Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What's New at the VFA?

The November 2013 Newsletter

The VFA's November newsletter is out!  Members who enjoy stories of notable Vances will find a biography of US author Jack Vance (pictured) and a history of the Vance knights who ruled the area around Vance, Belgium for 700 years.   There is also a summary of the VFA's biannual reunion this past summer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a recap of the Allen County Library's Genealogy Center and its resources.

Big changes have also been added to the Vance Family Association's website at http://www.vancefamilyassociation.org and are reviewed in the November newsletter.  The website now includes an Archives section with new resources for members like:

  • Newsletters - fifteen of the VFA's newsletters from the past 30 years have been added already with more to come (by the way, if you aren't already aware, the VFA has indexed all the past newsletters, and indexes by topic and by Vance ancestor are already available at http://vancefamilyassociation.org/newsletter/).  
  • Book Titles - to contain a growing list of books on Vances and Vance history, with titles, tables of contents, the V and W entries found in the index, and where copies of the book can be found either online or available via inter-library loan, and 
  • Historians' Research, where digitized copies of the VFA's other archives will be posted.

There are also Newsletter Forums and DNA Project Forums set up for members to post corrections or questions on past newsletters and discuss items relating to genetic genealogy and the Vance DNA surname project.

If you're a VFA member already, don't forget to sign up for a user name and password to check out these new online resources.  And if you're not a member, look over the options at http://vancefamilyassociation.org/join-today/ and see if we have one that fits your budget.  For as little as $15 a year, you can avail yourself of all the resources of the VFA, get the quarterly newsletter, and support our goal of helping Vance researchers across the globe at the same time.

1 comment:

  1. I don't usually comment on my own posts :-), but here's a good example for you on the value of these new VFA resources.

    I've done a lot of research on the various Vance coats of arms (all available here on the blog) but could never identify the source of one of the purported "Vance" arms examples that's all over the Internet. When the early newsletters became available I browsed through them - and sure enough, Kathleen Mason (the incredibly thorough first VFA historian) had already found its source and published it! I've already updated the coat of arms information to include it.

    That's just a small example... there's nearly 30 years of research on Vance family lines documented in those newsletters as well. What might already have been documented about your own Vance line?