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.
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.
Our meeting this Saturday will be a presentation by Carol Rush, Let’s Talk About Deeds. Carol will also introduce Nancy Upshaw who will help us understand Deedmapper, a software for working with land records.
A Zoom invitation will be emailed to all members on Thursday. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am on September 12.
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.
The VGS Fall Conference will be held virtually this year. Check out the speaker and conference schedule at https://vgs.org/.
This Memorial Day Weekend, get free access to 550+ million military records on Fold3®. Search for the inspiring stories of the veterans in your family in our vast collections covering military conflicts since the Revolutionary War.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For Archives Reference assistance, call 804.692.3888 or email email@example.com. 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
Resources for students and teachers can be found at edu.lva.virginia.gov/dbva/ and
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.