2017 Germanna Foundation Conference and Reunion

Announcing the 60th annual Germanna Foundation Conference and Reunion, Thursday, July 13 through Sunday July 16, 2017. We hope you can come and meet your ‘cousins’ as Germanna is a family of families.

This is the most important Germanna event of the year and this year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the 1717 Second Germanna Colony.

Rooms have been blocked for Germanna at special rates at the accommodations listed below. If you know that you will be attending, it would be wise to go ahead and book, and be sure to identify yourself for the special Germanna Foundation rate.

Registration Open House on Thursday, July 13, 2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center
2062 Germanna Hwy (Route 3), Locust Grove, VA

SECOND SUNDAYS (June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, 2017)

(June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10)
From 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Please join the Fluvanna Historical Society in the Village of Palmyra to experience Fluvanna’s history including the  African American History exhibit at the Old Stone Jail and see the artifacts about Fluvanna’s gold mining history at the Holland Page Place.  There will be demonstrations of heritage crafts and skills, dance to live period music and chat with area artists.  Meet our genealogists and learn more about your own family story or visit our archives and research Fluvanna history at Maggie’s House.

Call 434-589-7910 or email Fluvannahistory@gmail.com for more information.

 

Library of Congress Adds Sanborn Maps to Their Free Online Collection

Here is the link for an article in Genealogy Insider announcing that the Library of Congress has added 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps to its free online collection. This is an incredible boon for historians and genealogists!

http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2017/06/01/HowToUseTheLibraryOfCongressNewSanbornMapsForGenealogy.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=sft-dha-nl-170601&utm_content=947478_EDT_FTM170601&utm_medium=email

To go directly to the Sanborn Map Collection: https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/about-this-collection/

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.

Feb. 8-11, 2017: RootsTech 2017 Programs Available on Web

If you are unable to attend RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Feb. 8-11, 2017, you can participate and expand your genealogy and family history education by watching the sessions live online for free.  Here are some links and resources to get you ready for live streaming:

Official RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

Click here for detail and help on getting set up. Live streaming will appear on the main website at http://www.rootstech.org.

To see a synopsis of the schedule and how to access more resources, go to GeneaBloggers by clicking on the photo below:

RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule Announced

March 14, 2017 – Bernice Bennett to speak on DNA and Genealogy at Jefferson School

Ms. Bennett’s talk has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Bernice Bennett is a family historian, genealogist, guest lecturer, author, blogtalk radio host and faculty member for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. She will present on the role of DNA and Genealogy, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on March 14, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The presentation is sponsored by AAHGS of Central Virginia &
AAHGS BBS Charlottesville/Albemarle Chapter.

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