On May 13, 2017 CVGA enjoyed a field trip to the Virginia Historical Society. We carpooled to Richmond. Several individuals enjoyed the self-guided tour “The Story of Virginia” while several members conducted research at the library located at the Historical Society. We also had lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which is next door to the Historical Society.
The self-guided tour was very informative with facts regarding Virginia from early exploration in the 1600s to information about the 20thcentury. There were maps, photos, paintings, and artifacts. There were also interactive exhibits that encouraged you to test your knowledge of Virginia.
The library has a collection of published genealogical materials and manuscript collections. The material can be requested and reviewed in the reading room. A valid ID is required and only pencils are allowed in the reading room. If you plan to go for research, be sure to check out the VHS website and “Getting Access and What to Bring.”
Access to the Virginia Historical Society, including the library, is free; however, there are exhibits that require a ticket which can be purchased.
The monthly meeting on May 13 for CVGA will be a road trip to the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. We will be doing a self-guided tour of the Story of Virginia. This will involve walking for approximately an hour. VHS also has a library available for research. A photo id is required to check out material for review. There is no admission charge.
If you would like to come along, contact Patricia Lukas or Linda Gore–you should have already received a private email with phone numbers today. If you have not, please email the Webmaster for a copy of the email. Let us know if you are willing to drive or if you need a ride. Linda Gore has volunteered to drive from the Zion Crossroads location.
If you are driving in from somewhere other than Albemarle/Charlottesville area, let us know so we can look forward to meeting you there.
We will have two meeting places: the parking lot at Pantops Shopping Center near Food Lion and the parking lot at Zion Crossroads Shopping Center near McDonalds. We will leave from Pantops at 9:00 am and 9:30 am from Zion Crossroads.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA. It will take about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there from Charlottesville. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will have lunch on our own. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is next door and they have two good restaurants.
Note: If you plan to use the VHS library, you can prepare by searching the VHS Library catalog from home, so you have an idea which documents you will want to see.
A snippet from Sam Towler’s article, “Albemarle County Chancery Cases Preservation Project”:
In the 1970s, Albemarle County sent most of the chancery cases in its files which ended before 1912 to the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia preserved all the cases they received and put them in acid-free folders to prevent deterioration. With the Albemarle County Clerk’s approval, I have been working on a project to preserve the post-1900 cases that Albemarle still had at the Courthouse in Charlottesville by unfolding the documents and putting the papers in acid-free folders provided by the Clerk’s Office.
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Table of Contents for the Winter 2016 issue:
Division of the Negro Property of the Estate of William Morris of Louisa County, Virginia, 1832 … page 1
Albemarle County Chancery Cases Preservation Project … page 4
Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Franklin, of St. Anne’s Parish, Albemarle Co., VA … page 6
Early Broadus Wood High School History … page 7
The Wyatt Family of Albemarle County, Virginia … page 9
Reductions in Service at the Library of Virginia … page 11
The Times-Dispatch Genealogical Column: The Walker Family of Virginia … page 12
Castle Hill … page 16
James Govan Estate Settlement and Division of Slaves (1831-1835), Hanover Co., VA … page 18
List of the Hire of Negroes [of the Heirs of] Richard Terrell of Louisa Co., VA (1771) … page 19
Funeral Home Records Available Online … page 20
Letter from Edward Govan to Mary Govan Hill, near Fredericksburg, VA (1831) … page 22
Slaves of John Ambler (April 1829) at his Plantations in Amherst and Louisa Counties … page 23
President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 24
P.S. Wouldn’t you like to see your research published in this beautiful magazine? Send it to any of the CVGA officers on the About CVGA page.