Woodfork Genealogy was founded by Marion Woodfork Simmons, a family and local historian. Her mission is to empower ordinary to people to preserve family and local history. The goal of this website is to share information that will assist others with their research. It provides a wealth of information regarding CarolineCounty, Virginia and has been used by individuals all over the world.
In 2009, Ms. Simmons initiated the Union High School History Project to research, document and preserve the history of UnionHigh School. The end result of the project is a book titled Memories of Union High: An Oasis in CarolineCounty, Virginia 1903-1969. The book uses remembrances from alumni, faculty, family and friends; excerpts from school newspapers and yearbooks; and over 100 photographs and other memorabilia to preserve the history of UnionHigh School.
Memories of Union High was recognized by two national organizations. It was a Finalist in the African American Non-Fiction category by the National Indie Excellence Book Awards and a Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards.
Ms. Simmons has received several awards for her efforts to preserve local history. She was recognized by the Caroline County Board of Supervisors for preserving the history of UnionHigh School and publishing Memories of Union High. She was the recipient of the 2012 AAHGS Meritorious Achievement Award for distinguished performance through a significant and measurable contribution to African American history and genealogy.
Ms. Simmons has been interviewed on several occasions by the local news media regarding her research. She has given presentations to genealogy groups on the topic of researching, documenting and preserving local history. It is her desire to encourage family historians to take an active role in preserving the history of the communities in which their ancestors.