July 9, 2016 Meeting

Please join us at our next meeting on July 9, 2016. Diane Inman will speak to us about the challenges of finding elusive female ancestors.

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.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

CVGA Pins Available for Purchase

We have a limited number of CVGA Membership Pins available for purchase at the price of $8.00. (That price includes shipping and handling.) Here’s a photo of the pin, which is made of enameled metal and is approximately 3/4 of an inch in diameter. The back of the pin is a post, like a lapel pin.


June 11, 2016: What’s Your Favorite Genealogy Website?

True or False? The internet was created for genealogists.

What do you think? Come to the June 11, 2016 meeting where we will discuss the latest, best genealogy websites.

The meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church). Directions: The address of the LDS Church is 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.

Guests are always welcome.

Central Virginia Heritage (online edition), Spring/Summer 2016 is here!

Order a print copy of Central Virginia Heritage, Spring/Summer 2016

From the President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas:
“Welcome to the first digital edition of the Central Virginia Heritage. Our last paper issue was mailed out in December 2014, ending a tradition that started in January 1983—over 30 years of publication. With this electronic issue, we are beginning a new tradition while building on the history of providing our members with articles of genealogical interest which will inform, educate, and inspire.”

Genealogical Research at the Albemarle County Court House, By John C. E. Christensen, Updated by Sam Towler, Jean L. Cooper, and Patricia Lukas


We are fortunate that a potential gold mine of genealogical information has been preserved in the Albemarle County Court House. While working in the court house record room, I have had the pleasure of meeting fellow genealogists who have come from the far corners of the United States. In talking with them about the mechanics of their quests, I have discovered that many of them are overlooking court records that are full of information. I have compiled, in order to help others understand, this source-by-source guide to research in the Albemarle County Court House. It will also be useful in other Virginia counties; although the exact records maintained by each county vary, the basic types are usually the same. Familiarity with the records should come in handy for genealogical research in any jurisdiction.

All of the records listed in this discussion are to be found in the circuit court record room and historical record vault on the second floor of the Albemarle County Court House on Court House Square in Charlottesville. The only records not found in the court house are the suit papers, which are stored in the Library of Virginia, in Richmond.

For the rest of this article, and several others, click here to access your members-only copy of the Central Virginia Heritage, Spring/Summer 2016, v.32, no.1-2.

For those who are not members, we offer a printed copy of each issue beginning with this Spring/Summer 2016 issue, available from CreateSpace.com/6258210 for $6.50. Click on the CreateSpace.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on the Createspace.com Store site.

In the near future we will be offering for sale a CD-ROM copy of the Central Virginia Heritage Archive, 1983-2014 — watch this space for future announcements!

(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.)

Table of Contents for Spring/Summer 2016 issue:

  • Genealogical Research at the Albemarle County Court House, by Sam Towler, et al. … p.1
  • Plans of the Albemarle County Court House Clerk’s Office & Records Room … p.13
  • The Charlie Summer, by Susan DuBar … p.15
  • Announcing a New Adventure in Genealogy Education: Genealogy Professor, by Dick Eastman … p.16
  • Virginia Newspaper Websites for the Researcher, by Jean L. Cooper … p.17
  • How do I access the Central Virginia Heritage Archive? … p.18
  • Waller Holladay Lists of Slaves, 1854-1860 … p.19
  • Earlysville Community Neighbors, by Charles Conway Crenshaw … p.22
  • Genealogy Conference Announcements … p.25
  • President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … p.26

5/14/2016 Meeting — Visit to University of Virginia Library

The University of Virginia Library has many resources that may be used by Virginia residents. Our next meeting — on May 14 — will be a tour of Alderman Library, by Jean Cooper. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall of Alderman Library at 1:30 pm. If we have time, we can go over to the Small Special Collections Library and take a look at some of the current Shakespeare, Sadleir-Black Gothic Literature Collection, and the Declaration of Independence exhibits.

