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About New River Notes


New River Notes was launched in January 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver as a resource to assist New River Valley researchers in their quest to unravel the past. It has become a valuable resource for many researchers. This site is now owned and operated by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation as a free resource for all to use. The goal of the GCVHF is to maintain the site and add content so that the site will continue to serve all.

We will need contributions from many to achieve our goals. If you can help by contributing new pages, correcting existing pages, editing the contributions of others, providing technical support, etc. please Contact Us.

In the Beginning:

As a devout area historian and genealogist Jeff Weaver felt compelled to leverage the web technology and presented his work for historical and genealogical research. Initially the site contained articles written by or contributed to Jeff plus links to many external web sites. The New River Notes project focused on and continues to focus on the Upper New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia including, Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties in North Carolina and Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe Counties in Virginia.

The Growing Years:

Since our humble beginning in 1998 many contributors have sent in items for inclusion in New River Notes thus making it what it is today. The bulk of these items have been related to Grayson, Ashe, and Alleghany but all of these counties are covered.

Listed below are many, but not all, of the contributors who helped Jeff Weaver build this site.

New River Notes Contributors
Judy Alley
Darlene Burns Anderson
Paul Anderson
David Arnold
Marion Atkins
Roy Atkins
Irene Baldwin
Ginger Ballard
Rich Ballard
Kim Barr
Zane Barr
Pat Bell
Bobby Blevins
Lessie Blevins
Linda Blevins
Ron Blevins
Pat Burris
Chuck Burrus
Janice Busic
Arbadella Buwalda
Violet Shelton Carter
Carl Clark
Dolores Clark
Lillian Clark
Norman Clark
Roderick Coates
Betty J. Cockerham
Larry Cockerham
April Courtney
Myrtle Courtney
Pam Cresswell
Valerie Fondren Crook
Pat Davis
Michelle Sullivan Decker
Darlene Sue Dible
Jason Duncan
Rachel Vore Engle
Gail Ferver
Chris Fox
Clinton Getsinger
Stephanie Graves
Sadie Stamper Greer
Minnie Hall (deceased)
Mary Taylor Harrington
Lee Hash
Renie Hoover Helton
Chris Hill
Eugene Hoover (Deceased)
Judy Hoover
Regina McCoy Hopper
Warren Houck
Thom Houk
Winifred Anderson Huddle
Angela Hughes
Natalie Hughes
Shelia Hunt
Rodney Johnson
Jueline ‘Judi’ Vaughan Johnstone
Lonnie Jones
Mary Hawkins Kalenian
Mary Floy Katzman
LaVerne Spencer Kiser
March Kiser
Julia Williams Kodak
Connie Knipp
Gladys Lane
Elise Leagan
Joan Lewin
Jacque Lopez
Eddie G. Lyle
Vergie Lyle
Judith Hawkins MacKendrick
Kate McCarter
Tracy Farmer McMillon
Rita Maberry
Billy Markland
James Melton
Danny Miller
Len Moore
Bill Navey
Bette Nelson
Patience Northern
Norma McCready Owen
Barbara Norvell
Rita Parks
Bill Payne
Tom Perry
David Reedy
Rodney C. Rhudy
Mary Lynn Richards
Rhonda Robertson
Amy Hatcher Ryan
Angela Salcido
Heather Sexton
Lynn Sexton
Rebecca Reedy Sisk
Jalanda York Smith
Fred Smoot
Deronda Spiller
James Stilwell
Mack Howard Sturgill (Deceased)
Mary Ann Talbott
Jim Tarvid
Hope Taylor
George Thomas
Scott Trent
Louise Vanover Vore
Lee A. Wallace, Jr. (Deceased)
Juanita Watson
Julius J. Watson
Charlie Weaver
Walter Weaver
Billie White
June White
Violet White
Buford C. Wilson
Earl Woods
Susan Taylor Woodson
Nanalee Wrenn

Where we're going:

New River Notes is now owned by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc. and we fully intend to continue the work started by founder Jeff Weaver.

In 2012 and 2013 a small team spent hundreds of hours cleaning up the web pages on the site. We now have over 1700 web pages that meet current HTML standards. This cleanup along with the use of good site management software will make future growth and maintenance easier to achieve.

Our plan is to continually add content from our own research as well as to solicit the support of individuals and other genealogical and research organizations within the New River Valley Counties. We hope that this collaborative effort will keep New River Notes as a premier source for the research community.

It is with deep gratitude to Jeff Weaver that the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation is able to continue the great work he has done in documenting the Upper New River Valley history and family history.