A universal truth is that you can always learn something at genealogy meetings. So when we packed up our notebooks last night and headed to the monthly genealogy club meeting my husband turned to me and said, “You won’t have to take any notes tonight.” The reason was that he was giving the presentation, “Making Sense of the Census,” a presentation I had heard many times before. I am glad I didn’t heed that advice, because one always learns something at genealogy meetings.
During the business meeting one gentleman presented a conundrum. He had recently met with an older woman who had a large trunk full of family papers. Her main concern was getting some money for them. He brought this situation to the club hoping for some alternative propositions. Unfortunately the only one he had told her, donate the family papers to the Heritage Center, was the only and best option the club could suggest.
Heritage Center. We have been here a year and I had never heard of this organization.
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center is located in downtown Fredericksburg and its mission is to preserve historical papers and photographs for the following counties: Caroline, Stafford, King George, Spotsylvania and the City of Fredericksburg. It is the largest regional archives in the state of Virginia.
You can bet my next stop is the Heritage Center to see what they have and maybe check out their volunteer opportunities.