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Family History Institute of Southwest Virginia

By Mary B. Kegley © 1991

Issue: June, 1991

Plans are under way for the Second Family History Institute to be held on Saturday, August 17, 1991, at the Holiday Inn in Wytheville, Virginia, for those interested in Southwest Virginia history and genealogy. The purpose of the one-day institute is to provide information on where and how to look for ancestors in Southwest Virginia and places where they settled elsewhere. The program will have something for the beginner as well as those already doing research on their families.

Mary B. Kegley, historian, author, local attorney, and institute director will alternate presentations with Beverly Repass Hoch, C.G.R.S., author, researcher, and teacher of genealogy, and a Wythe County native now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Of special interest will be a morning session about German ancestry presented by Dr. Arta Johnson of Columbus, Ohio, who will also be the special banquet speaker. Dr. Johnson is a noted national author who is a recognized authority on the German speaking immigrants to America, and has many publications pertaining to the Germans and their records.

Books of the area will be for sale by book dealers, and historical and genealogical groups.

The fee for the Institute is $36.50 which includes registration, handouts, admission to all sessions, and the evening banquet. Space is limited to 100.

Further information may be obtained by writing the sponsor: Kegley Books, P.O. Box 134, Wytheville, Va. 24382, or calling 703-228-3420.