Barry's Relatively Speaking: Study Group

Posted on Jul 24, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Ruth shares the following experience.

Recently, a group of us (nine) who are extremely interested in Virginia (and the states surrounding it) research, banded together and formed the "Virginia Kin".

Although, we are members of the exceptionally good "Orange County, California Genealogical Society" and have access to some excellent public and Latter-day Saints Libraries, we thought that we would benefit from a small group, all of whom are researching the same area and encountering many of the same problems.

However, the MAIN OBJECT is to purchase genealogy books on Virginia; Pennsylvania; Maryland; Kentucky; southern Ohio; North Carolina; East Tennessee; and, of course, what is now West Virginia. Virginia, itself, is our nucleus.

Among the impediments to research for those of us with growing families, is that it is impossible to spend the time we

would like to In the libraries. Therefore, It is impossible to pursue the records and books minutely. Too, very few families have the financial capabilities (capability) to purchase vast quantities of this type of book.

Each member of "Virginia Kin" buys one book ($15.00-$20.00) a year (September-June). Then the books circulate each month, according to the members last name, Then in June, each book reverts to the original purchaser, then new books are bought and the rotation process is repeated.

This type of study group could be organized around any group of states and it would seem that people In small areas would particularly benefit from a club such as this!

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