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!
Women’s Suffrage Movement
Our meeting on August 8 will be about the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Do you have any ancestors who marched for suffrage in the 1900s? How did you find out about them? Any stories or photos that you might like to share.
An invitation to the meeting will be emailed to members on Friday.
Please see information about online meetings by clicking on 2020 Meeting Schedule.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Timberwood Blvd. will be closed for the foreseeable future. CVGA will be offering virtual meetings for the rest of the year.
Please be aware that the monthly meeting of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association will not be held this coming Saturday, March 14, 2020.
While there have not been any reported cases of the coronavirus in Charlottesville, we decided to be cautious and not hold a meeting. We will post information about the April meeting in a few weeks.
Let’s start out on the right foot in 2020!
Bring your genealogy questions to our January 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 2020!
The meeting will take place Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 am-noon 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.