Our May 11 Riverview Cemetery Event

Our Maplewood Cemetery event was very nice. The rain kindly waited until afternoon.
Visiting the cemetery of an ancestor is a privilege. Although none of us has any relations buried here, it was a great reminder to search a cemetery thoroughly. There might be other names you are interested in or even the name of someone whose signature is on a legal document associated with an ancestor.
Thanks, ladies, for coming out for the cemetery scavenger hunt!

May 11, 2019: UPDATE #2 – Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

NOTE: No interment at the cemetery tomorrow, so we will be there. Let’s hope for good weather, but we will be there with our umbrellas if it’s raining.

This month we are going on a scavenger hunt. We will be visiting Riverview Cemetery  where we will scour the aisles looking for the answers to a set of clues we will provide for you. We suggest bringing a pencil and a clipboard to make the quest a little easier.

This event will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 11. We will gather near sections A & D, (near the flagpole) following the map below.

Whoever finds the most answers will receive a prize – a gift certificate from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies for a FREE course of your choice, provided by the Virginia Genealogical Society. Check out the website at www.genealogicalstudies.com to see the many courses offered. The value of the gift certificate is approximately $89.00.

Preservation of Revolutionary War Veteran Gravesites

You never know where you are going to find useful information.

I was randomly searching on the Internet, and came across a JLARC (Joint Legislative Audit And Review Commission) Report on the Preservation of Revolutionary War Veterans Gravesites. Why would I be interested in a Virginia government audit? Because this audit just happens to have “Lists of the Revolutionary War Veterans Buried or Recognized at Specific Locations in Virginia” in its appendices. These reports give the first and last names, the birth and death dates (if known), and the location of burial (city/state) in various indexes.

  • Appendix B-1: Index of Revolutionary War veteran burials reported during this review, organized alphabetically by the last name of the veteran
  • Appendix B-2: Listing of veterans reportedly buried within the boundaries of Virginia’s counties, organized alphabetically by the name of the county
  • Appendix B-3: Listing of veterans reportedly buried within the boundaries of Virginia’s independent cities, organized alphabetically by the name of the city
  • Appendix B-4: Listing of the French veterans honored at the French Memorial Cemetery, organized alphabetically by the last name of the veteran
  • Appendix B-5: Listing of veterans honored by the Yorktown Victory Monument Tablet, organized alphabetically by the last name of the veteran
  • Appendix B-6: Inventory of the sources used in compiling these lists of veterans reportedly buried in Virginia

I was delighted to find this report! The link is http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt264.pdf

I think I’m going to look through the JLARC files and find more historically useful reports!

Spring 2019 Issue of Central Virginia Heritage Available Online

This issue begins with Joanne L. Yeck’s article, Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way:

“The Fall 2018 issue of Central Virginia Heritage included three Allen family wills transcribed by Jean L. Cooper. These rare documents go a long way toward illuminating one of Buckingham County’s earliest and largest families who migrated west from New Kent County, Virginia, to Henrico/Goochland/ Albemarle/Buckingham counties during the eighteenth century.

“In 1995, Rev. Richard Fenton Wicker, Jr. published a genealogy of this line entitled The Allen Family of England, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and Illinois, 1600–1995. Over the years, along with many other Allen researchers, I have relied heavily on his solid research. Genealogy, however, is ever evolving and, recently, I learned that some of Rev. Wicker’s conclusions have been disproved based on subsequent findings, including Y-DNA evidence. While it is always best to seek primary documents, secondary sources, such as Rev. Wicker’s book, remain useful and his work is fundamental to this article.

“The patriarch of this Allen line, Capt. William Allen (1692–1751/1752), born in eastern Virginia, was destined to become one of the founders of the newly formed Albemarle County. …”

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 2019 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Central-Virginia-Heritage-Spring-2019/dp/1798551527 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Spring 2019 issue:

  • Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Dissecting Last Wishes in Three Buckingham County Wills, by Joanne L. Yeck
  • Buckingham County 1764 Tithable List & 1782 Personal Property Tax, by Joanne L. Yeck
  • Planning Your Cemetery Research, by Susan DuBar
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) June 1893, by Diane Inman
  • New Jersey to Virginia: Murphy–Henry/Hendry—Borden, by Dr. Shelley Murphy
  • Library of Virginia and Virginia Museum of History and Culture Combine Databases of Enslaved Virginians
  • Statue of George Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon
  • Some Musings on the U.S. Census and Birth Dates, by Jean L. Cooper
  • Message from CVGA President, by Patricia Lukas

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

Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference, April 5-6, 2019

Fairfax Genealogical Society 2019 Conference and Expo
“Find Your Missing Branches”

Fairfax, Virginia, January 15, 2019 – The Fairfax Genealogical Society announces its 2019 Annual Spring Conference and Genealogical Expo to be held April 5 and 6, 2019 at the Reston Sheraton Hotel, Reston, VA.

