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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 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.



14 May 2016 – Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc. will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the American Legion Post 54 building, located at 231 W Depot Street, Bedford at 1:30 PM. There is ample parking at and near this site, such as at the Bedford Bulletin office next door, along Depot Street, or in the parking lot on the other side of the building.  Everyone is welcome – you do not have be to a member  to attend! 

Our guest speaker will be L. David Roper of Blacksburg, who will be talking about “Solving Genealogy Problems using Genetics [DNA].” He will also explain the differences and usage of the main types of DNA tests:  Y-chromosome, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. David has been studying the local surnames of Roper and Franklin for over 40 years, and has become a firm believer in the value of using DNA information to prove certain relationships that cannot be verified by any other means.  

L. David Roper’s genealogy web page can be found at roperld.com

Members should make every effort to attend this meeting, as some important business concerning the Society will be addressed after a refreshment break.

More information about this meeting or the Society may be obtained by sending an email to bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com, or leaving a message at (540) 466-4247.

No scheduled meetings in June or July.  Enjoy your Summer!

13 Aug 2016

Annual BGSI Picnic Meeting at the home of Harvey Clarke.

10 Sep 2016 – SAVE THE DATE!  

12th Annual BGSI Genealogy Fair from 9 am – 3 pm at the CVCC Bedford Campus, 1633 Venture Blvd.  All events are free and open to the public!

There will be two lectures per hour, on the hour on topics of genealogical or historical interest.  Confirmed speakers (to date):  Jeannie Turnmire on Family Search;  Linda Scoville on Manakin Huguenots;  Patrick Schroeder, curator and historian at Appomattox National Park;  Donna St. Clair on the many uses of flax in olden times;  Karen Glover-Rowlett, Deputy Clerk at the Bedford County Circuit Court;  Nathan Flinchum, librarian at the Roanoke Public Library Virginia Room.

Also, thirty tables displaying family surnames, genealogy societies, and libraries. Vendors selling books on their county organization.  Free census and Internet genealogy look-ups.  BGSI will be selling books on genealogy, history, and various research aids. Breakfast and lunch items will be available to purchase, prepared by Sister-to-Sister Custom Catering and Coffee House.

8 Oct 2016 – Monthly Meeting – TBA

12 Nov 2016 – Monthly Meeting – TBA

10 Dec 2016 – Annual BGSI Holiday Social