Virginia Historical Society Trip Report (May 13, 2017)

On May 13, 2017 CVGA enjoyed a field trip to the Virginia Historical Society. We carpooled to Richmond. Several individuals enjoyed the self-guided tour “The Story of Virginia” while several members conducted research at the library located at the Historical Society. We also had lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which is next door to the Historical Society.

The self-guided tour was very informative with facts regarding Virginia from early exploration in the 1600s to information about the 20thcentury. There were maps, photos, paintings, and artifacts. There were also interactive exhibits that encouraged you to test your knowledge of Virginia.

The library has a collection of published genealogical materials and manuscript collections. The material can be requested and reviewed in the reading room. A valid ID is required and only pencils are allowed in the reading room. If you plan to go for research, be sure to check out the VHS website and “Getting Access and What to Bring.”

Access to the Virginia Historical Society, including the library, is free; however, there are exhibits that require a ticket which can be purchased.

May 19: OLLI presentation on 1918 Spanish Flu in Charlottesville and Albemarle County

OLLI at UVa Special Presentation
free and open to everyone
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The Great Influenza Epidemic in
Charlottesville and
Albemarle County

Date and Time: Friday, May 19 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Location: Unity of Charlottesville, 2825 Hydraulic Road

From the summer of 1918 to the spring of 1919 a worldwide epidemic of deadly influenza killed millions. In those few months millions of Americans caught the flu and almost 700,000 died, more than all who died in America’s wars combined (except the Civil War). The medical system was overwhelmed, and government at all levels struggled to respond. The epidemic left few families, rich or poor, untouched. When it arrived in Charlottesville-Albemarle in September 1918, the community faced a crisis as hospitals filled, doctors and nurses worked virtually around the clock, and volunteers stepped forward to care for the sick and dying. This presentation and discussion will focus on an overview of what happened nationally and on events in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Participants whose families preserved stories about the epidemic are encouraged to bring them to the discussion.

Addeane Caelleigh is a historian with special interests in social and cultural aspects of extreme events such as epidemics and natural disasters. She worked in academic publishing for many years, including serving as editor in chief of Academic Medicine. Recently retired from the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and still serving as a visiting scholar, she is currently researching the 1918-1919 Influenza Epidemic in central Virginia.

Reservations requested but not required
434-923-3600 or olliuva@virginia.edu

May 13 meeting: Field trip to Virginia Historical Society

The monthly meeting on May 13 for CVGA will be a road trip to the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  We will be doing a self-guided tour of the Story of Virginia.  This will involve walking for approximately an hour.  VHS also has a library available for research.  A photo id is required to check out material for review. There is no admission charge.

If you would like to come along, contact Patricia Lukas or Linda Gore–you should have already received a private email with phone numbers today. If you have not, please email the Webmaster for a copy of the email. Let us know if you are willing to drive or if you need a ride. Linda Gore has volunteered to drive from the Zion Crossroads location. 

If you are driving in from somewhere other than Albemarle/Charlottesville area, let us know so we can look forward to meeting you there.

We will have two meeting places: the parking lot at Pantops Shopping Center near Food Lion and the parking lot at Zion Crossroads Shopping Center near McDonalds. We will leave from Pantops at 9:00 am and 9:30 am from Zion Crossroads.

The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA. It will take about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there from Charlottesville. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will have lunch on our own. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is next door and they have two good restaurants.

Note: If you plan to use the VHS library, you can prepare by searching the VHS Library catalog from home, so you have an idea which documents you will want to see.

http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/search-collections

We also suggest that you bring a couple of research problems, since you can be working on one while the Library staff is retrieving materials for the other.

CVGA To Participate in Fluvanna’s Old Farm Day, Saturday, May 6

Every year, Fluvanna County holds Old Farm Day as sort of a county fair. This year, CVGA will participate with a table in the pole barn, where we will offer back issues of the Central Virginia Heritage for sale, along with a number of other books and research handouts. Please come out and join us.

Old Farm Day is held at Pleasant Grove Park, and entrance is free for children under twelve, and $5 for all others. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society and the fund to create a permanent Farm Heritage Museum in Pleasant Grove Park. Sorry, no pets allowed on grounds. For more information, check the website above.

