November 8, 2010
The Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will hold its next meeting of the Genealogy Club on Thursday, Nov. 18, 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 Nov. 18, staff historian Greg Carroll will discuss veterans’ grave registrations, in recognition of Veterans Day celebrations. Created during the 1930s through a Works Progress Administration project, the grave registrations were compiled in most West Virginia counties. The registrations include veterans from almost all U.S. wars up to World War I, but the vast majority of those included were Civil War soldiers.
The records include helpful maps of each cemetery that was researched. Carroll will explain how to use these records and how to identify military records for soldiers found in them.
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 normally meets on the second Thursday of each month; however, since Veterans Day is a state holiday, the meeting was moved back a week in November. 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.
With the leadership of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History 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, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, 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.