CVGA Meeting November 14

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

AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference October 14-17

The AAHGS Annual Conference is the largest international African American conference that promotes African-ancestored family history and genealogy.  The conference begins October 14 and continues through Saturday, October 17. It is being held virtually.  Please visit https://web.cvent.com/event/375a05f9-62b5-4829-80c7-5560766e1286/summary for more information.

RootsTech 2021

We have all heard about RootsTech.  It has been the largest genealogical conference to be held in past years.  In 2021 RootsTech will be held virtually and is being advertised as “Free”. So check it out at https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng and see what you think.  The dates are February 25-27, 2021.

#RVAHistoryHunt

The #RVAHistoryHunt is a collaboration by Richmond cultural organizations to present a unique scavenger hunt experience. Launching just in time for National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24) and running through August 23, this initiative has been carefully tailored to create a new way of engaging with the Richmond community while being aware of the unique challenges brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

For more information, go to: https://www.virginiahistory.org/node/2858

Library of Virginia Services Available During the Public Health Emergency

News Release | April 1, 2020

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and community are top priorities at the Library of Virginia. To help contain the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19), the Library is closed to the public until further notice. Please check our website at lva.virginia.gov regularly for the most up-to-date information on our operating status. We are monitoring the developing situation closely and following directives from the Office of the Governor and guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Library has suspended all in-person public events, workshops, programs, and tours through May. We hope to reschedule as many events as possible—and we’ll be offering some webinars—so please check our News and Events calendar at lva.virginia.gov/news/ and follow us on social media.

Library users who have books or other materials checked out are asked not to return them until the Library reopens. Loan periods will be extended and no fines will accrue while the Library is closed.

Library staff members are working during this public health emergency from Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, and will respond to your questions and research inquiries. For Library Reference assistance, call 804.692.3777 or email refdesk@lva.virginia.gov. For Archives Reference assistance, call 804.692.3888 or email archdesk@lva.virginia.gov. For general inquiries, call 804.692.3535 or go to lva.virginia.gov/about/contact to find a staff directory. As many staff are teleworking at present, please leave a voice message and a staff member will get back to you promptly.

While our building is closed, researchers are encouraged to use our numerous online resources. Links to our most frequently used online collections can be found at
https://lva.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=01LVA_INST:01LVA&lang=en.

Resources for students and teachers can be found at edu.lva.virginia.gov/dbva/ and
https://lva.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=01LVA_INST:01LVA&lang=en.

For an online version of our current exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, see edu.lva.virginia.gov/wedemand/.

Services to state agencies through the State Records Center on Charles City Road are continuing as normal.

The research room at the State Records Center, however, is closed to the general public until further notice.

Virginia public libraries needing assistance can continue to call upon our staff in the Library Development and Networking Division. Library of Virginia resources for library professionals and trustees can be found at lva.virginia.gov/lib-edu/LDND/ and vpl.virginia.gov/.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

August 10, 2019: Field Trip to Nelson County

For our August activity we are going to tour the Oakland Museum, home of the Nelson County Historical Society. We will learn about the history of the county from its early settlement, through the founding of the county in 1808 and also about the devastation of Hurricane Camille in August 1969.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE CHURCH THIS MONTH.

We will meet at the museum at 10 am on Saturday, August 10. The museum is located at 5365 Thomas Nelson Highway (Rt 29 South), approximately 4 miles south of Lovingston. From Charlottesville, take 29 South. It is about an hour’s drive from Charlottesville.

For handicapped parking, enter the driveway to the left of the museum (not the main parking lot). Only the first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible.

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