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This is a record of the announcements on the VGS website from 1996 to 2009:

  • December 2009. Charles "Peter" Parrish, who for over a decade was VGS Treasurer up to 2008, died on December 31, 2009 at his home in Richmond.
  • September 2009. Publication Error: The front cover of the issue of The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy you just received should read Volume 47, Number 3, August 2009. Due to a printer error the front cover carries the notation "Number 2, May 2009." The title of the article on the back page is also missing; it should read "1785 State Census, Botetourt County." Letter spacing and unusual letter styles on the front and back cover are also due to printer error for which the printer and the editor apologize.
  • June 2009. New Publications: Index to Virginia Law Reports, and The Effects of the French and Indian War on Civilian Life in the Frontier Counties of Virginia, 1754-1763. See the Publications page.
  • January 2009. We have established an email list for use by society leaders and members where discussions can be held about issues common to the VGS. We now have a closed list through Rootsweb for this purpose. Follow the rules for other Rootsweb lists and send a "subscribe" email to: (for Board members and managers) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and for Society members or non-members) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The list administrator will then approve or disapprove your subscription.
  • December 2008. The list of Virginia researchers in Word has been updated. A photo gallery has been posted for events in October and November 2008.
  • July 2008. More back issues of the Newsletter are added online, for the years 2001-2004. This makes a total of 30 years represented by the Newsletter online!!
  • June 2008. The list of society officers has been updated for the term beginning July 1st. A list of current publications, and an order form to be used when ordering back issues of the Magazine have been added to the Publications Page.
  • April 2008. Added to our website is a list of persons who or organizations that have been presented special awards and grants.
  • March 2008. A rare set of Virginia records books has been donated to the Society by Ken Craft and will be ditigized for CD use.
  • January 2008. The brochure for the Spring Conference is available online.
  • October 2007. The following awards were given at the Fall Conference: Commonwealth Award to the Bedford Genealogical Society and the Piedmont Genealogical Society, Virginia Records Awards to Belle Harrell, and the Volunteer Award to Babe Fowler.
  • July 2007. Shirley Langdon Wilcox of Arlington is elected the Society's 26th President.
  • June 2007. The brochure for our upcoming Fall Conference is now available online. See the Events page. The following committees and positions are established and populated: Awards and Grants, Conferences, Finance, Governance, Historian, Library of Virginia Liaison, Member and Public Relations, Nominating, Publications, and Secretary.
  • April 2007. NEW PUBLICATION now available: Volume 8 of the "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," that covers the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Henrico, James City, Prince George and Surry; cities of Petersburg, Richmond and Williamsburg. See the VGS Publications page. Please note price increase due to higher printing costs.
  • February 2007. Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, Volume 8, is sent to press for release in May.
  • December 2006. Newsletter queries are updated through December 2006.
  • October 2006. Our list of researchers has been updated.
  • September 2006. Membership fees have been changed to reflect increased costs -- the first such change since December 1997! See our Membership page.
  • July 2006. NEW PUBLICATION now available: Volume 7 of the "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," that covers the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Cumberland, Goochland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince Edward. See the VGS Publications page.
  • May 2006. We've Moved!, so note our current address on the Home Page. Volume 7 of the "Index to Virginia Estates" has been sent to the printer. We expect delivery mid-summer.
  • February 2006. Check out our Publications Page for new items available for purchase. Also, more newsletter queries have been added to the database. Also, please note that the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research has been cancelled until further notice.
  • July 2005. A new publication on Augusta County Claims, see publications page.
  • May 2005. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Volume 8, is now for sale. See Publications for additional information. Queries from the April Newsletter are added online.
  • April 2005. AT LAST!! The first 40 volumes of the Society's Magazine of Virginia Genealogy is available for purchase on CD. Details on our Publications page. Also Now Available: Volume 6 of the "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," that covers the counties of Augusta and Rockingham, and the city of Staunton. See the VGS Publications page.
  • November 2004. Many VGS Newsletters that are online are searchable via the Google search engine at www.google.com. Try typing on the search line what's in quotes: "site:www.vgs.org Buckingham County filetype:pdf". You can replace the Buckingham County with other key words, and you can even leave off filetype:pdf, but using the site:www.vgs.org restricts the results of the Society's web page!
  • August 2004. VISA and MasterCard may be used for ordering publications by telephone or facsimile to the VGS office. See Publications page.
  • July 2004. Old VGS Newsletters in .PDF have been made searchable by Internet search engines; file sizes have been reduced.
  • May 2004. Check out the details on what is offered at this year's Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research!. PDF.
  • January 2004. Mr. J. Frederick Dorman, CG, FASG, who was the Society's first recipient of the Fellow of the VGS Award, has just produced, under direction of the Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607-1624/5, the fourth edition to the renownedAdventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, as printed by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., of Baltimore, Md. The work extends many families from four to six generations from the founding family, and includes seven new families not before presented. Families in this volume include Andrews, Bagwell, Baley-Cocke, Barkham-Jenings, Barne, Bates, Bayly, Beheathland, Bennett (Edward), Bennett (Samuel), Bennett-Chapman, Bernard, Bibby, Bickley, Bland, Boyce, Boyle-Mountney, Branch, Buck, Burwell, Bush, Calthorpe, Calvert, Carsley, Carter, Chaplaine, Chew, Chisman, Claiborne, Clay, Clements, Cobb, Codrington, Cole, Cope, Cox, Crew, Croshaw, Crump, Curtis, Davis, Dawson, Delk, Digges, Edloe, Epes, Evelyn, Farrar, Fisher, Fleet, Flood and Freeman. Order from GPC.
