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May 12, 2020 By: Maxine Landfried
Ripley High School Yearbooks (Updated)
Check out our new link to the Ripley Alumni Association site with copies of yearbooks, veteran pictures and much more.
April 13, 2020 By: Maxine Landfried
New Addition to Website
New addition to the website is the list of Place Names of the County.  This was taken from an article in a 1980 newsletter and has had some additions and corrections made.  Anyone knowing of other information we can add to this, let us know.  Available here or under County History at Left.      
February 29, 2020 By: Maxine Landfried
March 15th Program, Courthouse is 100!
We will have the debut showing of the documentary about the history of the Jackson County Courthouse which was completed in 1920.  Two showings will be held--one at 1:00 p.m. and the second at 2:00 p.m. at the Historic Alpine Theatre across from the courthouse.  There will be no admission charge.
February 6, 2020 By: Maxine Landfried
Blue and the Grey, Sunday, February 16
Civil War re-enactor Captain James Miracle of Carlin's Battery D will present our program for the February meeting.  He will discuss activity in our region during the war.  The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Ripley Library on Sunday, February 16.  Entrance is to the rear of the building.  
January 23, 2020 By: Maxine Landfried
A New Year with JCHS
Our Society is entering its fifty-first year of working to preserve the history of Jackson County.  We have two new officers this year, Mike Ruben as President and April Wolfe as Secretary.  Dallas Skeen returns as Vice President and Frank Crum as Treasurer.  We are looking forward to a great year as President Ruben has planned a series of programs that should be of interest to our communities.  Our January meeting was a great success with Mike Pecka presenting a program on Native American artifacts.    The February 16th program will cover Civil War activity in our area.
January 13, 2020 By: Maxine Landfried
We Dig Archaeology! Sunday, January 19
Michael Pecka will present the program for our January meeting.  The meeting will be held in the large meeting room of the Ripley Library at 2:00 on Sunday, January 19th.  Entrance is to the rear of the building.  Mr. Pecka will discuss his large collection of Native American artifacts.  The public is invited.

October 1, 2019 By: Maxine Landfried
Genealogy Day a Success
More than fifty people attended our Genealogy Day on September 28th.  Betty Briggs of www.wvpioneers.com presented a program on DNA during the morning session.  Most of those in attendance had already had their DNA tested and there were many questions.  After a lunch break Danita Smith gave us the scoop on those Castos that are so prolific in our area.  She is to post her presentation on the www.castoconnections.com website/facebook page. Janet and Gerry Lockhart from www.lockhartbooks.com/genealogy shared with attendees genealogical information from their new website.
Participants were from five different WV counties and from Ohio,California, Alabama, Iowa and Kentucky.  
September 16, 2019 By: Maxine Landfried
Danita Smith Coming to Town Too!
Danita Smith of the castoconnections website will present a program on the Casto families in WV at our Genealogy Event on Saturday, September 28th.  Betty Briggs will be presenting the morning proram on DNA.  Danita will share her vast knowledge of the Casto lines in the afternoon session.  There is no cost for the event.  Betty's program is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.  There will be a short break for lunch before the afternoon session.  The library and research room will be open 9-3.
September 2, 2019 By: Maxine Landfried
Betty Briggs Is Coming To Town!
Betty Briggs of the wvpioneers.com website will be in Ripley, Saturday, September 28th at the Ripley Library.  She is coming from her home in Califronia to be with us for the day, sharing stories and information she has gathered in her many years of research.   At 10:00 a.m. she will present a program on DNA, explaining the different tests available and what is offered with each. Les Shockey, from right here in Jackson County, host of the wvgenweb.org site will speak on Y-DNA.  They will be present the rest of day and ask participants to bring their DNA results and family tree charts for sharing. Come out and join us for this great genealogy event!
Jackson County Public Library
205 N. Church Street
Ripley, WV 25271
Sataurday, September 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
August 25, 2019 By: Maxine Landfried
More than 10,000 obits on site!
We have now reached our goal of 10,000 obituaries on this site.  This remarkable feat has been accomplished in approximately seven years.  Thanks to our volunteers for their dedication to the project, especially the two who have entered thousands, typing each obituary individually.  Our obituaries have come from many sources, some were glued to index cards by volunteers years ago.  Others were pasted in old scrapbooks or old textbooks. We obtained some from the Ada Ruth Sayre and Betty Kessel McIntyre obituary collections.  Any old newspaper we found, we searched it for obits.  Obits were taken from the microfilm at the libraries.  These obits span over 125 years--a few from the 1880's and a few current ones.  We are still hoping to find someone with more obituaries (pre 2000) they would be willing to lend us to put on this site.