Genealogy Calendar of Events at ConferenceKeeper.org

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!

The African Burial Ground 30 Years Later: Impacts on Black Cemeteries

May 8, 2021 at 12 pm ET
Please join the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center for:
The African Burial Ground 30 Years Later: Impacts on Black Cemeteries
with Dr. Michael Blakey, Dr. Joseph Jones, and Peggy King Jorde.
In 1991, an archaeological survey at a construction site for a General Services Administration building in New York City revealed intact human remains 30 ft below street level on Broadway in Manhattan. Further research was charged to Howard University, which formed the African Burial Ground Project, directed by Dr. Michael Blakey. This project changed what we know about slavery in the North, how we engage with descendant communities, and led to new understandings about what we can learn from Black cemeteries. Join the Robert F. Smith Explore Your Family History Center as we welcome Dr. Blakey to discuss the impacts and legacy of the African Burial Ground project and National Memorial 30 years later. He will be joined by Peggy King Jorde and Dr. Joseph Jones, both of whom worked on the African Burial Grounds project and have continued to advocate for Black cemeteries and descendant communities.

Scottish Genealogy 101 on Thursday, April 22

Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and Jefferson Madison Regional Library
Scottish Genealogy 101
Join our team of experienced genealogists as they highlight immigration resources. This month’s special guest Deborah Harvey, will guide us through available resources for helping trace Scottish ancestry, including a case study tracking her ancestor from Fluvanna County to Scotland. Submit your questions to Miranda Burnett at library@albemarlehistory.org before the webinar. This virtual program can be accessed both by Zoom online and by a toll-free phone number. Sign-up at www.jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151 x4.

Library of Virginia Genealogy Workshop

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.

RootsTech 25-27 February 2021 Virtual Event

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!

Legal Sources and Research Techniques Webinar at Library of Congress – January 14, 2021

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 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