US, Virginia—Birth Records, 1853–1896 [MQ74-12W]
The asterisk that is next to a surname/ditto mark means that the child's race is to be indexed as Colored.
In the Field Help:
On typed registers, an asterisk (*) preceding the surname indicates that the child is colored. If no asterisk is present and the color or race was not otherwise recorded, mark this field blank.
Entry 1 until Jas A. Ransome born to Fanny are to be indexed as Colored. The unnamed female born to Jno J. and Ann Jane is to be indexed as blank. Most of this batch is Colored, with a few blanks.
This was a new addition as of late last night (10:30-ish Central Time).1