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.

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.

Jan. 14, 2017 — Central Virginia Genealogical Association Meeting

Please join us at the next meeting of the CVGA on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Carol Rush will talk about planning and going on a research trip, and Edwina St. Rose and Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond will tell us about the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.

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.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

December 10, 2016 CVGA meeting

Bring your notes about the November Family History Conference and let us know what you learned and what inspired you. We will also share our favorite family holiday stories. What traditions do you remember about Christmas, New Years or other holidays that you celebrated in your home as a child? Bring a pen and paper and we will all write a little remembrance of our early years to add to our own family history.

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.

Oct. 8, 2016 CVGA Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting on Saturday, October 8, 2016We will spend time in the Family History Center discovering the premium websites available to the public and familiarizing ourselves with the resources in the library. Click here for information about the Charlottesville Family History Center:
https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Charlottesville_Virginia_Family_History_Center

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.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget the annual conference coming up on Saturday, November 5 at the LDS Church. Registration is now open. Go to
https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Charlottesville_Virginia_Family_History_Center
to see the schedule and to access the registration page.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CVGA MEETING IN NOVEMBER.

Central Virginia Heritage (online edition), Fall 2016 Available Now

Cover of Central Virginia Heritage, Fall 2016 issue.

Here is a snippet from Patricia Lukas’ article “Hill & Wood Funeral Service Records:
A Brief Overview”:

The business now known as Hill & Wood Funeral Service was founded in 1907 as the Irving, Way, Hill Company. Mr. Willard Irving handled the livery business, Mr. C.T. Way was a carriage maker, and J. Hercules Hill was the undertaker. It was located at Water and Main Streets. After one relocation, the business was moved to its present location at 201 N. First Street, Charlottesville, VA in 1936.

The company was incorporated as Hill and Irving in 1929. Mr. Paul H. Wood assumed the presidency in 1975 when a new corporation named Hill and Irving Funeral Home, Inc. was formed. Hill and Wood Funeral Service, Inc. became the name of the firm on January 1, 1978.

The earliest records held by the company date from August 1914. The first book consists of preprinted pages with the record of services provided …

For the rest of this article, and several others, 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 Fall 2016 issue is available from CreateSpace.com/6549428 for $6.50. Click on the CreateSpace.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on the Createspace.com Store site.

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Table of Contents for Fall 2016 issue:

  • Excerpts from A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services … page 1
  • Burial Records of Jewish Cemeteries in Central Virginia … page 5
  • Thomas M. Appling (1 Jan 1832-ca. 22 Aug. 1862) … page 6
  • Hill & Wood Funeral Service Records: A Brief Overview … page 7
  • Genetic Genealogy in Practice: Book Announcement … page 8
  • Pension Testimony from Veterans of the American Revolution in Albemarle County … page 9
  • The Pension Act of 1818 … page 13
  • An 18th-Century Pre-Nuptial Agreement from Fluvanna County … page 14
  • Three Lists of Negro Slaves Owned by Lewis Holladay of Bellefonte, Spotsylvania County, Va., 1800-1817 … page 19
  • Spotsylvania County, Va. Tax Assessments, 1779-1780 … page 20
  • Central Virginia Historical Organizations … page 24
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 27

September 10, 2016 Meeting

Bill Henry, of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project will present a program called “The Human Side of Shenandoah National Park.” He will discuss the formation of Shenandoah National Park and the displacement of the thousands of people from the mountains, and conclude with a discussion of the goals of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project.

August 13, 2016 Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting on August 13, 2016. Last month Diane Inman gave us good advice on finding elusive female ancestors. This month we will share our challenges and successes in our own research for the ladies in our family trees.

Come prepared to share your stories and strategies.

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.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

July 9, 2016 Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting on July 9, 2016. Diane Inman will speak to us about the challenges of finding elusive female ancestors.

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.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!