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CANCELED: Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, May 18
CANCELED: Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The May Mid-Atlantic SIG meeting is canceled. The next meeting is June 15.
 
You are required to register in advance for the meeting. Register for this meeting will be added when it's available. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


FxGS Membership Meeting - So You Want To Join A Lineage Society?
Thursday, May 19
FxGS Membership Meeting - So You Want To Join A Lineage Society?  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
Lineage societies offer the opportunity to honor your ancestor (whether saint, knight, yeoman farmer, or witch), make lasting friendships, participate in activities, and share in their philanthropic missions. What should you consider before choosing a particular society and once you do, what can you do to ensure your application is approved? Our speaker will share her personal experience in successfully applying to more than 50 societies, as well as tips and pet peeves from her time as a Registrar at the national, state, and local levels.
 
 
Karen Lynne Pogoloff is a retired management consultant, with more than forty years of experience; first as a secondary schoolteacher and then as a Program Manager, Director, and Vice President in the defense industry. She holds a B.S. in Education from Madison College (now James Madison University) and an M.A. in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida.
 
Ms. Pogoloff is a member of fifty-two lineage societies and eight genealogical/historical societies. Her current society positions include Volunteer Genealogist and National Vice Chair Insignia Sales, National Society Daughter of the American Revolution (NSDAR); Registrar Virginia Society, National Society Dames of the Court of Honor; Treasurer Virginia Court of Assistants, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; National Corresponding Clerk, National Society Descendants of Early Quakers; Second Vice President General, Order of the Descendants of El Cid; President of the Cape Henry Colony, National Society of New England Women; and Registrar General, Associated Daughters Early American Witches 2020-2022.
 
Ms. Pogoloff’s original research can be found in the Mayflower Descendant and other publications. She completed the Genealogical Principles Program at Boston University and is working on professional certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She served on the Council of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is a Life Member. She is spending her retirement attending genealogical conferences and workshops, building on her collection of antiques, and researching her family’s history.


FxGS Education Meeting - Research Planning Workshop
Saturday, May 21
FxGS Education Meeting - Research Planning Workshop  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
Join Kelly McMahon as she helps walk you through the steps to draft a solid research plan to keep you on task as your complete your research. This workshop will cover the following topics:
  • Creating a Research Log template that works for you
  • Determining the research goal or problem
  • Assessing known facts about the ancestor
  • Analyzing previous research and sources
  • Determine if DNA testing would be helpful (or even possible) in your research
  • Familiarize yourself with the localities in which your ancestor lived and potential migration patterns
  • Assess what record sets are available and will be helpful to your goal, and how to obtain these records
  • Dissecting a research plan
Part of the 2-hour workshop will be reserved for questions, so please if you have any questions or seek guidance, please feel free to ask Kelly. She loves helping people with their genealogy. If it would be helpful if participants have their personal goals written out and if they know the locality of where these ancestors lived, Kelly will use participants’ research goals as examples to assist them and to help the group learn from each other.
 
 
About the Speaker: Kelly L. McMahon, CG® is a Norfolk, Virginia, native and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Her interest in genealogy began at a young age, when she began researching her family lines from Surry County, Virginia, and Jamestown. Her professional genealogy research focuses on Colonial Virginia records – using creative methods to solve difficult genealogical problems that arise from burned counties and for marginalized populations in Colonial Virginia. Other research interests include land tax records, writing research plans, and probate/courthouse records.

Kelly is a Board Certified Genealogist, CG®. Kelly is a member of The Jamestowne Society - her 9th great grandfather, James Pyland, was a House of Burgesses Representative for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, in the 1650s. She also has ancestors who participated in Bacon's Rebellion in Isle of Wight County and Surry County, Virginia, and her 5th great grandmother, Sylvia Price Bell, donated bacon to the Continental Army during the American Revolution and is a proven female patriot for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kelly lives in the Tidewater area of Virginia, where she works full-time for Ancestry.com ProGenealogists as their Colonial Virginia Genealogist.



Genetic Genealogy SIG
Wednesday, June 1
Genetic Genealogy SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic and additional information will be posted closer to the event.
 
Are you interested in DNA as a tool to help trace and identify your ancestors? Come to the Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group to discuss and see presentations on this exciting part of genealogy. Contact SIG leader Janet Hall Werner at janetfamhist@gmail.com for more information.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, June 6
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night June 6th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review this month's manuscript.
 
If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to help you to make them even better.

We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations, or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.

If you wish to be added to the members' list to receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email and join the online meetings, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.

Join us at the online Zoom meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated into family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.


African American SIG: “Strategies and Techniques on African American Slave Research”
Monday, June 13
African American SIG: “Strategies and Techniques on African American Slave Research”  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required

Learn how to spot the clues which help to identify multiple enslavers and follow the enslaved families who were separated by wills and moved across the state - never to see each other again. Presented by Deborah A. Abbott.

 
For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, sophialaura@gmail.com.
 
Speaker Bio: Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology.  She serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Archives Advisory Commission. She is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN; past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, OH; and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M.Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio. For more information, visit her APGen page.
 
Caption: Betty Simmons, ex-slave, Beaumont, S.C. 1937.  Library of Congress


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Almost Heaven, Researching West Virginia Ancestors
Wednesday, June 15
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Almost Heaven, Researching West Virginia Ancestors  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The June Mid-Atlantic SIG meeting is planned for June 15. Lisbeth Williams will present, "Almost Heaven, Researching West Virginia Ancestors."
 
You are required to register in advance for the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!



African American SIG: “Using Scholars to Leverage Your African American Research Success”
Monday, September 19
African American SIG: “Using Scholars to Leverage Your African American Research Success”  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
 
 

For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, sophialaura@gmail.com.
 
Speaker Bio: Timothy N. Pinnick is a professional genealogist and researcher, nationally known speaker, author of Finding and Using African American Newspapers, and articles in NGS Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association for Professional Genealogist Quarterly.  He has presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Associations for African American Historical Research and Preservation, taught at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) and the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute. In 2021, he started an African American book business, and for more than a decade has researched Black coal miners and presented on “Coal Dust In Your Veins: Tips, Strategies, and Resources to Bring Your Coal Mining Ancestors to the Surface."
 
Photograph: Dr. A. Ladapo Oluwole, a Nigerian doctor.  Library of Congress.



African American SIG: “Using DNA Tests to Identify Enslaved Parents”
Monday, October 24
African American SIG: “Using DNA Tests to Identify Enslaved Parents”  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required

This presentation by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is based on “Parents for Isaac Garrett of Laurens County, South Carolina: DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition,” which won the National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s 2021 Award for Excellence. NGSQ,108(June 2020):85-112. The lecture will focus on the decision points involved in planning DNA tests and integrating the results into the proof argument set forth in the article.


For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, sophialaura@gmail.com.
 
Speaker Bio: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson worked as a tax lawyer for 35 years before retiring from a partner-level position at Ernst & Young in 2013. She is now an author, lecturer, teacher, Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. In 2021, she was elected as the 170th Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, the independent honorary society of the leading published scholars in the field of American genealogy. Founded in 1940, the ASG is limited to fifty life-time members designated as Fellows. For more information, visit her website.
 
Caption: Mother and child, Little Rock, Ark. 1937-8.  Library of Congress