, with free-time opportunities to visit nearby museums and cultural institutions.




Date Specific Information

2-23-2014, 11-16-2014, 1-18-2015, 2-15-2015, 3-15-2015, 11-15-2015

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Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Richmond

Founded in 1607, Virginia's capital is situated at the falls of the James River. This seat of colonial and Civil War history blends the legacy of settlers, patriots, presidents, free blacks and civil rights leaders with superb museums, monuments, mansions and gardens.



Accommodations
Charming hotel in downtown Richmond with fitness center, walking distance to the State Capitol and James River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
  Richmond 5 nights
 Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.
  Contact info: 555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown
  Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access
  Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar rate Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar rate Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 PM in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after Wrap-up 8:40-9:15 AM at hotel. Room checkout is by 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in hotel deck is free for the length of the program (subject to availability, but spaces are almost always open early in the week).
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Richmond
  Nearest city or town:  Petersburg 25 miles south, Williamsburg 50 miles east
  Nearest highway: I-64 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Richmond
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Richmond Amtrak Station (Staples Mill Road)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi stand
phone: NA0-0 0-0-0/ x0-

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

The Richmond Amtrak station at Staples Mill Road is 8 miles from the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. The best method of transportation is by taxi, and a cabstand is available. (Bus service is infrequent and slow.) The second Richmond station, Amtrak Downtown at Main Street Station, is much closer, only one mile from the hotel, but has a limited schedule. No cabstand is available, but you can call a cab from the station.

 

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
CMC Ground Transportation
phone: 804-360-2122

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies, $25-$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Several choices to travel from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. The shuttle service listed above is one way. Also, a 24-hour taxi stand is available outside the baggage claim area, with cabs generally from several different companies.

 

Richmond Greyhound Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Limited taxi service
phone: NA0-000-00 0 x00-00-0-0/

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3.5 miles

   

Taxi is the best way to travel from the Greyhound Bus Station to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. No cabstand but you can call a cab from the station. (Local bus service is infrequent and requires a transfer.)

 
Driving Directions
  From the East to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-64 West to Richmond. When I-64 merges with I-95, follow signs to I-95 South (first a left exit and then a left turn). On I-95 South, proceed only a short distance and take the third exit, Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the North to the Crowne Plaza Downtown Richmond Take I-95 South to Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the South to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-95 North to Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take the first exit after crossing James River bridge, Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the West to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-64 East to Richmond. When I-64 merges with I-95, follow I-64 East/ I-95 South. At downtown Richmond, take Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
Equipment Requirements: No specific equipment is required, but participants should be prepared to undertake research. Don't forget to bring copies or notes from previous research with names and dates as available. A laptop computer or tablet device can be very useful. A flash drive, also called a thumb drive, which is a small memory device with a USB plug, can be used to download pages from the library microfilm readers. Not only does this save time, it can lower photocopy costs (photocopies are 75 cents each).
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: Welcome to Richmond!/Orientation
(Sunday, February 23)

Note: Welcome to Richmond, a modern city with four centuries of history. We're looking forward to having you with us! Registration is in the hotel lobby from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Register for your room at the hotel desk. Register for the program at the Road Scholar desk. Those who wish may enjoy a Social Hour from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Great Room on the lobby level.



