UPDATE CVGA November 14 meeting

You may need passcodes for the virtual meetings referenced in the notice about our November 14 meeting.
451672   passcode for Friday meeting Freedmen’s Bureau records
327255   passcode for Saturday meeting beyond 1870 records
If you click on the link provided it will take you to a Zoom screen.  Click on Open Zoom Meeting and if the passcode is required a screen will open so you can enter the passcode. You should be able to access the meeting after that.

CVGA Meeting November 14

CVGA will not have a regular scheduled meeting on November 14.  Here are two Zoom meetings which are open to the public that you might like to attend.  I will also send this information out by email to each member.

On Friday evening (November 13) at 7 pm, Dr. Shelley Murphy (aka “familytreegirl” and a CVGA member) and Tricia Johnson (Director Fluvanna Historical Society) will search the Freedmen’s Bureau Records for Fluvanna County and connect the stories found in those records to information in the Fluvanna Historical Society Archives. Use this link to the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87357770418

On Saturday morning (November 14) at 11 am, the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS) is presenting a program entitled “Breaking the 1870 Brick Wall.”  Staff members of the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center will share methods of researching African American family history beyond 1870.  Use this link to the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82539115823?pwd=Q01HdFpsOWQ2b21UN29kaWFmd1lEQT09

AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference October 14-17

The AAHGS Annual Conference is the largest international African American conference that promotes African-ancestored family history and genealogy.  The conference begins October 14 and continues through Saturday, October 17. It is being held virtually.  Please visit https://web.cvent.com/event/375a05f9-62b5-4829-80c7-5560766e1286/summary for more information.

Central Virginia Heritage Fall 2020 (v.36, no.3) now Available!

“A Sensational Marriage—Amelia County News”—As Judge Farrar got off the train at this place on the evening of Tuesday, the 26th, he was accosted by a gentleman who told him that he wished to get married.

The Judge replied in his usual good humor, “I am glad to hear it. What can I do?”

“Well,” the young man said, “my intended has no mother or father, and I want to get your permission under the new law.”

The thoughtful clerk, Mr. E. H. Coleman, who had been apprised of the matter, had all the papers arranged and the clerk’s office lighted up. The papers were duly certified and the license issued.

The Judge asked, “What next?”

The young man answered, “My intended bride being present, we are going to get married as soon as possible tonight.”

Thereupon, our venerable clerk lit his lantern and led the way and the bridal couple, escorted by the Judge and others, went to the Methodist parsonage and aroused Rev. Mr. Ferguson, and in the parlor Mr. James Royall and Miss Minnie Malinex were married in due form and ceremony. The Judge gave the bridal party benediction and the family congratulated the happy pair, and they returned to their future home rejoicing.


For more marriage announcements from The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA), April 1895, and several other articles, 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.”)

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

For those who are not members of CVGA, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Fall 2020 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HGPZ3D2 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Fall 2020 issue:

  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA), April 1895, by Diane Inman, p. 1
  • African-American Men in the 1867 Fluvanna County (VA) Personal Property Tax Books, Part 2, H-Q, by Sam Towler, p. 10,
  • Dealing With COVID-19 in Earlysville, Virginia, by Charles C. Crenshaw p. 20
  • Birdwood, Albemarle County, VA, p.21
  • Records of Probate for a Typical Slave-holding Estate, by David E. Paterson, p. 23

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to the editor, eleanordew at gmail dot com. — The Editor.

RootsTech 2021

We have all heard about RootsTech.  It has been the largest genealogical conference to be held in past years.  In 2021 RootsTech will be held virtually and is being advertised as “Free”. So check it out at https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng and see what you think.  The dates are February 25-27, 2021.