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Social Media and Genealogy
Thursday, February 23
Social Media and Genealogy   (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Snow Date: March 2
 
Presenter: Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
Lecture Description: The day of "Lone Ranger Research" is over! No longer do you need to labor alone in your research process. Many of the old “message boards” have been replaced by Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and other social media sites.  Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, meet new "cousins" and collaborate with others.
 
Carol serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers on the Civil War Widow's Pension Project and as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. Carol researches her Greek ancestry and helps her husband with his Czech and northern European research. She writes a monthly family history column, Turning Hearts, for Meridian Magazine online, and writes and edits personal and family histories.


Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Powerful Tools for Genealogy
Saturday, February 25
Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Powerful Tools for Genealogy   (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Snow Date: March 4
 
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes
 
Lecture Description: Do you want to walk on your ancestor's land but aren't sure how to do it? Do you have trouble figuring out what county your ancestor's deed and will might be in, say, 1855? Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas can provide these answers.
 
Come learn how to pin place-marks for important locations, add overlays while changing their opacity, and mail your work to another researcher. See how Google Earth works with the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries to show precise boundaries year-by-year through the slider. Explore EarthPoint to convert township, range, and section descriptions to the precise outlines of a tract on top of today's roads.
 
This presentation will consist of a brief overview of features followed by a live demonstration. Note: It is recommended you download Google Earth (free) or Google Earth Pro (also free) before the presentation and bring your laptop with you.
 
Sharon is CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com), a business that is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.



Genetic Genealogy SIG: Creating and Maintaining a Master Genealogy Database
Wednesday, March 1
Genetic Genealogy SIG: Creating and Maintaining a Master Genealogy Database  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, G101, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027

Starting with March meeting, we are planning on a series that is more genealogy oriented. The March 1 meeting will be led by Jim Barry and focused on the theme of "Creating and maintaining a master genealogy database". If the technical stuff bores you, here is a chance to get back to genealogy. This meeting should also be suitable for your friends or neighbors. Contact Jim Logan, Genetic Genealogy SIG Leader at jjlnv@comcast.net for more information.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, March 6
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA
 
At the monthly meeting we will be reviewing a draft manuscript written by Paul Phelps and be providing commentary to help improve their manuscript and better prepare it for family reading and possible publication. The manuscripts to be reviewed are distributed to the SIG members email list about a week before the meeting. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.


Fieldtrip to the DAR Library
Tuesday, March 7
Fieldtrip to the DAR Library  (FxGS Field Trips)
10:00 am
DAR Headquarters - 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC.
The DAR Library is one of the nation’s premier genealogical research centers with a wide variety of historical manuscripts and publications as well as on-site databases. In addition to nearly 40,000 family histories, the library’s collections cover a broad range of topics including works supporting Jewish, African American, Native American, Huguenot, and women’s history research. A particularly valuable resource is the database containing supporting documentation for over 300,000 DAR applications, accessible in the Seimes Technology Center. Also maintained in the Seimes Center are collections of federal and state Revolutionary War records as well as some state land and court records.
 
DAR staff will conduct an orientation to the Library collections as well as an overview of how to access materials in the Seimes Technology Center. Following the presentation you will be free to conduct research with assistance from Library staff. More information about Library collections, conducting research at the Library as well as access to the Library catalog can be found at www.dar.org/library.
 
There is some limited, metered on-street parking near the Library. West Farragut is the closest Metro stop, seven blocks from the Library.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Limit: 20.


Irish SIG:
Saturday, March 11
Irish SIG:   (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA
Standing meeting of the Irish SIG. NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE. Contact SIG Leader Paul McFarland at p7a2u4@verizon.net for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Case Study of Jacob Leamer
Wednesday, March 15
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Case Study of Jacob Leamer  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Mid-Atlantic SIG. Bobbie Leamer will discuss her research and stories of Jacob Leamer. Contact SIG leader Don Coram coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for questions.


