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New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

We're not finished. A site like this can't just freeze in time. It must be maintained, .... Read More

New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look. For more information on the changes and plans see posts on the GCVHF Google+ Page.

New River Notes Photo Gallery

Collection of historic and current photos mostly covering the upper New River area of southwestern Virginia and nortwestern North Carolina

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Family AlbumsThis category contains collections of photos from families of the upper New River Valley area.
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5 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 533 times

Cantor - Whittaker Families


21 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 3892 times

Matney Family Photographs


Miscellaneous Matney Family Photographs

The following photographs are courtesy of Victoria Stewart, and are of unknown individuals believed to be members of the Matney Family of Watauga County, North Carolina. If you are able to identify any of these individuals, please contact Victoria Stewart. Many thanks.

6 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 321 times

Sexton Family Photo Album


5 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 442 times

Smitteel Family Album of Grayson County, Virginia


The following photographs were provided by the Bookhouse, 805 N. Emerson St., Arlington, Virginia 22205. Phone 703-527-7797 Natalie Hughes, Proprietor. - Many thanks

Only four of these photos are identified. Most are 1/9th plate tin types, although a few are cart-de- visitie type (paper) photographs. One of the unidentified photos has a backmark stating that it was made by "Wilson & Welsh, Photographers, Summerfield, Grayson Co., Va."

21 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 244 times

Warren Family Photographs


4 files, last one added on Sep 11, 2013
Album viewed 403 times

Andrew Weaver Family Photo Album

0 files
Album viewed 0 times

Welsh Records


Courtesy of Roderick Coats

2 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 472 times

8 albums on 1 page(s)

Alleghany County, NC People


29 files, last one added on Oct 20, 2007
Album viewed 7726 times

Ashe County, NC People


268 files, last one added on Apr 15, 2008
Album viewed 10390 times

Carroll County, VA People


16 files, last one added on Oct 08, 2007
Album viewed 2384 times

Grayson County, Flatridge Area


1 files, last one added on Feb 10, 2013
Album viewed 2215 times

Giles County, VA People


4 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2007
Album viewed 1088 times

Grayson County and City of Galax, VA People


Photos of people who live or lived in Grayson County, VA or the City of Galax, Virginia.

339 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2013
Album viewed 25166 times

Montgomery County, VA People


2 files, last one added on Jul 23, 2007
Album viewed 1317 times

Pulaski County, VA People


35 files, last one added on Feb 18, 2013
Album viewed 1553 times

Smyth County, VA People


102 files, last one added on Nov 10, 2010
Album viewed 8764 times

Surry County, NC People


5 files, last one added on Apr 01, 2006
Album viewed 2193 times

Tazewell County, VA People


8 files, last one added on Sep 26, 2006
Album viewed 1833 times

Washington County, VA People


64 files, last one added on Mar 24, 2008
Album viewed 2182 times

15 albums on 2 page(s) 1

Random files - New River Valley People
NHammandchildren1934.jpg952 viewsleft to right: Nettie Hamm Tedder, Canzada Ham Miller, Nelson Hamm, Cordelia "Deel" Ham Farmer Clark, Minnie Ham Carpenter, Harrison B."Hack" Hamm. Courtesy of Mary Ann Talbott
GeorgeMandyLewis2.jpg769 viewsGeorge and Amanda Campbell Lewis. Courtesy of Judy Lenderman
jonesbryanr3.jpg551 viewsJack Jones is shown on the left, the person on the right is unknown. Courtesy of Viola Shenton
gdreeves.jpg917 viewsFront Left to Right: George D Reeves (my Great, Great Grandfather), William Reeves, Cora Smith Reeves Rear Left to Right: Charlie and Lester Reeves. Courtesy of Bill Payne.
gwest.jpg639 viewsSon of Rush Floyd West and Theodocia Blevins. School teacher, prominent Baptist layman. Lived at Grassy Creek. Married to Hazel Dolinger.
Mommy_herDaddy.jpg650 views Rosser K. Davidson and my mother, Edna Ruth
Davidson. She was about two years old. They are sitting on the porch of their home at Cedar Branch in Saltville. Courtesy of Lesa Long

budspen.jpg1296 viewsThis is a photo of Bud Spencer flat-footin' it at one of the Whitetop Music festivals in the 1930s. He was the son of William Spencer and Mahala "Alia" Weaver.
ThompsonClan.jpg503 viewsMargaret "Kate" Caudle, Thompson was a sister to William Thomas Caudle who was my Great Grandfather.
Left to Right seated:
James Elihu "Jim" Thompson holding Hettie Thompson, Tines; Margaret "Kate" Caudle, Thompson holding Faye Thompson, Lloyd;Francis "Frankie" Edwards, Thompson, Jim's mother; Joseph "Joe" Thompson; Sidney Thompson, Jim's brother.
Standing: Sidney's wife holding their child; ; Flora Thompson, Norman; Patterson "Pat" Thompson; Lillie Thompson, Gentry. The three boys standing in center row: Harrison; Blaine, & Peter Coy "Pete" Thompson Courtesy of Nanalee Wrenn

Last additions - New River Valley People
Unknown young Matney woman, ca. 1930s275 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown members of the Matney Family260 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown older Matney Couple.262 viewsSep 18, 2013
Unknown members of the Donnelly and/or the Matney Family of Watauga County230 viewsSep 18, 2013
Miscellaneous Matney Photos. One is labeled Tom Matney, Carter's Boy. Can anyone help?237 viewsSep 18, 2013
Photos believed to be Nancy Matney (left) and Mahala Matney (right).284 viewsThese photos were taken at Clyde, Watuaga County, North Carolina, in a style of about 1910.Sep 18, 2013
Testerman - Troy Testerman & Ida Hash Testerman and family Courtesy of Clinton Getzinger286 viewsSep 18, 2013
Ford - Ninevah Ford274 viewsSep 18, 2013