FYI: Notes on Virginia Genealogical Society Conference & National Genealogical Society Conference

Registration goes up by $10 on 4/1/17 to the Virginia Genealogical Conference on 4/22/17 in Richmond.  VGS member is $44 and non member is $55 (prior to 4/1)

Early registration for the NGS Family Hx Conf in Raleigh ends on 3/27.  If you are a NGS member early bird registration is $205 and regular registration (after 3/27) is $240.  Non-member registration is $240 and $275.

April 8, 2017–Meeting Topic: Using Ancestry Library Edition.

In April we are going to meet at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Northside Location on Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA. To register, call 434-973-7893, choose option 4 and advise you are registering for the Genealogy Workshop.  You have to provide your name and a phone number.

NOTE:  This will be advertised to the public by the Library.  Registration is required–the limit is 18 people, so get your calls in quickly.  The CVGA meeting will start at 1:30, but the program will be from 2:00 to 3:30.  There will also be a scanner provided by the library with library personnel on hand to help until 4:00.

If you have documents to scan you will need to bring a thumb drive and the documents to be scanned.

March 11, 2017 Meeting: Behind the Brick Wall: Solving Research Problems with DNA Testing


Many genealogists are disappointed in the outcome when they throw money at testing companies without a concrete goal or question in mind. Successful testing begins with posing questions and then selecting the correct tests and testers to answer those questions. Learn how to set testing goals and how to navigate the testing and analysis processes.

Rachel Unkefer has been a genealogist for more than 30 years and a genetic genealogist for nearly 10 years. She has published several articles in “Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy” and has spoken on genetic genealogy at international genealogical conferences.

Meetings of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association are usually held on the second Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church). Visitors to CVGA meetings are always welcome. The address of the LDS Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

Spring 2017 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

Hi all — I was aiming at March 1st as the publication date for the Spring issue, but I managed to make it a Valentine’s Day baby instead!

First, a snippet from the article by Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond & Edwina St. Rose, titled Preserving the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville, VA.

The Daughters of Zion Cemetery, located near Oakwood Cemetery in Charlottesville, VA, was established in 1873 by members of the Daughters of Zion, a women’s benevolent organization that sought to support the needs of African Americans following Reconstruction. One of the important efforts conducted by the Daughters of Zion was to provide a place of dignified burial as an alternative to segregated cemeteries such as Oakwood Cemetery…

For the rest of this article, and several others, CVGA members should go to “Members Only” on the menu bar above, and choose “Central Virginia Heritage — Current Issue.” (Note: You have to be logged in to this website in order to see “Members Only.”)

For those who are not members, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Spring 2017 issue is available from Createspace.com/6566260 for $6.50. Click on the CreateSpace.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on the Createspace.com Store site.

If you have trouble logging in to the site to download your copy, or if you have trouble with the CreateSpace.com site, please contact me at the webmaster link at the bottom of this page.

Contents of the Spring 2017 issue:

  • The Blue Ridge Heritage Project, by Bill Henry … page 1
  • Freedmen’s Bureau Transcription Project Completed … page 4
  • The Rushes of Chestnut Grove, by Regina Rush … page 5
  • Polish Genealogical Society of America … page 10
  • A Letter From the Editor … page 10
  • Ehart’s Mill in Earlysville, by Everette M. Huff … page 11
  • 2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series Announced … page 12
  • Midwest African American Genealogy Institute Celebrates Milestone Year! … page 13
  • Preserving the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville, VA, by Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond & Edwina St. Rose … page 14
  • Research at the American Baptist Historical Society … page 15
  • Blanket Lists for 1817 & 1818 in the Account Book of John George Woolfolk for Shepherd’s Hill Plantation, 1811-1819 … page 16
  • DNA Talk Rescheduled to March 14, 2017 … page 16
  • The Times-Dispatch Genealogical Column: The Duke Family of Virginia … page 17
  • Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, VA), by Jean Cooper … page 20
  • A Simple Way To Read Old Tombstones … page 20
  • The Bible Comes Back to the Family! by Shelley Murphy … page 21
  • The Clark Allison Story, by Diane Inman … page 23
  • Packing list for a genealogical trip … page 24
  • Molecular Genealogy of a Mongol Queen’s Family and Her Possible Kinship with Genghis Khan, by Gavaachimed Lkhagvasuren, et al. … page 25
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 26

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to cvgaboard@gmail.com, Attention: The Editor.

