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Family History Writing SIG
Monday, November 1
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 November 1st from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review Fran Millhouser's manuscript Who To Turn To.
 
Mary Ann Keats was twenty-two years old in 1861 when her husband died and left her alone with their three-year-old daughter.  Who could she turn to for assistance?  Her parents were deceased, but what about her sister and her brothers; or her three uncles and two aunts?
 
The information in census records, city directories, books and articles about members of her family reveal a pattern of survival that might have been common among women of means who were widowed or remained unmarried during the late 1850s and early 1900s.
 
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 in 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.

 

 



New England SIG: Proving data about your pre-1640 New England ancestors
Thursday, November 4
New England SIG: Proving data about your pre-1640 New England ancestors  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
McLean Family History Center, 2034 Great Falls St, Falls Church, VA 22043
The New England SIG will meet at the McLean Family History Center at 7:00 pm on November 4 with a presentation “Proving data about your pre-1640 New England ancestors.” Due to Covid, masks are required and only the first 4 people to arrive will be admitted. Latecomers may find out what they missed by making an appointment at the MFHC any Friday between 9:30 am and 1 pm. For more information, contact SIG Leader Linda MacLachlan ggggrandmac -at- gmail.com


FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, November 8
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


FxGS Education Meeting: Swedish Research with Janet Johnson
Saturday, November 13
FxGS Education Meeting: Swedish Research with Janet Johnson  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
For our sessions with Fairfax Genealogical Society, we will cover two subjects in Swedish Research:
 
Swedish Parish Records: The Swedish Church records are some of the most extensive available. We will review the structure of Swedish Church records, how to access those records, as well as how to move through the records.   Emphasis will be put on tools that can be utilized to ensure success in researching these primary records.  We will briefly discuss the patronymic naming structure, as well as the how to follow military names in the church records. We will review how to access the Swedish Church records both through fee-based options: Ancestry.com, and Arkivdigital.com, as well as accessing through the Swedish National Archives and Familysearch.org which are free sites. 
 
Swedish Emigration Records: We will discuss the importance of place, as well as the importance of birthdate in working with this group of records. We will discuss the importance of determining the parish of birth of your immigrant ancestor, how to use the Swedish American Lutheran Church records in aiding in the quest to determine the parish of birth. In an effort to build a profile of the immigrant we will use several databases to assist in the process.  And we will discuss how to overcome the common practice of Swedes changing their last name at the time of immigration.
 
About the Speaker: Janet Johnson has spent the past 40 years researching her Swedish Family History.  With roots deep in Sweden has been helped develop an interest in the country, traditions, crafts, and people of the country. Janet has fully cited Swedish family tree with more than 15,000 individuals. Currently, Ms. Johnson leads a group of Swedish Genealogy Researchers in the greater DC area, meeting monthly to develop skills to overcome the challenges of Swedish research. She tirelessly works to help individuals find their Swedish roots and overcome brickwalls in their research.   She specifically helps individuals determine the location of birth for immigrant ancestors, as well as ships passenger lists. She has just completed the Boston University Genealogical Certificate program and the SLIG certificate in Swedish and Finnish Research.  She has taken courses with the Swedish American Genealogist, the Swenson Center, Swedish Historical Society, the Nordic Museum and researched in multiple archives in Sweden. She has given presentations on Swedish Genealogy and Swedish Immigration to the Vasa Order of American, the Escanaba Public Library, an instructor with the Lifelong Learning Center at Montgomery College, as well as Drott Lodge.


German Special Interest Group - Turnverein
Monday, November 15
German Special Interest Group - Turnverein  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Special Interest Group member Bobbie Leamer will present on Turnverein, German-American gymnastic clubs. They promoted German culture, physical culture, liberal politics, and supported the Union war effort during the American Civil War. By the start of World War I, they had declined considerably. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Beginners Special Interest Group: Using the Catalogs in FamilySearch and Ancestry
Thursday, November 18
Beginners Special Interest Group: Using the Catalogs in FamilySearch and Ancestry  (FxGS SIG Events)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)
The next meeting of the Beginners SIG will be on Thursday, Nov 18, at 10:30 AM.  The topic will be "Using the Catalogs in FamilySearch and Ancestry."
 
