I’m a librarian as well as an amateur genealogist.
What I can research easily in SWVA (less than one week):
–any public library collection, from the Virginia Room at the Roanoke Main Library to the Lonesome Pine Regional Library
–any public college/university collection, from VA Tech to UVA Wise, including community college libraries
–lookups on ancestry.com
What I can research with a little more time (1-3 weeks):
–content held by SWVA historical and genealogical societies, museum collections, library special collections/archives, etc. Many of these places and organizations are only open a few times a week or only meet once a month, so getting to their research means making an appointment on their schedule
–Roanoke and Montgomery County, VA cemeteries for records and photographs
Things I can research but can’t promise a timeline:
–SWVA cemeteries. Many family cemeteries are on private land and (as I’ve discovered through my own research) can be difficult to access. But I can certainly try!
If it has to do with SWVA, don’t hesitate to ask.
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