German SIG: German Census Records, 1816-1916
Monday, March 20
German SIG: German Census Records, 1816-1916  (FxGS SIG Events)
10:00 am
Kings Park Library, Braddock Supervisor’s Conference Room, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA
Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. April’s presentation will be a discussion of Roger Minert’s new book, German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource. Due to a problem with scheduling with the Library, the German SIG will now host the remaining of its meetings for the year on the third Monday of the month at this new time, 10 AM to 12 PM, at the Kings Park Library. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Research in the International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
Thursday, March 30
Research in the International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
This event is co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
 
Presenter: Dr. Diane Afoumado
 
Lecture Description: The ITS collection contains various documents such as: camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications/questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs. The USHMM staff helps people find their families and learn their fate using several millions of documents. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center ensures that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.
 
This PowerPoint presentation will show how the Museum Research staff uses the ITS collection to help survivors, their families, and families of victims.  
 
Dr. Diane Afoumado  is Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Formerly Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French Commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a Historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine-Mémorial de la Shoah.


Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 1
2017 Spring Conference  (FxGS Spring Conference)
11:00 am to 3:45 pm
The Westin Tysons Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia 22043



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, April 3
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA
 
At the monthly meeting we will be reviewing a draft manuscript written by one of the SIG members and be providing commentary to help improve their manuscript and better prepare it for family reading and possible publication. The manuscripts to be reviewed are distributed to the SIG members email list about a week before the meeting. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.


Genetic Genealogy SIG: Making Your Genealogical and Genetic Data Available to Others
Wednesday, April 5
Genetic Genealogy SIG: Making Your Genealogical and Genetic Data Available to Others  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, G101, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Jim Barry will be returning to lead a discussion on "Making your genealogical and genetic data available to others." For more information, contact Jim Logan, Genetic Genealogy SIG Leader, at jjlnv@comcast.net for more information.


Irish SIG:
Saturday, April 8
Irish SIG:  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:30 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. 103, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Irish SIG. Contact SIG Leader Paul McFarland at p7a2u4@verizon.net for more information.


German SIG: Topic TBD
Monday, April 17
German SIG: Topic TBD  (FxGS SIG Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kings Park Library, Braddock Supervisor’s Conference Room, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA
Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Due to a problem with scheduling with the Library, the German SIG will now host the remaining of its meetings for the year on the third Monday of the month at this new time, 10 AM to 12 PM, at the Kings Park Library. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: World War II Army Campaigns and Pictures Worth A Thousand Words
Wednesday, April 19
Mid-Atlantic SIG: World War II Army Campaigns and Pictures Worth A Thousand Words  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Mid-Atlantic SIG. Judy Kennedy will provide insight into Army campaigns in Italy and France in 1943-44 while Deane Dierksen will present "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words." Contact SIG leader Don Coram coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for questions.


Fieldtrip to the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex
Saturday, April 22
Fieldtrip to the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex  (FxGS Field Trips)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes St., Alexandria, VA 22314
The Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex in Alexandria encompasses 13 historic cemeteries, several of which were founded over 200 years ago. Among the cemeteries in the complex are Alexandria National Cemetery which pre-dates Arlington National Cemetery and is the resting place of over 3000 Union soldiers; Black Baptist Cemetery and Douglass Memorial Cemetery, both African American cemeteries founded in the 19th century; and Penny Hill Cemetery, a burial ground for indigents established in 1795 by the Alexandria Council. Additional information about all the cemeteries in the complex can be found at: www.alexandriava.gov/historic/info/default.aspx?id=51968#WilkesStreetCemeteryComplex
 
Members of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc. will conduct the tour of several of the cemeteries while talking about the history and the significance of the markers.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking is not allowed on Wilkes Street in the cemetery area, but you may park on cross streets. We will meet at the flag poles inside Alexandria National Cemetery. Limit: 25.
 


Friday, April 28
From the Ashes––A Burned County Case Study   (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Sarah R. Fleming
 
Lecture Description: How do you get around brick walls created by burned courthouses? In spite of Graves Co., Kentucky, courthouse fires in 1864 and again in 1887, Sarah was able to piece together sufficient indirect evidence to determine the parents of one of her great-great grandfathers. The presentation will cover the strategies and records used.
 
Sarah has been researching her family for over 40 years, primarily in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. She is a graduate of NIGR, IGHR advanced methodology course, and the University of Washington’s Genealogy and Family History certificate program. She is retired from Boeing where she was a mainframe operating systems programmer.


