Early Virginia Marriages

We have a new book in our genealogy library: Marriages of Amelia County, Virginia, 1735 – 1815. 165 pp. Compiled by Kathleen Booth Williams and first published in 1961, the book is still under copyright and is not available online. I couldn’t find this in the Ancestry.com card catalog either. “Not everything is in computers” as someone used to say.

The marriages are from Amelia County. Records are listed alphabetically by the husband’s name. There are two indexes: one to brides, one to “sureties and others.”

The book is shelved in US/Virginia. It’s part of our growing collection on Virginia marriages:

  •  Culpeper County Marriages, 1780-1853
  •  Marriages of Shenandoah County Virginia, 1882 – 1915
  •  Charlotte County, Virginia, 1816-1850, marriage bonds and ministers’ returns
  •  Marriage Notices from Richmond, Virginia Newspapers, 1841-1853
  •  First Marriage Records of Augusta County, Virginia, 1785-1813
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FindMyPast free weekend

FindMyPast.com is providing free access this weekend at both its US website and its UK one. I believe their site is most useful for its UK parish and military records (including Ireland), but there’s lots of other data. The free access requires registration (name & email) but not a credit card. It starts 5 AM Arizona time this Friday the 6th, and runs until Monday morning.

See this Dick Eastman blog post for further details. Thanks to Pat Menon for letting us know about this.

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Same ole’ — Same ole

It seems that our club has the same problem as many other Sun City clubs and organizations. . . namely people to volunteer for officer positions.  Like many of you, I belong to several clubs within our community so I hear this situation of volunteering for the Boards several times over.  Many of these other clubs have a similar problem, e.g. we have this situation that SCVGS, according to our Bylaws, requires a Vice-President.  Without that officer we are not in compliance with the founding HOA.

Won’t you please consider the task of honoring the club as an officer?

You may contact me (President) by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and clicking on my name.  That will open a blank email and you can drop me a note OR call me at my home at 638-7024.

I assure you that you will have no regrets while helping the club run smoothly.

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Eastman on Cruises

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is the best-known genealogy blog; if you haven’t seen it take a look.  His short posts often circulate info he got from others. This week, though, he wrote a long article himself: Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers. He should have left out the convention center bit as it’s apples to oranges. But most of the article is devoted to cruises and gives specifics on a number of them. If you’re thinking of taking a cruise anyway, you might want to pick one with a genealogical garnish.

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Ancestry videos at YouTube

Ancestry.com has done some work recently organizing its instructional videos at YouTube. They now have a very useful Playlists page. This groups their videos (and there are a lot of them) by topic. For example, there’s a Genealogical Proof Standard playlist containing Crista Cowan’s six GPS talks, and another on AncestryDNA.

A group I haven’t seen before is called 5-minute Finds.  This includes a video
just uploaded last month: Exploring the Ancestry YouTube Channel.  If you’re new to YouTube and/or Ancestry, you should watch at least that one.

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