Once again, the Goochland County Historical Society is offering Beginning Genealogy classes. This is a must if you have ever wanted to discover your family’s history, but didn’t know how or where to begin. Classes will provide the basics you need to get started. There will be four sessions; each will be two hours long, for a total of eight hours of instruction. All classes will be held in the meeting room of the Goochland Branch of the Pamunkey Library from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The first two sessions are scheduled for Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, February 24; the final two sessions—one in March and one in April—are yet to be scheduled, but they also will be held on Saturdays. We are also planning an extra session on Goochland County records, but no date has been set for this extra session.

Topics to be covered include finding information on births, deaths, burial locations, and marriages of family members; identifying lost ancestors; using the U.S. census; judging information when two or more sources conflict; determining date ranges and resolving conflicting dates; online and local information sources; and genealogy programs for use on your computer.

To register, call or email the GCHS at 804-556-3966 or


If you are in the Courthouse area this Friday and Saturday, December 8 & 9, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, stop by the History Center and say hello. It is a good time to get those last minute gifts for the history lover in you life. We have 2024 calendars and other items ready to go!


Volume 52 of the Goochland County Historical Society Magazine has arrived! In this Issue: Saved from the Ashes: The Thorncliff Collection, Anthony Gavin: Wickedness in High Places, Joseph “FreeJoe” Harris: The Man from Goochland Who Made His Mark in Tennessee, Record of Marriages of Hugh Davis Ragland, The Tomb of Henry Wood. 88 pages and for the first time with full color images. Members will receive the magazine as part of your membership or you can order a copy through our website here or stop by the History Center and pick up a copy, only $12.00.


In 2006, the Goochland County Historical Society started offering its Vintage Goochland calendars, featuring old photographs of people, places, and events in and around the county. Since then, the calendar has served as an annual fund raiser for the Society. The 2024 calendar is now on sale for $15.00 each for up to 7 copies, 8-19 copies are $12 each, 20+ copies are $8 each. They usually sell out, so support the Society and reserve your copy now by calling (804-556-3966), ordering online ( or emailing the Society(


More U.S. presidents were born in Virginia than in any other state. Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the Goochland Public Library to hear author Heather S. Cole talk about her new book Virginia’s Presidents: A History and Guide.

The book tells the stories of the eight Virginia-born presidents and the historic sites that interpret their lives. Profiles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson are provided, as well as descriptions of museums, historic sites, and presidential homes in Virginia and elsewhere that are associated with each.

Heather S. Cole is a writer, archivist, and public historian living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She served as an interpreter at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

The program is offered jointly by the Friends of Goochland Library and the GCHS. A book signing and refreshments will follow. The Goochland Public Library is located at 3075 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063.

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