Author Archives: Melissa Thomas McKenney

Virginia Genealogical Society Is Looking for a Newsletter Editor

From their Facebook page: “VGS is looking for a Newsletter editor. The Newsletter is 16 pages published six times a year. If you are interested, please contact newsletter-editor@vgs.org.” Advertisements

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University Digitizes Large Collection of Historical Maps

Last week, I wrote a post about ways to make learning history more engaging.  One of the podcasts I suggested was BackStory with the American History Guys.  Ed Ayers, a.k.a “19th Century Guy” of the trio of hosts, is also the … Continue reading

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Deals on Virginia History Experiences

Genealogy isn’t my only passion.  I also love finding a good deal.  And since I suggested recently that we all take the time to learn about how our ancestors lived, I thought it would be appropriate to pass along a couple … Continue reading

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Extras Needed for AMC’s New Revolutionary War Drama

Can’t find any Revolutionary War heroes in your family tree?  That’s okay, you can play one on TV! Arvold Casting is holding an open call tomorrow for extras for AMC’s new television series, Turn.  The series, based on the book, Washington’s Spies: The … Continue reading

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Finding Sarah Carney

Sarah Carney is buried next to her son, but you’d never know it.  Her bones are resting beside him under an unmarked patch of grass in the family plot of the Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.  I’d show you a … Continue reading

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The Virginia that Never Was (But Really Kinda Is)

Andrew Shears, an Assistant Professor of Geography at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, used what seems to be a copious amount of free time to create this most interesting map of what the United States could have become.  Armed with … Continue reading

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Virginia Historical Society Hosts “Stories at the Museum” Tomorrow

About twice a month, the Virginia Historical Society hosts a program for families with younger children called “Stories at the Museum.”  A history-themed book is read to the kiddos and then they get to do some related crafts.  And just like … Continue reading

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