Thursday, February 01, 2007

Start Exploring Your Roots

Main Street Newspapers:
"Organizations planning county's first genealogy fair Oct. 13 2007


“This will be the start of something big. Botetourt County at one time encompassed five states and there are a lot of people out there who can research their ancestors in Botetourt County.”

Fincastle Librarian Paige Ware was talking about the new genealogy fair that will be held in the fall at the Fincastle United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Ware and Rena Worthen are helping organize the genealogical event that will be Saturday, Oct. 13. The name of the fair is Start Exploring Your Roots, and they hope it will become an annual event. The first fair will be part of the Botetourt County's participation in Jamestown 2007 events that are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the establishment of that English colony.

The fair is being sponsored by the Botetourt Genealogy Club, Botetourt County Historical Society, the Virginia Room at Roanoke City Library, Homespun Legacy, Bedford Historical Society and the Fincastle Library.
Kevin Costello, the county's director of tourism, prepared a flyer for the group. It has the details for those who want to set up booths for the Botetourt fair that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Tables will be rented for $10 each to interested parties to display genealogy and history-related materials,” said Worthen

The Friends of the Library will hold a cornbread and beans meal and will have baked goods for sale at the event.

Worthen plans to use her massive email list to notify genealogists around the county and state about the fair.

“We have some fine materials here,” she said. She is a third generation genealogist and a descendent of the Hatcher family-one of the first families of Virginia."

Hatcher Library:
"Rena Worthen, is well known by the online genealogy crowd. She is Rootsweb's website administrator for Loudoun, Patrick, Rockbridge, Botetourt & Craig counties, and mail list administrator for Loudoun, Patrick, Rockbridge & Botetourt."

Hatcher - WV Cemetery Recs
Thanks to Rena Worthen again! Her hobby is definitely cemetery cruisin' !! "Rena Worthen" - Google Search

Yahoo! GeoCities - The Works of Rena Worthen & Friends

For more information, Worthen can be contacted at the Fincastle Library at 473-8339.


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