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.”)

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 Fall 2021 issue is available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FS589Q6?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860 for $6.50. Click on the Amazon.com link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on Amazon.com.

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.

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”.

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

Our special speaker will be Thomas MacEntee of Genealogy Bargains.com.  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.

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!