Tracing History

More media coverage of genealogy and its continuing popularity (as well as its increase in popularity) – Daniel Taylor in the Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, Virginia), writes about one woman’s path to genealogy and how she ended up working as a volunteer in a local historical society:

Discovering history through genealogy has been a passion for Grasselli since 1982. Now, she helps people discover their own family histories as a volunteer at the Historical Society of Washington County.

“It’s really very popular nowadays,” she said. “People just want to know.”

In 1999, the 75-year-old Damascus native finished a book nearly two decades in the making. It details her family tree on her mother’s side, stretching back to 1819. The book’s 116 pages include more than 1,000 relatives.

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