9:00 –  10:30 a.m.
Registration
   
 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Opening Session
Welcome by Pamela Moore, Conference Chair
   
 11:00 a.m.
Keynote Session:  Diahan Southard, DNA Expert

 
Daniel Boone, Kentucky, Southern Migration & Secret Societies
Mark Lowe, CGâ„ , FUGA
1:30 – 2:30
p.m.
(F11) From County to Commonwealth
Learn about the records that transcend the development of Kentucky county, Virginia to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.  Learn about the earliest counties and how to find the right records. 
3:00 – 4:00
p.m.
(F12) Trails of Daniel Boone and other Western Travelers
Learn about  the historic trails and trailblazers that lead early settlers to and from North Carolina,  Kentucky, Tennessee and the West.  Get specific clues to help you solve difficult research questions.
4:30 – 5:30
p.m.
(F13) Whiskey, Brandy and Southern Migration
Understanding why our  ancestors were searching for limestone-filtered flowing springs and abundant  fruit and grain will help tighten their travel routes and destinations.  Learn basic distillation process as well.
7:00 – 8:00
p.m.
(F14) Masonic Lodges, Odd Fellows and Secret Societies
Fraternal organizations were a major part of our ancestor’s life.  Learn about the  records available and how to determine if an ancestor was a member of an  organization.  (Ky/Tenn).

 
African American Genealogy Challenges
Dr. Shelley Murphy
1:30 – 2:30
p.m.
(F21) African American Genealogy Challenges
African-American genealogy research presents some unique challenges.  Challenges cause some stress but can also cause some opportunities to arise.  Some records will be available and others will not due to several reasons.  Sometimes, researchers will face information that have been changed or altered coming down the generations and discover different information with evidence to support it. This session will identify the most common research challenges  and provide  some  methods  and  strategies  to  combat  those  challenges. 
3:00 – 4:00
p.m.
(F22) You Made it to 1870, Now What?
The Federal Population Census is conducted every10 years since 1790. 1870 is crucial in African American ancestry.  Now we have a name on a federal document!  Understanding the ins and outs of the 1870 census and how powerful they are to the research to the times before 1870.  This session will walk you through the value of 1870, and what it can help us in the search of African American ancestors.
4:30 – 5:30
p.m.
(F23) Researching People of Color—Free and Slave
It does not matter who or where in the U.S. you are researching, you need to know the basics about genealogy research and what records & resources you have access to.  Most importantly, you can learn how to ask questions & how to manage your challenges.  This session you will learn about the people of color, free and enslaved, timeframes, events and the law you need to know to help your research.
7:00 – 8:00
p.m.
(F24) Forgotten Patriots No More – We Were There!
This session will share information on who the forgotten patriots were, how many African Americans served during the American Revolution and share some stories about them.  In addition, you will learn how to research the colonial period and gain knowledge about lineage societies, to include the requirements, process, and why you might want to join.

 
Beginning DNA
Diahan Southard
1:30 – 2:30
p.m.
(F31) Three DNA Test Types = Three Times the Fun
It seems to be all the rage, this DNA testing for genealogy.  But what can it really tell you?  Perhaps even more importantly, what CAN’T it tell you?  There are three kinds of tests:  YDNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA.  Each has its application in your genealogical efforts. Come learn the basics behind DNA testing and genealogy, and walk away with confidence in this new area of research.
3:00 – 4:00
p.m.
(F32) 4 Factors Influencing Your DNA Ethnicity Results
Can I find out if I have Native American or African heritage by taking a DNA test? Why does my test say I have an ancestral origin that is not present in my pedigree chart?  Why are places I know are in my family history missing from my chart?  Why do I have different results than my siblings? How accurate are the results?  Do small percentages matter?  There are actually four factors that can help explain the results you see form our DNA testing companies, so come get some answers!
4:30 – 8:00
p.m.
(with break from
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
for dinner)
(F33W) From Mouse Click to DNA Connection
Receiving your DNA test results can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be discouraging.  In this back-to-basics workshop we will go over settings and privacy, the anatomy of your DNA testing website (starting with AncestryDNA, and moving on to others as time permits), the basics of transferring your DNA data, and some key strategies for turning your list of DNA cousins into genealogical discoveries.  Make sure to bring your computer and personal logins to the companies where you have tested. ($25 fee; attendees must also be registered for conference.)

