AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference October 14-17

The AAHGS Annual Conference is the largest international African American conference that promotes African-ancestored family history and genealogy.  The conference begins October 14 and continues through Saturday, October 17. It is being held virtually.  Please visit https://web.cvent.com/event/375a05f9-62b5-4829-80c7-5560766e1286/summary for more information.

Central Virginia Heritage Fall 2020 (v.36, no.3) now Available!

“A Sensational Marriage—Amelia County News”—As Judge Farrar got off the train at this place on the evening of Tuesday, the 26th, he was accosted by a gentleman who told him that he wished to get married.

The Judge replied in his usual good humor, “I am glad to hear it. What can I do?”

“Well,” the young man said, “my intended has no mother or father, and I want to get your permission under the new law.”

The thoughtful clerk, Mr. E. H. Coleman, who had been apprised of the matter, had all the papers arranged and the clerk’s office lighted up. The papers were duly certified and the license issued.

The Judge asked, “What next?”

The young man answered, “My intended bride being present, we are going to get married as soon as possible tonight.”

Thereupon, our venerable clerk lit his lantern and led the way and the bridal couple, escorted by the Judge and others, went to the Methodist parsonage and aroused Rev. Mr. Ferguson, and in the parlor Mr. James Royall and Miss Minnie Malinex were married in due form and ceremony. The Judge gave the bridal party benediction and the family congratulated the happy pair, and they returned to their future home rejoicing.


For more marriage announcements from The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA), April 1895, and several other articles, 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.”)

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.

For those who are not members of CVGA, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Fall 2020 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HGPZ3D2 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Fall 2020 issue:

  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA), April 1895, by Diane Inman, p. 1
  • African-American Men in the 1867 Fluvanna County (VA) Personal Property Tax Books, Part 2, H-Q, by Sam Towler, p. 10,
  • Dealing With COVID-19 in Earlysville, Virginia, by Charles C. Crenshaw p. 20
  • Birdwood, Albemarle County, VA, p.21
  • Records of Probate for a Typical Slave-holding Estate, by David E. Paterson, p. 23

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

RootsTech 2021

We have all heard about RootsTech.  It has been the largest genealogical conference to be held in past years.  In 2021 RootsTech will be held virtually and is being advertised as “Free”. So check it out at https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng and see what you think.  The dates are February 25-27, 2021.

Early Albemarle County Judgments To Be Transcribed And Placed On Virginia Untold

If you enjoy transcription, here’s a great project for you —

June 24, 2020:

For those who enjoy the art and intricacy of transcribing historical documents, the Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that a selection of Albemarle County Judgments, 1780-1852, are available for transcription on Making History: Transcribe. The judgments specifically involve African Americans and were identified and scanned to be added to Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative. Like chancery cases, judgments are useful primary sources for understanding social, legal, and economic history of a locality, and often for genealogical purposes as well. This is a small selection of judgments involving African Americans, identified through an index of early Albemarle judgments by Library of Virginia Senior Local Records Consulting Archivist Eddie Woodward.

Judgments are civil suits that typically involve debt or monetary damages, and were heard by a jury on the law side of the court. Documents such as assumpsits or declarations explain the reason for the plaintiff’s charge, and depositions often give the reader a glimpse into events from the perspective of witnesses in their own words. Additionally, judgments can include a variety of documents that were used as exhibits by the plaintiff or defendant, including wills, contracts, deeds, coroner’s inquests, correspondence, accounts, and receipts.

The rest of the article may be found on the blog, The UncommonWealth:

Early Albemarle County Judgments to be Transcribed and Placed on Virginia Untold