Date Correction: Bernice Bennett to speak on DNA and Genealogy at Jefferson School, Jan. 25, 2017

Bernice Bennett is a family historian, genealogist, guest lecturer, author, blogtalk radio host and faculty member for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. She will present on the role of DNA and Genealogy, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on January 25, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The presentation is sponsored by AAHGS of Central Virginia &
AAHGS BBS Charlottesville/Albemarle Chapter.

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December 10, 2016 CVGA meeting

Bring your notes about the November Family History Conference and let us know what you learned and what inspired you. We will also share our favorite family holiday stories. What traditions do you remember about Christmas, New Years or other holidays that you celebrated in your home as a child? Bring a pen and paper and we will all write a little remembrance of our early years to add to our 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.

Reading rooms of the Library of Virginia will be closed …

A letter from the Library of Virginia

The reading rooms of the Library of Virginia will be closed on Saturdays and Mondays starting November 14, 2016. The move is a result of the drop in recent revenue projections, which led to Governor McAuliffe reducing the operating budgets for executive agencies by 5 percent for the current fiscal year. The Library had no option but to turn to staff cuts to absorb the 5 percent operating budget reduction. With the loss of 18 employees, the Library is unable to keep the reading rooms open six days a week. Effective November 14, 2016, the reading rooms will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

“The decision to close the reading rooms was made reluctantly but providing effective service on Saturdays and Mondays for patrons without adequate human resources was no longer possible. Since the Governor’s announcement of the staff reductions at the Library of Virginia I and other members of the Library Board have been contacted by members of the general public who are very upset about these staff reductions,” said R. Chambliss Light, Jr., chairman of the Library Board.

Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway said, “Closing on Saturdays and Mondays is necessary because of the loss of 12 full time and 6 part time employees. Suspending our Saturday hours and closing our reading rooms on Mondays is heartbreaking for us, but is necessary. It will make it difficult for citizens who do research in the Library’s unique holdings; however, we will continue to offer our constituents alternative avenues to information. When the Library is not open, citizens can still access numerous reference and research resources through the Library’s main website (www.lva.virginia.gov) and also via Virginia Memory (www.lva.virginiamemory.com)<http://www.lva.virginiamemory.com)>.”

Other service areas will also be affected. It will take longer, for example, to fill orders for digital images of material in the collections. Training for state and local records officers will be offered less frequently, and response times for records management-related questions may be extended. Moreover, it will take longer to provide access to new collections, and the Library’s ability to offer programming will be diminished.

The agency will remain open from Monday through Friday. Full-time public service staff will continue to respond to mail, email, and telephone requests and will pull materials to fulfill research, photocopying, and digitization requests. This work will primarily be done on Mondays, since there is not sufficient staff coverage to complete this work when the reading rooms are open to the public.

If you would like more information about the Library, please visit our website, www.lva.virginia.gov.

 

November 5, 2016: Charlottesville Family History Conference

The annual Family History Conference will take place at the Church of Latter Day Saints on November 5, 2016. (CVGA will not have a separate meeting on November 12.)

For more information and to register for this free event, go to http://www.cvillefamilyhistorycenter.org/.

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.

 

Oct. 8, 2016 CVGA Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting on Saturday, October 8, 2016We will spend time in the Family History Center discovering the premium websites available to the public and familiarizing ourselves with the resources in the library. Click here for information about the Charlottesville Family History Center:
https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Charlottesville_Virginia_Family_History_Center

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.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget the annual conference coming up on Saturday, November 5 at the LDS Church. Registration is now open. Go to
https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Charlottesville_Virginia_Family_History_Center
to see the schedule and to access the registration page.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CVGA MEETING IN NOVEMBER.

Central Virginia Heritage (online edition), Fall 2016 Available Now

Cover of Central Virginia Heritage, Fall 2016 issue.

Here is a snippet from Patricia Lukas’ article “Hill & Wood Funeral Service Records:
A Brief Overview”:

The business now known as Hill & Wood Funeral Service was founded in 1907 as the Irving, Way, Hill Company. Mr. Willard Irving handled the livery business, Mr. C.T. Way was a carriage maker, and J. Hercules Hill was the undertaker. It was located at Water and Main Streets. After one relocation, the business was moved to its present location at 201 N. First Street, Charlottesville, VA in 1936.

The company was incorporated as Hill and Irving in 1929. Mr. Paul H. Wood assumed the presidency in 1975 when a new corporation named Hill and Irving Funeral Home, Inc. was formed. Hill and Wood Funeral Service, Inc. became the name of the firm on January 1, 1978.

The earliest records held by the company date from August 1914. The first book consists of preprinted pages with the record of services provided …

For the rest of this article, and several others, 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 2016 issue is available from CreateSpace.com/6549428 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.

Table of Contents for Fall 2016 issue:

  • Excerpts from A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services … page 1
  • Burial Records of Jewish Cemeteries in Central Virginia … page 5
  • Thomas M. Appling (1 Jan 1832-ca. 22 Aug. 1862) … page 6
  • Hill & Wood Funeral Service Records: A Brief Overview … page 7
  • Genetic Genealogy in Practice: Book Announcement … page 8
  • Pension Testimony from Veterans of the American Revolution in Albemarle County … page 9
  • The Pension Act of 1818 … page 13
  • An 18th-Century Pre-Nuptial Agreement from Fluvanna County … page 14
  • Three Lists of Negro Slaves Owned by Lewis Holladay of Bellefonte, Spotsylvania County, Va., 1800-1817 … page 19
  • Spotsylvania County, Va. Tax Assessments, 1779-1780 … page 20
  • Central Virginia Historical Organizations … page 24
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 27

*FREE* Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society Fall Conference, Sept. 24, 2016 *FREE*

The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society (FRGS) annual Genealogy Conference will be held 24 September 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Main Branch, 1201 Caroline  St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The half-day conference, Gathering Leaves for Your Family Tree, will include six presentations, one-on-one sessions, and sales of books and merchandise.

You may view the program and register for free at this website:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fredericksburg-regional-genealogical-society-fall-conference-tickets-21719821571

September 10, 2016 Meeting

Bill Henry, of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project will present a program called “The Human Side of Shenandoah National Park.” He will discuss the formation of Shenandoah National Park and the displacement of the thousands of people from the mountains, and conclude with a discussion of the goals of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project.