Making History: Transcribe Launches Today! — Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia officially launches its new transcription project today! Check it out here:

You can read more about the project over on Out of the Box (the Library of Virginia’s blog):

The current project centers on the Civil War 150 Legacy Project. Thousands of documents were scanned, but transcription of the documents is slow because of the lack of people to do it. The LVA seeks to harness the power of crowd sourcing to solve this problem, as they have done with the Virginia Chronicle website.

In the coming weeks and months, Transcribe will become a part of the larger umbrella called “Making History” — a new home to user engagement efforts. “We’ll be watching how things progress and start working toward the approval process for completed transcriptions, adding content to DigiTool where that’s an option, and adding more content to Transcribe.”

Feel free to publicize the project to your friends and acquaintances. The LVA will be using #TranscribeTuesday on social media to regularly advertise the project and recruit volunteers.

July 12, 2014 meeting

The monthly meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will be held tomorrow, July 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Airport Road. It will begin at 1:30 pm.

The topic for this month’s meeting is Books and Genealogy. Each member is asked to bring one or more books that are related to genealogy in any way: how-to, reference, fiction, history, etc. Everyone who wishes will have an opportunity to tell about their book(s).

Hope to see you there!

May 10, 2014 – Research meeting

The CVGA will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, May 10 at 1:30 pm in the usual place: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints off Airport Road.

After the business meeting, we will go down the hall to the Family History Center where we will have the opportunity to learn more about what is available and have time to use it to do some research.

Hope to see you there!

April 12, 2014 — Writing Your Story

The CVGA will meet this Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 pm. CVGA member Susan Emert will present “Writing Your Story” a fun and informative hands-on activity so please bring pencil and paper. (No test, she promises.) Hope to see you there! 

Meetings of CVGA are held at the LDS Church on Timberwood Blvd. (near the airport). Enter from the back of the building, through the door leading to the Family History Center.

Deadline for Central Virginia Heritage — 20 March 2014

The deadline for submitting material for the Heritage is March 20th. We really need material for this issue. Here are some ideas of what can be used:

  • a query or two
  • an anecdote
  • a few research tips
  • favorite web sites
  • a summary of what research you have been doing
  • a more in depth article concerning your research
  • a review of a genealogy related book you like

Please send them to me at:

Thank you,
Andy Emert

National Genealogical Society Conference Blog

Many of you know that the National Genealogical Society will hold its 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, May 7-10. NGS has created a blog for conference goers which contains information relating the planning and preparation for the event. You can access the blog at:

In addition to planning, this blog will offer brief descriptions of various archives and libraries located in Virginia, so that visitors to our area can locate and use useful materials while they are here. Earlier entries in the blog noted archives and libraries in Northern Virginia. This coming week, the blog will feature repositories in Central Virginia. I think this information can be useful for us too.

Feb. 8, 2014 CVGA meeting, 1:30 p.m.

Andi Cumbo-Floyd will talk about the history of Bremo Plantation located on the James River in Fluvanna County, and her recently released book, “The Slaves Have Names.” Please join us for what will be a very interesting and informative presentation.

The Feb. 8, 2014 meeting of CVGA will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

A Letter to Grandmother; an excerpt from Central Virginia Heritage, Winter 2013 issue

A Letter to Grandmother
by Jenny Greenwood

This spring I was surprised to receive a letter written to my Grandmother on December 4 1913. This letter had been found in some of my deceased cousin’s papers. It was written by a woman who attended my Aunt Ollie Goss. Ollie had died after 3 days at what was probably a small hospital in Palisades, Colorado. She had been brought there by her husband. They lived on a ranch in Loma, Colorado which is about 25-30 miles away.  How did they travel?  Probably by wagon since I doubt if my aunt was in any condition to ride horseback.

Ollie Parilee McLeod Goss was born Jan 2 1892 in Sharp County AR.  She had moved with her parents, William Franklin and Fanny Belle Young McLeod to Mesa County, Colorado between 1902 and 1905. Her grandmother, several aunts, uncles and cousins were already living there.  Ollie married Jack Goss at age 16.