The conference (usually attended by several hundred individuals from throughout the Mid-Atlantic regions) will offer genealogists and family researchers (from beginning to advanced levels) the opportunity to hear nationally recognized speakers and consultants in a two-day program of lectures and workshops.

Programs featured in this year’s conference include: Beginning and Intermediate DNA Research; Finding and Telling our Hidden Stories; Whiskey, Brandy, and Southern Migration; Researching in Libraries and Archives; African American Research; Colonial Land, Law and Religion; Virginia Research; and other topics. In addition to 40 individual programs, conference attendees may arrange private consultations and browse numerous vendors selling books, maps, CDs, and other items of interest to historians and family researchers.

Friday’s keynote speaker will be Diahan Southard, Genetic Genealogy Specialist. Building on her background in microbiology, Southard writes and lectures about genetic genealogy and making the technical understandable. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Mark Lowe, a professional genealogist specializing in using Southern resources and original records and manuscripts.

The conference will run from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday, April 5th and from 9 am to 3:45 pm on Saturday, April 6th. Prior to March 15, fees for Society members are $75 one-day-only attendance, or $90 for both days. Non-members fees are $75 for one-day or $110 for both days.

Conference registration can be completed online at the Society’s web page, www.fxgs.org/2019conference.

 

March 9, 2019: Video – Finding Your Female Ancestors

Join us on Saturday, March 9 when we will view a genealogy video by Amy Johnson Crow, “Finding Your Female Ancestors”. After the video we will have a discussion on that topic.

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.

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Genealogy Events

RootsTech 2019 takes place at Salt Lake City from Wednesday, February 27 through Saturday, March 2. This is the world’s largest family history event.
You can take advantage of free streaming sessions. Click on the link for the schedule: https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/live-stream-schedule
A few of the sessions are “What’s New on Family Search”, “Connecting Your DNA Matches”, “Becoming a Professional Genealogist”, “What You Don’t Know About Ancestry”, and “The Research Roadmap: Your Path to Success”.


Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference takes place Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel in Reston, Virginia. The theme of the conference is “Finding Your Missing Branches”. There will be special sessions offered: DNA with Diahan Southard and “Beginning Land Platting: Metes & Bounds” with Mark Lowe. Another interesting session is “Digging Deeper: Federal Records” with Rick Sayre. For registration information visit the FxGS website at www.FXGS.org

 

Virginia Genealogical Society Spring Conference, with the theme ‘Laws & Wars That Impacted Your Virginia Ancestor’, takes place Saturday, April 13 at Four Points Sheraton – Richmond Airport. The speakers are Judy Russell and Craig Scott. For registration information visit the VGS website at https://vgs.org. On Friday, April 12, there will be guided research at the Library of Virginia from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is free and open to the public; no registration is needed. Fill out a consultation form and bring it along with you to help the researchers guide you in your research. Click on this link for the form: https://vgs.org/upload/files/Conference/VGS_conference_consultation_form.pdf

NOTE: We will not be meeting in April. We are encouraging members to attend the VGS Spring Conference which falls on the second Saturday of April.

 

 

 

UPDATE: February 9, 2019 Meeting

The meeting will take place. One difference: rather than entering the church at the back near the Family History Center, we will continue on around the church and enter at the far end, closer to Airport Road. Once you are in the building, turn to the left and continue down the hall.

Which way do I go?


Bring your genealogy questions to our February 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 2019!


The meeting will take place Saturday, February 9 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.

January 12, 2019: MEETING CANCELLED

The weather forecast is calling for snow this weekend so we have cancelled the Saturday meeting. Stay safely at home and enjoy the snow!

Let’s start out on the right foot in 2019!

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 2019!

The meeting will take place Saturday, January 12 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.

Hope to see you there.