Daughters of Zion Cemetery Has New Website

Edwina St. Rose has informed us that there is now a website for the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville: https://daughtersofzioncemetery.org/ The website also has an index of the name of people known to be buried at this cemetery, with information about them, clips of obituaries, etc. The recovery of information about the people buried here is an on-going project, so remember to recheck it at various times to see if anything new has surfaced about individuals you’re interested in.

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.

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!

Meeting Change Notice

After a discussion at a recent Board meeting, the decision was made to hold meetings on a quarterly, rather than monthly, basis for the year 2021. Please review the meeting dates under the 2021 Meeting Schedule.  All of the meetings will be virtual. This decision will be reviewed in the latter part of 2021.  Hopefully in 2022 we will be able to begin meeting again face to face.

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.

Library of Virginia reopens – appointment required

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that its reading rooms will reopen to researchers by advance appointment beginning at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. To make an appointment, please call 804.692.3800.

Revised Bylaws Approved

At our November meeting, a revision of the bylaws was approved, replacing the last version, dated 14 September 2002. Some of the changes reflected in the revision are the transition to digital publication of Central Virginia Heritage, acknowledging the association’s website, updated responsibilities of the officers, and disposition of the group’s assets in the case of dissolution.

Read the revised bylaws here.



CVGA needs your help to keep our association running smoothly. Please read on for the three items we would like to bring to your attention.

First of all, we are announcing that our president, Patricia Lukas, will resign from her post at the end of this year. This means that it is necessary for members to come forward and place their names in the hat as candidates for this office. An election will take place at our November meeting so please step up, contact Linda Gore at lggore46@gmail.com and let her know that you are interested in this position.

The next item is the update of our bylaws. The last time they were amended was in 2002 and it is time to put in place a revised document that reflects our current organization. WHAT YOU CAN DO is to read a draft version of the bylaws and give us any feedback. We need two members to help us with this. If you have experience with non-profits that might be helpful but a careful, critical eye is most important. Please let us know if you can help out and we will send you the files of the current and draft bylaws.

The final request is for help auditing our financial records. Our treasurer has done an excellent job of keeping our books. However, our bylaws state that the Audit Committee shall “…audit the financial records of the Treasurer and present a report at the December meeting.” The CVGA financial records are quite simple so someone with a background in accounting or bookkeeping would find that this task is not very time consuming. WHAT YOU CAN DO is contact us and our treasurer will send a file of our financial records. If multiple volunteers come forward, we will form a committee and see that you are in touch with one another.

Thank you for reading this and please step up and help your CVGA!