May 25, 2024 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
This event is always free and open to all. Can't attend in person?
New this year - watch the speaker sessions on Zoom!
The primary goal of Genealogy Day at the Beach is to promote awareness and ignite a passion for genealogy and its related subjects, including lineage associations, regional history, and the various archives that preserve our shared past. We have designed this event to cater to both beginners and experienced genealogists, ensuring there is something for everyone.
Six presentations will be given in the auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. and again each hour.
Visit with representatives from VBGS, lineage societies, places of interest, and more.
Enter the drawing for three door prizes at the information table outside the auditorium.
Take advantage of special event deals!
Participate in the Genealogy Day!
If you would like to participate as a speaker, exhibitor, or volunteer, send a message to email@example.com. (Volunteer opportunities are detailed at the bottom of the page.)
Speaker Sessions (on Zoom too!)
10 a.m.: Amanda Wade
Special Collections Librarian for VBPL
Overview of the Edgar T. Brown Local History Archive
11 a.m.: David Leatherwood
Acrimony: The Scandalous Younghusband Brothers at the Dawn of American Independence
Tales of brothers coming to colonial America abound. Such accounts typically lack supporting evidence, and consequently fall more into the realm of legend than history. The lives of the Younghusbands, however, can be reconstructed with some certainty. The trail they left behind provides a window to an important juncture in the histories of America, Great Britain, and Ireland.
Each of the Younghusbands to be discussed at Genealogy Day had a unique perspective on the events of their times. Isaac, a ship captain actively engaged in international trade, had dealings with leading figures in the American Revolution. Thomas represented Currituck County in the North Carolina legislature, despite his loyalist sentiments. Prior to his capture by American forces, John spent the war years behind British lines in New York and South Carolina. Israel Younghusband lived out his later years in Ulster, Ireland, where he too experienced the consequences of societal upheaval.
The Younghusband brothers who settled in America were remarkably ill-tempered men, prone to harboring resentment. The presentation on 25 May will explore the insights their lives provide regarding migration, divided loyalties, and slavery at the dawn of American Independence.
New this year, speaker sessions will be streamed on Zoom and recorded for future viewing. A link will be posted on the day of the event for anyone to use. Note: Unless plans develop further, Zoom participants can watch and listed but will not be able to speak or use the typed chat function.
See what the genealogy and local history area of the Virginia Beach Central Library has to offer in this 15-20 minute tour.
Choose from the 10:40 and 1:40 tour.
Check back for more details, including where to meet.
VBGS Book Sale
Don't miss the table of books and other resources in the exhibitor room. They have been generously given by VBGS members to help raise funds for the society and available for purchase by donation.
If you have items to donate, message firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your children are welcome to attend Genealogy Day too!
Stop by the children's table in the exhibitor room for a little family history activity sheet fun.
Register at the information table,
located in the hallway by the auditorium.
The following deals will offered:
Library Resources Training
Sign up for a private training session (up to 30 minutes) to learn about the resources available while using the library computers. This is perfect for beginners and experienced alike!
A VBGS member will help you find an ancestor in a census! This station will be near the children activity area in the exhibitor room.
Please note: While anyone is welcome to stop by for this fun exercise, it is meant to be a beginner friendly activity, not a way to find that missing ancestor. (We all have them!)
Locate an Ancestor table
Children's Activity table
Resource Training Session