Class: Ask the Experts @ on Zoom
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family should be submitted in advance to the email discussion group ( with a description about what research you have done already and the research question you are trying to answer. General questions and topics for discussion may be raised in class and need not be submitted in advance.

[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at to be added.]

Lecture: “How Settlers Guides Can Help Us Understand Our Ancestors’ Lives” @ on Zoom
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle

“How Settlers Guides Can Help Us Understand Our Ancestors’ Lives”

Guidebooks written to persuade and assist settlers to migrate to sparsely-populated areas contain a treasure trove of information about the details of everyday life for our ancestors. Find out where to locate these amazing resources and how they can help reconstruct our ancestors’ stories.

Annette Burke Lyttle has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She has spoken on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local level. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University and has taught research, analysis, and writing to college students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Second presentation:

Presenter: John E. Callahan

“Writing Family Stories”

Join master wordsmith, John Callahan, for an inspiring presentation on how to get those family stories out of your heads and onto paper (or digital file) with ease.

John Callahan is a long-time VCGS member and story crafter. He has been memorializing his ancestors and his own life for decades with an enviable style. Come join him as he shares his knowledge about this art and craft of writing family stories.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact for a Zoom invitation.

The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.