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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 also belongs to the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Virginia Genealogical Society.


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

Bedford County was established 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.



Saturday, 8 Oct 2016 – Monthly Meeting @ Bedford Public Library at 1:30 PM

Program will be held in the Bedford Room at the Main Branch of the Bedford Public Library.   Society member, Tex Carter, will present a slide program on the Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad.  The program will describe the history of the F&P, along with pictures of the entire route from Rocky Mount to Gretna. From the founding – to its final demise, you will learn how it came to be and who was responsible for building and operating the line.  Program will be followed by a refreshment break and short business meeting.


Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 – Monthly Meeting @ Bedford Public Library at 1:30 PM

     Our speaker will be Nathan Flinchum, the Virginia Room Librarian at the Roanoke Public Library.  Nathan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Syracuse University.  He holds degrees in psychology, education, library science, and digital libraries. He is also serving as the Roanoke Libraries’ Technology Librarian.
     The Virginia Room is one of the largest collections of genealogy and local history material in the region. Their collection holds over 22,000 books and pamphlets as well as dozens of unique collections, thousands of original photographs and maps, and more. The Virginia Room also serves as the public archive for the Roanoke Times with microfilm and partial indices for the paper. They have a digital collection that contains photos, yearbooks, pamphlets and finding aids. Information about the Virginia Room can be found at http://roanokeva.gov/virginiaroom

Saturday, 10 Dec 2016 – Annual BGSI Holiday Social

Payment on your own.

12:30 pm at Olde Liberty Station in Bedford.  

Please email us to reserve your spot by December 3.