Researching Your Heritage: Genealogy and the Library of Virginia
Discover you personal history by exploring the rich genealogical resources at Library of Virginia. Plus, learn how to continue research on your own and enjoy nightly presentations.
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Program No. 7058RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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.
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Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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land and military grants; tax lists; maps; manuscripts; personal papers; newspapers; slave records; and many other historical documents.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.
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Catherine DODSON
After earning a B.S. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Catherine Dodson became the activities director for a retirement facility. She returned to VCU to study gerontology and for her practicum in 1989, worked on Road Scholar learning adventures . When Catherine received her M.S. in 1990, she joined VCU Road Scholar as a full-time group leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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