   
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in the 2nd floor dining area. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Orientation and introductions at hotel in 2nd floor meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes, Tour, and Research at library
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area is a buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: This program is primarily aimed at people who wish to undertake genealogical research on ancestors from Virginia. The primary facility for the program will be the Library of Virginia, the state library. It is one of the best facilities for this kind of research in the country, and in fact for Virginia records the single best. It holds copies of records from all the counties and cities of Virginia, including census, land, and military records and vital statistics. Each day begins with a class taught by an expert on Virginia genealogy and research. Our office at the Center on Aging is convenient to the Library—directly across the street—and the program will use the Center’s meeting room for classes. Then participants go to the Library for a morning session of research. For lunch they return to the Center classroom, and while they eat there is a chat about a topic, or a discussion of any matters that may have arisen in research. Then they return to the Library for the rest of the afternoon. The distance from the hotel is seven blocks with an incline. Participants have the option of walking or taking transportation that will leave the hotel at 8:45 am. Each morning we will begin at the VCoA Conference Room at 9:00 am. The class the first morning is “Introduction to Genealogy and Research at the Library of Virginia.” The instructor will be an accomplished genealogist with good experience working at this library. Following the class the group will go to the Library of Virginia for a tour of the facilities. Depending on availability, some classes or tours may be led by staff at the Library of Virginia, but primarily instructors will be outside genealogists and other knowledgeable persons.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the Center on Aging Conference Room. Each lunch we will have a chat about a relevant topic. At the beginning of the program, we will make an assessment of the skill levels of the group, and plan the classes for that week accordingly. A likely topic for this lunch is "The Library of Virginia catalog."
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will begin our work at the Library of Virginia. Individual consultation will be available to help folks get started. The library close at 5:00 pm, so we will depart about 4:50 pm for the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Classes in the evening will provide a break from the library and research. We begin this evening with an overview of the history of Virginia. The state had a big role during the Revolution and the founding of the nation. It was an epicenter of the Civil War, and one effect was that a number of courthouses (and their records) were destroyed.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classes, Library research
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area is a buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: We begin the day with morning class at the Center on Aging Conference Room. A sample topic might be "Using Court Records at Library of Virginia." Then we proceed to the library for individual research time.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the Center on Aging Conference Room. Today's lunch chat could be "Special Collections at the Library of Virginia"
 Afternoon: When we return to the Library, staff will provide a tour of the Special Collections from 1-2 pm. Then the rest of the afternoon is research at the Library of Virginia. The library close at 5:00 pm, so we will depart about 4:50 pm for the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts
 Evening: We continue our look at the history and culture of the Richmond area with another talk.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Classes, Library research, Free evening
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area is a buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: We begin the day with a class at the Center on Aging Conference Room. A possible topic is "Intro to Published Genealogy Sources at Library of Virginia." Then we proceed to the library for individual research time. Individual consultation will be available.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the Center on Aging Conference Room. Today's lunch chat could be "Problems and Solutions."
 Afternoon: Research at the Library of Virginia. The library close at 5:00 pm, so we will depart about 4:50 pm for the hotel. If anyone wishes a break from the library, an option this afternoon is to go to one of the 3 major sites or museums within a three-block walk of the Library.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts
 Evening: Your time is your own this evening. The group leader will provide a listing of cultural events and other possible destinations of interest.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Classes, Research at library, Evening performance
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area is a buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: We begin the day with a class at the Center on Aging Conference Room, possibly on "Intro to the Archives Collection at Library of Virginia," and then proceed to the library for individual research time. Individual consultation will be available.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the Center on Aging Conference Room. Today's lunch chat might be "Online Resources."
 Afternoon: Research at the Library of Virginia. Individual consultation will be available. The library close at 5:00 pm, so we will depart about 4:50 pm for the hotel. If anyone wishes a break from the library, an option this afternoon is to go to one of the 3 major sites or museums within a three-block walk of the Library.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance at the hotel that combines a variety of musical styles, providing the context and and setting the scene for each.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast, Wrap-up, Departure
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining area is a buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: We'll have a brief wrap-up session this morning.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List


At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia, and its People


Author: Marie Tyler-McGraw


Discover Your Family History Online


Author: Nancy Hendrickson


Description: How-to guide with easy to follow explanations



How to Do Everything Genealogy


Author: George G. Morgan


Description: Detailed resource for those with some experience in genealogy



Richmond, An Illustrated History


Author: Harry Ward


The Everything Family Tree Book


Author: Kimberly Powell


Description: Excellent how-to guide for beginners



The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy


Author: Kimberly Powell


Description: How-to guide for online resources and technology in genealogy





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