Welcome to the Tidewater Genealogical Society

Let us help you on that journey....
and enjoy yourself making new friends along the way.  We offer engaging meetings, a quarterly publication, many special events, research trips, and a cadre of dedicated volunteer genealogists staffing a comfortable and accessible library.
The Hugh S. Watson Jr. Genealogical Society of Tidewater, Virginia or in short form, The Tidewater Genealogical Society (TGS), was formally organized in 1969.  The TGS was conceived and formed by a small group of students taking a genealogy class under Mrs. Virginia H. Rollings at Thomas Nelson Community College (now Peninsula Community College).  Mr. Watson, in whose honor the Society is named, authored a weekly genealogical feature from 1935, first for the Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg, Virginia, and then for the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia until 1988.

Our primary geographical area of interest is Virginia, with emphasis on that part east of the Fall Line.  However, we do have some research materials for the 5 surrounding states of Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The Counties are:

Accomack Arlington Caroline Charles City
Chesterfield Essex Fairfax Gloucester
Hanover Henrico Isle of Wight James City
King George King and Queen King William Lancaster
Mathews Middlesex New Kent Northampton
Northumberland Prince George Prince William Richmond
Spotsylvania Stafford Surry
  Westmoreland York  
The Independent Cities are:
Alexandria Chesapeake Colonial Heights Fairfax
Falls Church Fredericksburg Hampton Hopewell
Newport News Norfolk Pertersburg
Portsmouth Richmond Suffolk Virginia Beach
The Society is dedicated to encouraging and sustaining interest in genealogical affairs through education and research programs designed to assist members in their search for ancestors.