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


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.

October 11, 2014 meeting — Round Table Discussion

The CVGA will meet Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1:30 pm at the LDS church on Airport Road. Our scheduled speaker will not be able to come until December so we will have one of our “Round Table Discussions”. Those who have had a chance to get started on the Wills Project are encouraged to share their experience. Also, we will share any other questions and topics of interest. Please come.

2014 Joint Fall Conference Presented by the Virginia (VGS) and Augusta County (ACGS) Genealogical Societies

‘History, Records and Migrations’ is the theme of the Fall Conference taking place on October 17 and 18 in Waynesboro, VA (Friday) and Staunton, VA (Saturday).

On Friday from 9 am to 2 pm, staff at the Waynesboro Public Library will be on hand to offer ‘Guided Research’. From 2 pm to 3 pm, Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D. will present “In the Beginning, Augusta County, Virginia, was [Almost] Everything”.

On Saturday the conference moves to the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center. Saturday’s events run from 9 am to 4:30 pm with registration beginning at 8:30 am.

Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS will present four sessions: “Before It Was Augusta”, “West of the Blue Ridge: Augusta’s Chancery Court Records”, “Frontier Settlement: The Virginia Land Office and Its Records”, and “Migration Trails and Settlement Clusters”.

Nancy Sorrells will speak about “Weaving the Fabric of a New Nation”.

For more information, visit the Virginia Genealogical Society website at vgs.org.

September Meeting, Saturday, September 13, 2014 & Fall Schedule

September Meeting, Saturday, September 13, 2014

Margaret O’Bryant, Librarian at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, will share with us the materials available for genealogical research at the society’s library. The historical society is a non-profit educational organization that seeks to study, preserve, and promote the history of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

October Meeting, Saturday, October 11, 2014

James Langhorne, will present his book, “The Virginia Langhornes: a History.” 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. The family estate, Mirador, is in western Albemarle County. He will have copies of his book available.

Family History Conference, November 8, 2014

The CVGA will not meet in November. Instead the association will co-sponsor the Family History Conference which will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Airport Road. See the website at: cvillefamilyhistorycenter.org.

Making History: Transcribe Launches Today! — Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia officially launches its new transcription project today! Check it out here: http://www.virginiamemory.com/transcribe

You can read more about the project over on Out of the Box (the Library of Virginia’s blog): http://www.vamem.com/maj

The current project centers on the Civil War 150 Legacy Project. Thousands of documents were scanned, but transcription of the documents is slow because of the lack of people to do it. The LVA seeks to harness the power of crowd sourcing to solve this problem, as they have done with the Virginia Chronicle website.

In the coming weeks and months, Transcribe will become a part of the larger umbrella called “Making History” — a new home to user engagement efforts. “We’ll be watching how things progress and start working toward the approval process for completed transcriptions, adding content to DigiTool where that’s an option, and adding more content to Transcribe.”

Feel free to publicize the project to your friends and acquaintances. The LVA will be using #TranscribeTuesday on social media to regularly advertise the project and recruit volunteers.

July 12, 2014 meeting

The monthly meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will be held tomorrow, July 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Airport Road. It will begin at 1:30 pm.

The topic for this month’s meeting is Books and Genealogy. Each member is asked to bring one or more books that are related to genealogy in any way: how-to, reference, fiction, history, etc. Everyone who wishes will have an opportunity to tell about their book(s).

Hope to see you there!