Preserving Family Heirlooms
Saturday, April 29
Preserving Family Heirlooms   (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Tina Beaird
 
Lecture Description: Attendees are given a brief history of paper manufacturing and photography while learning how to store and preserve these valuable family heirlooms for future generations. Tina also gives hints and tips for preserving historic and modern scrap-books. Tina brings supplies and demonstrates how to use them to prolong the life of your family treasures.
 
Tina is the Genealogy Librarian at the Plainfield Library in Plainfield, IL. She holds a Master’s Degree in archiving and preservation from Dominican University. She attended American University’s graduate School for Russian Area Studies while her husband worked for the Fairfax Co. School District. Tina has been lecturing at National, state and local conferences for twelve years.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, May 1
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA
 
At the monthly meeting we will be reviewing a draft manuscript written by one of the SIG members and be providing commentary to help improve their manuscript and better prepare it for family reading and possible publication. The manuscripts to be reviewed are distributed to the SIG members email list about a week before the meeting. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.


Fieldtrip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Wednesday, May 3
Fieldtrip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  (FxGS Field Trips)
10:00 am
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024
We are fortunate to have Diane Afoumado, Ph.D., Chief, Research and Reference Branch at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), scheduled to speak about the International Tracing Service at our March Membership Meeting. The USHMM is the only repository in the United States to hold a copy of the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive, a complex collection of almost 200 million digital images of documentation on millions of victims of Nazism including people arrested, deported, killed and displaced. As a follow-on to Dr. Afoumado’s March presentation, staff at the USHMM will give FxGS members an on-site overview of both the ITS as well as additional resources and collections of potential interest to genealogical researchers. Visiting both the 2nd floor Resource Center Public Space as well as the 5th floor Library and Archives, we will learn about the numerous online databases and sources available for research in the Resource Center as well as the Museum's library collection and archives material on microfilm and paper.
 
Additional information about the International Tracing Service and the USHMM Library and Archives can be found at www.ushmm.org.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Limit: 20.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Maryland Land Records and Finding Mr. Sigman
Wednesday, May 17
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Maryland Land Records and Finding Mr. Sigman  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Mid-Atlantic SIG. Barbara Hopkins will discuss Maryland Land Records while Sue Roose will present her case, "Finding Mr. Sigman." Contact SIG leader Don Coram coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for questions.


Consular Records at the National Archives
Friday, May 19
Consular Records at the National Archives   (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Lecture Description: Consular records hold numerous surprises for records created overseas. A few items are on ancestry.com, but there are many records with genealogical information “hiding” in the files. Note: Because this is such a large Record Group, examples of items that may be found will mainly be from Germany.
 
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sharon has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. Sharon is a graduate of the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course, and a past grader of two lessons, and of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. She has been a guest numerous times on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 program Tracing Your Family Roots. She also taught genealogy through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation and the Fairfax Adult Education program. In addition she has authored numerous articles for the National Genealogy Society Magazine, The Virginia Genealogical Society, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, and Fairfax Genealogical Society newsletters.
 
She has received a number of awards from the genealogical community, but is most proud of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society's Lifetime Sustained Meritorious Service Award for long-time service to the Society and the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism from National Genealogical Society which she received in 2014.


The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement
Saturday, May 20
The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement   (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Lecture Description: For centuries, our universal mail system has strengthened the bonds of friendship, family, and community. Discover how the post office helped build communities and deliver the mail since the 1600s.
 
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sharon has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. Sharon is a graduate of the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course, and a past grader of two lessons, and of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. She has been a guest numerous times on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 program Tracing Your Family Roots. She also taught genealogy through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation and the Fairfax Adult Education program. In addition she has authored numerous articles for the National Genealogy Society Magazine, The Virginia Genealogical Society, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, and Fairfax Genealogical Society newsletters.
 
She has received a number of awards from the genealogical community, but is most proud of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society's Lifetime Sustained Meritorious Service Award for long-time service to the Society and the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism from National Genealogical Society which she received in 2014.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, June 5
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA
 
At the monthly meeting we will be reviewing a draft manuscript written by one of the SIG members and be providing commentary to help improve their manuscript and better prepare it for family reading and possible publication. The manuscripts to be reviewed are distributed to the SIG members email list about a week before the meeting. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.