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The Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc. (BGSI) is comprised of individuals who wish to preserve the family histories of people who have lived in this county and the surrounding areas. Our members reside in Bedford County, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the United States. Both the organization and its members work together to promote the gathering and sharing of accurate genealogical information to all interested persons at the lowest possible cost. The Society belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Virginia Genealogical Society.

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Bedford County is located in the Piedmont region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Piedmont area had long been inhabited by indigenous peoples. At the time of European encounter, mostly Siouan-speaking tribes lived in this area.

Bedford County was established by European Americans on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. Later in 1756, a portion of Albemarle County lying south of the James River was added. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from eastern Bedford County and the county seat was moved from New London to Liberty (now Bedford). Also in 1786, the portion of Bedford County south of the Staunton (Roanoke) River was taken with part of Henry County to form Franklin County.

The town of Bedford became an independent city in 1968, and remained the county seat. On September 14, 2011, the Bedford City Council voted to transition into a town, ending its independent city status. The supervisors of Bedford County also voted to accept the town of Bedford as part of the county when it loses city status. The town of Bedford once more became part of Bedford County on July 1, 2013.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

KEYS TO FINDING YOUR PAST

(Beginner/Intermediate Level)

GENEALOGY CLASS

Please reserve a spot by sending an email to bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com.  A registration flyer will be sent to you to complete and return.  We use pre-registration for planning our supplies.

2016 Intermediate Genealogy Class
2016 Intermediate Genealogy Class

The class will be held from 9-12 am on May 13, 20, 27 (three consecutive Saturday mornings) at the Bedford Public Library and will cost $15 per person for current members or $20 for non-members.  A special savings of $10 is available if you take the class AND join the Society at the same time!  (Offer is limited to new members only while classes are in session.)  One additional person living at the same address may attend for an additional $5 fee. Different topics will be discussed during each class.  If you need to miss a class, let us know and we will save the handouts for you. You may pay on site by cash or check. 

MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday, May 13 @ 1:30 pm

Bedford Room

at the Bedford Public Library

Danny Johnson, from Johnson’s Orchards and Peaks of Otter Winery, will share his recollections on his lifetime of growing up and living in Bedford County. Please join us in the Bedford Room of the Bedford Central Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, VA at 1:30 pm. All meetings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and social time will be shared after the presentation.

There is plenty of parking available BEHIND the library, which is accessed from Bedford Avenue.  The Bedford Room may be entered from the parking lot by using the door at the far left of the building.  You may also enter through the library (during regular library hours) and access the meeting room from the cafe.  Both entrances are handicap accessible.  All programs are free and open to the public!

JUNE & JULY

NO MONTHLY MEETINGS!    

Enjoy your Summer!

SUMMER SOCIAL

Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 11 am

hosted by Larry & Joyce Horne.  More details will be provided at a later date.

MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Program and Location – TBD

SOCIETY MEETINGS

MOVE

TO FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH!

MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Program and Location – TBD

MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Program and Location – TBD

WINTER SOCIAL

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Location – TBD