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”.

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.

Meeting Saturday, December 12, 2020

“Not all those who wander are lost”. [1] Don’t you think that applies to a genealogist but maybe we need to have a purpose for that wandering.

We will have a business meeting this Saturday followed by a short blog post by Amy Johnson Crow about the WANDER[2] research process.

  • What do you want to find?
  • Analyze what you already have.
  • Note what is missing.
  • Discover new records.
  • Evaluate everything.
  • Repeat as necessary.

The link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out to members on Friday.

[1] “All That Glitters is Not Gold”, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

[2] Amy Johnson Crow

Volunteer Has Come Forward To Fill Position of CVGA President

GREAT NEWS! WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT! Susan Lindsay has volunteered to serve as CVGA president. Thank you, Susan!

In my previous message in the Fall 2019 issue of Central Virginia Heritage, I announced that I will be leaving the position of president at the end of 2019. In that message I also made a plea to the membership for someone to step up and volunteer to serve as the next president. As I write this message in November 2019, no one has yet come forth. Since the office of president must be filled for the association to continue operating, I have agreed to serve as acting president through February 2020, giving us two more months to find a candidate. If no candidate comes forward, CVGA will be faced with the prospect of dissolution. Our bylaws state that the term of office is one year. Please consider serving a one-year term as president of CVGA.

— Acting President Patricia Lukas

DISCUSSION: Change of Monthly Meeting Time

Please tell us what you think of the following proposal:

At the CVGA board meeting in January, there was a disussion about changing the time of our monthly meeting. Currently the meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The proposed change is to have the meetings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The day of the meeting would stay the same, still on the second Saturday of the month.

One reason for the proposed change is this: the Family History Center in the church is open on Saturday mornings so there is a staff person in the building at that time to open the door for us. This change would eliminate the need for someone to return to the church in the afternoon.

Member Input Requested: Madison County Stream Name Change

CVGA recently received a notice from Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist at the Library of Virginia, concerning a proposal to change the name of a two mile long stream in Madison County. We are being asked if our members support this change, oppose it or have no opinion. Please read the text below and leave a comment by clicking on the quote bubble at the upper right of this post or send an email to:


“The Virginia Board on Geographic Names recently received a proposal forwarded to us by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to change the name of Negro Run in Shenandoah National Park to Freedom Run. The stream is a two mile long tributary, flowing southeast into the Robinson River, located wholly within Shenandoah National Park, Madison County, Virginia. Its coordinates are 38.5554013, -78.3516712 (Linear Feature Mouth); 38.5794444, -78.3619444 (Linear Feature Source). On behalf of Sandra Treadway, Librarian and Interim State Archivist at the Library of Virginia, I’m writing to ask whether the members of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association support, oppose or have no opinion regarding changing the name of Negro Run to Freedom Run.
If we don’t hear from you by April 15th we will assume that the Central Virginia Genealogical Association has no objection to this name proposal. Please don’t hesitate to distribute this email to other interested parties.

To review the proposal, please follow the instructions listed below.

To review the principles, policies, and procedures for domestic geographic names adhered to by the USGS Board on Geographic Names, please visit the following link,

The Virginia Board on Geographic Names looks forward to hearing from you.

New BGN Proposal has been submitted. Details follow:
ID number: 8863
Proposed Name: Freedom Run
State: Virginia
Submitter/Preparer: Lisa Wilkolak
Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-428-3008
To review this Name Proposal, click or copy and paste the direct link below into your web browser. Then enter the ID number and Proposed Name EXACTLY as shown above.
Display proposal:


Cassandra Farrell
Senior Map Archivist
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219