Meeting this Saturday, January 14, 2023

Our first meeting of 2023 will be an in-person meeting at the Church on Airport Road.  This will be a meet and greet with no scheduled program.  This will be an opportunity to meet with fellow genealogists that we may not have seen over the past year – maybe longer.  We will have an informal discussion about our plans for CVGA for 2023.

Please plan to attend so we can get re-acquainted or meet in person for the first time and set out our plans for this year.

No December Meeting

There will not be a December Central Virginia Genealogical Association meeting.  Information will be posted to this website about further meetings, so please check back.

Any comments or suggestions for meetings can be emailed to

Mark your Calendar – 2023 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference

The 2023 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History
Conference will be held in Richmond. Mark your calendars for 30 May through 3 June, 2023.  More information about this conference will be released shortly.
The Virginia Genealogical Society is the local society host.  VGS is looking for volunteers to help during the conference.  VGS will be releasing more details about this volunteer opportunity soon.


Central Virginia Heritage v.38 no.3 (Fall 2022) Now Available

From the officers of CVGA:

Dear CVGA Members,

It is the time of year that our members need to think about serving on the board of Central Virginia Genealogical Association. We will be scheduling a virtual election in November, and new officers will begin to serve in January 2023. Volunteers for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are needed.


Partly due to the pandemic, we have not really pushed for an election over the past two or three years. Our officers have graciously stayed on and continued to serve. But several officers have now been serving on the Board for more than five years.

It has been difficult over the past two years trying to determine whether to meet in person or virtually. Attendance at meetings has not been great. Out of a membership of 51, the virtual meetings usually have 3 to 5 members in attendance. Our in-person meeting in June with a “live” speaker was only attended by 7 members.

If attendance and participation by our members does not increase or if we do not have a slate of officers to vote on, a hard look will have to be taken at how to go forward or IF we go forward. It is difficult to plan programs and not have anyone show up to participate. I can say that the members who attend always enjoy the discussions about genealogy. We come away with new ideas for researching our family histories.

Please consider volunteering for a position on the Board. You can contact Linda Gore, current Vice President, at, if you have any questions.

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To see the rest of the articles in this issue, 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.”)

If you have trouble logging in to the site to download your copy, please contact me at the webmaster link at the bottom of this page.

For those who are not members of CVGA, we offer the opportunity to purchase a printed copy of each issue. The Fall 2022 issue is available from at for $6.50. Click on the link above or search for “Central Virginia Heritage” on

Contents of the Fall 2022 issue:

  • International African American Museum, by Dr. Shelley Murphy
  • A John Philip Sousa Concert in Charlottesville
  • The Family History Collaborative, by Brandon Wolfe
  • Marriage Announcements in the Daily Progress, December 1895, by Diane Inman
  • Estate of Anthony Rucker senr. of Amherst County, VA
  • Cleaning Tombstones, by Diane Inman
  • Estate of Abraham Childers, Albemarle County, VA
  • First Name Abbreviations
  • How to Research a Civilian Conservation Corps Worker

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.

Upcoming Events

In our virtual meeting today, the following events were mentioned.  All of these events are virtual.  You do need to register and there may be a fee.

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is from August 19 to August 29, 2022.  Registration for this event closes August 18 which is next week.                  

Virginia Genealogical Society Fall Conference, October 21 & 22, 2022.  Registration is open:

Fairfax Genealogical Society Fall Fair, October 22, 2022.  Check the website:




Virtual Meeting July 9, 2022

We will meet virtually on July 9, 2022 AT 10 am.  We will listen to a YouTube video by Lisa Louise Cooke on “How to Use PERSI Like a Pro”.

The Periodical Source Index, or PERSI, is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. PERSI indexes articles in periodical titles (including defunct titles) published by thousands of local, state, national and international societies and organizations. It is arranged by surname or location and also by basic subject headings.