Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society

 Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization for people interested in researching family history records anywhere in the world. We just happen to be located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Our monthly programs promote the use of sound genealogical practices. Meetings are normally held at the Handley Regional Library Auditorium in Winchester, Virginia on the during the months of October through April (except as noted).   Membership is available to anyone interested in genealogical research. Contributions are tax deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 6th, 6:30 PM,  Handley Regional Library, Winchester, Virginia

Topics: Colonial Handwriting by Dr. Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg


Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg is Professor of History, Affiliated with the James Madison Center. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University, the M.A. from Ohio State University, and the B.A. from Temple University. Dr. Boyd-Bragg teaches courses in Global Culture, Tudor-Stuart England, Genealogical Research and Family History, and Documentary Editing.

Her research interests include local history and the transcription and editing of documents. She is the author/editor of Register of Free Blacks: Rockingham County, Virginia, 1807-1859. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1992; Marriage Notices from Extant Issues of the Rockingham Register, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1822-1870. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993; Registers of Free Negroes, Botetourt County, Virginia, Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1993; and, This Heritage: The Story of Lutheran Beginnings in the Lower Shenandoah Valley and of Grace Church, Winchester, Expanded Edition, 1753-2003. Staunton, Virginia: Lots Wife Publishing, 2003. She has also published numerous articles. For more information.

SVGS Members Recently Visited the Army Heritage & Education Center!

Several members of SVGS made a road trip to visit the Army Heritage and Education Center located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Participants carpooled from Winchester Virginia. For more information about the Center, please visit the USAHEC website
See pictures from this trip.

Historical Letters Donated to Handley Library Archives

SVGS acquired three historical civil war letters that included information about Winchester. These letters were then donated to the Stewart Bell Junior Archives at Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA. Read the story

Our Cemetery Research Project

Learn more about the project in Winchester to transcribe tombstone writings. For more information

Please join us in discovering our ancestors in the Shenandoah Valley. Having trouble finding a missing link in your family tree? Learn more about researching your family history by becoming a member and attend our meetings.  Join SVGS!




Last Update:
1 September 2010

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