Virginia Lee Simms Toney (she prefers Ginny) is a native of West Virginia. Ginny met her husband, Bill while attending West Virginia University. Ginny “got him” by a $5.00 bet with sorority sister, that she couldn't get a date with Bill. She told her sorority sister, "Are you kidding? That guy won't know what hit him when I'm done”. They eventually eloped and were married in Maryland. Bill’s job required them to move around a lot in their early years, mostly on the east coast; first to Chicago in 1953, then to the Richmond, VA, next to High Point, North Carolina and to Charlotte, North Carolina and then back to New Jersey.
Finally, Ginny and Bill moved from Bergen County, New Jersey to Houston in 1981 when her late husband, Bill, was again transferred. Ginny was a very successful real estate agent and manager of an active real estate office in New Jersey.
Since moving to Houston, Ginny devoted her time to family genealogy research. Those years of travel on the East Coast laid the ground work for her deep interest in early American history and family genealogy. Ginny will share a detailed history of West Virginia as well as the research tips she used in her research. (They are usable for any state.) She will go all the way back to Colonial days with accurate and historical facts.
An avid genealogist, Ginny served on the Ad Hoc Committee, creating the Clayton Library Friends, where she is a charter member. She is President, Emeritus of the Clayton Library Friends (CLF), an active member of the CLF in numerous board and committee positions, member of the Lady Washington Chapter NSDAR, Captain James Asbury Tait Chapter of Daughters of the War of 1812, and Col. John Alston Chapter of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.
Ginny is a fun person to be around and even more to hear her talk.