Family History Institute of Southwest Virginia

Family History Institute (FHI) 2017

The Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association (WCGHA) will host its Twenty-Second Family History Institute on Saturday, 8 April 2017.  The Institute will be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, with a banquet at 6:00 PM.

The lead speaker for the Institute is Craig Scott, a Certified Genealogist and is President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.  A researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, military history, problem solving and publishing. He lectures regularly at the local, state and national level.

Our second guest speaker, Dr. Judith Hess Jones, is Associate Director Emeritus, Virginia Cooperative Extension, at Virginia Tech.  She is a long time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, District VII Director, and a winner of their Women in American History Award.

Our third guest speaker, Frieda Patrick Davison, is Dean of Libraries at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. She completed her undergraduate degree at Clinch Valley College with graduate and post-graduate work at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A Certified Genealogist, she has had two books published. She has also published numerous articles, for several years had her own column in her hometown newspaper, and has been a frequent speaker at our FHI.

The latest book published by WCGHA will also be reviewed.  Debbie Fowler is a seasoned volunteer at WCGHA. After several years of research at Wytheville Community College’s Kegley Library, she recently published her second book, “Obits and Pieces from Southwest Virginia Newspapers, 1827-1899.

For those people coming from out of town,  we always try to get together for dinner on Friday night to give everyone a chance to talk with old acquaintances and WCGHA Officers and Volunteers and to catch up with happenings here in Wythe County.