Directions for Geneology Research in Virginia
Start with the Hopewell Prince George Visitor Welcome Center where you will be treated to the up to date resource guide for Virginia. Mark Twain is credited with saying “why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” But we know that you can’t trust others to look at the whole tree and not just the nuts.
When we assist amateur researchers we know that the Prince George Historical Society and the Prince George Regional Heritage Center as well as the Hopewell Historical Foundation and Weston Plantation will be great resources. Also, no one is more helpful than the Appomattox Regional Library System archives in downtown Hopewell. Another resources is Merchant's Hope Memorial Gardens adjacent to historic Merchant's Hope Church.
Today we met a delightful visitor from Vermont who is doing research on her family roots in our region. She has found gravestones and visited home sites. We learned that she is a retired teacher and that she and her husband, both retired, produce maple syrup when they are not on other adventures. Family research brought her here, but I think the quality of our visit may make for a tangible connection to our region.