At the recent 50th anniversary celebration of the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS), it was announced that Barbara Vines Little, of Orange, Virginia, had been elected a Fellow of the society. This award recognizes an individual for long-term contributions in a given discipline, long-term contributions in more than one discipline, and/or exemplary service in the promotion of Virginia genealogy and family history study. As the fifth VGS Fellow, Barbara joins previous honorees Fred Dorman, Netti Schreiner-Yantis, Robert Young Clay, and Wes Pippenger.
Barbara, a retired teacher, who has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Virginia, has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) since 2000. She is an expert on Virginia and West Virginia research and is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in genealogy. In her classes and lectures, she not only talks about records that are available, but she emphasizes how to properly do genealogy.
Since 1996, she has served as the editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and is a former president of VGS (1991-93) as well as a past editor of the Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter. She is also the past president of the National Genealogical Society, and the Virginia coordinator and instructor at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research held at Samford University.
Barbara has authored numerous articles for various publications including the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the National Genealogical Society Newsletter, the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and OnBoard, the BCG publication. In 1994 and 1995, when she was co-editor of the Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, that publication twice received first-place in the NGS Newsletter Competition. In 2001, she received the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Award for Excellence for her article, “Teasing the Silent Woman from the Shadows of History: Mary Fitzhugh (Stuart) Fitzhugh of Virginia.” In addition to articles, Barbara has published three volumes of Virginia court records and edited others for publication.