January 11, 2020: Genealogy Roundtable

Let’s start out on the right foot in 2020!

Bring your genealogy questions to our January meeting and we will put our heads together to help find possible avenues of research. We will save some time to hear about your recent discoveries and successes in your genealogy. Come and be inspired to launch your genealogy research in 2020!

The meeting will take place Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 am-noon 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.

Volunteer Has Come Forward To Fill Position of CVGA President

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GREAT NEWS! WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT! Susan Lindsay has volunteered to serve as CVGA president. Thank you, Susan!

In my previous message in the Fall 2019 issue of Central Virginia Heritage, I announced that I will be leaving the position of president at the end of 2019. In that message I also made a plea to the membership for someone to step up and volunteer to serve as the next president. As I write this message in November 2019, no one has yet come forth. Since the office of president must be filled for the association to continue operating, I have agreed to serve as acting president through February 2020, giving us two more months to find a candidate. If no candidate comes forward, CVGA will be faced with the prospect of dissolution. Our bylaws state that the term of office is one year. Please consider serving a one-year term as president of CVGA.

— Acting President Patricia Lukas

December 7, 2019: Ancestor Show and Tell

This month we are having an “Ancestor Show and Tell”. Bring something that has a special meaning to you as a family historian and if you like, tell us about it: who it belonged to, what it means to you and where it came from. It could be a handmade item, such as a quilt or a doily, a dish or a doll with a special significance, a family scrapbook or family bible, or even an exciting, unexpected document that you have found.

NOTE: We will treat your special items as museum pieces and ask that no one touches anything without your permission.

NOTE: THE TIME OF THIS MEETING IS 10am to 12 noon.
The meeting will take place 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.

Central Virginia Heritage v.35 no.4 (Winter 2019) Now Available!

In this issue, we have articles by Jean L. Cooper, Diane Inman, Karen Lucas Williams, Samuel Hayes III, and Charles C. Crenshaw.

Hayes’ “A Forty-Two-Year Family Search in the Age of DNA,” begins:

“As many did in 1977, I eagerly anticipated watching the series Roots. It was the first time that a miniseries covered the history of an African-American family from its inception in Africa to its patriarch being brought to America in chains through subsequent travails and triumphs to freedom at the end of the Civil War. I was enthralled and began to wonder about the history of my own family.

“At that point all I really knew about my family was back to some of my great-grandparents. Like many African-Americans born in Virginia, I knew I had a mixed heritage but did not know who they were. A careful view of my paternal grandfather Samuel Hayes, Sr. bore out his mixed heritage, but when I would ask him about his family his response was always, “You do not want to know about those people.” This response always left me perplexed and wondering what they had done or what they were like.

“My grandfather would periodically drop information about his family. He had three half siblings; he saw Halley’s Comet in 1910 on the shoulder of his cousin; he went to work at the age of ten because he got tired of starving; and a good Christmas for him would be an orange or a cap for a cap gun…”

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.”)

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 Winter 2019 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1708972358 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Winter 2019 issue:

  • The Robert Watkins Files, Campbell County, Virginia / Jean L. Cooper
  • Susan J. (Diuguid) Spiller / Karen Lucas Williams
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) January 1895 / Diane Inman
  • A Forty-Two-Year Family Search in the Age of DNA / Samuel Hayes III
  • Obituary – Wilda Lara Dickerson Crenshaw Mann / Charles Conway Crenshaw
  • Botetourt County Genealogy Fair, 2020
  • Books: The Blackest Sheep — Echoes From My Heart — Hidden Wills
  • Sheriffs of Amelia County, VA / Jean L. Cooper
  • President’s Column / Patricia Lukas

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

Revised Bylaws Approved

At our November meeting, a revision of the bylaws was approved, replacing the last version, dated 14 September 2002. Some of the changes reflected in the revision are the transition to digital publication of Central Virginia Heritage, acknowledging the association’s website, updated responsibilities of the officers, and disposition of the group’s assets in the case of dissolution.

Read the revised bylaws here.

 

Can you help a fellow CVGA member?

CVGA member Pat Wilczek would like to know if anyone can help her out.  She has a 1777 will written in German and is looking for someone who could translate it.

If you know someone with this ability, please email her at pat.wilczek@comcast.net.

 

November 9, 2019: Evernote for Cemetery Research

Evernote is a web-based note taking app which you can use to find the graves of your ancestors. At the November 9, 2019 meeting of the CVGA, Patricia Lukas will share with us how to use this handy app to make the most of a cemetery visit.

NOTE: THE TIME OF THIS MEETING IS 10am to 12 noon.
The meeting will take place 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.

October 12, 2019: Sons of the American Revolution

Mark Stephen Chapman, Registrar of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will present a program at our October 12 meeting.

He will tell us about the role of the lineage society both nationally and locally and share information about applying for membership and the genealogical research required for acceptance into the society.
Mr. Chapman will not charge a fee to speak about the SAR but he has this announcement: He has a team in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimers – Charlottesville which takes place October 26. If anyone wishes to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association for his team, it would be most appreciated.
NOTE: THIS TIME OF THIS MEETING IS 10am to 12 noon.
The meeting will take place 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.

September 14, 2019: Genealogy Video

At the September 14 meeting, we will view a video of genealogical interest and discuss the topic. Check back here for an update on the actual subject.

REMINDER: Starting in October, our meeting time will change. We will meet from 10am-12noon.

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.