Here on Out of the Box we like to take the occasional Friday to let patrons of the Library of Virginia tell our readers of their research success stories. We call it Big Find Friday, and today we bring you the latest installment.
James and Andra Krehbiel made the long journey all the way from Arizona to Richmond to research the descendants of Jacob Wees (1733-1826) of Muddy Creek, Pennsylvania, and Elkins, (West) Virginia. Their visit yielded valuable information on some ten generations of the family (variations of the surname include Weese, Wease, and Wiess).
“While we had names and dates for most, we were in need of a great deal of assistance to locate ‘the story’ of each,” the Krehbiels wrote in their “My Big Find” submission. “This could never have been done without the amount of help your staff provided and which we never expected.”
The couple specifically thanked Bill Luebke, Dave Grabarek, Ginny Dunn, and Lisa Werhmann for their help, adding that “As both of us have doctorates and have done our share of research, we can attest that the staff of the Library of Virginia is outstanding.”
If you want to “get to know” your ancestors a little better, we would love for you to take advantage of our unique and impressive resources – including our dedicated reference staff. For those just getting started with their genealogical sleuthing, check out our offering of upcoming classes. If you have your own “Big Find” to share, let us know!
-Jessica Tyree Burgess, Senior Accessioning Archivist