Winter 2017 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

Christmas Changes With the Years (by Charles Conway Crenshaw):

“We are approaching Christmas 2017. The Christmas season changes as our age changes. Remember back in your early childhood? My earlier years during World War II were spent  on my grandparent’s farm in Earlysville, Virginia. With no television and no radio for recreational use, Christmas was not commercialized. I was thankful for anything I  received. Since there was no electricity, there were no pretty lights on the Christmas tree, but there were pretty glass bulbs and tinsel on the tree. …”

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 Winter 2017 issue is available from https://www.amazon.com/Central-Virginia-Heritage-Winter-2017/dp/1981563415 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

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 Winter 2017 issue:

  • Searching for Mother Madison…page 1
  • Christmas Changes With the Years…page 3
  • Why Obituaries Contain Hidden Family Trees…page 5
  • “Buddy and the Chickens” Wins National DAR Literary Award!…page 7
  • Bill of Complaint of Robert M. Omohundro & Wife vs. James Jones…page 7
  • Bill of Complaint of Isabella Brown vs. William Brown…page 13
  • George Whitlocke & Wife vs. Margaret Higginbotham…page 15
  • Manumission of Judith, Pegg, and Ambrose…page 17
  • Will of John Douglass of Orange County, Virginia…page 17
  • John Murrey & Wife vs. Martha Matthews by &c….page 19
  • Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania Has Shut Down…page 22
  • Aylett Family, King William County (Va.)…page 23
  • Registration Opens for the NGS 2018 Family History Conference…page 25
  • A Note From The Editor…page 25
  • President’s Column…page 26

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.

Dec. 16th — Daughters of Zion Cemetery Memorial Dedication

The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery will sponsor a “Dedication of the Memorial to the Unknown” in Charlottesville, VA.

This event will take place on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, Corner of Oak and South  First Streets, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Refreshments will be served at the Tonsler Park Recreation Center located at 500 Cherry Avenue.

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!