Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Barbara Vines Little

While still a young woman, Barbara Vines Little enquired of her grandfather's ancestors...only to be told that her grandfather wouldn't talk about them. Not one readily deterred by familiar averrance, Barbara then began a years-long search for solutions to these and other unanswered queries.
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After finding and identifying colonial and Revolutionary ancestors in Virginia and North Carolina, she turned to professional research, speaking and volunteering in the genealogical community, first as editor of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society’s newsletter Der Kurier, then as editor of the Virginia Genealogical Society's newsletter. Barbara is currently beginning her eleventh year as editor of the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.

Additionally, Barbara served as president of the Virginia Genealogical Society and as host society chair of the 1994 FGS conference in Richmond. She later assumed the same role for the 1999 NGS Conference in the States at Richmond.

Her love of manuscript records and the variety of information that they can provide led her to develop her presentation Books and Documents on the Web, which focuses upon the wide variety of original material and published books currently available to researchers through the Internet. The talk tours collections of the Library of Congress, and heads to the website of an individual who discovered Civil War-era letters in the attic of a his new home, with a number of fascinating and eye-opening sites along the way.

The Latest Frontier in Research: Searchable Newspapers Online explores the new world of accessible newspapers. In the past genealogists have laboriously abstracted vital statistics from local newspapers. Today researchers can access the social columns, legal advertisements involving deeds of trust, tax sales, and chancery suits, as well as news of local disasters, memorials of honored citizens, and even the sporting events, graduations, enlistments, engagements, awards and other notices that featured an ancestor.

Putting Your Military Records to Work and Why Should I Have Every Census Record? focus on methodology. Both lectures encourage going beyond the usual in research. They look at the variety of sources and information that can be found, and through case studies show how exploring the depth and breadth of these records can help us solve brick wall problems, especially those involving migrating ancestors.

The Virginia Genealogical Society is sponsoring two lectures on Virginia research. Born in Virginia, How Do I Find Him? focuses on what the researcher needs to know about an ancestor in order to successfully track him or her back to Virginia. Preparing for a Virginia Research Trip: In Person or Virtually takes the researcher on a tour of Virginia resources detailing information that can be obtained online as well as that which can only be accessed in person. Both major research centers and small specialized collections will be discussed.

Currently serving as president of the National Genealogical Society, Barbara is looking forward to the Chicago conference, where she plans to steal a little time to do some research in the Durrett Collection at the University of Chicago.

Join Barbara Vines Little and the other presenters and vendors in Chicago for NGS's 2006 Conference in the States.


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