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.
Sat, Jan 20, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ESTJoin the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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.
40th Anniversary Celebration!
Join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Test your knowledge of genealogy with a Jeopardy-style game, enjoy a piece of cake, and share your reminiscences about your time with the group. If you can’t make it, please consider writing a few lines so that we can share your thoughts. Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might want to come and celebrate with us.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30.
WHERE: LDS Church, 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. (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.)
For more information call 434-962-4697 or email us.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Please join the Central Virginia Genealogical Association for the July 8, 2017 meeting. Read below for meeting details.
Do you have old photos that have faded, turned yellow or become so dark that you can’t discern anyone anymore? Technology might just help to bring those photos back.
At the next meeting of the CVGA Diane Inman will share her experience with improving old photos with computer software. In addition to showing us the tools available to enhance old photos, she has made a great offer to us: send her a photo and she will apply photo fixes and send it back to you with improvements.
Reply to this email with your photo with the subject ‘Old Photo’ and Diane will get back to you. (The time frame will depend on the number of photos she receives.)
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 Cente
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
(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.
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!
To go directly to the Sanborn Map Collection: https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/about-this-collection/