Historical society to host author talk and book signing

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) will host a talk and book signing by Margaret L. Forrester and Deborah Beuchelt Walker, authors of Home Birth Records of Dr. Chichester Tapscott Peirce: Revisited 1900-1919,  at 3 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at the Woman’s Club of Lancaster County, 16 Mary Ball Place, Lancaster.

In this new book, Forrester and Walker have compiled information from birth records for 252 home births, in both white and black households, that were attended by family physician Dr. Chichester T. Peirce between 1900 and 1919 in Lancaster, Northumberland and Richmond counties.

Entries in the book include the name and birth date of each baby, and the name, race, age and occupation of the mother and father. According to Forrester, these records were found by searching through hundreds of birth and delayed birth certificates from the Virginia Office of Vital Records, which are only made public after a 100-year privacy restriction and….

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