Month: June 2018

Millions of Messages: Processing Gubernatorial E-mail at the Library of Virginia

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Where: Library of Virginia Conference Room

Join Library of Virginia staff members Roger Christman, senior state records archivist, and Susan Gray Page, digital archives coordinator, for a talk on the real-world challenges and opportunities associated with capturing, preserving and accessing the e-mail of an outgoing governor.

The Library is the permanent home for the records of Virginia’s governors. Beginning with the records of our first governor, Patrick Henry (1776–1779), through the administration of James Gilmore (1998–2002) those records were primarily paper.

The explosion of electronic records in the 21st century has created new considerations and expectations for public access to these materials. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or

Fall Slatten Lecture Scheduled Featuring Professional Genealogist and Lecturer Michael Strauss

Saturday, September 21, 2019

michael-strauss-adj.jpgMichael Strauss is a professional genealogist and a national genealogical lecturer. He has beEen an avid genealogist for more than 35 years. He holds a BA in History and is a US Coast Guard veteran, as well as a licensed private investigator and qualified expert witness on estate matters for Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army, locating DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II.

His topics for this lecture will include:

  • Researching Your Colonial War Ancestors
  • Refugees, Claims and Conscription: Your Ancestors During the Reconstruction Era
  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors
  • More Than Just Obituaries: Genealogical Newspaper Research

Straight to the Source Celebrates 30 Years! 

On March 29, STTS hosted its annual lecture to almost 70 attendees, as well as celebrated its 30th anniversary with “Archive Cupcakes.” Topics were presented by the professional Library staff about the collections at the Library of Virginia.


The first lecture of the morning was presented by Greg Crawford, Local Records Program Manager. His lecture focused on how to use local court records to learn about Virginia history, and in the process learning about our ancestors.


Next was Cara Griggs, Reference Archivist, who showed us how to use post-emancipation records to reconstruct families.


The Library of Virginia houses an amazing collection of photographs. Dana Puga, Prints and Photographs Collection Specialist,  presented “Families in Silver: Michael Miley’s Rockbridge County Photographs.” Michael Miley, born in Rockingham County, Virginia, worked as a commercial photographer after the American Civil War. His work consisted of portraiture and landscapes of the Rockbridge County area.

Great Aunt LucyJohn Deal, Historian, Public Services and Outreach, presented an overview of the new Virginia History Trails App, which virtually enhances your on-the-ground travel experience by providing you with a customized experience based on your location and personal interest.

Virginia Trail

Some of the attendees enjoying the day.