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

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

Reminder….

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.