Upcoming Genealogy Events

RootsTech 2019 takes place at Salt Lake City from Wednesday, February 27 through Saturday, March 2. This is the world’s largest family history event.
You can take advantage of free streaming sessions. Click on the link for the schedule: https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/live-stream-schedule
A few of the sessions are “What’s New on Family Search”, “Connecting Your DNA Matches”, “Becoming a Professional Genealogist”, “What You Don’t Know About Ancestry”, and “The Research Roadmap: Your Path to Success”.


Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference takes place Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel in Reston, Virginia. The theme of the conference is “Finding Your Missing Branches”. There will be special sessions offered: DNA with Diahan Southard and “Beginning Land Platting: Metes & Bounds” with Mark Lowe. Another interesting session is “Digging Deeper: Federal Records” with Rick Sayre. For registration information visit the FxGS website at www.FXGS.org

Virginia Genealogical Society Spring Conference, with the theme ‘Laws & Wars That Impacted Your Virginia Ancestor’, takes place Saturday, April 13 at Four Points Sheraton – Richmond Airport. The speakers are Judy Russell and Craig Scott. For registration information visit the VGS website at https://vgs.org. On Friday, April 12, there will be guided research at the Library of Virginia from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is free and open to the public; no registration is needed. Fill out a consultation form and bring it along with you to help the researchers guide you in your research. Click on this link for the form: https://vgs.org/upload/files/Conference/VGS_conference_consultation_form.pdf

NOTE: We will not be meeting in April. We are encouraging members to attend the VGS Spring Conference which falls on the second Saturday of April.

 

 

UPDATE: February 9, 2019 Meeting

The meeting will take place. One difference: rather than entering the church at the back near the Family History Center, we will continue on around the church and enter at the far end, closer to Airport Road. Once you are in the building, turn to the left and continue down the hall.

Which way do I go?


Bring your genealogy questions to our February meeting and we will put our heads together to help find possible avenues of research. We will save some time to hear about your recent discoveries and successes in your genealogy. Come and be inspired to launch your genealogy research in 2019!


The meeting will take place Saturday, February 9 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.

January 12, 2019: MEETING CANCELLED

The weather forecast is calling for snow this weekend so we have cancelled the Saturday meeting. Stay safely at home and enjoy the snow!

Let’s start out on the right foot in 2019!

Bring your genealogy questions to our January meeting and we will put our heads together to help find possible avenues of research. We will save some time to hear about your recent discoveries and successes in your genealogy. Come and be inspired to launch your genealogy research in 2019!

The meeting will take place Saturday, January 12 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.

CVGA Address

Hi all — CVGA got a new PO Box last year, and the free forwarding has run out. Please make sure all your postal correspondence goes to:

Central Virginia Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 817
Earlysville, VA 22936-0817

All general email correspondence should go to: cvgaboard@gmail.com

All newsletter correspondence should go directly to the editor: eleanordew@gmail.com

Winter 2018 Issue of Central Virginia Heritage Available Online

In this issue:  Diane Inman’s transcribed article, Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) March-May, 1893:

[Notes: The Daily Progress began publication in March 1893. The initial date on these entries is the date the announcement appeared in the newspaper, not the date of the event.Editor]

29 Mar 1893—Mr. James C. Bishop and Miss Carrie L. Dudley were married at the residence of the bride’s parents near B. M. church last evening, the Rev. George F. Cook officiating.

03 Apr 1893—A marriage license to Marshall R. Graves and Polly A. Thurston was issued by the clerk of the County Court on April 1st. …

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.”)

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, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Winter 2018 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Central-Virginia-Heritage-Winter-2018/dp/1723823627 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Winter 2018 issue:

  • A Country Thanksgiving, by Charles C. Crenshaw … p. 1
  • Connections to the Mayflower Society, a letter from Andrew Gutkowski … p.3
  • Buckingham County Gold: The Allen Family Papers, by Joanne L. Yeck … p.4
  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations for Family Historians, by Jean L. Cooper … p.9
  • What’s All This About DNA? by Diane Inman … p.11
  • Geo. W. Layne Died At Sea … p.13
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) March-May, 1893 … p.14
  • Last Will & Testament of Samuel Overton of Hanover County, VA (1812) … p.16
  • Two Eastin Documents from Orange County, VA … p.19
  • Spanish Influenza in Central Virginia, 1918, by Patricia Lukas … p.21
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … p.23
  • Comparison of Major DNA Testing Companies, by Deborah R. Harvey … p.24

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

December 8, 2018: Ancestor Show and Tell

This month we are having 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.

fake padlock image from gatreasures.com

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!

November 10, 2018: Deborah Harvey-DNA & Genealogy

 

Do you have questions about DNA testing for genealogical purposes? Professional Genealogist Deborah Harvey can answer your questions.
Are you thinking about taking a DNA test? Would you like to know what to expect before you spend your money? Have you taken a test and now wonder what to do with the results? Would you like to know what type of test should you get?

See Deborah’s website at back2rootsgen.com.

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.

NO October 2018 Meeting

There will be no monthly meeting in October. We will be busy researching our genealogy using the great research tips we learned at the Virginia Genealogical Society meeting on October 5 & 6.

 

 

Fall 2018 Central Virginia Heritage Available Online!

In this issue:  Jean L. Cooper’s article, Crowd-Sourcing With Zooniverse.org:

One of the most interesting websites I recently discovered is www.Zooniverse.org. Zooniverse is a site that offers the opportunity to crowd-source the work involved in
transcribing collections of documents. Some of the projects are scientific in nature,
studying climate, biology, or medicine. Others have to do with language, history, or the arts. Among the projects: Helping transcribe the military records of African-American Civil War Soldiers, and transcribing records in The American Soldier, to provide access to a one-of-a-kind collection of reflections on war and military service by American soldiers who served during the Second World War. …

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.”)

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, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Fall 2018 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1723791210 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Fall 2018 issue:

  • Fall Conference of the Virginia Genealogical Society and the Central Virginia Genealogical Association, to be held 5-6 Oct., 2018, in Charlottesville, VA;
  • The Genealogical Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution;
  • Preservation Grants for Presbyterian Churches;
  • Obituary: Charles R. Moore;
  • Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire;
  • Census Instructions;
  • Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?;
  • Benjamin Bartley, Free Negro Registration, 1808;
  • Three Allen Wills from Buckingham County;
  • The Southall Family of Virginia;
  • Crowd-Sourcing on Zooniverse.org;
  • Fredericksburg National Cemetery;
  • Rockingham County Cemetery Indexes.

As a little extra gift, the online edition contains an extra, one-page guide to Basic Steps for African American Slave Research, courtesy of Dr. Shelley Murphy.

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