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!
Beginning May 4, 2021 the National Archives will begin a series of YouTube presentations about family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The sessions are free and no registration is required. They will be presented on YouTube. Here is a link to the information https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair
A workshop on Private Papers at the Library of Virginia will be held virtually on April 9, 2021 from 10 am to 11 am. In addition to state and county records, the Library of Virginia holds nongovernment papers such as Bible records, family papers, letters, organization records, and business records. There is a $15 charge and you must register to attend. See the calendar at the Library of Virginia website for additional information and registration.
The NGS 2021 Family History Conference was scheduled to be held in Richmond19 to 22 May. As so many events have done, this Conference will now be virtual. Early Bird registration ends Monday, 15 March. For the full program and pricing go to https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/
RootsTech Connect is set to begin in two weeks and it is free! It is a virtual event this year. 190,000 people have already registered for RootsTech Connect.
There will be inspirational keynote speakers, hundreds of on-demand classes and a virtual expo hall where you can purchase numerous genealogy related items.
You must register at rootstech.org and you should have a FamilySearch account. Just go to FamilySearch and click on “create an account”. The virtual event is free and so is the account at FamilySearch.
This is a great opportunity to listen and learn from a comfortable seat at home!
The Law Librarians at the Library of Congress have a blog and offer webinars on various legal topics. This webinar is about legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law. It states that the focus will be about online resources. There is further information about this webinar and a link to register for the webinar at https://blogs.loc.gov/law/
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
On October 24, 2020, the Virginia Genealogical Society will hold its first virtual conference. The speaker is Cari A. Taplin, CG. For more information, please go to https://vgs.org and view Upcoming Events.