Past Presentation Topics

Fairfax Genealogical Society General Meeting Presentations
September 2012 – May 2019
 
Nov 2012
 
John Colletta
 
Peopling the Erie Canal
Jan 2013
 
Chuck Mason
 
Almshouses
Feb 2013
 
Tom Sadaukas
 
International Tracing Service
Mar 2013
 
Sharon Hodges
 
Ancestors Not in New York City
Apr 2013
 
Jennifer Runyon
 
Geographic Names on the Landscape
May 2013
 
Judy Russell
 
No Vitals; No Problem
Sep 2013
 
Leslie Bouvier
 
Postal Records
Oct 2013
 
Sharon MacInnes
 
A Case Study of Techniques for Finding and Using Online Sources
Nov 2013
 
Angela McGhie
 
Locating Historic Newspapers
Jan 2014
 
Sandy Clunies
 
Colonial & Collections
Feb 2014
 
Chuck Mason
 
Homestead Records
Mar 2014
 
Christine Woodcock
 
Social Media
Apr 2014
 
Rebecca Kofford
 
Land & Probate Records
May 2014
 
Christine Rose
 
Rites of Inheritance
Sep 2014
 
Laura Wickstead
 
Resources of the Virginia Room: A Virtual Tour
Oct 2014
 
Madaleine Laird
 
Search and Research in the 21st-Century Library
Nov 2014
 
Sharon Hodges
 
Reading About the Past: Using Diaries/Letters/Journals
Jan 2015
 
Chuck Mason
 
Sharing the Family Story with Artifacts & Heirlooms
2Mar 2015
 
Diane Richard
 
Two States, Multiple Counties – What's a border?
Apr 2015
 
Debra Hoffman
 
Maximize Your Census Research: A Case Study
May 2015
 
Sharon Hodges
 
SSDI: Is That All the Social Security Administration Has To Offer?
Sep 2015
 
Jim Bartlett
 
Beginning DNA
Oct 2015
 
Sharon MacInnes
 
Taxes: The Gift That Keeps on Giving...to Genealogists!
Nov 2015
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
Researching Naval History
Jan 2016
 
Sharon Hodges
 
Expand your Research Using ILL, Digitized Books, and Periodicals
Feb 2016
 
Chuck Mason
 
Gazetteers, Geographic Dictionaries, Post Office Lists, and Maps: Finding the Neighborhood
Mar 2016
 
Maureen Taylor
 
The Last Muster: Photographs and Stories from the American Revolution
Apr 2016
 
Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
Probate Records in the State Archives
May 2016
 
Debra A. Hoffman
 
Tear Down the Wall
Sep 2016
 
Lara Diamond
 
Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Oct 2016
 
Chuck Mason
 
Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Started!
Nov 2016
 
Charlie Grymes
 
Who Were the First Neighbors of Virginia Colonists?
Jan 2017
 
Leslie Anderson
 
From Blank Page to Story:  Writing a Terrific Family History
Feb 2017
 
Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
Social Media and Genealogy
Mar 2017
 
Diane Afoumado
 
Research in the International Tracing Service (ITS)
Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Apr 2017
 
Sarah R. Fleming
 
From the Ashes––A Burned County Case Study
May 2017
 
Sharon Hodges
 
Consular Records at the National Archives
Sep 2017
 
Rich Venezia
 
Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins
Oct 2017
 
Diane L. Richard
 
Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found –
Using Military, WPA Records & more to pursue this Scofflaw &
Bigamous Midwesterner around the US!
Nov 2017
 
Charles S. Mason Jr.
 
Your Ancestor in Black and White: Using Newspaper for Research
Jan 2018
 
Leslie Anderson
 
Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch
Feb 2018
 
Lara Diamond
 
Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy
Mar 2018
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
The good, the bad, and the ugly truth about published family histories
Apr 2018
 
Sharon MacInnes
 
Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files
May 2018
 
Charles S. Mason Jr.
 
Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told
Sep 2018
 
Bill Branch
 
The District of Columbia Archives
Nov 2018
 
Lara Diamond
 
Journey through Ukraine
Jan 2019
 
Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
Finding Your Ancestors in Unindexed Records in FamilySearch
Feb 2019
 
Don Hakenson
 
Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County
Mar 2019
 
Kadri Kallikorm-Rhodes
 
Tracking Very Common Names – Immigrant Origins of George Brown (1809-1862)
Apr 2019
 
Trish Little-Taylor
 
Newspapers–More than Just Notices and How to Find Them
May 2019
 
Sue Mortensen
 
Where was Your Family on Black Sunday, April 14 1935?
Using a Chronological Timeline to Put Your Family in Historical Context
and Identify Gaps in Your Research
 
