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

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.

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.


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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Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference, April 5-6, 2019

Fairfax Genealogical Society 2019 Conference and Expo
“Find Your Missing Branches”

Fairfax, Virginia, January 15, 2019 – The Fairfax Genealogical Society announces its 2019 Annual Spring Conference and Genealogical Expo to be held April 5 and 6, 2019 at the Reston Sheraton Hotel, Reston, VA.

The conference (usually attended by several hundred individuals from throughout the Mid-Atlantic regions) will offer genealogists and family researchers (from beginning to advanced levels) the opportunity to hear nationally recognized speakers and consultants in a two-day program of lectures and workshops.

Programs featured in this year’s conference include: Beginning and Intermediate DNA Research; Finding and Telling our Hidden Stories; Whiskey, Brandy, and Southern Migration; Researching in Libraries and Archives; African American Research; Colonial Land, Law and Religion; Virginia Research; and other topics. In addition to 40 individual programs, conference attendees may arrange private consultations and browse numerous vendors selling books, maps, CDs, and other items of interest to historians and family researchers.

Friday’s keynote speaker will be Diahan Southard, Genetic Genealogy Specialist. Building on her background in microbiology, Southard writes and lectures about genetic genealogy and making the technical understandable. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Mark Lowe, a professional genealogist specializing in using Southern resources and original records and manuscripts.

The conference will run from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday, April 5th and from 9 am to 3:45 pm on Saturday, April 6th. Prior to March 15, fees for Society members are $75 one-day-only attendance, or $90 for both days. Non-members fees are $75 for one-day or $110 for both days.

Conference registration can be completed online at the Society’s web page, www.fxgs.org/2019conference.


Upcoming Genealogy Events

RootsTech 2019 takes place at Salt Lake City from Wednesday, February 27 through Saturday, March 2. This is the world’s largest family history event.
You can take advantage of free streaming sessions. Click on the link for the schedule: https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/live-stream-schedule
A few of the sessions are “What’s New on Family Search”, “Connecting Your DNA Matches”, “Becoming a Professional Genealogist”, “What You Don’t Know About Ancestry”, and “The Research Roadmap: Your Path to Success”.

Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference takes place Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel in Reston, Virginia. The theme of the conference is “Finding Your Missing Branches”. There will be special sessions offered: DNA with Diahan Southard and “Beginning Land Platting: Metes & Bounds” with Mark Lowe. Another interesting session is “Digging Deeper: Federal Records” with Rick Sayre. For registration information visit the FxGS website at www.FXGS.org


Virginia Genealogical Society Spring Conference, with the theme ‘Laws & Wars That Impacted Your Virginia Ancestor’, takes place Saturday, April 13 at Four Points Sheraton – Richmond Airport. The speakers are Judy Russell and Craig Scott. For registration information visit the VGS website at https://vgs.org. On Friday, April 12, there will be guided research at the Library of Virginia from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is free and open to the public; no registration is needed. Fill out a consultation form and bring it along with you to help the researchers guide you in your research. Click on this link for the form: https://vgs.org/upload/files/Conference/VGS_conference_consultation_form.pdf

NOTE: We will not be meeting in April. We are encouraging members to attend the VGS Spring Conference which falls on the second Saturday of April.





The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery and the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society cordially invite you to attend DECORATION DAY, 2 pm Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, corner of Oak and South First Streets, Charlottesville.



Following the ceremony we will gather at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 200 Second Street, N.E., for refreshments, jazz, and the “Gone But Not Forgotten” Exhibit.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/daughtersofzioncemetery/




Please plan on joining us on a field trip to Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Virginia. It is the second oldest Presbyterian congregation in the Shenandoah Valley, founded in 1740. Its historic building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We will meet at the church at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 19.
Please note the date. It is May 19, the third Saturday of the month. This field trip is in lieu of our regular monthly meeting.
We will spend about an hour at the church and then drive to the library as described below and spend about an hour at the library.
For more information about the church, see https://tinklingspring.com/history/.
After our visit to the church and the surrounding burial grounds, we will have the opportunity to visit the Genealogy Library of the Augusta County Genealogical Society in Fishersville, just a short drive away from the church.
If you think you would like to join us on this outing, please let us know so that we can give the church an estimate of attendance. Please email us at http://cvgaboard@gmail.com.


April 14, 2018: James Madison and the Louisiana 16

Our April 2018 speaker will be Zann Nelson. She will tell us about the 1834 sale of 16 enslaved people of color by former President James Madison of Orange County, Virginia. His cousin, William Taylor, purchased them and subsequently moved them to Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.

The program will touch lightly on the domestic slave trade while focusing more specifically on the effort by Ms. Nelson to identify the 16, learn more about their lives, and ultimately locate and connect with living descendants.

Covered in the PowerPoint presentation will be the numerous challenges, a few of the tools utilized in tackling the investigation and the status of the project.

Ms. Nelson is a researcher, writer and public speaker, president of History Quest, and a columnist at “Buried Truth” and “Zann’s Place”. She is working on a special project, The African American Descendents’ Quest.

Learn more about Ms. Nelson’s work at her website, www.historyinvestigator.net or at her Facebook page, History Investigator. She can be reached by telephone at 540-718-3465.