2015 Officers

- Ann Talbot Roberts
- Mary Torres
Corresponding Secretary
- Yvonne Swanson
Recording Secretary
- Rosemarie Herrmann
- Barbara Krafka

2015 Committee Chairpersons

Book Selection
- Position not filled as of 02-14-2013
- Coralie Somers
Editor, Genealogical Tips
- Marlene Pegg
- Susan Francis


Summer Schedule:  TOTGS will meet only once per month for June, July & August;  we will resume our twice-monthly meetings in September.  We have three wonderful programs scheduled for these summer meetings.  We have purchased the rights to video-streaming of the National Genealogical Society's 2015 Family History Conference;  our purchase expires in early August, which is why our August meeting will be on Aug 6th instead of later that month.  All three of these presentations are approximately one hour in length, and bring world-renowned professional genealogists to our meeting.  Hope you'll join us.

Finding Your Roots

New Program on PBS
Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm


June 18th
10:15 - noon  -- John Colletta "Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors"
June 18th
noon - 2:00 -- a celebration and commemoration of Juneteenth
July 16th
10:15 - noon -- Julie Miller "Becoming An American:  Naturalization Records"
Aug 6th
10:15 - noon -- Thomas Jones  "When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn A Proved Conclusion?"

Become a Member

Interested in joining the TOTGS? Go to our Contact for more information.


Beginning Research
Chart, going backwards. Write down everything. ASK family members – interview by asking open-ended questions.
Roots Web
Find A Grave
Heritage Quest
Family Search
Library of Congress

Paid Websites
Godfrey Library

An excellent resource is the printed Virginia Slave Index (compiled 1853-1865), later transcribed in microfilm format during the WPA in the 1930s and now available thanks to the Alexandria Library and put out by Heritage Books; also available on Amazon. Arranged alphabetically by slaveowner names, the 6th volume is a Geographic Supplement, arranged by county names. Pricey but worth it, or maybe you can order interlibrary loan.