  • December 2003. Two NEW PUBLICATIONS are now available: Volume 4 of the "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," that covers the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Bath, Botetourt, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Highland, Nelson and Rockbridge. Also available is Dr. B. Noland Carter II's 2 vol. "A Goodly Heritage: A History of the Carter Family in Virginia." See the VGS Publications page.
  • August 2003. VGS now offers for sale Charlotte County, Virginia, 1816-1850, Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns (with additions to marriages, 1764-1815), see ordering information. More old newsletters posted in PDF from the VGS archives!
  • July 2003. Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., of Richmond is elected the 25th VGS President. See updated list of officers.
  • December 2002. NEW PUBLICATION: "Death Notices from Richmond, Virginia Newspapers, 1841-1853" is now available.
  • October 2002. A list of Virginia-Based Researchers is added as a Word document, and accessible from the last button on the bottom left of our Home Page. Anyone who wishes to contract the services of a particular researcher should be aware that all arrangements are a matter to be determined between the researcher and the client. Similarly, inclusion on this list carries no endorsement by the Virginia Genealogical Society nor is the Society accountable for any inadvertent misrepresentation contained herein. Also, the manuscript for "Death Notices in Richmond, Virginia Newspapers, 1841-1853," is now complete and we are in process of having it printed. Stay tuned!
  • September 2002. The long awaited "Death Notices from Richmond, Virginia Newspapers, 1841-1853," is being prepared for printing. Look for it to be available toward the end of 2002.
  • July 2002. Volume 4 of "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," is complete and has been sent to press. It is due out in October 2002.
  • May 2002. The "Links to Other Locations" page has been updated. We draw your attention to the link under "General Resources" to Genealogical Dictionaries which contains a nice assortment of fun stuff for our "Web surfer" members.
  • April 2002. The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Volumes 1-35, are on-line at Ancestry.com, and available to their account holders. The text will be available in the future on CD ROM. Note: Many libraries with Internet access have an account with Ancestry.com for your convenience.
  • January 2002. Check out the details on what is offered at this year's Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research!. Volume 2 of the Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, is available for purchase.
  • December 2001. Additional death records data are added to the on-line DRIP database. After processing by the Library, the next counties to be loaded will be Albemarle, Amherst and Appomattox.
  • October 2001. NEW PUBLICATIONS: Volume 2 of "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," has been sent to print, and contains data from counties of Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania and Warren, and the cities of Fredericksburg and Winchester. Also, VGS has reprinted "A guide to Seventeenth-Century Virginia Court Handwriting," and "Virginia Land Office Inventory, 3rd Edition." See our Publications page!
  • September 2001. Applications being considered for small grant awards. Volume 8 of Cavaliers and Pioneers is being indexed and is projected to be available for purchase in Spring 2002.
  • August 2001. Queries from the June Newsletter are added on-line.
  • July 2001. Charles A. Novak, Jr., of Herndon is elected the 24th VGS President.
  • June 2001. Queries from the April Newsletter are added on-line. The Augusta County Historical Society was a recipient this year of a special large grant award from VGS for that organization to use in archival access projects. The Virginia Library Association has chosen Linda Derrer of the Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg as this years VIGR scholarship recipient.
  • April 2001. Premier of "Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865," compiled by Wesley E. Pippenger. Volume 1 covers the counties of Arlington (including the City of Alexandria), Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford. Copies now available from the Society. A new genealogical society is being formed in Culpeper County. See our Societies and Research Locations page for more information.
  • January 2001. Board approves new long-term project of indexing all Virginia estate records, 1800-1865, from microfilm and other sources. Project will be published in book form by geographic region. Volume 1 is scheduled to be ready for sale at the Spring conference in Richmond. Board revises definition of award program category for "Fellow." Arrangements are underway for Helen Leary to be featured lecturer at the VGS Fall Conference in Virginia Beach in October.
  • October 2000. Queries from the August Newsletter are added on-line. The Spring 2001 conference is set for Richmond in April. Also, the Board moved to have VIGR at Roslyn each year for two years as a trial!
  • September 2000. VGS life members are honored and invited to the anniversary celebration and conference in Winchester.
  • July 2000. Information about the VGS Grants Program is expanded.
  • June 2000. Queries from the April and June Newsletters are added on-line. Pins are created for each life member. (Contact the office if you have not received yours!)
  • February 2000. Newsletter Queries CAN BE SEARCHED by key word! Check out the new feature.
  • January 2000. Queries from the December Newsletter are added on-line.
  • December 1999. The following institutions were awarded grants by the Society: Page Library of History and Genealogy, Montpelier, VA; Albemarle County Historical Society, Charlottesville, VA; Bassett Branch Historical Center, Bassett, VA; and Tazewell County Public Library, Tazewell, VA. Learn more about the Society's matching grant program, and apply soon!
