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.
One thing the pandemic has done for us is to give us the opportunity to attend meetings of remote genealogy organizations on Zoom.com. ConferenceKeeper.org offers information on a variety of genealogy meetings and conferences and how to sign up for them. Many of these conferences are offered for free!
Meeting Change Notice
After a discussion at a recent Board meeting, the decision was made to hold meetings on a quarterly, rather than monthly, basis for the year 2021. Please review the meeting dates under the 2021 Meeting Schedule. All of the meetings will be virtual. This decision will be reviewed in the latter part of 2021. Hopefully in 2022 we will be able to begin meeting again face to face.
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
“Not all those who wander are lost”.  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 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.
 “All That Glitters is Not Gold”, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
 Amy Johnson Crow
CVGA will not have a regular scheduled meeting on November 14. Here are two Zoom meetings which are open to the public that you might like to attend. I will also send this information out by email to each member.
On Friday evening (November 13) at 7 pm, Dr. Shelley Murphy (aka “familytreegirl” and a CVGA member) and Tricia Johnson (Director Fluvanna Historical Society) will search the Freedmen’s Bureau Records for Fluvanna County and connect the stories found in those records to information in the Fluvanna Historical Society Archives. Use this link to the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87357770418
On Saturday morning (November 14) at 11 am, the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS) is presenting a program entitled “Breaking the 1870 Brick Wall.” Staff members of the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center will share methods of researching African American family history beyond 1870. Use this link to the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82539115823?pwd=Q01HdFpsOWQ2b21UN29kaWFmd1lEQT09
Our meeting this Saturday will be a presentation by Carol Rush, Let’s Talk About Deeds. Carol will also introduce Nancy Upshaw who will help us understand Deedmapper, a software for working with land records.
A Zoom invitation will be emailed to all members on Thursday. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am on September 12.
At our last meeting (via Zoom) we viewed a PowerPoint presentation from Linda Gore that gave some websites on the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Here’s a link to a downloadable file for your viewing pleasure!