August 27, 2010
The Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will have its next meeting of the Genealogy Club on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The club, which has programs that focus specifically on genealogy-related topics, will meet in the library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. All sessions are free and the public is invited to attend.
On Sept. 9, archives staff historian, Greg Carroll, will discuss Melungeon family research and history. According to Carroll, there are two concepts of the word “Melungeon.” One is a narrow view of Melungeons as people who come from the Appalachian areas around the borders of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The other concept is a more general view of mixed racial peoples of predominately Native American make-up who can be found all over the eastern United States. Carroll will discuss both ideas. He also will explain various ways to work on family research in the Archives and History Library that may help establish connections to Melungeon sources.
Advance registration for the program is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and ensure plenty of supplies and handouts are available.
To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information about the workshop, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
The Genealogy Club meets on the second Thursday of each month. It is not necessary to be a club member to attend the sessions.
The Archives and History Library is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.