Dues for the July 1,2011-June 30,2012 year are past due.
See membership page for fee schedule.
We have lost our researchers. If you could volunteer please contact us.
We do not have anyone to do research in Culpeper.
Notice to all Culpeper researchers:
If you need Court House research done, the Clerk of the Court has authorized me to tell you that they do not do research or copying; however, if you call or write the courthouse for copies, etc., the clerk will refer you to one of the C.G.S members on a list of researchers who will, for $5 per hour for C.G.S members and $10 per hour for non-members + the cost of copying & postage, do the research for you, OR you can contact us directly at C.G.S Research Team, P.O. Box 1326, Culpeper, VA 22701. Bear in mind that we cannot produce what is not there! For the record, this is what Culpeper has available:
Births - 1853-1896; 1912-1917
Deaths - 1853-1896; 1912-1917
Marriages - 1781-present
Deeds - 1749-present
Wills - 1749-present (Books G (1814-17) and L&M (1827-1833 are missing) Unfortunately, someone felt entitled to walk out with them.)
Chancery Records prior to 1900 have been transferred to the Library of Virginia in Richmond for microfilming.
The money earned from research is invested in genealogy material for the Local History Room at the Culpeper County Library. When you research at the library, be sure to sign the guest book including your address and the names you are researching. That way, if someone else researching the same name comes and checks the Register, he/she may make contact with you.
Thanks a bunch!
Donna Boyd, C.G.S President
Virginia Genealogical Society Alert to Current Legislation of concern to genealogical and historical researchers. Be sure to check this page often. www.vgs.org/alert.htm
Shenandoah National Park Public Reading Room
Shenandoah National Park, VA--Shenandoah National Park Superintendent
Douglas K. Morris announced today that construction is nearing completion and the
public reading room in the building that houses Park archives will open on June 5,
According to Morris, "The completion of the reading room addition is a milestone in a six-year project to establish a professional museum management program at Shenandoah National Park."
Prior to 1994 Park archival records and museum objects were housed in over seven different locations with no environmental controls or security. None of the collections were cataloged. Since 1995 the Park, using funds made available through the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program and special funding provided by the National Park Service's Museum Program Office, has spent over $500,000 to construct a state-of-the-art curatorial storage facility and to process and catalog over 350,000 records and museum objects, approximately 70% of the Park's collection. The Park has also obtained funding to hire a permanent archival staff: Harry Heiss, Archivist, and Alison Kelly, Archival Technician.
The collections' primary focus is on the establishment and subsequent development of Shenandoah National Park. Its holdings include Park resource management records documenting the creation and development of the Park from 1931 to 1965 and duplicate copies of Commonwealth of Virginia land records relating to the survey, appraisal, and condemnation of privately owned property before establishment of the Park . The Park also has cataloged the personal papers of Ferdinand Zerkel and Darwin Lambert and various assembled collections specifically related to the Civilian Conservation Corps, Skyland Resort, and former President Herbert Hoover's Rapidan Camp (for many years referred to as Camp Hoover). The collections contain no known family or public records dating prior to 1924 with the exception of Skyland Resort materials. Genealogical records are only those incidentally documented by the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 1927 property appraisals and in a few cases by family letters to the Park dated after 1935 and included in Park resource management records. Within the next few weeks, copies of finding aids to cataloged Park archival collections will be available in local libraries.
In order to continue making progress in cataloging the remaining collections, the reading room will be open to staff and the public by appointment only Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m - 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Walk-in requests will not be honored until the collections are fully cataloged. Appointments may be made after May 21, 2001, by telephone at (540) 999-3494, by FAX at (540) 999-3493 or by email at SHEN_Archives@nps.gov. Requests for information may continue to be made without a visit to the Park archives. Appointments and requests for information will be handled in the order in which they are received.
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