Have you ever tried to discover the history of your family, but didn’t know how or where to begin? The Goochland County Historical Society is here to help by sponsoring Beginning Genealogy, a course of four lectures, to help you get started. The course begins in January 2023, with one lecture offered each month thereafter, through April. Topics include: what a group sheet is, how to search for genealogical information using a personal computer, why the U.S. Census is a valuable resource, other sources of free information available to you, and how to judge the accuracy of the information you find.


Lecture 1: Saturday, January 21, 10:00 am to noon, meeting room, Goochland Branch Library, 3075 River Road West. This introductory session will provide the basics.

Lecture 2: Saturday, February 11, 10:00 am to noon, meeting room, Goochland Branch Library, 3075 River Road West. This lecture will feature five people from the Louisa County Historical Society who have years of experience doing genealogical research; they will speak about African-American genealogy including how to track ancestors back into the period before emancipation.

Lecture 3: Date and location to be announced.

Lecture 4: Date and location to be announced.

To sign up or find out more about the course or individual lectures, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society by phone at 804-556-3966, by email at, or drop by the society at 2924 River Road West. The society is located next to Goochland Courthouse; hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday and the second Saturday of the month. Preregistration is required to ensure sufficient seating.