NO August 2018 Meeting

We will not have a monthly meeting in August. Our host, the Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Charlottesville, takes a vacation during the month of August.

We thank the church heartily for allowing us to use their premises for our regular monthly meetings.

 

 

July 14, 2018: Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor

If you think you might have Revolutionary War ancestors and you would like some sound advice on where to find records to locate your patriots, join us at our next meeting on Saturday, July 14. Shelley Murphy will share valuable tips with us on finding records that might help you apply for membership in a lineage society such as the Daughters of the American Republic.

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.

 

April 14, 2018: James Madison and the Louisiana 16

Our April 2018 speaker will be Zann Nelson. She will tell us about the 1834 sale of 16 enslaved people of color by former President James Madison of Orange County, Virginia. His cousin, William Taylor, purchased them and subsequently moved them to Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.

The program will touch lightly on the domestic slave trade while focusing more specifically on the effort by Ms. Nelson to identify the 16, learn more about their lives, and ultimately locate and connect with living descendants.

Covered in the PowerPoint presentation will be the numerous challenges, a few of the tools utilized in tackling the investigation and the status of the project.


Ms. Nelson is a researcher, writer and public speaker, president of History Quest, and a columnist at “Buried Truth” and “Zann’s Place”. She is working on a special project, The African American Descendents’ Quest.

Learn more about Ms. Nelson’s work at her website, www.historyinvestigator.net or at her Facebook page, History Investigator. She can be reached by telephone at 540-718-3465.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 10, 2018: Genealogy Roundtable Discussion

Which way do I go?

Bring your brick walls and your roadblocks to our next meeting on Saturday, March 10 for a roundtable discussion. We will put our heads together to help find a way to break through those pesky problems.

Don’t forget that we always like to hear about genealogy success stories, too, so if you have found a long sought-after marriage record or identified a mysterious person in an old photo or any such genealogy happiness, please bring it the meeting and tell us about it.

DISCUSSION: Change of Monthly Meeting Time

Please tell us what you think of the following proposal:

At the CVGA board meeting in January, there was a disussion about changing the time of our monthly meeting. Currently the meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The proposed change is to have the meetings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The day of the meeting would stay the same, still on the second Saturday of the month.

One reason for the proposed change is this: the Family History Center in the church is open on Saturday mornings so there is a staff person in the building at that time to open the door for us. This change would eliminate the need for someone to return to the church in the afternoon.

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!

 

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!

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!