In 1912 her parents had moved to Oklahoma to homestead, settling in Hughes County, Oklahoma and were not aware of her illness and were broken hearted upon word of  her death.

This letter was a surprise that I will treasure forever.

Jenny Greenwood

The Letter…

Palisades, Colo
Dec 4 1913

Mrs. McLeod,

Dear Friend, I am very glad to write to you, if I can write anything that will make your grief easier to bear.  Your daughter suffered intensely but she was so brave and had so much vitality.  We thought she would soon be better, until she grew worse Saturday night.  She came here Thursday afternoon and I was with her constantly until her death.  On Friday she spoke of you and wanted to write but I asked her to let me write instead for I feared it would make her worse.  She was too ill to talk a great deal but thought of you and told me some things about her babies.  Friday night I kept hot clothes on her all night and Sat. she seemed to rest easier.  Her temperature was good and I was much encouraged that afternoon. Suddenly she grew worse and two Doctors came in.  Her senses were keen and she realized they were talking about an operation, in the hall.  She asked me if they were going to operate.  I told her they were talking it over and would see Mr. Goss.  Just at first she resented the idea, said she wouldn’t live thru it but all most at once was willing if the Dr’s thought best.  When told it was only chance she said “Let’s have it then.” But alas she could not be saved.  She came from under the anesthetic very quickly and knew everything, before I gave her morphine to deaden her pain.  I told her she was very sick and could not live.  She said and you think I can’t live?  And I told her no.  She tried to comfort her husband and told him to be a good man and good father.  She said “O my poor old mother, tell her goodbye for me and that I am ready to die.” Thru it all she was calm, she said “I have no time for tears in this world”.  She said she wasn’t afraid, she thought she would go to heaven.

She spoke of many people, calling them by name to bid goodbye.  Strangers they were to me and I cannot recall their names.  Mr. Goss will know.   Once she said “I have been praying for sleep, I did not know it would be the last sleep.”  Her mind was clear and from time to time she delivered a message for some friend or loved one.  Her husband and children were in her thoughts foremost, and next came you, her mother, knowing her death would cause you pain.  And I am sure, could she speak to you she would say “Don’t cry.” Her suffering is past.  She sleeps.  So you should try to be brave like she was and thankful that your darling was not afraid to die.  Once as I bent over her asking if I could do anything for her she answered “Help my husband to be a good man and help my children”.  How gladly I would help them if I could but I may never see them again.  You can help them in your trial, for their sake, help to train those little feet in the right way.  Teaching them that Jesus loves them and will care for them, The Bible tells us, “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord”. We can’t always see or understand, but a merciful, kind Heavenly Father does all things well.  Trust Him. Serve Him.

I do not know you, but if you are a Christian, I know you will find sweet relief in this trial by saying “Thy will be done”.  If you are not a Christian, I beseech you to remember the One who said “come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden”. And then the blessed promise, “Ye shall find rest”.

(The next line was on a fold and illegible)

Blessings upon you, I am,

Your friend,
Mrs. H. F. Meeker

Ollie Parilee McLeod Goss
Jan. 2 1892 to Nov. 30 1912

She died of a burst appendix.  Although her husband got her to the doctor three days before her death, they were not able to save her life. She had been married 5 years.  Had three children, a set of twins, one of whom died at birth.  When she died she left behind 5 year old daughter, Blanche Maxine, 2 year old son, Charles William, and husband, Jake Goss.

(Reprinted with permission from Central Virginia Heritage, Winter 2013.)

January 2014 Meeting of CVGA Postponed to Jan. 18th

Unfortunately the Family History Center sustained some heavy water damage earlier this week when pipes burst and caused flooding that affected a large area of the church. Thus, the CVGA meeting must be postponed until next Saturday, January 18th. The area will hopefully be available for use by then.

Thank you,
Susan Emert