time: 3:30* presenter: Virginia Beach Public Library featuring Amanda Brooks topic: The Edgar T. Brown Collection
Amanda Brooks is the Special Collections Librarian with the Virginia Beach Public Library's Edgar T. Brown Local History Archive. Amanda is a Certified Archivist with her Masters in Information and Library Studies. Aside from her work in genealogy and local history, Amanda specializes in digitization for cultural institutions.
time: 4:00* presenter: Tammy M. Woodward topic: How Do I Preserve That?
Tammy Woodward is a Certified Archivist with over 18 years of experience in libraries, archives, and records management. She has worked in public and academic libraries, museums, and government archives in Italy, England, Texas, and Virginia. She specializes in preservation, collection management, and archival arrangement and description. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland, a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in American History through Liberty University. She is certified through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
time: 4:30* presenter: Allie Marie topic: Creating Fiction from Genealogy
Award-winning author Allie Marie grew up in Virginia, where her favorite childhood pastime was reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries. She never expected to grow up to be a real-life police officer herself. After a long career in law enforcement, including international policing, Allie finally retired and embarked on a quest to fulfill a long-time dream to write mysteries and crime thrillers. Genealogy, however, derailed her from those plans when her ancestry research led to ancestors fighting in the Revolutionary War. She decided to incorporate her ancestry experiences into a historical mystery, with loose connections to her research. The idea for her paranormal “True Colors Series” was soon born. Those other stories in her head are still patiently waiting their turn. Besides family and genealogy, her passions are traveling anywhere and camping with her husband Jack.
time: 5:00* presenter: Edna M. Hendrix topic: Black Communities in Virginia Beach History Two videos will be shown, along with discussion.
* Presentations are ~20 minutes with another 5 minutes for questions. Couldn’t ask your question? You can visit these presenters in the exhibitor hall as well.
Looking for a date of birth or death? When and where your ancestor became a citizen? Where they disappeared to or where they came from? Voting records may have the answer. These often-overlooked gems can be packed with genealogical information, and you won’t believe what they can tell us about our ancestors! Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker who turned her focus to her longtime love of genealogy after a 20-year writing career. Her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and the FGS’s Forum magazine; and her lectures take her from coast to coast. Pam specializes in conducting genealogical research and then turning that information into illustrated stories that even non-genealogists can enjoy.
Exhibitors are located in the rooms across from the auditorium
Jigsaw Genealogy Jigsaw Genealogy has supplied genealogical supplies to researchers for over 20 years. Located in historical Williamsburg, Virginia, we are your source in the mid-Atlantic region for wall-sized pedigree charts, forms, worksheets, research kits, archival-safe photo storage materials, state maps, magnifiers, and other necessities for beginners, intermediate, and professional researchers. Let us help while you pursue your ancestral research – we understand the thrill of the hunt!
Virginia Beach Central Library Information about the library
Virginia Beach Genealogical Society Information about the society, book sale (by donation)
National Society United States Daughters 1812 Information about the lineage society for female descendants with ancestors in the War of 1812
Enda M. Hendrix with Dr. Joanne Lucas and Jackie Malbon books, bookmarks, and photos
Allie Marie, Creating Fiction from Genealogy Research Mystery book series with genealogical elements
Tammy M. Woodward, professional archivist Personal Archiving, Records Management, and Research Services
Sam Williams, The Orthodox Genealogist Answering genealogy and DNA questions, also for hire
Daughters of the American Revolution Information about the organization from many local chapters
Sons of the American Revolution Information about the organization
Ferry Plantation Information about Ferry Plantation, book "A Place In Time" for sale (Grace Sherwood and early VA History)
Dames of the Court of Honor Information about the society
Tidewater Genealogical Society Information about the society
Daughters of the Confederacy Information about the society note: The chapter is very sensitive to people's feelings regarding the confederacy