Beverly Repass Hoch is an eighth generation native of Wythe County, Virginia. She has been a board-certified genealogist for 30 years, and a professional genealogist for 40 years. She has compiled 35 books, including From Ziefen to Sally Run: Swiss Pioneer Jacob Repass (1737–1814) on the American Frontier, and over 60 articles on subjects ranging from German Americans who settled in the mid-Atlantic area, various subjects on the Civil War, folk art of German Americans, particularly fraktur, care and preservation of heirlooms, German script manuscripts of the nineteenth century, dating photographs, and many others.
As editor of the Repass Family Newsletter: Decendants of Hans Jacob Rippas and Anna Gerber, published 1991-2004, she won the 1995 National Genealogical Society Genealogical Newsletter Competition First Place Award. She is administrator of the Repass family DNA study at www.familytreedna.com.
In 1982 she was a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and remains as an active member of numerous national and local genealogical and historical societies. She was a founding member of Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association (WCGHA) in 2003. She is currently editor of WCGHA’s newsletter and journal, and continues work on writing, publishing and editing projects.