July 11, 2015 MEETING

Please join us on Saturday, July 11, 2015, when professional genealogist Robert McLaren speaks about using DNA testing to expand our family trees.

Bob has been doing genealogical research for over 30 years. He is the Chairman of the Genealogy Committee for the Clan MacLaren Society of North America. In 2008, the Clan MacLaren Society (based in Scotland) asked him to be their Genealogist and he accepted. He is also the Mid-Atlantic Commissioner for the Clan MacLaren Society of North America. Bob is easily recognized at genealogy conferences since he wears the MacLaren kilt. He is the Project Administrator for the Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project, one of the largest DNA projects, with 425 participants as of August 2009. He is also the Project Administrator for three smaller surname DNA projects (Lindo, da Silva, and Braham) He presented numerous talks on DNA and genealogy at NGS Annual Conferences, to the DAR, and to other national and local societies. Bob has done research in many areas of the U.S., Canada, and Scotland helping Clan members and clients.

The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Family History Center at the rear of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Airport Road.

For more information, call 434-962-4697.

Approved Minutes for May 2015 CVGA Meeting

The May CVGA meeting was held May 9, 2015 in a meeting room in the new LDS church on Airport Road. There were 10 people present.

The April minutes were approved as written.

The current bank balance is $1477.28. This balance includes a $55 donation to The Historic Sandusky Foundation for James Langhorne`s book.. We have changed from First Union Band to the UVA Credit Union.. Someone needs to go to sign the papers.

Susan Emert has held back the program which will be given by the JMRL. She will call to ask them to come after July.

The June program will be a DNA roundtable discussion on DNA, and the July program will be a program given by DNA expert Robert McLaren.

There was a call for a discussion to keep dues at current rate. It is now $15 for individuals, $17.50 for a family, $19.50 for outside the US. It was decided that the ad hoc committee will meet again.

Today`s program was about organizing our genealogy records and resources.

Susan Emert gave an excellent program on organizing our data. She also gave an excellent demonstration of the program Roots Magic. Several good suggestions were also given by members.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 3:00PM

June 13, 2015

Have you considered DNA testing to learn more about your family connections? Would you like to know more about what kinds of tests there are and what to expect from them? In preparation for Bob McLaren’s visit in July, we will get a head start on understanding the terminology of DNA testing and the role of DNA in genealogy with a roundtable discussion.

The meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Family History Center in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church). Directions: The address of the LDS Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., 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.

May 9, 2015 CVGA Meeting

Do you have piles of paper, stacks of photos and files all over your desk? Does it take forever to find a census record or marriage certificate that you downloaded to your computer? Come to our meeting on Saturday, May 9 and ask questions about organizing your documents. We will discuss various methods of keeping all that paper in order and talk about computer programs available to help you organize your data.

The meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Family History Center in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church). Directions: The address of the LDS Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., 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.

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