February 10, 2018: Alison Bell – “Front Porches of the Dead”

The speaker for our February 10 program will be Alison Bell.  She teaches Anthropology at Washington & Lee University.  She holds a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellow and has been studying cemeteries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  

Ms. Bell is currently writing a book for the University of Tennessee Press, tentatively called The Vital Dead: Making Meaning, Identity, and Community through Cemeteries. The book will focus on some recent changes which she has observed in the cemeteries in the Valley of Virginia, commonly called the Shenandoah Valley.

In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and well beyond, profound changes are underway in cemeteries: grave markers are still etched with images of bibles and flowers, but motorcycles, monsters, cats, and footballs are also appearing. Inscriptions (“Gone Hunting for the Lord” or “Had a Good Ride”) and objects lefts on grave sites — bird feeders, whirligigs, letters to the deceased — echo this florescence.

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.

Hope to see you there!

 

Free Genealogy Webinar

2018 Genealogy Research Goals & Strategies for the Professionals!
Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy
 
Bring a pen and pencil or your iPad. It’s time to set your genealogy goals and strategies for 2018! Shelley will walk you through some steps for setting goals and strategies to help enhance your research.
Known affectionately as “familytreegirl”, Shelley was drawn to family history research by her mother, who provided more information than Shelley knew what to do with. More than twenty-five years later, Shelley has become a genealogy force to be reckoned with. She is a co-founder and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) and a founding member and current president of the AAHGS Chapter of Central Virginia. She is known for her fresh approach to getting started in genealogy research, for her keen methods and strategies for analyzing documents, and for her common-sense approach to time and file management.
Please join us in listening to our very own Shelley Murphy!!!  Here are log in details:
National Capital Area Chapter APG 
Sat, Jan 20, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ESTJoin the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 39th NATIONAL AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC (AAHGS)

In the Call for Papers, you will find both the proceedings & submission instructions. 
To submit your Call for Papers – Click on the link above.

AAHGS is pleased to announce an invitation to submit lecture proposals for the 39th National AAHGS Conference to be held at The Valley Forge Casino and Resort, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, October 11-13, 2018, hosted by the Family Quest Chapter.
The conference welcomes theoretical and empirical papers from historian, genealogist, librarians, authors, and academics.
Submission of Proposals:
Proposals must be submitted electronically at Call for Papers (Click on Register HERE button and use your existing membership account or create new account to submit), in Microsoft Word format only. Proposals must contain complete information suitable for submission in the printed version of the conference syllabus.
IMPORTANT DEADLINES
Call for Papers will be accepted no later than March 31, 2018
Notifications of accepted Papers will be provided no later than April 30, 2018

January 13, 2018: Ancestor Show and Tell

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This month we are having an “Ancestor Show and Tell”. Bring something that has a special meaning to you as a family historian and if you like, tell us about it: who it belonged to, what it means to you and where it came from. It could be a handmade item, such as a quilt or a doily, a dish or a doll with a special significance, a family scrapbook or family bible, or even an exciting, unexpected document that you have found.

NOTE: We will treat your special items as museum pieces and ask that no one touches anything without your permission.

NOTE: this meeting was originally scheduled for December but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

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.

Hope to see you there!

Winter 2017 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

Christmas Changes With the Years (by Charles Conway Crenshaw):

“We are approaching Christmas 2017. The Christmas season changes as our age changes. Remember back in your early childhood? My earlier years during World War II were spent  on my grandparent’s farm in Earlysville, Virginia. With no television and no radio for recreational use, Christmas was not commercialized. I was thankful for anything I  received. Since there was no electricity, there were no pretty lights on the Christmas tree, but there were pretty glass bulbs and tinsel on the tree. …”

For the rest of this article, and several others, CVGA members should 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 Winter 2017 issue is available from https://www.amazon.com/Central-Virginia-Heritage-Winter-2017/dp/1981563415 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

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.

Contents of the Winter 2017 issue:

  • Searching for Mother Madison…page 1
  • Christmas Changes With the Years…page 3
  • Why Obituaries Contain Hidden Family Trees…page 5
  • “Buddy and the Chickens” Wins National DAR Literary Award!…page 7
  • Bill of Complaint of Robert M. Omohundro & Wife vs. James Jones…page 7
  • Bill of Complaint of Isabella Brown vs. William Brown…page 13
  • George Whitlocke & Wife vs. Margaret Higginbotham…page 15
  • Manumission of Judith, Pegg, and Ambrose…page 17
  • Will of John Douglass of Orange County, Virginia…page 17
  • John Murrey & Wife vs. Martha Matthews by &c….page 19
  • Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania Has Shut Down…page 22
  • Aylett Family, King William County (Va.)…page 23
  • Registration Opens for the NGS 2018 Family History Conference…page 25
  • A Note From The Editor…page 25
  • President’s Column…page 26

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to the editor, eleanordew@gmail.com. — The Editor.

Dec. 16th — Daughters of Zion Cemetery Memorial Dedication

The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery will sponsor a “Dedication of the Memorial to the Unknown” in Charlottesville, VA.

This event will take place on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, Corner of Oak and South  First Streets, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Refreshments will be served at the Tonsler Park Recreation Center located at 500 Cherry Avenue.

DECEMBER 9 MEETING CANCELLED

Our meeting scheduled for today, December 9, 2017, has been cancelled due to the snow.

At our next meeting on Saturday, January 13, 2018, we will have our ‘Ancestor Show and Tell’.

Have a safe, non-slippery day!

Nov. 11, 2017-‘Something Old, Something New’

Join us on Saturday, November 11 to hear about “Something Old, Something New”, what’s current in the world of online genealogy.

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.

Hope to see you there!

More than Just a Pretty Picture: Reading & Interpreting Maps of Virginia

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, the Fry-Jefferson Map Society is presenting an “Intermediate Geography Genealogy Map Workshop” using historical maps to further your genealogy research.

Aimed at genealogists and those researching family history, this workshop will explore the symbols and mapping conventions used on maps from the 17th through the 20th centuries, focusing on how to read maps, identifying the different types of maps that can be used in genealogical research, and why maps are critical to family research. Cassandra Farrell (the Library’s senior map archivist) will team up with Eliane Dotson (vice president of the Washington Map Society, Fry-Jefferson Map Society Steering Committee member, and owner of Old World Auctions) to present this workshop.

The workshop will take place from 10:00 am-11:30 am.

Location: Conference Rooms

Cost: $20 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map-Society Members, $15 for Semper Virginia Society Members)

Preregistration required. To register: http://bit.ly/2tRucnk

Download Workshop Flyer Here

For more information, contact dawngreggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813 for more information on this event and/or the Fry-Jefferson Map Society.