Daughters of Zion Cemetery Has New Website

Edwina St. Rose has informed us that there is now a website for the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville: https://daughtersofzioncemetery.org/ The website also has an index of the name of people known to be buried at this cemetery, with information about them, clips of obituaries, etc. The recovery of information about the people buried here is an on-going project, so remember to recheck it at various times to see if anything new has surfaced about individuals you’re interested in.

Zoom Meeting Saturday June 12, 2021

Dr. Shelley Murphy will be doing a presentation on Freedmen’s Bureau Records.  The Freedmen’s Bureau Records are a valuable source of information For African American research.  Dr.  Murphy will explain how to use the multitude of records.
There will be a short business meeting, the presentation and discussion.
The Zoom link has been emailed to all members.

The African Burial Ground 30 Years Later: Impacts on Black Cemeteries

May 8, 2021 at 12 pm ET
Please join the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center for:
The African Burial Ground 30 Years Later: Impacts on Black Cemeteries
with Dr. Michael Blakey, Dr. Joseph Jones, and Peggy King Jorde.
In 1991, an archaeological survey at a construction site for a General Services Administration building in New York City revealed intact human remains 30 ft below street level on Broadway in Manhattan. Further research was charged to Howard University, which formed the African Burial Ground Project, directed by Dr. Michael Blakey. This project changed what we know about slavery in the North, how we engage with descendant communities, and led to new understandings about what we can learn from Black cemeteries. Join the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center as we welcome Dr. Blakey to discuss the impacts and legacy of the African Burial Ground project and National Memorial 30 years later. He will be joined by Peggy King Jorde and Dr. Joseph Jones, both of whom worked on the African Burial Grounds project and have continued to advocate for Black cemeteries and descendant communities.

Scottish Genealogy 101 on Thursday, April 22

Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and Jefferson Madison Regional Library
Scottish Genealogy 101
Join our team of experienced genealogists as they highlight immigration resources. This month’s special guest Deborah Harvey, will guide us through available resources for helping trace Scottish ancestry, including a case study tracking her ancestor from Fluvanna County to Scotland. Submit your questions to Miranda Burnett at library@albemarlehistory.org before the webinar. This virtual program can be accessed both by Zoom online and by a toll-free phone number. Sign-up at www.jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151 x4.

Library of Virginia Genealogy Workshop

A workshop on Private Papers at the Library of Virginia will be held virtually on April 9, 2021 from 10 am to 11 am.  In addition to state and county records, the Library of Virginia holds nongovernment papers such as Bible records, family papers, letters, organization records, and business records. There is a $15 charge and you must register to attend.  See the calendar at the Library of Virginia website for additional information and registration.

RootsTech 25-27 February 2021 Virtual Event

RootsTech Connect is set to begin in two weeks and it is free!  It is a virtual event this year.  190,000 people have already registered for RootsTech Connect.

There will be inspirational keynote speakers, hundreds of on-demand classes and a virtual expo hall where you can purchase numerous genealogy related items.

You must register at rootstech.org and you should have a FamilySearch account.  Just go to FamilySearch and click on “create an account”.  The virtual event is free and so is the account at FamilySearch.

This is a great opportunity to listen and learn from a comfortable seat at home!

Meeting Information for Saturday, January 9

In lieu of our regular meeting, the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society is offering a virtual presentation by Tony Burroughs called “The Nature of Genealogy”.  This presentation will cover understanding history, research, repositories, records, theory development, results analysis and publishing findings. It is woven around a case study discovering a new ancestor by an experienced genealogist.

Tony Burroughs has been on the genealogy scene for over thirty-five years. You may have seen him on Oprah’s Roots on PBS with Henry Louis Gates or with Smokey Robinson on Who Do You Think You Are?

The virtual meeting starts at 10 am (our time) and the presentation is at 11 am (our time). You do need to register and you will receive a link once you register.

For more information on this presentation and to register, go to

https://nwsgenealogy.org/tony-burroughs-the-nature-of-genealogy/

Legal Sources and Research Techniques Webinar at Library of Congress – January 14, 2021

The Law Librarians at the Library of Congress have a blog and offer webinars on various legal topics.  This webinar is about legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law.  It states that the focus will be about online resources. There is further information about this webinar and a link to register for the webinar at https://blogs.loc.gov/law/