Family History Institute of Southwest Virginia

Family History Institute (FHI) 2018

The Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association (WCGHA) will host its Twenty-Third Family History Institute on Saturday, 14 April, 2018.  This day-long affair normally attracts between 80 and 120 participants and is always rated as excellent by those attending.  An optional Banquet with a dinner speaker is available in the evening.

Nationally known speakers are brought in from all over the country to cover a wide range of topics that are of interest to the genealogist and historian.

Past topics have included:

  • Searching Court Records
  • Using Chancery Records in Family Histories
  • DNA and Genealogy
  • German Immigration
  • Scots-Irish Immigration
  • Researching Your Scottish Ancestors
  • Using the Internet for Genealogy
  • Military Uniforms and Insignia
  • The Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain

This is a short list of the topics covered in these conferences.  The “Tombstone Inscriptions” presentation by Frieda Davison, Dean of Libraries at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was one of the most hilarious ever given at an FHI, closely followed by Ricky Cox’s presentation on the “Flour Mills of Floyd County”, and Debbie Fowler’s talk about her new book, “Obits and Pieces.”  All three had people laughing and learning at the same time.

We hope to have our 2018 program set by November and will provide a list of topics and speakers on this web site.  Registration will not open until January and we will provide that information on the web site as well.

For those people coming from outside the local area, we always try to get together for dinner on Friday night to give everyone a chance to talk with old acquaintances and WCGHA volunteers.  We also arrange for our research library to be open on Sunday for anyone who wants to get some research done before they leave town.