CVGA Resources and Services

The area the Central Virginia Genealogical Association studies is the area included in Old Albemarle County, from its creation from Goochland County in 1744 until it was divided into multiple other counties in 1761. That area now includes: Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah.

For research web sites on this area, refer to our Central Virginia Resources spreadsheet.

Since its inception, CVGA has established a library of genealogical and historical works, periodicals, pamphlets, and manuscripts. This collection is housed in the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Library.

At the request of genealogist Diane Keeton, we have mounted her genealogical files on our website. These files are freely available to readers. A list of the various families in the files: Keeton File Index

There are three components to the files.

  • ancestorsofjunedianespencermartinkeeto Click on the Index at the bottom of the list of files, and it will take you to the Table of Contents
  • Keeton-family-reports  The “family-reports” are more complete than the information in the ancestorsofjunedianespencermartinkeeto files.
  • Keeton-photos These are photo files, but the individual photographs are not identified.

A benefit of membership is access to the 1983-2018 archives of the Central Virginia Heritage, the newsletter of CVGA. To join, go to the CVGA Membership Form on the home page of this website. To purchase copies of the individual issues of CVH on, go to Purchase Publications.

While CVGA does not conduct research for others, we may be able to find persons who will perform this service. In addition, various libraries in the area maintain lists of independent researchers who may be willing to do research for a fee. No endorsement of individual researchers is intended or implied.

10 thoughts on “CVGA Resources and Services

  1. My wife’s family is descended from George W. Wells, who was a dentist living in Madison County in 1864. He married Lucy M. Jeffries in Culpeper in 1861. They moved to Tennessee about 1868. I am trying to figure out his parents names, if he attended UVA, and where he was born. Can you give advice on where to look in the area to find out any of this information? We will be in the area for a week in October, and would like to go to all the possible sources to dig for the info. Thx, Steve Parker.

    • Hello — I would suggest going first to the U.S. Census in 1860 and 1850. You should be able to find his parents’ names and a clue to where he was born through that. There is an “Index of Students of the University of Virginia, 1825-1874” that is available on, which will tell you whether he attended UVA.

  2. Wish to contact someone regarding family research and assistance in locating geanological chart originally produced on Above is general question since I missed the engagement with Susan Emert at the JMRLNorthside Library. Thank you.

      • I also missed that public library session on and would love some help accessing the family tree info from my stepmother’s account. Any help is appreciated!

  3. Christopher ” Christian ” Spears ; per KY DAR born 1755 VA and died and is buried in Harrison County Kentucky.
    Our family has hit a brick wall with this my 3 great grandfather. Can anyone help?

    • I found your gentleman in the Simpson/Harp Family Tree on I e-mailed Vicki Stafford to see if she would share information with you. She is in VanBuren, Crawford County, Arkansas. Her profile says she is willing to help. You may hear from her soon.

      Diane Inman
      CVGA Board

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