NGS To Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During the Family History Conference in May

ARLINGTON, VA, 17 April 2017 —

Reminder: If you are attending the 4-day annual NGS Conference in Raleigh, online conference registration will close on 27 April 2017. Registration by mail must be postmarked by 27 April. Registration in person opens at noon on Tuesday, 9 May at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The National Genealogical Society will live stream ten important genealogy lectures during the May 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Five lectures focus on DNA’s role in genealogical research. The other five from the BCG Skillbuilding track will center on building a family researcher’s skills and expertise. These lectures will be among more than 175 offered at the conference, 10−13 May 2017. Details about the live streaming program, plus additional conference recordings, can be found on the PlaybackNGS Website. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming broadcasts.

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally recognized speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for a one day or a two day pass.

  • Track One: Viewers will be able to stream five lectures on “DNA” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11 May 2017. These lectures will demonstrate how DNA has revolutionized genealogy problem solving, clarified contradictions in records, and found female ancestors without a known maiden name. They will also offer advice on the best practices for analyzing autosomal DNA.
  • Track Two: Five “BCG Skillbuilding” lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will be live streamed from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 12 May 2017. This set of lectures will teach how to probe documents beyond the obvious, find rich evidence in deeds, use an ancestors’ neighbors, prepare a Genealogical Proof Summary, and build a solid conclusion from disparate evidence.

Registration for live streaming will close at midnight, 10 May 2017, to watch the sessions in real time and as they happen. The Livestream special-value conference pricing will continue to be available for purchase until midnight, 14 May 2017, and will provide video streamed on-demand. After 14 May, the ten video sessions are available to order with the Video Pass package on the Conference Recordings page. All registrants of packages will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference Syllabus.

Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants on 9 May 2017.

Track Selection Included

Formats

Member

Price

Non-Member

Price

 

Track Descriptions

One Day Pass (track one or track two) 5 Live Streaming + 3 Month Video on Demand Access  $95.00 $115.00 DNA. Five lectures on Thursday, 11 May 2017,

or 

BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 12 May 2017.

Two Days Pass (track one and track two) 10 Live Streaming + 3 Month Video on Demand Access $150.00 $185.00 DNA. Five lectures on Thursday, 11 May 2017,

and

BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 12 May 2017.

NGS has selected Playback Now to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Conference participants can benefit by selecting different presentations while attending the conference and expanding their overall conference experience. They will have three months following the conference to view and repeat the video live streaming sessions (through 13 August 2017), and six months following the conference to stream or download audio files.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

FYI: Notes on Virginia Genealogical Society Conference & National Genealogical Society Conference

Registration goes up by $10 on 4/1/17 to the Virginia Genealogical Conference on 4/22/17 in Richmond.  VGS member is $44 and non member is $55 (prior to 4/1)

Early registration for the NGS Family Hx Conf in Raleigh ends on 3/27.  If you are a NGS member early bird registration is $205 and regular registration (after 3/27) is $240.  Non-member registration is $240 and $275.

April 8, 2017–Meeting Topic: Using Ancestry Library Edition.

In April we are going to meet at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Northside Location on Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA. To register, call 434-973-7893, choose option 4 and advise you are registering for the Genealogy Workshop.  You have to provide your name and a phone number.

NOTE:  This will be advertised to the public by the Library.  Registration is required–the limit is 18 people, so get your calls in quickly.  The CVGA meeting will start at 1:30, but the program will be from 2:00 to 3:30.  There will also be a scanner provided by the library with library personnel on hand to help until 4:00.

If you have documents to scan you will need to bring a thumb drive and the documents to be scanned.

March 11, 2017 Meeting: Behind the Brick Wall: Solving Research Problems with DNA Testing


Many genealogists are disappointed in the outcome when they throw money at testing companies without a concrete goal or question in mind. Successful testing begins with posing questions and then selecting the correct tests and testers to answer those questions. Learn how to set testing goals and how to navigate the testing and analysis processes.

Rachel Unkefer has been a genealogist for more than 30 years and a genetic genealogist for nearly 10 years. She has published several articles in “Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy” and has spoken on genetic genealogy at international genealogical conferences.

Meetings of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association are usually held on the second Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church). Visitors to CVGA meetings are always welcome. The address of the LDS 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.