  • November 1999. Queries from the October Newsletter are added on-line.
  • October 1999. VGS' Death Records Indexing Project (DRIP) initial data is available on a Library of Virginia Web page.
  • September 1999. Queries from the August Newsletter are added on-line.
  • August 1999. Publication of Middlesex County, Va. Marriage Bonds and Minister Returns, 1740-1852 is available for sale for $12.00 (non-member) from the Society.
  • July 1999. Dorothy A. Boyd-Rush, of Harrisonburg, is elected 23rd VGS President.
  • June 1999. New matching grants program is established for aiding small libraries and archives to preserve Virginia records. June Newsletter queries are added on-line. Revision of "Middlesex Co. VA Marriage Bonds and Minister Returns, 1740-1852," readied for publication.
  • May 1999. Cavaliers and Pioneers, Volume 7, is now for sale, $40/copy ($32 members). See Review, and also see Publications for additional information. Queries from the April Newsletter are added online.
  • April 1999. SPECIAL sale: Available back volumes of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Volumes 22-28, 30, 32-35) are $5.00 each plus postage, now through June 1, 1999. See Publications page for details, and watch out for the April Newsletter for a list of Magazine topics by geographic area. Newsletter queries list is split by alphabet.
  • March 1999. Our E-mail address has changed to "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." for general inquiries. Also, the Society has begun a new publicity and membership campaign. The out of print books on marriages and deaths for the period 1821-1840 will be back in print soon. Watch our publications page for availability. Dealer discount (40%) is now available for purchase of Cavaliers and Pioneers, Volume VI.
  • February 1999. Genealogical Queries from the December 1998 and February 1999 Newsletter are added on-line.
  • January 1999. For counties where a genealogical or historical society is not known, we have added mailing addresses for the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Hyperlink added to index of Fairfax County newspapers. SPECIAL thru May 1, 1999: Newsletter back issues $8.00/volume postpaid. Links for West Virginia research are added to the VGS Links Page.
  • December 1998. Chris and Kathryn Hooper retire as typesetters for the VGS Newsletter.
  • November 1998. VGS Board meets with the Deputy Librarian of Virginia to discuss mutual support and the Library's future preservation and archival goals.
  • October 1998. Link added to the Geography of Virginia. Additional surname queries are added to the Queries page.
  • September 1998. Our Fall Conference, "The Great Wagon Road: Ancestors on the Move!," was a huge success. Registrants attending at the Museum of American Frontier Culture, Staunton, enjoyed speakers Blankenbaker and Brown, while others learned beginning genealogy tips from VGS Governors Boyd-Rush and Murphy. It was announced that the Society's next fall conference will be held at the Library of Virginia, October 9, 1999.
  • August 1998. The second VIGR, held at Roslyn, resulted in a group of happy graduates, and 10 new VGS members. List of Virginia-based researchers is updated--to get a copy send in a $.55 SASE.
  • July 1998. Bonnie Trainor, of Fredericksburg, comes to us as our new Office Administrator.
  • May 1998. A subject and article title list for the Quarterly (1963-1983) has been added online. Check out the VGS Links page for a new list of local record volumes in the old LVA building, Richmond VA. Also, more queries from the VGS Newsletter have been added to the Queries page.
  • April 1998. Added under Projects is a list of persons active in the Death Records Index Project (DRIP).
  • March 1998. Volume VI of Cavaliers and Pioneers has arrived at the office and is available for purchase. Information about the VGS awards program and back copies of the VGS Newsletter is added online.
  • February 1998. VGS supports increased funding for the Library of Virginia as proposed by Senators Benjamin Lambert and Stanley Walker. The increase in funding is slated to primarily address critical needs for preservation of deteriorating historic collections. VGS office resumes use of E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for electronic messages.
  • January 1998. Links added to the Virginia Notes Home Page, the Virginia Historical Society, The Religious Society of Friends, and a list of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in Virginia. Check out our Links page! New list of VGS Presidents. Also, the next volume of "Cavaliers and Pioneers" is being readied for the printer!
  • November 23, 1997. The Board of Governors elects to hold the VGS 1998 Fall Conference at the Heritage Center in Staunton, Va.
  • October 25, 1997. VGS Board members meet with NGS executives Shirley Wilcox and Fran Shane at the Richmond Marriott to begin planning details for the 1999 NGS/VGS conference.
  • October 17-18, 1997. VGS Fall Conference, Treasuring Virginia Records: Preservation and Access, Library of Virginia, Richmond. Click here for details.
  • September 1997. Three new membership levels are added: Friend ($50), Patron ($75), and Benefactor ($100). See Membership page for details.
  • September 1997. Queries from the Newsletter's "Quest" are added to the Internet.
  • September 1997. VGS is on the Internet, at http://www.vgs.org.
  • July 1997. Wesley E. Pippenger, Arlington, is elected 22nd VGS president.
  • June 1997. A 13% increase in membership fees is approved for the next renewal period.
  • Spring 1996. The VGS Awards Program is established. Click here for details.
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