April 11 Meeting

Mr. James Langhorne, will present his book, “The Virginia Langhornes: a History” on Saturday, April 11 at the meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association at 1:30 p.m. at the Family History Center in back of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Airport Road.

The book documents all the descendants of Capt. John Langhorne (who came to Virginia about 1668), through the first generation born in the 20th century. Nancy Astor and Irene Gibson are the two most famous members of the family and have Albemarle connections, having spent time at Mirador, the family estate in Western Albemarle.

All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Historic Sandusky Foundation in Lynchburg, VA, a local museum and history center. Sandusky is an historic house long owned by the Hutters, Langhorne in-laws, who also owned Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

Madison County (VA) Chancery Court Records Scanned

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that digital images for Madison County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1794-1912, are now available online through the Chancery Records Index <http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/> on LVA’s Virginia Memory <http://www.virginiamemory.com/> website. Chancery cases are useful when researching local history, genealogical information, and land or estate divisions. They are a valuable source of local, state, social, and legal history and serve as a primary source for understanding a locality’s history. Read more about the collection at:

http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/2015/02/18/madison-county-chancery-causes-online/

Central Virginia Heritage ceases print publication with Fall/Winter 2014 issue.

From the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of the Central Virginia Heritage:

“[This issue] is also the last printed edition [of CVH] that we will publish. The Central Virginia Genealogical Association members have been talking for over a year about discontinuing the printing of The Central Virginia Heritage because of the expense of publishing and mailing.  The members discussed this at length during the December meeting and it was decided to cease print publication after this issue. Also at the December 2014 meeting, a committee of six members was formed to investigate the options for electronic publication. Both motions were passed unanimously.”–Susan Emert, Outgoing President, CVGA

“It was decided that the print publication of the Heritage would cease with this issue and that the association would explore developing an electronic edition which will appear on the association’s web site at: http://cvga.avenue.org .”–Pat Lukas, Incoming President, CVGA

Upcoming CVGA Programs

February: At this meeting we will continue our courthouse records project, this time focusing on marriage banns, marriage records, and ministers’ returns.

March: Local author, James Langhorn, will talk about his new book, The Virginia Langhorns.

April, May, June: To be announced later.

July: Bob McLaren, Professional Genealogist, will speak to us about DNA and genealogy.

Letter from Susan Emert, the Outgoing President

From Central Virginia Heritage, v.31, no.3/4 (Fall/Winter, 2014), p.26.

Hello Everyone,

Winter has come to Central Virginia, and many of us in the CVGA have expressed the hope that we will have time to settle into a researching and writing habit while it is cold. I am looking forward to the Family History Writing Project in February as a reinforcement for writing my family stories.

We were not able to send an issue of The Heritage in the fall, so this is an extended edition. It is also the last printed edition that we will publishing. The Central Virginia Genealogical Association members have been talking for over a year about discontinuing the printing of The Central Virginia Heritage because of the expense of publishing and mailing.  The members discussed this at length during the December meeting and it was decided to cease print publication after this issue. Also at the December 2014 meeting, a committee of six members was formed to investigate the options for electronic publication. Both motions were passed unanimously.

We plan to make good use of our website http://cvga.avenue.org/ for announcements of upcoming meetings, weather-related cancellations, conferences, etc. We also hope to post articles about our current Courthouse Records and other articles which are submitted. The committee will be looking into other things such as having a members-only part of the site, a query section, and lots more. 2015 is going to be an exciting year of changes for CVGA.

This is my last letter to you as President of CVGA. Pat Lukas, this year’s Vice President, has stepped into the role of President. Please give her the same kind of overwhelming support that you have given me over the years. I have really enjoyed my time as President, and I will continue to support the CVGA as Vice President.

I wish you all a very happy Holiday season, and much success with your research and writing in the New Year. Please think about sharing some of your findings and stories with all of us on our website. Submission instructions will appear as soon as the committee works out the details, so please keep checking http://cvga.avenue.org/ for updates.

Thank you,
Susan

Handy Forms for Researching Deeds at the Courthouse

Before you take that trip to the courthouse to research your ancestor’s property history, have a look at this: Land Records elements. It contains definitions of terms used in deeds, and describes the types of land records you might encounter.

When you’re ready to go, print out a few copies of this handy form and take them along: Abstract of Deed. The prompts will better your chances of walking out of the courthouse with all the information you need.

Dec. 13, 2014 Meeting

Reminder….

The CVGA will hold its December meeting this coming Saturday, December 13th, beginning at 1:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Airport Road.

The agenda will include a discussion of possible changes concerning the Central Virginia Heritage as well as a discussion of ideas for programs for the new year.

Also officers will be elected for 2015.

The Program will be a sharing of Family Holiday Traditions.

Nov. 8, 2014–Family History Conference, Charlottesville

The CVGA will NOT hold its monthly meeting, Saturday, November 8. Instead, everyone is encouraged to attend the annual Family History Conference being held November 8th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Airport Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the Keynote address will begin at 9:00 am. For more information, see the Conference web site at: www.cvillefamilyhistorycenter.org or call 434-973-8407. The conference is free and open to the public.