The #RVAHistoryHunt is a collaboration by Richmond cultural organizations to present a unique scavenger hunt experience. Launching just in time for National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24) and running through August 23, this initiative has been carefully tailored to create a new way of engaging with the Richmond community while being aware of the unique challenges brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

For more information, go to: https://www.virginiahistory.org/node/2858

Library of Virginia Services Available During the Public Health Emergency

News Release | April 1, 2020

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and community are top priorities at the Library of Virginia. To help contain the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19), the Library is closed to the public until further notice. Please check our website at lva.virginia.gov regularly for the most up-to-date information on our operating status. We are monitoring the developing situation closely and following directives from the Office of the Governor and guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Library has suspended all in-person public events, workshops, programs, and tours through May. We hope to reschedule as many events as possible—and we’ll be offering some webinars—so please check our News and Events calendar at lva.virginia.gov/news/ and follow us on social media.

Library users who have books or other materials checked out are asked not to return them until the Library reopens. Loan periods will be extended and no fines will accrue while the Library is closed.

Library staff members are working during this public health emergency from Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, and will respond to your questions and research inquiries. For Library Reference assistance, call 804.692.3777 or email refdesk@lva.virginia.gov. For Archives Reference assistance, call 804.692.3888 or email archdesk@lva.virginia.gov. For general inquiries, call 804.692.3535 or go to lva.virginia.gov/about/contact to find a staff directory. As many staff are teleworking at present, please leave a voice message and a staff member will get back to you promptly.

While our building is closed, researchers are encouraged to use our numerous online resources. Links to our most frequently used online collections can be found at

Resources for students and teachers can be found at edu.lva.virginia.gov/dbva/ and

For an online version of our current exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, see edu.lva.virginia.gov/wedemand/.

Services to state agencies through the State Records Center on Charles City Road are continuing as normal.

The research room at the State Records Center, however, is closed to the general public until further notice.

Virginia public libraries needing assistance can continue to call upon our staff in the Library Development and Networking Division. Library of Virginia resources for library professionals and trustees can be found at lva.virginia.gov/lib-edu/LDND/ and vpl.virginia.gov/.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Legacy Sponsors Free Webinar on Genealogy Every Day in April

Legacy Family Tree Webinars wants to do its part to help genealogists across the world who are self-isolating at home right now. While we can’t do your grocery shopping or other practical activities, perhaps a genealogy class each day during the month of April will help as a diversion.

Each day we’ll be unlocking one Legacy Family Tree webinar from the membership library to be available to watch for free. We’ve chosen the classes around a 7-day rotating theme:

  • Sundays – Methodology
  • Mondays – DNA
  • Tuesdays – Ethnic Genealogy
  • Wednesdays – Technology
  • Thursdays – Around the Globe
  • Fridays – Beginners
  • Saturdays – TechZone

The entire list of webinars can be found at the link below.


Central Virginia Heritage Spring 2020 (v.36, no.1) Now Available!


Among other articles in this issue, we find: “The Jouett Family in Central Virginia”:

Albemarle County’s Jouett family is directly descended from Matthieu de Jouhet, the Lord of Leveignac and Master of the Horse to Louis XIII of France (reigned 1610-1643).

Matthieu de Jouhet’s grandson Daniel de Jouet emigrated from France to the Narragansett area (the British colony of Rhode Island) in 1686. Daniel moved around quite a bit, settling first in South Carolina, then New York, and in 1721, in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

Daniel’s youngest son, Jean Jouett, who was also born in France, was the father of John Jouett, Sr. (1730-1802). John Sr. was the owner of the Swan Tavern next to the Albemarle County Courthouse, and the area north of Charlottesville that became the High Street neighborhood. He was a signer of the Albemarle County Declaration of Independence on 21 April 1779. He was buried on the lot of the Swan Tavern, but the exact site was lost. The building itself was destroyed in 1828; the building now on the site was built in the first half of the nineteenth century….

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 Spring 2020 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085K6JMFD/ for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Spring 2020 issue:

  • Life In 1940s Earlysville, by Charles Conway Crenshaw…p.1-3
  • No Stone Left Unturned: The Papers of Walter Lloyd Fontaine, by Joanne L. Yeck… p.4-11
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) February 1895, transcribed by Diane Inman…p.11-12
  • Jack Jouett: Revolutionary Rider, by Judy Bloodgood Bander (Woodside Publishers, 2014). A review by Jean L. Cooper.. p. 13-14
  • The Jouett Family in Central Virginia, by Jean L. Cooper p.14-15
  • What Are Finding Aids? p. 15
  • No Worries, My Will Gives Away My Genealogy Stuff, by Michael John Neill…p.16
  • The Freshest Advices; Buckingham County, Virginia, Genealogical Records from Newspapers, 1736-1850, by Randy Crouse, A Review by Joanne L. Yeck, p. 17-18
  • Charles Wesley Lusk, Jr. (1914-2005), A distinguished University of Virginia alumnus, by Diane Inman… p. 18-21
  • Settlement of the Estate of Samuel Griffin of Bedford County, VA, died 1812. Transcribed by Jean L. Cooper…p.22-26
  • Letter from the Editor, by Jean L. Cooper … p.27
  • President’s Column, by Susan Lindsay…p.28

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.


CVGA Meeting March 14th Cancelled

Please be aware that the monthly meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will not be held this coming Saturday, March 14, 2020.

While there have not been any reported cases of the coronavirus in Charlottesville, we decided to be cautious and not hold a meeting. We will post information about the April meeting in a few weeks.

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

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