December 7, 2019: Ancestor Show and Tell

This month we are having an “Ancestor Show and Tell”. Bring something that has a special meaning to you as a family historian and if you like, tell us about it: who it belonged to, what it means to you and where it came from. It could be a handmade item, such as a quilt or a doily, a dish or a doll with a special significance, a family scrapbook or family bible, or even an exciting, unexpected document that you have found.

NOTE: We will treat your special items as museum pieces and ask that no one touches anything without your permission.

NOTE: THE TIME OF THIS MEETING IS 10am to 12 noon.
The meeting will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

Revised Bylaws Approved

At our November meeting, a revision of the bylaws was approved, replacing the last version, dated 14 September 2002. Some of the changes reflected in the revision are the transition to digital publication of Central Virginia Heritage, acknowledging the association’s website, updated responsibilities of the officers, and disposition of the group’s assets in the case of dissolution.

Read the revised bylaws here.

 

November 9, 2019: Evernote for Cemetery Research

Evernote is a web-based note taking app which you can use to find the graves of your ancestors. At the November 9, 2019 meeting of the CVGA, Patricia Lukas will share with us how to use this handy app to make the most of a cemetery visit.

NOTE: THE TIME OF THIS MEETING IS 10am to 12 noon.
The meeting will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

October 12, 2019: Sons of the American Revolution

Mark Stephen Chapman, Registrar of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will present a program at our October 12 meeting.

He will tell us about the role of the lineage society both nationally and locally and share information about applying for membership and the genealogical research required for acceptance into the society.
Mr. Chapman will not charge a fee to speak about the SAR but he has this announcement: He has a team in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimers – Charlottesville which takes place October 26. If anyone wishes to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association for his team, it would be most appreciated.
NOTE: THIS TIME OF THIS MEETING IS 10am to 12 noon.
The meeting will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

September 14, 2019: Genealogy Video

At the September 14 meeting, we will view a video of genealogical interest and discuss the topic. Check back here for an update on the actual subject.

REMINDER: Starting in October, our meeting time will change. We will meet from 10am-12noon.

The meeting will take place from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

July 13, 2019 – “Gravestone 101”

The July 13, 2019 meeting will feature speaker Amanda Kutch. In her presentation, “Gravestone 101”, she will give us pointers on the care of grave markers. Among the topics she will cover is choosing the right materials to use to safely clean stone markers.

Amanda is a local historian who has been researching her family history since she was young.  She has co-taught classes on cemeteries for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and for several years, gave themed tours in our local cemeteries to school groups and the public.  Amanda has been trained by Jonathan Appell, renowned monument conservator in the art of gravestone cleaning and repair. She is a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

The meeting will take place from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

June 8, 2019 – Making the Most of a Cemetery Visit

 

For our June meeting we will discuss visiting the cemeteries where our ancestors are interred and taking care of their gravestones. We will hear from Amy Johnson Crow in her Ancestry Academy video, Written in Stone and talk about cleaning tombstones and markers. One question we hope to answer is: What’s best for cleaning a stone marker – a special cleaner or just plain water?

The meeting will take place from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The address of the Church is 1275 Timberwood Blvd., Charlottesville, VA. It is located on the corner of Airport Road and Timberwood. Coming from U.S. 29, the entrance is on the right (north) side of Airport Road immediately before you reach the church. Drive to the back of the building where you will see the entrance to the Family History Center.

Our May 11 Riverview Cemetery Event

Our Maplewood Cemetery event was very nice. The rain kindly waited until afternoon.
Visiting the cemetery of an ancestor is a privilege. Although none of us has any relations buried here, it was a great reminder to search a cemetery thoroughly. There might be other names you are interested in or even the name of someone whose signature is on a legal document associated with an ancestor.
Thanks, ladies, for coming out for the cemetery scavenger hunt!

May 11, 2019: UPDATE #2 – Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

NOTE: No interment at the cemetery tomorrow, so we will be there. Let’s hope for good weather, but we will be there with our umbrellas if it’s raining.

This month we are going on a scavenger hunt. We will be visiting Riverview Cemetery  where we will scour the aisles looking for the answers to a set of clues we will provide for you. We suggest bringing a pencil and a clipboard to make the quest a little easier.

This event will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 11. We will gather near sections A & D, (near the flagpole) following the map below.

Whoever finds the most answers will receive a prize – a gift certificate from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies for a FREE course of your choice, provided by the Virginia Genealogical Society. Check out the website at www.genealogicalstudies.com to see the many courses offered. The value of the gift certificate is approximately $89.00.