Author and attorney Mary Kegley has been researching the genealogy of Southwest Virginia families for many years. She has a Masters degree in history from Radford University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond. The combination of history and the law has been an asset in understanding the court records which play a great role in authenticating the information used in her publications.
She was chosen by the Wythe County Bicentennial Commission to write its bicentennial history. As a professional researcher, she has documented hundreds of families on the Virginia frontier both in text and photographs in her sixty-two publications (some with others), and has researched and written more than 400 family sketches of these early adventurers.
Kegley continues to publish actual records from the courthouse, bringing a wealth of material to the attention of the genealogists and historians which otherwise would not be available. Her books are well known all over the United States and have also served as valuable resources for researchers in Northern Ireland, England, Canada, and Australia.