Hybrid Meeting July 8, 2023

Our meeting on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 10 a.m. will be at the Family History Center, 1275 Timberwood Blvd, Charlottesville, Virginia.  This will be an in person and virtual meeting.

Brendan Wolfe will present The Commissioner & Mr. Coughlin.  This story is about two immigrants, one murder, and a search for origins.  Brendan will talk about his research and writing.

The Zoom link will be sent out on Friday.


Meeting June 10, 2023 Genealogy 101

Our June 10 meeting will be held at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library – Northside Branch located at 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville.  The meeting time will be from 10:30 to 1:30.   Registration is required so that the library knows how many people will attend.

The subject is Genealogy 101.  The presentation will be made by members from Jack Jouett DAR Chapter and Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Our four genealogists will show you the basics of researching your family members, using birth, death and marriage certificates. You will see how to use genealogical online websites like Ancestry and FamilySearch. Members of both organizations will talk about how to join the DAR, SAR, and CVGA. They will also help you prepare for a genealogy research trip. There will be time for questions. 
To register, go to JMRL Northside, click on Calendar, then June 10.  There will be a drop down box, choose Genealogy 101 Sign Up.  Fill out the form and click OK.

Meeting Saturday, May 13, 2023

We will have a Zoom only meeting beginning at 10 am on Saturday, May 13, 2023.  We will see a video by Lisa Louise Cooke about Strategies for Finding Female Ancestors’ Maiden Names.  A discussion will follow.

A link has been sent to all members.

The Family History Center will be closed on Saturday, May 13.  This is Mother’s Day Weekend.

Meeting Saturday, April 15, 2023

Our meeting on Saturday, April 15, 2023, will begin at 10 am.  We will meet in person at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) and the presentation will also be available by Zoom.  A link will be emailed to all members.

Jean Cooper will talk about “Making the Connection” – How do we connect the records we find for African Americans before 1865 (i.e., by first name only, etc.) with their records after 1865? She describes the process by which she has traced formerly enslaved families from the Hydraulic Mills area to their now free identities.



Meeting Date Change

Our meeting date for April has changed from April 8 to April 15, 2023.  This will be a hybrid meeting.  Jean Cooper will be our in person speaker at the Church and we will also broadcast her presentation by Zoom.  More information about the presentation in a few days.

Zoom Meeting March 11, 2023

We will view a video presentation Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ World with Google by Lisa Louise Cooke.  She presents various ways to use Google to research our ancestors.

There will not be an in person meeting tomorrow at the church since we do not have an in person speaker.  Also due to a church function, the Family History Center will be closing early on March 11.

6 Genealogy Jobs That Turn Your Family History Skills into a Career

Family Tree Online has a very interesting article available.

Here’s the link:

6 Genealogy Jobs That Turn Your Family History Skills into a Career

The article begins: “Have you ever daydreamed about doing genealogy all day long—and getting paid for it? Some people do make a living as traditional genealogists, whether working for a firm or independently. But I’ve also heard, from time to time, about other occupations that require family history research skills. These sounded like dream jobs; I wondered how real they were. So I tracked some of them down.”

Central Virginia Heritage v.38 no.4 (Winter 2022) Now Available

From the officers of CVGA:

Dear CVGA Members,

It is the time of year that our members need to think about serving on the board of Central Virginia Genealogical Association. We will be scheduling a virtual election in November, and new officers will begin to serve in January 2023. Volunteers for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are needed.

Partly due to the pandemic, we have not really pushed for an election over the past two or three years. Our officers have graciously stayed on and continued to serve. But several officers have now been serving on the Board for more than five years.

It has been difficult over the past two years trying to determine whether to meet in person or virtually. Attendance at meetings has not been great. Out of a membership of 51, the virtual meetings usually have 3 to 5 members in attendance. Our in-person meeting in June with a “live” speaker was only attended by 7 members.

If attendance and participation by our members does not increase, or if we do not have a slate of officers to vote on, a hard look will have to be taken at how to go forward or IF we go forward. It is difficult to plan programs and not have anyone show up to participate. I can say that the members who attend always enjoy the discussions about genealogy. We come away with new ideas for researching our family histories.

Please consider volunteering for a position on the Board. You can contact Linda Gore, current Vice President, at lggore46@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

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To see the rest of the articles in this issue, 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 2022 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BS8WXK6R/ for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

Contents of the Winter 2022 issue:

  • Runaway Ads in 19th-Century Newspapers
  • Black History Month
  • Chronicling America Reaches 50 States
  • Researching Backward … 10 Steps for “Reverse Genealogy”
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): July 1896
  • Marriage Announcements in the Central Gazette (Charlottesville, Va.) 1820-1827
  • Death Announcements in the Central Gazette (Charlottesville, Va.) 1820-1827
  • Fact or Science Fiction? Putting DNA Rumors to the Test
  • Soundex Codes
  • 2023 ASG Grants for Continuing Genealogical Research Projects
  • Two Wills of John Burnley of Hanover County, Va.
  • Boswell’s Tavern, Louisa County, Va.

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.