Virtual Meeting September 11 Speaker Thomas MacEntee “Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching”

Our special speaker will be Thomas MacEntee of Genealogy  Thomas will present a program about “Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching”.  Thomas is a genealogy professional, a “tech guy”, blogger, educator, author and more.  Please join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10 am for his presentation.

Albemarle County Chancery Cases Being Scanned

“The Library of Va. has started scanning the chancery cases that Shelby Marshall sent to the Library back in the 1970s. Supposedly they have the cases before 1912. In conserving the cases still at the Courthouse I found a few that were missed and they have picked them up now. So maybe late this year or next we will be able to look at them on line. They told me Albemarle has at least 50 bankers boxes of cases.”

For more information, check out:

Central Virginia Heritage, Spring/Summer 2021 — Available Now!

1918 Pandemic, by Susan DuBar–Today’s pandemic has frequently been compared to the 1918 flu epidemic. I had a cousin who died in the epidemic at the age of six. I knew about her through photographs and frequent references to her in her mother’s and aunt’s conversations. She and my father were double first cousins and were constant playmates but I never thought to ask my father how her death affected him.

Also in my family was a maternal cousin, Earl, who was a small-town pharmacist during the 1918 epidemic. I learned only recently about him when I found a newspaper article (one of those “human interest” stories) my grandmother had preserved. It was interesting to learn how few medicines were available then….

To see the rest of this article, CVGA members should go to “Members Only” on the menu bar above, and choose “Central Virginia Heritage — Current Issue.” (Note: You have to be logged in to this website in order to see “Members Only.”)

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For those who are not members of CVGA, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Spring/Summer 2021 issue is available from at for $6.50. Click on the link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on

Contents of the Spring/Summer 2021 issue:

  • Try a New Approach for Genealogy Research During [the] Pandemic, by the Augusta (GA) Genealogical Society… page 1
  • Original Versus Derivative, by Michael john Neill… page 2
  • John Burnley vs. William Crenshaw, Louisa County, VA, 1801… page 3
  • 1918 Pandemic, by Susan DuBar… page 4
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)
    May-July 1895, transcribed by Diane Inman… page 5
  • Division of the Slaves of Thomas Jackson, dec’d., Louisa County, VA
    February, 1802… page 13
  • Joel Parrish & Wife v. Executors of David Shepherd, et al.
    Fluvanna County, Virginia, 1806-1808… page 15
  • List of Amelia County (VA) Sheriffs, 1735-2021… page 17
  • List of Greene County (VA) Sheriffs, 1838-2021… page 18
  • List of Appomattox County (VA) Sheriffs, 1845-2021… page 19
  • Cary Family (Virginia and Maryland) by Jean L. Cooper… page 20
  • Charles William Cary (20 Sep 1826-23 Aug 1852), by Jean L. Cooper… page 22
  • Estate of Elias Palmer, dec’d., Campbell County, VA, 1833-34… page 23

If you have any articles you’d like to share with CVGA members, please send an email to the editor, eleanordew at gmail dot com — The Editor.

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: 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.

Zoom Meeting Saturday June 12, 2021

Dr. Shelley Murphy will be doing a presentation on Freedmen’s Bureau Records.  The Freedmen’s Bureau Records are a valuable source of information For African American research.  Dr.  Murphy will explain how to use the multitude of records.
There will be a short business meeting, the presentation and discussion.
The Zoom link has been emailed to all members.

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 before the webinar. This virtual program can be accessed both by Zoom online and by a toll-free phone number. Sign-up at 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.