Meeting this Saturday, January 14, 2023

Our first meeting of 2023 will be an in-person meeting at the Church on Airport Road.  This will be a meet and greet with no scheduled program.  This will be an opportunity to meet with fellow genealogists that we may not have seen over the past year – maybe longer.  We will have an informal discussion about our plans for CVGA for 2023.

Please plan to attend so we can get re-acquainted or meet in person for the first time and set out our plans for this year.

Mark your Calendar – 2023 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference

The 2023 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History
Conference will be held in Richmond. Mark your calendars for 30 May through 3 June, 2023.  More information about this conference will be released shortly.
The Virginia Genealogical Society is the local society host.  VGS is looking for volunteers to help during the conference.  VGS will be releasing more details about this volunteer opportunity soon.


Central Virginia Heritage, Summer 2022, Now Available

Finding the Freedmen: Records From Louisa County, 1865-1870,
by Elaine L. Taylor

The identity of enslaved people, the names of their parents and siblings, where they came from, the work, and the wounds that filled their lives are extremely challenging to uncover. This book brings together public records and a few family papers containing information about the Freedmen of Louisa County, Virginia, in the years immediately after the Civil War. Many of those sources are now online but sometimes identifying, let alone accessing those online sources, creates another brick wall for many researchers. My experience in assisting people with research in the Louisa County museum convinced me that the most useful format for these records would be to make them available in a single source in print format. The following records are combined and presented in two forms, alphabetically by the Freedmen’s names and alphabetically by the names of employers….

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.”)

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 Summer 2022 issue is available from at for $6.50. Click on the link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on

Contents of the Summer 2022 issue:

  • Two New Central Virginia Tools for Genealogists, by Elaine L. Taylor
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA), November 1895, transcribed by Diane Inman
  • Marriages in the Virginia Advocate (Charlottesville, Va.)
  • Death Announcements in the Virginia Advocate (Charlottesville, Va.)
  • The Best Way to Safely Label Photos, by Maureen A. Taylor
  • Orange County (Va.) Sheriffs, 1734-Present
  • Louisa County (Va.) Sheriffs 1742-Present
  • More About the Bell Family of Buckingham County, by Jean L. Cooper

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.



Need lists of sheriffs of Virginia counties

Hi, all — Over the past few years I have been running lists of the people who have served as sheriffs of counties in Central Virginia in the Central Virginia Heritage. In order to complete this collection of information, I need lists of sheriffs from the following counties:

  • Amherst
  • Buckingham
  • Campbell
  • Culpeper
  • Madison
  • Page
  • Rockingham

If anyone has done research in these areas, or has seen research that has been done, please contact me. I would love to be able to give credit to the compilers of such lists. Thank you for your help,

Jean (eleanordew at gmail dot com), Editor, Central Virginia Heritage


Virtual Meeting September 11 Speaker Thomas MacEntee “Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching”

Our special speaker will be Thomas MacEntee of Genealogy  Thomas will present a program about “Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching”.  Thomas is a genealogy professional, a “tech guy”, blogger, educator, author and more.  Please join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10 am for his presentation.

Meeting postponed to 20 March

CVGA’s meeting has been postponed to next Saturday 20 March at 10 am.

Since this is Women’s History Month, we will have a program on finding female ancestors followed by a discussion on any research techniques any of us have used to find our female ancestors.

UPDATE CVGA November 14 meeting

You may need passcodes for the virtual meetings referenced in the notice about our November 14 meeting.
451672   passcode for Friday meeting Freedmen’s Bureau records
327255   passcode for Saturday meeting beyond 1870 records
If you click on the link provided it will take you to a Zoom screen.  Click on Open Zoom Meeting and if the passcode is required a screen will open so you can enter the passcode. You should be able to access the meeting after that.