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.


Summer 2018 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

In this issue:  “President’s Column” by Patricia Lukas:

“I hope you are planning on joining us on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Fall Conference we are hosting with the Virginia Genealogical Society. The conference will take place at the University of Virginia Inn at Darden on the beautiful grounds of the University in Charlottesville. The conference will feature two tracks: Virginia Gems, presented by noted Virginia genealogy specialist Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS. … The second track is German Settlers and Migration Routes. These four sessions will be presented by Dorothy Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D., and Ashley Abruzzo, CTA. …”

For the rest of this article, and several others, CVGA members should 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 Summer 2018 issue is available from for $6.50. Click on the link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on

If you have trouble logging in to the site to download your copy, please contact me at the webmaster link at the bottom of this page.

Contents of the Summer 2018 issue:

  • Lost Jeffersons / Joanne L. Yeck. Page 1.
  • Two indentures of the Eastin Family, Orange County, VA. Page 4.
  • Register of Negroes Owned in Buckingham County, VA, by Robert T. Hubard, 1841-1859. Page 6.
  • A Visit to Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Augusta County, VA / Jean L. Cooper. Page 8.
  • James Madison and the Louisiana 16 / Patricia Lukas. Page 10.
  • Poppin’ the Trunk in Charles Town, WV / Dr. Shelley Murphy. Page 11.
  • Estate of Dr. Samuel Griffin Died January 24, 1812, Bedford County, VA / Jean L. Cooper. Page 14.
  • Sheriffs of Nelson County Updated to 2018 / Becky Howard. Page 19.
  • Sheriffs of Fluvanna County from 1777 to the Present / Tricia Johnson. Page 20.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online. Page 21.
  • President’s Column / Patricia Lukas. Page 22.
  • Always Keep Backups of Your Online Genealogy Information / Dick Eastman. Page 23.

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to the editor, — The Editor.


The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery and the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society cordially invite you to attend DECORATION DAY, 2 pm Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, corner of Oak and South First Streets, Charlottesville.



Following the ceremony we will gather at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 200 Second Street, N.E., for refreshments, jazz, and the “Gone But Not Forgotten” Exhibit.

For more information:




Please plan on joining us on a field trip to Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Virginia. It is the second oldest Presbyterian congregation in the Shenandoah Valley, founded in 1740. Its historic building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We will meet at the church at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 19.
Please note the date. It is May 19, the third Saturday of the month. This field trip is in lieu of our regular monthly meeting.
We will spend about an hour at the church and then drive to the library as described below and spend about an hour at the library.
For more information about the church, see
After our visit to the church and the surrounding burial grounds, we will have the opportunity to visit the Genealogy Library of the Augusta County Genealogical Society in Fishersville, just a short drive away from the church.
If you think you would like to join us on this outing, please let us know so that we can give the church an estimate of attendance. Please email us at


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, or at her Facebook page, History Investigator. She can be reached by telephone at 540-718-3465.







Ethnic Diversity Sculptor Needs People Willing to Volunteer their Ethnic Percentages

If you have had a DNA test done and are willing to share your ethnic percentages (no personal information needed), sculptor Patty Swygert will convert your data into a color-coded pie chart and mount it on translucent silk panels in a grid with other charts from the community. Using color-matching thread, she will link similar colors of your chart to similar colors of other charts.

The sculpture is designed to address our uniqueness and diversity (the pie charts) and our interconnectedness (the web of colored threads) and will be part of the international art event, Art in Odd Places/Charlottesville. It will be on display on April 5, 2018 (10 am-5 pm) in front of Booker Hall at UVA (across from the Corner) and on April 6, 2018 (10 am-5 pm) near the fountain on the downtown mall.

The sculpture consists of three panels: one including pie charts for the UVA community (students, faculty, staff, alumni), one for residents of the greater Charlottesville area, and one for residents of the rest of Virginia. Hopefully, the sculpture will grow as more people volunteer their percentages.

You can submit your percentages via email ( or by mail to: Patty Swygert, 5724 Lawson Lane, Earlysville, VA  22936. Please indicate whether you are affiliated with UVA, a resident of greater Charlottesville, or from anywhere else in Virginia, so she will know which panel to put your chart on.

Ms. Swygert also invites those of you interested in genealogy to stop by the sculpture to chat with onlookers about genealogy.

African American Civil War Soldiers Transcription Project

If you enjoy transcribing historical documents, you might be interested in this announcement:

This transcription project is a collaboration between historians, social scientists, and the African American Civil War Museum. Their goals are to improve our knowledge of the African Americans who fought for freedom in the American Civil War, to provide descendants with access to information on their ancestors, and to present students of history with primary documents from a pivotal moment in African American history. To do this we are building a comprehensive database of the estimated 200,000 soldiers who formed the United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Help them out now at