 
Fairfax Genealogical Society Education Class Presentations
September 2012 – May 2019
 
Sep 2012
 
Warren Bittner
 
German Marriage Laws & Customs
Oct 2012
 
Claire Bettag
 
Fall Fair Records Within reach
Nov 2012
 
Michael Strauss
 
Bankruptcy to Equity
Jan 2013
 
Sharon Hodges
 
Nobody Wants My research
Mar 2013
 
Chuck Mason
 
Newspapers
Mar 2013
 
Linda MacLachlan
 
The New FamilySearch
Apr 2013
 
Jerry Smith
 
Genealogy Myths
Sep 2013
 
Phyllis Legare
 
Getting Organized
Oct 2013
 
Rick & Pamela Sayre
 
Fall Fair with the Virginia Genealogical Society
Nov 2013
 
John Coletta
 
Writing a Narrative Family History: The Snares and Pitfalls
Jan 2014
 
Sharon Hodges
 
Dead Men Do tell Tales
Mar 2014
 
Sharon MacInnes
 
Genealogy & Maps
Apr 2014
 
Bonnie Schmidt
 
Creative memories
Sep 2014
 
Angela McGhie
 
Studying Genealogy: A Personalized Approach
Oct 2014
 
John Colletta
 
Three Fall Fair Presentations
Nov 2014
 
Char Bah
 
Engaging in a Variety of Successful Oral History Interviews
Jan 2015
 
Victor Dunn
 
I Rest My Case: Constructing a Convincing Proof Argument
Feb 2015
 
Carol Petranek
 
Learning How to Use the FamilySearch Family Tree
Apr 2015
 
Shannon Combs
 
Engaging and Instilling an Appreciation of Family History in Children
May 2015
 
Michael Strauss
 
Case Studies in Descendency Research
Sep 2015
 
Jim Bartlett
 
Autosomal DNA and More
Oct 2015
 
Rebecca Koford
 
How I Built My Own Brick Wall and the Sledgehammer of Experience
Nov 2015
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
Beyond the Obituary: Finding Death Sources
Jan 2016
 
Sharon Hodges
 
There’s More to the Census Than What’s Online
Feb 2016
 
Chuck Mason
 
Plotting Deeds
Apr 2016
 
Margaret McMahon
 
Google for Genealogists
May 2016
 
Janet Werner
 
(1) Old & New Ways to Use Timelines and (2) Another Look at Newspaper Research
Sep 2016
 
Angela Packer McGhie
 
Creating an Effective Research Plan
Nov 2016
 
Shannon Combs Bennett
 
How to Organize Your Research for Genealogical Writing and
The Basics of Telling Your Family Story
Jan 2017
 
Chuck Mason
 
Analyzing and Writing Obituaries
Feb 2017
 
Sharon MacInnes
 
Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries:
Powerful Tools for Genealogy
Apr 2017
 
Tina Beaird
 
Preserving Family Heirlooms
May 2017
 
Sharon Hodges
 
The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement
Sep 2017
 
Rich Venezia
 
Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
Oct 2017
 
Diane L. Richard
 
1) Geography, Politics, Religion & More as Found in Post Office Records,
2) Slaves + Insurance = Rich Records, and
3) The Genealogical Gems Found in Manuscript & Archival Collection Holdings
Nov 2017
 
Margaret McMahon
 
Researching Your U.S. Army WWI Ancestors
Jan 2018
 
Leslie Anderson
 
1) Private Lives, Public Records: Reconstructing A Civil War-Era Community and
2) The ‘Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia: Under-utilized Records for Blacks and Whites
Feb 2018
 
Gary L. Petranek
 
Photography for Genealogy
Mar 2018
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
1) Create Genealogy Videos and Images for free with Adobe Spark and
2) 10 Databases you need to know about
Apr 2018
 
Brooke Schreier Ganz
 
Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for
Genealogical and Archival Research
May 2018
 
Angela Packer McGhie
 
Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors
Sep 2018
 
Chuck Mason
 
1) Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records and
2) 21st Century Resources vs 20th Century Resources
Nov 2018
 
Anne Bolen
 
1) Tracing Genealogy Forwards: Why You Should Share Your Own Story and
2) Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own
Jan 2019
 
Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
The Family Tree: Crowdsourcing and Collaborating to Memorialize Your Ancestors
Feb 2019
 
Michael Donovan
 
Nike Missile Site NY-53: A Case Study in Genealogical Research
Mar 2019
 
Angela McGhie
 
History, Records and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived
Apr 2019
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
1) House Histories: What are they and why are they important and
2) Research Strategies for Early Colonial America Ancestors
May 2019
 
Sue Mortensen
 
Wills and Probate Records: A Treasure Trove of Information