Our July 2023 Biennial Conference will be July 19th to 23rd at the Comfort Suites at 2898 Keagy Road in Salem, Virginia. Salem is immediately adjacent to the city of Roanoke, Virginia. We encourage you to put the dates on your calendar and to make your hotel reservations early. Our meetings will be in the hotel conference room.
We chose the Roanoke area as the 2023 conference location because it is where a significant Eller family lived in the 1700’s. Jacob Eller and his wife Magdalene settled on “Wolf Run” in what is now Roanoke County (created from Botetourt in 1838) about 1790. The “Eller Homeplace” was sold to Jacob Eller in 1799 and was located about seven miles southwest of Salem on “the headwaters of Craven Creek.”
On Friday at 10 o’clock we’ve scheduled a special mini-bus trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway, Along the trip, we will make a brief stop at the “Great Valley Overlook.” The Great Valley with its rolling hills seems to stretch forever.
From the Parkway, we’ll stop at the famous Peaks of Otter Lodge for lunch. It’s a historic legacy among stops on the Parkway. And it’s “Lake View Restaurant” is a renowned destination for dining with a menu featuring fresh and organic local ingredients and regional specialties
Our Saturday night banquet will be at Jersey Lily’s Roadhouse, located very close to the hotel.
The purpose of the Eller Family Association is to draw all Ellers, regardless of their particular family line, and allied families into a cooperative effort. The EFA has already demonstrated that this approach is the quickest and most efficient mechanism for sharing family history and genealogical information.
About the Eller Family Association
The EFA exists to assist all Eller and associated family lines worldwide to: discover and preserve our historical past, report current events and ongoing contributions, develop and expand current family ties, provide ongoing biennial meetings to summarize accomplishments and to socialize and provide inspired direction as we focus on the future.
For more information on the Eller Family Association, its officers, publications, DNA project, membership, news and conferences, click on the "EFA Info" tab in the horizontal menu above.
About this Website
Our Eller Family Association website includes searchable information gathered from members across the country. As of 2022 we have:
- 77,000+ Individuals (most linked to ancestors and descendants, with birth/death dates/locations)
- 3,200+ Photographs (indexed to the individuals)
- 900+ Headstone Photos (indexed to individuals)
- 150+ Cemeteries
- 230+ Research Documents (indexed to individuals)
- 290+ Obituaries (indexed to individuals)
- 25+ Books
- 30+ Years of Our Quarterly Publication "The Chronicles"
- DNA Results on 60+ persons
- Plus Maps, Web Links, Sources and Other Information
You can start by looking for a specific person using the search feature. Or you can review what's been added to the site recently by clicking on "What's New." We also try to respond to inquiries posted on our Facebook page.
All of this information is available without charge to the hundreds of Eller genealogists who visit our site regularly. But we need your help. While those of us working with the EFA are volunteers, there are costs that we must cover. Please consider joining our organization.
To add to or correct obituaries Please contact the Editor of the Chronicles and/or the EFA Webmaster.
Derrick Shook, 59, of Hiawassee, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA. Derrick was born June 17, 1963, in Hiawassee, GA to Cecil and Carolyn Shook. He was from the Jacob Eller line.
Derrick was of Christian faith and loved his family deeply. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His pastimes included fishing, hunting, and camping. He was happiest on his track hoe. Derrick was known as a man with a "heart of gold."
Donald Wayne Eller
Donald Wayne Eller, 67, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at his son’s home in Stites, ID after a prolonged illness. Donny was born Dec. 20, 1954, in Grangeville to Orville Eller Jr. and Lois (Mohr) Eller and was raised in Kooskia, ID. He was from the George Michael Eller line.
Don was married twice. His union with Crystal Johnson produced two children, Chad and Corey, and his union with Diane Griner produced three, Rhiannon, Angela and Andrew.
Sherry Eller Moretz
Sherry Elaine Eller Moretz age 76, of Taylorsville passed away November 25, 2022. She was born to the late Paul Eller and Margaret Davis Cannon June 19, 1946. Ms. Moretz was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where she was very active and enjoyed helping where she could.
Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Daniel Herbert Moretz, and her son Daniel Herbert Moretz Jr.