Since there will not be a meeting on June 8, here are some suggestions for continuing your research:

FindMyPast is offering free access to its records from 6 June to 10 June.  Here is the link:
Legacy Family Tree is a subscription website but once the webinars are completed in person, they are available for a certain number of days free.  Check out some of these.  Always good information.
If you are into maps, check out
We are looking for speakers to do in person presentations.  If you would like to do a presentation or know of someone who does presentations, please let me know.

Zoom Meeting February 10, 2024

Tomorrow, February 10, 2024, Central Virginia Genealogical Association will meet by Zoom beginning at 10 a.m.  We will view a YouTube video called “The Truth About FindAGrave” by Amy Johnson Crow.

I hope you can join us for the video and a general genealogy discussion following the video.  A Zoom link has been sent to all members.

CVGA Happenings – January 13, 2024

  • Lorraine Quill was elected Treasurer  of CVGA at a brief business meeting. She replaces long-time Treasurer, Diane Inman, who has served with distinction for many years! We look forward to working with Lorraine.
  • The major part of this meeting was to hear Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, as she gave a presentation on the National Archives (NARA), and how to use it for genealogical research. The members attending enjoyed the subject, and learned a lot. Here’s a link to her January and February calendar:

Ms. Russell is a lively and interesting speaker, and we urge you to try to attend one of her presentations if you have the chance.

Here is the website of The Legal Genealogist in case you’d like to follow Ms. Russell’s schedule of presentations:

—Jean Cooper

Jan. 13, 2024: NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives — a presentation by Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

The Central Virginia Genealogical Association is pleased to announce a presentation by

Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist
NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives

“All the military records were burned in the fire.”
“There isn’t any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.”
“There aren’t any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.”

These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

When: Saturday, January 13, 2024
What Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Meeting Room, Northside Public Library
705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

This is a free event open to the public.

Hybrid Meeting July 8, 2023

Our meeting on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 10 a.m. will be at the Family History Center, 1275 Timberwood Blvd, Charlottesville, Virginia.  This will be an in person and virtual meeting.

Brendan Wolfe will present The Commissioner & Mr. Coughlin.  This story is about two immigrants, one murder, and a search for origins.  Brendan will talk about his research and writing.

The Zoom link will be sent out on Friday.


Meeting June 10, 2023 Genealogy 101

Our June 10 meeting will be held at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library – Northside Branch located at 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville.  The meeting time will be from 10:30 to 1:30.   Registration is required so that the library knows how many people will attend.

The subject is Genealogy 101.  The presentation will be made by members from Jack Jouett DAR Chapter and Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Our four genealogists will show you the basics of researching your family members, using birth, death and marriage certificates. You will see how to use genealogical online websites like Ancestry and FamilySearch. Members of both organizations will talk about how to join the DAR, SAR, and CVGA. They will also help you prepare for a genealogy research trip. There will be time for questions. 
To register, go to JMRL Northside, click on Calendar, then June 10.  There will be a drop down box, choose Genealogy 101 Sign Up.  Fill out the form and click OK.

Meeting Saturday, May 13, 2023

We will have a Zoom only meeting beginning at 10 am on Saturday, May 13, 2023.  We will see a video by Lisa Louise Cooke about Strategies for Finding Female Ancestors’ Maiden Names.  A discussion will follow.

A link has been sent to all members.

The Family History Center will be closed on Saturday, May 13.  This is Mother’s Day Weekend.

Meeting Saturday, April 15, 2023

Our meeting on Saturday, April 15, 2023, will begin at 10 am.  We will meet in person at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) and the presentation will also be available by Zoom.  A link will be emailed to all members.

Jean Cooper will talk about “Making the Connection” – How do we connect the records we find for African Americans before 1865 (i.e., by first name only, etc.) with their records after 1865? She describes the process by which she has traced formerly enslaved families from the Hydraulic Mills area to their now free identities.