We suggest you park in the Central Grounds Parking Garage, which is near Alderman Library. It costs $2.00 per hour to park in the garage, but there is little free parking around the University.

We’d like a rough count of the number of people coming in order to have enough handouts, so please put a comment on this posting if you plan to join  us.

May 7, 2016 — Index-a-thon of the Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Saturday, May 7th is an area-wide Index-a-thon to help FamilySearch.org finish the indexing and arbitration of the remainder of the Freedman’s Bureau records.  These records must be finished by June so that a database can be prepared for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in September.

Anyone who can help with this very important work can index records from the Freedman’s Bureau from any location you want, by downloading the free indexing software and selecting that project from the indexing program on the FamilySearch.org website.  Any questions, please contact Barbara Branham at 293-4404.

Beyond Family Tree Maker – educational video

Here is a link to a video from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems. It’s called ‘Beyond Family Tree Maker: How to Take Control of Preserving Your Family Tree’. Pat Lukas, who has viewed this video, says, “I don’t use Family Tree Maker but I found good information in this video about keeping computer files safe.”

It is available free through April 15 (2016), and can be viewed below.

NOTE: 4/28/2016. Apparently it is still freely available, since I was able to run the video just now.

Member Input Requested: Madison County Stream Name Change

CVGA recently received a notice from Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist at the Library of Virginia, concerning a proposal to change the name of a two mile long stream in Madison County. We are being asked if our members support this change, oppose it or have no opinion. Please read the text below and leave a comment by clicking on the quote bubble at the upper right of this post or send an email to: cvgaboard@gmail.com.


“The Virginia Board on Geographic Names recently received a proposal forwarded to us by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to change the name of Negro Run in Shenandoah National Park to Freedom Run. The stream is a two mile long tributary, flowing southeast into the Robinson River, located wholly within Shenandoah National Park, Madison County, Virginia. Its coordinates are 38.5554013, -78.3516712 (Linear Feature Mouth); 38.5794444, -78.3619444 (Linear Feature Source). On behalf of Sandra Treadway, Librarian and Interim State Archivist at the Library of Virginia, I’m writing to ask whether the members of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association support, oppose or have no opinion regarding changing the name of Negro Run to Freedom Run.
If we don’t hear from you by April 15th we will assume that the Central Virginia Genealogical Association has no objection to this name proposal. Please don’t hesitate to distribute this email to other interested parties.

To review the proposal, please follow the instructions listed below.

To review the principles, policies, and procedures for domestic geographic names adhered to by the USGS Board on Geographic Names, please visit the following link, http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/policies.htm.

The Virginia Board on Geographic Names looks forward to hearing from you.

New BGN Proposal has been submitted. Details follow:
ID number: 8863
Proposed Name: Freedom Run
State: Virginia
Submitter/Preparer: Lisa Wilkolak
Email Address: lisa_wilkolak@nps.gov
Phone Number: 651-428-3008
To review this Name Proposal, click or copy and paste the direct link below into your web browser. Then enter the ID number and Proposed Name EXACTLY as shown above.
Display proposal: http://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=DGNPSHARED:display:::NO::::


Cassandra Farrell
Senior Map Archivist
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Family Stories Survey

One of the things that I’ve observed as I talk to people about their family histories is that there are certain “tropes” that appear over and over again. By tropes, I’m talking about common themes or stories that are the same from family to family. Some examples of these tropes are:

  • “three brothers came from the Old World”
  • “my family is descended from royalty or nobility”
  • “one of my ancestors is an Indian princess”
  • “one of my ancestors ran moonshine”

I am interested in finding out more about these family stories, and the first step is to collect the stories told by a wide range of families, and analyze the data. So, I have compiled a survey for you to complete if you wish, to tell me about the stories that your family tells.

If you wish to complete the survey, click on this link: Family Stories Survey and tell us your stories!

Jean L. Cooper
Webmaster, CVGA Website