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.

Spring 2017 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

Hi all — I was aiming at March 1st as the publication date for the Spring issue, but I managed to make it a Valentine’s Day baby instead!

First, a snippet from the article by Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond & Edwina St. Rose, titled Preserving the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville, VA.

The Daughters of Zion Cemetery, located near Oakwood Cemetery in Charlottesville, VA, was established in 1873 by members of the Daughters of Zion, a women’s benevolent organization that sought to support the needs of African Americans following Reconstruction. One of the important efforts conducted by the Daughters of Zion was to provide a place of dignified burial as an alternative to segregated cemeteries such as Oakwood Cemetery…

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 Spring 2017 issue is available from Createspace.com/6566260 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.

Contents of the Spring 2017 issue:

  • The Blue Ridge Heritage Project, by Bill Henry … page 1
  • Freedmen’s Bureau Transcription Project Completed … page 4
  • The Rushes of Chestnut Grove, by Regina Rush … page 5
  • Polish Genealogical Society of America … page 10
  • A Letter From the Editor … page 10
  • Ehart’s Mill in Earlysville, by Everette M. Huff … page 11
  • 2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series Announced … page 12
  • Midwest African American Genealogy Institute Celebrates Milestone Year! … page 13
  • Preserving the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville, VA, by Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond & Edwina St. Rose … page 14
  • Research at the American Baptist Historical Society … page 15
  • Blanket Lists for 1817 & 1818 in the Account Book of John George Woolfolk for Shepherd’s Hill Plantation, 1811-1819 … page 16
  • DNA Talk Rescheduled to March 14, 2017 … page 16
  • The Times-Dispatch Genealogical Column: The Duke Family of Virginia … page 17
  • Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, VA), by Jean Cooper … page 20
  • A Simple Way To Read Old Tombstones … page 20
  • The Bible Comes Back to the Family! by Shelley Murphy … page 21
  • The Clark Allison Story, by Diane Inman … page 23
  • Packing list for a genealogical trip … page 24
  • Molecular Genealogy of a Mongol Queen’s Family and Her Possible Kinship with Genghis Khan, by Gavaachimed Lkhagvasuren, et al. … page 25
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 26

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to cvgaboard@gmail.com, Attention: The Editor.

February 11, 2017 CVGA Meeting

Tricia Johnson, director of the Fluvanna County Historical Society, will talk about the history of Fluvanna County and the genealogical resources available at the Historical Society.

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.