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.
- 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: https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2024/01/04/coming-up-jan-feb-2024/
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: https://www.legalgenealogist.com/
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.
Our meeting on Saturday, October 14, 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.
Jean Cooper will do a presentation about using newspapers in our research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our meeting date for April has changed from April 8 to April 15, 2023. This will be a hybrid meeting. Jean Cooper will be our in person speaker at the Church and we will also broadcast her presentation by Zoom. More information about the presentation in a few days.
We will view a video presentation Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ World with Google by Lisa Louise Cooke. She presents various ways to use Google to research our ancestors.
There will not be an in person meeting tomorrow at the church since we do not have an in person speaker. Also due to a church function, the Family History Center will be closing early on March 11.