January 4, 2011
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, Jan. 13, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Dr. John McClure will discuss “Online Histories and DNA Testing.” The club 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.
McClure will cover searching for publications of interest to genealogists and the value of DNA testing for breaking through “stone walls.” He will explain the McClure DNA Project, which involves more than 80 DNA samples, and highlight the implications of the DNA results for research on his McClure ancestors.
A graduate of Marietta College, McClure received his masters and doctoral degrees from Ohio University. Prior to his retirement he was engaged in both scientific and education research. He has made presentations to genealogy groups and has conducted sessions on the use of Heritage Quest system. McClure also has researched a number of families and has a special interest in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia and Washington County in Ohio.
Advance registration for the program is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and ensure plenty of supplies and handouts, if provided, 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 is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.