 
Hidden Stories: Finding and Telling Them
Pam Vestal
1:30 – 2:30
p.m.
(F41) Teasing Out the Hidden Story Behind the Genealogical Facts
One of the biggest challenges we face when writing family histories is how to turn the bare facts into tales worthy of being read, but our ancestors were real people, not just names, dates and places.  By digging deeply into the genealogical details, we can bring their stories to life. 
3:00 – 4:00
p.m.
(F42) How to Write Ancestral Stories Even Your Family Will Want to Read
Part of the thrill of genealogy is sharing our discoveries with those we love, so it can be disappointing when our family members and friends have no interest in the subject.  However, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers.
4:30 – 5:30
p.m.
(F43) Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors
For most of recorded time, women didn’t leave much of a paper trail, but they still have wonderful stories to tell.  We’ll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories and other resources can help.
7:00 – 8:00
p.m.
(F44) Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal
Discover the secrets our ancestors’ migrations can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, even across town.

 
The Librarians
Laura Wickstead, Chris Barbuschak & Elaine McRae
Virginia Room, Fairfax Regional Library
1:30 – 2:30
p.m.
(F51) Property Research
Learn more about your own house or find out where your ancestors lived. Deeds, wills, court records, maps and photographs can all provide information about the land and the people that owned. See what various types of land records can teach about your ancestors’ lives and how to find them.
3:00 – 4:00
p.m.
(F52) Searching for Genealogical Materials in Archival Collections
Do you think that you’ve tapped out all of the possible genealogical resources on your family that are out there? Try searching archival collections in special collection libraries and archives. Learn about finding aids, how archivists think when processing collections, what kind of genealogical materials might be found in archives, and where to search for materials.
4:30 – 5:30
p.m.
(F53) Periodical Literature
Learn about search and discovery tools for resources that are published periodically, such as journals, newspapers, magazines, bulletins, newsletters and quarterlies. Whether it is a mimeographed society newsletter or the latest online family history journal, using old school indexing or keyword search, they are worth exploring. Find answers and learn about the life and times of your ancestors in these sources.
7:00 – 8:00
p.m.
(F54) Let’s Talk: Librarians Share Their Favorite “Go To” Genealogy Resources, Panel Discussion
Come listen to the librarians talk about their favorite sources and resources. Ask questions and learn about collections you never knew existed!

 
Digging Deeper: Federal Records
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
1:30 – 2:30
p.m.
(F61) Death & Burial Practices in WWI & WWII
Discover the kinship information in the records of death and internment, now largely now in the custody of the National Archives. Understand the important role the American Battlement Monument Commission plays due to their responsibility to care for the graves of those buried in foreign cemeteries. Explore new digital resources. 
3:00 – 4:00
p.m.
(F62) Military Pensions - Always a Treasure
There is no limit to the genealogical treasures contained within pension files. Learn about what is online and what is not. Discover kinship information that can not be found anywhere else. 
4:30 – 5:30
p.m.
(F63) Soldiers' Homes - A Grateful Nation
National, State, and Confederate. Learn how to find the records of these homes that took care of the old and disabled veterans after the Civil War. Nearly 500,000 soldiers can be found in the records of the National Home.
7:00 – 8:00
p.m.
(F64) Unique Map Holdings of the National Archives (NARA)

These maps are important for genealogical research, some even have kinship information. Many are only available from NARA. More are making their way online. Learn how to locate the map you want.