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 other states as well.

The cities and counties are:

Charles City County Elizabeth City Essex County
Gloucester County Hampton City Hanover County
Caroline County Henrico County Isle of Wight County
James City County King and Queen County King George County
King William County Lancaster County Mathews County
Middlesex County Nansemond County New Kent County
Newport News City Norfolk City Northumberland County
Petersburg City Portsmouth City Poquoson City
Prince George County Princess Anne County Richmond City
Suffolk City Surry County Westmoreland County
  York County  
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.