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.

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.

Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference, April 5-6, 2019

Fairfax Genealogical Society 2019 Conference and Expo
“Find Your Missing Branches”

Fairfax, Virginia, January 15, 2019 – The Fairfax Genealogical Society announces its 2019 Annual Spring Conference and Genealogical Expo to be held April 5 and 6, 2019 at the Reston Sheraton Hotel, Reston, VA.

The conference (usually attended by several hundred individuals from throughout the Mid-Atlantic regions) will offer genealogists and family researchers (from beginning to advanced levels) the opportunity to hear nationally recognized speakers and consultants in a two-day program of lectures and workshops.

Programs featured in this year’s conference include: Beginning and Intermediate DNA Research; Finding and Telling our Hidden Stories; Whiskey, Brandy, and Southern Migration; Researching in Libraries and Archives; African American Research; Colonial Land, Law and Religion; Virginia Research; and other topics. In addition to 40 individual programs, conference attendees may arrange private consultations and browse numerous vendors selling books, maps, CDs, and other items of interest to historians and family researchers.

Friday’s keynote speaker will be Diahan Southard, Genetic Genealogy Specialist. Building on her background in microbiology, Southard writes and lectures about genetic genealogy and making the technical understandable. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Mark Lowe, a professional genealogist specializing in using Southern resources and original records and manuscripts.

The conference will run from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday, April 5th and from 9 am to 3:45 pm on Saturday, April 6th. Prior to March 15, fees for Society members are $75 one-day-only attendance, or $90 for both days. Non-members fees are $75 for one-day or $110 for both days.

Conference registration can be completed online at the Society’s web page, www.fxgs.org/2019conference.

 

March 9, 2019: Video – Finding Your Female Ancestors

Join us on Saturday, March 9 when we will view a genealogy video by Amy Johnson Crow, “Finding Your Female Ancestors”. After the video we will have a discussion on that topic.

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.

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: February 9, 2019 Meeting

The meeting will take place. One difference: rather than entering the church at the back near the Family History Center, we will continue on around the church and enter at the far end, closer to Airport Road. Once you are in the building, turn to the left and continue down the hall.

Which way do I go?


Bring your genealogy questions to our February meeting and we will put our heads together to help find possible avenues of research. We will save some time to hear about your recent discoveries and successes in your genealogy. Come and be inspired to launch your genealogy research in 2019!


The meeting will take place Saturday, February 9 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.