December 9, 2017: Ancestor Show and Tell

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This month we are wrapping up the year with an “Ancestor Show and Tell”. Bring something that has a special meaning to you as a family historian and if you like, tell us about it: who it belonged to, what it means to you and where it came from. It could be a handmade item, such as a quilt or a doily, a dish or a doll with a special significance, a family scrapbook or family bible, or even an exciting, unexpected document that you have found.

NOTE: We will treat your special items as museum pieces and ask that no one touches anything without your permission.

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.

Hope to see you there!

Nov. 11, 2017-‘Something Old, Something New’

Join us on Saturday, November 11 to hear about “Something Old, Something New”, what’s current in the world of online genealogy.

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.

Hope to see you there!

More than Just a Pretty Picture: Reading & Interpreting Maps of Virginia

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, the Fry-Jefferson Map Society is presenting an “Intermediate Geography Genealogy Map Workshop” using historical maps to further your genealogy research.

Aimed at genealogists and those researching family history, this workshop will explore the symbols and mapping conventions used on maps from the 17th through the 20th centuries, focusing on how to read maps, identifying the different types of maps that can be used in genealogical research, and why maps are critical to family research. Cassandra Farrell (the Library’s senior map archivist) will team up with Eliane Dotson (vice president of the Washington Map Society, Fry-Jefferson Map Society Steering Committee member, and owner of Old World Auctions) to present this workshop.

The workshop will take place from 10:00 am-11:30 am.

Location: Conference Rooms

Cost: $20 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map-Society Members, $15 for Semper Virginia Society Members)

Preregistration required. To register: http://bit.ly/2tRucnk

Download Workshop Flyer Here

For more information, contact dawngreggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813 for more information on this event and/or the Fry-Jefferson Map Society.

Oct. 14, 2017: Learning about VirginiaChronicle.com

The Library of Virginia has an extensive collection of digitized newspapers that can be accessed online. However, only some of them are searchable. Learn how you can help make them all searchable by transcribing these valuable records and maybe add some context to your own family history.

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.

Hope to see you there!

National Archives Hosts Virtual Free Genealogy Fair Oct. 25

National Archives Hosts Virtual Free Genealogy Fair Oct. 25

Washington, DC

WHAT: The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.

WHEN: October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT                                      

WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.  

WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel

Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: KYR@nara.gov or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.

Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2017.

23andMe Class Action Lawsuit (KCC Settlement Administrator)

If you bought a DNA test kit from 23andMe between October 16, 2007 and November 22, 2013, you probably received an email from the ‘KCC Settlement Administrator’ concerning a class action lawsuit brought against 23andMe by a group of customers who raised a “…variety of claims ranging from false advertising to consumer protection issues…”, according to Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist. Judy’s blogpost from September 24, 2017, is the place to go to learn about this lawsuit and get the information you need to make a decision concerning your options in this case.

Click here to go right to Judy Russell’s blog. There are deadlines for your response, depending on which option you choose, so it’s important to act soon by reading Judy’s blog and then go looking for that email that probably looks like a spam message. If you already deleted it, don’t worry, Judy has a link to the correct website. Good luck!

40th Anniversary Celebration! — Sept. 9, 2017

Join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Test your knowledge of genealogy with a Jeopardy-style game, enjoy a piece of cake, and share your reminiscences about your time with the group. If you can’t make it, please consider writing a few lines so that we can share your thoughts. Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might want to come and celebrate with us.

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:303:30.

WHERE: LDS Church, 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. (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.)

Fall 2017 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

First, a snippet from the President’s Column About CVGA’s 40th Anniversary

“This year, 2017, marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. The idea of establishing a local genealogy society was hatched after a group of like-minded people attended a genealogy seminar in June 1977. In short order, they came up with Articles of Incorporation, collected the first dues, and elected the first officers. By September 1977, CVGA was chartered by the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia…”

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 Fall 2017 issue is available from Createspace.com/title/7469534 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 Fall 2017 issue:

  • CVGA’s 40th Anniversary…p.1
  • The Fluvanna County Courthouse, by Patricia Lukas…p.2
  • Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin…p.3
  • What’s the Evidence? Analyzing the Documents To Find Out Where Govan Cureton Was Born! by Shelley Murphy…p.4
  • How to Read Old Handwriting…p.13
  • Estate of Benjamin Gatewood, Caroline County, Virginia…p.14
  • Frederick W. Meerbach (17 Jan. 1814-ca. 1893), by Jean L. Cooper…p.17
  • A Jamison Family Puzzle, by Jane Davis…p.22
  • Last Will of John Williamson of Fluvanna County…p.23
  • Thanksgiving Memories, by Charles Conway Crenshaw…p.25
  • Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC, by Jean L. Cooper…26
  • A Note From the Editor…p.28

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

September 9 CVGA Meeting

40th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Test your knowledge of genealogy with a Jeopardy-style game, enjoy a piece of cake, and share your reminiscences about your time with the group. If you can’t make it, please consider writing a few lines so that we can share your thoughts. Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might want to come and celebrate with us.

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30.

WHERE: LDS Church, 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. (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.)

For more information call 434-962-4697 or email us.

We look forward to seeing you there.