The Executive Council, comprised of FRGS officers, is charged with managing the business of the society and developing its policies.
Trip has over 25 years of experience in genealogy and has been very active in FRGS for many years.
First Vice President
The First Vice President is the Program Chair and is responsible for securing speakers for both the monthly meetings and the Annual Fall Conference.
This position is currently vacant.
Second Vice President
Trish Little Taylor
Trish grew up in New Jersey and moved to Virginia to attend Mary Washington College. After graduation, she earned a Masters in Librarianship from Western Michigan University and later a Master in Humanities from the University of Richmond. Trish worked for years as a school librarian and then worked for the Library of Virginia in the pre-computer days when typing was the desired input method and research meant either microfilm or traveling to the source. The job at the Library of Virginia is responsible for her obsession with research, especially for local history and genealogy. Eventually, Trish moved back to New Jersey and worked for Bell Labs Library group. Trish later worked for the Portsmouth Public Library and after retiring in 2017, she moved to the Fredericksburg area. Her love of genealogy and local history groups (especially Irish history) remains very strong.
Like many of you, Trish didn’t know much about her ancestors. She knew that her Grandmother May Agnes Walters and her father Joseph Warren Walters were born in Virginia. The rest of Trish’s family comes from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Cornwall, England, and Ireland. She began research in Ireland and was able to obtain her Irish citizenship because William Little, her grandfather, was born there. This research has led her to want to share this love of Ireland and Irish genealogy.
Trish now lives in Ruther Glen with her dog Meeka and cat Bouncy.
Tom is responsible for FRGS finances, including developing and managing current accounts, the annual budget, and tracking and reporting on the society’s financial position.
A note from Tom: I grew up in Germantown, Maryland within miles of the graves and former homes of generations of my ancestors. I heard stories about many of them when I was young, some true, and some were old stories that took me on a few wrong turns. Numerous sources and records have emerged over the years, as well as appreciated research efforts of many cousins. Technology resources took a leap in the ’90s with a program called Family Tree Maker and a supporting disc with a large database going back 15 generations on my father’s side. It was fascinating to find family who farmed the land where BWI now stands, and members of the Maryland Militia in 1776. This database has been the subject of much validation research over the years, including through sources in Virginia. Current DNA analysis has resulted in further validation of previous records. As an amateur photographer, I have spent time taking pictures of family gravesites and contributing to the “Find-A-Grave” database. FRGS has provided clear direction on many of the new and older reliable sources for continuing the investigation.
Executive Council Secretary
Sandy is responsible for keeping the minutes of the FRGS regular monthly meetings, special meetings and Executive Council meetings.
A note from Sandy: I hail from upstate New York, growing up near Saratoga Springs with my parents, four siblings, eight maternal aunts and uncles, their spouses, and numerous cousins who gathered at Grandma LaFountain’s small home. First cousins number 45 and I can no longer count the 2nds, 3rds or Xs removed. My Dad’s family was small in comparison: one aunt, two cousins, Pa and Grandma Geier, and a few others. I am not sure when or how I caught the genealogy bug, but I have it! I am very grateful for FRGS, their encouragement, knowledge, and willingness to help. I am looking forward to working with all the existing and soon-to-be members of the Society.