Galax, Virginia

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For discussion of history and genealogy of the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia you are welcomed to join the New River History and Genealogy Discussion Group.

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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.

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.

Galax Evergreen Plant

Galax, Virginia

Galax is an independent Virginia city. The city lies on the Grayson - Carroll county line. Although the city is administratively independent from these counties the property and personal records from the city are stored in the Grayson or Carroll courthouse depending on which side of the county line the propery or personal event occurred.

Galax was founded along the waters of Chestnut Creek which has provided an abundant water supply for the city as well as furnishing an early source of power. The Norfolk and Western Railway extended a spur into the village, then called Blairs, with the first train arriving in 1904. The town itself was incorporated in 1906. It was named after galax, an evergreen plant growing in the area.

General information for researchers can be found at:

Wikipedia history overview of City of Galax
History and genealogy: Carroll County Genealogy Club, Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation and Grayson County Historical Society