Annals of Genealogical Research Vol. 13, No. 1 (2021) published

Hi, all — If you haven’t discovered the genealogical journal, Annals of Genealogical Research, try this new article. It is a journal that is published online, and it is free! You can also read through the Archives to view all the previous issues published.

The article investigates who were the parents of Michael Minnich, who died in 1847 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. It gathers evidence from original sources, and tracks his movements. It considers and then eliminates two candidates for his father, overviews the larger family structure of some Pennsylvania Minnichs, and then reaches the plausible conclusion that his parents were Jacob and Christina Minnich.

Full text of article: PDF  (709  KB)

Cite as: Stephen B. Hatton, “The Parents of Michael Minnich (Died 1847), Adams County, Pennsylvania,” Annals of Genealogical Research Vol. 13, No. 1 (2021) at

Central Virginia Heritage, Fall 2021 — Available Now!

“George W. Cleek’s Early Western Augusta Pioneers, which was originally published in 1957, has been the source of many of the genealogies of the early pioneers of the Highland region. These include the Lightner, Cleek, Harper, Hull and numerous other families. As a Lightner descendant I thought a worthwhile project would be to update Cleek’s book regarding the section on the Lightner family. What I thought to be a relatively straightforward task turned into a yearslong effort culminating in 2006 with the publication of my book, The Lightner Heritage. With the advent of the Internet which opened up new research opportunities, the publication of new material and the discovery of new sources, Cleek’s premise that John Michel Lochtner is the progenitor of the Virginia Lightners may not be accurate….”

To see the rest of this article, 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.”)

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For those who are not members of CVGA, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Fall 2021 issue is available from at for $6.50. Click on the link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on

Contents of the Fall 2021 issue:

  • Early Western Augusta Pioneers Revisited
  • Will of Captain John Warwick, Amherst County, VA
  • Will of James Callaway the Elder, Bedford County, VA
  • Will of Henry Bell, of Buckingham County, VA
  • Obituary of Horace E. Fidler, Jr.
  • Company F, The Fluvanna Hornets, and Company K, The Fluvanna Guards, at the Battle of Fredericksburg, December, 1862
  • List of Cumberland County Sheriffs, 1753-Present

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.

Virtual Conferences in October

Here are two fall conferences you might want to check out.

The Virginia Genealogical Society Fall Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16.  Registration is required.  You can see the schedule at their website

The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) Virtual Fall Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 2. Registration is required.  The schedule is at their website

Registration needed for Virtual Meeting tomorrow September 11, 2021

You need to register for this webinar.  Click on this link to register.
Once you register, you will receive an email from Zoom with the link to the presentation.  Tomorrow just click on that link from Zoom to attend the presentation.
The presentation tomorrow is by Thomas MacEntee on “Successful Collateral and Cluster Research”.