Legacy Purchased by MyHeritage

As it says on the Legacy blog (http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/08/legacy-family-tree-has-a-new-home-with-myheritage.html), the company has been purchased by MyHeritage.com. You can read more about it at the website above. They are also offering a discount:

To celebrate the acquisition, we are offering a limited time, never-offered-before discount on Legacy 9 software and annual webinar memberships. Through Sunday, August 13 (Geoff’s birthday), take 50% off:

Legacy 9 software – from $34.95  $17.48

1 year webinar membership (or extension) – $49.95  $24.98

Click here to get Legacy software or webinar membership at 50% off.

I’ve tried out the Legacy software before, and find it’s relatively easy to use (although I get annoyed at the multiple clicks it takes to insert a reference or citation). But currently, I’m using the free standard version available here: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/

Free Access to Revolutionary War Records, July 1-15, 2017 on Fold3.com


Access Revolutionary War Records for Free*

Revolutionary War Signing for Payment VouchersDo you have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War? Now is the perfect time to learn more about them, as Fold3 is giving free access* to our Revolutionary War Collection July 1–15.

There are 20+ titles in our Revolutionary War Collection. Popular ones include:

Revolutionary War Pensions
The records in this collection include entire pension files for soldiers and sailors who served in the Revolutionary War. Unlike selected records, which were typically chosen subjectively for genealogical content, these records reveal more details about each veteran’s history and service, as well as more information about his family, state of health, and life after the war. Every name mentioned in the pensions has been indexed, not just the soldier’s name, which makes finding people even easier.

Revolutionary War Service Records
These are compiled service records for the regular soldiers of the Continental Army, and for the militia, volunteers, and others who served with them. The records are arranged under the designation “Continental Troops” or a state name, then by organization, and then alphabetically by a soldier’s surname. Records consist of card abstracts of entries relating to each soldier from original records. Also included are regimental lists including muster rolls, pay lists, and caption cards.

Revolutionary War Rolls
The primary function of the many Revolutionary War rolls maintained by the American Army was to provide basic information about the identities, numbers, condition, equipage, and pay status of the men and units that comprised the Army in order to facilitate administrative control. Browse these rolls by state and name of organization (regiment, battalion, guard, company, etc.). Find names of soldiers with the help of annotations supplied by other Fold3 users and feel free to add your own. Thousands of records from 138 rolls of microfilm provide names and details about the men who fought for independence.

Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818–1864
Pension payment records are not typically found in pension application files. These cards were created as an index for the final payments made to either the veteran or his widow. They provide additional details on where a family may have moved in the early- to mid-19th century, death dates of veterans, widows, or dependent children, and sometimes the maiden name of a widow.

Get started searching or browsing the Revolutionary War Collection on Fold3!.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until July 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.



Can this photo be improved?

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

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.


June 10 CVGA Meeting

Please join the Central Virginia Genealogical Association for the June 10, 2017 meeting. Jean Cooper will present a program on Resources for African American Genealogy Research.

The meeting will take place from 1:30 pm3:30 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!


Summer 2017 Central Virginia Heritage Available!

First, a snippet from the article “Ancestry for Virginians“:

“The Library of Virginia announces “Ancestry for Virginians,” a new resource available to citizens of Virginia, made possible through a partnership with Ancestry.com…. Included in this initial offering are the Virginia vital records, indexed and digitized through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com following the 2012 passage of Senate Bill 660, which supported the digitization, indexing, and public accessibility to birth, death, marriage, and divorce records created since 1912. While the indexes to the records have been available since 2015, the Commonwealth’s citizens will now have free access through this new resource to digital images of the open records of the following collections…”

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 2017 issue is available from CreateSpace.com/6985104 for $6.50. Click on the CreateSpace.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on the Createspace.com Store site.

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

Contents of the Summer 2017 issue:

  • Preserving the Fountains of the National WCTU, by Diane Inman…p.1
  • Virginia Restores Funding!, by Judy G. Russell…p.4
  • Evidence Explained. 3rd edition, revised…p.5
  • Historical Obituary from the Daily Progress…p.6
  • Amherst County Museum and Historical Society…p.8
  • Fluvanna Historical Society, Palmyra, VA…p.8
  • The Heritage Museum/The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society…p.9
  • Petition to be Classified as White: Thomas Littlepage…p.10
  • A Treasure Box Found, by Robert F. Niehaus…p.11
  • Obituaries, Robert F. Niehaus & Martin R. Davis, Jr….p.11-13
  • “Ancestry for Virginians”…p.13
  • The Maury Family of Virginia…p.14
  • David Ross of Oxford Iron Works List of Slaves Owned…p.16
  • The Hamner Family of Central Virginia, by Jean L. Cooper…p.18
  • Burnley & ux vs. William Crenshaw Admr. & al. (Louisa County, 1801)…p.22
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas…p.24

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to cvgaboard@gmail.com, Attention: The Editor.

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!


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