February 11, 2017 CVGA Meeting

Tricia Johnson, director of the Fluvanna County Historical Society, will talk about the history of Fluvanna County and the genealogical resources available at the Historical Society.

The meeting will take place from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

Feb. 8-11, 2017: RootsTech 2017 Programs Available on Web

If you are unable to attend RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Feb. 8-11, 2017, you can participate and expand your genealogy and family history education by watching the sessions live online for free.  Here are some links and resources to get you ready for live streaming:

Official RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

Click here for detail and help on getting set up. Live streaming will appear on the main website at http://www.rootstech.org.

To see a synopsis of the schedule and how to access more resources, go to GeneaBloggers by clicking on the photo below:

RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule Announced

March 14, 2017 – Bernice Bennett to speak on DNA and Genealogy at Jefferson School

Ms. Bennett’s talk has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Bernice Bennett is a family historian, genealogist, guest lecturer, author, blogtalk radio host and faculty member for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. She will present on the role of DNA and Genealogy, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on March 14, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The presentation is sponsored by AAHGS of Central Virginia &
AAHGS BBS Charlottesville/Albemarle Chapter.

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Jan. 14, 2017 — Central Virginia Genealogical Association Meeting

Please join us at the next meeting of the CVGA on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Carol Rush will talk about planning and going on a research trip, and Edwina St. Rose and Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond will tell us about the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.

The meeting will take place from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

Central Virginia Heritage (online edition), Winter 2016 Available Now

A snippet from Sam Towler’s article, “Albemarle County Chancery Cases Preservation Project”:

In the 1970s, Albemarle County sent most of the chancery cases in its files which ended before 1912 to the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia preserved all the cases they received and put them in acid-free folders to prevent deterioration.  With the Albemarle County Clerk’s approval, I have been working on a project to preserve the post-1900 cases that Albemarle still had at the Courthouse in Charlottesville by unfolding the documents and putting the papers in acid-free folders provided by the Clerk’s Office.

For the rest of this article, and several others, go to “Members Only” on the menu bar above, and choose “Central Virginia Heritage — Current Issue.” (Note: You have to be logged in to this website in order to see “Members Only.”)

For those who are not members, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Winter 2016 issue is available from CreateSpace.com/6782694 for $6.50. Click on the CreateSpace.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on the Createspace.com Store site.

If you have trouble logging in to the site to download your copy, or if you have trouble with the CreateSpace.com site, please contact me at the webmaster link at the bottom of this page.

Table of Contents for the Winter 2016 issue:

  • Division of the Negro Property of the Estate of William Morris of Louisa County, Virginia, 1832 … page 1
  • Albemarle County Chancery Cases Preservation Project … page 4
  • Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Franklin, of St. Anne’s Parish, Albemarle Co., VA … page 6
  • Early Broadus Wood High School History … page 7
  • The Wyatt Family of Albemarle County, Virginia … page 9
  • Reductions in Service at the Library of Virginia … page 11
  • The Times-Dispatch Genealogical Column: The Walker Family of Virginia … page 12
  • Castle Hill … page 16
  • James Govan Estate Settlement and Division of Slaves (1831-1835), Hanover Co., VA … page 18
  • List of the Hire of Negroes [of the Heirs of] Richard Terrell of Louisa Co., VA (1771) … page 19
  • Funeral Home Records Available Online … page 20
  • Letter from Edward Govan to Mary Govan Hill, near Fredericksburg, VA (1831) … page 22
  • Slaves of John Ambler (April 1829) at his Plantations in Amherst and Louisa Counties … page 23
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 24

P.S. Wouldn’t you like to see your research published in this beautiful magazine? Send it to any of the CVGA officers on the About CVGA page.