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Welcome to our historical resources site for the Upper New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia.

Welcome to New River Notes. This site contains a wide range of information about the history and families of the Upper New River Valley.

New River Notes is owned and managed by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation for the benefit of all who are researching in southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina.

We strive to continually add new materials to aid in your research efforts. If you have materials that would be of benefit to the users of this site, send a message to GCVHF NRN Coordinator.

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Who We Are

The GCVHF is established to promote, preserve, and share the cultural and family heritages of Grayson County, Virginia. We help researchers and families find and understand materials on our site and on related websites. We also have volunteers and resources at our office in Independence, Virginia.

Genealogy and History Help We want to help novice and experienced researchers!

Whatever your experience or knowledge level of the Grayson area, the GCVHF is ready to help you achieve your research goals.
The GCVHF office will be open by appointment only until April 2023. Please contact us at least a week before your planned visit to arrange an appointment during the winter months. The office is always closed on major holidays, including the Friday after Thanksgiving and between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
If possible, one of our office volunteers will meet you at the office and assist you. The best way to contact us is via email at or call us at (276) 773-2126 to leave a message regarding your research interests.
We can use your help! There are many ways you can contribute:
  • Local Grayson volunteers are needed to help with records management, courthouse research, office coverage, order shipping, etc.
  • Volunteers anywhere can help with publications, website updates, accounting, research blog topics, etc.
  • Books or unpublished materials related to Grayson County are always appreciated, either as contributions or loans.
  • Cash donations are always welcome. Click the PayPal button to the right. We value every donation—no matter the amount.

GCVHF Office Location