 
Are you new to genealogy? Are you trying to figure out what to do with all the names and dates that you have gathered? Are you running into brick walls before you feel like you've even gotten started? We can help! The Beginner's Special Interest Group (SIG) is led by Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian, and John Turbyfill, FxGS Vice President for Programs. It will be a chance for novice genealogists to gather, learn, and share some of the challenges they are facing. If you want to learn more about how to get started in genealogy, please join us! You can ask questions at programs@fxgs.org.


FxGS Membership Meeting: Searching for Cherokee Ancestors with Kathie Forbies
Thursday, November 18
FxGS Membership Meeting: Searching for Cherokee Ancestors with Kathie Forbies  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Today the three Cherokee bands comprise the largest tribe in the United States. When Europeans arrived in the Americas about 20,000 Cherokee lived in what is now the southeastern United States, mostly on the southwestern side of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Cherokee began moving west about 1800, and in 1838 all but about 1500 of the Cherokee remaining in the east were forcibly removed to Indian Territory over what is now known as the Trail of Tears. Mostly as a result of their long interaction with the British and Americans, the Cherokee are the best-documented tribe with rolls and censuses going back to the early 1800s. Perhaps for the same reason, thousands of people now believe that they have a Cherokee ancestor. This presentation will cover a brief history of the Cherokee and a review of the many rolls and other resources for finding and documenting a Cherokee ancestor.
 
About the Speaker: Kathie Forbes is a third-generation Washingtonian who grew up in northern Virginia. She attended and graduated from the University of New Hampshire, married, lived, and worked there for almost 50 years. She retired from her position as University Registrar in 2013 and returned to Northern Virginia. She has been a member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society for six years. She is a citizen of Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma) and Past President of the Capital City Cherokee Community. She has been studying Cherokee history and working with Cherokee genealogy for over 35 years. She serves as a resource person for Cherokee history and genealogy at both Wikitree and Geni and also assists those who are searching for a Cherokee ancestor.



New England SIG: Proving data about your pre-1640 New England ancestors’ children
Thursday, December 2
New England SIG: Proving data about your pre-1640 New England ancestors’ children  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
McLean Family History Center, 2034 Great Falls St, Falls Church, VA 22043
The New England SIG will meet at the McLean Family History Center at 7:00 pm on December 2 with a presentation “Proving data about your pre-1640 New England ancestors' children.” Due to Covid, masks are required and only the first 4 people to arrive will be admitted. Latecomers may find out what they missed by making an appointment at the MFHC any Friday between 9:30 am and 1 pm. For more information, contact SIG Leader Linda MacLachlan ggggrandmac -at- gmail.com


FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, December 6
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, December 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 December 6th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review two short manuscripts prepared by Worth Anderson.
 

Using Autosomal DNA to Identify the Biological Father of James Robert White. Traditional genealogical information with autosomal DNA is used to resolve a case of misattributed parentage.

 

Sketch of John Lewis, Pioneer Stage Coachman. Historical context is used to flesh out the genealogical sketch of a relative who traveled the Oregon Trail and became a stage coach driver during Idaho's wild west days.

 

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 in 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.

 

 



German Special Interest Group - Christmas
Monday, December 20
German Special Interest Group - Christmas  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
This meeting will be an open forum with a Christmas theme! Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, January 3, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, January 3, 2022
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 January 3rd 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 in 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.

 

 



New England SIG: Organizing Your Data
Thursday, January 6, 2022
New England SIG: Organizing Your Data  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
McLean Family History Center, 2034 Great Falls St, Falls Church, VA 22043
The New England SIG will meet at the McLean Family History Center at 7:00 pm on January 6 with a presentation “Organizing Your Data.” Due to Covid, masks are required and only the first 4 people to arrive will be admitted. Latecomers may find out what they missed by making an appointment at the MFHC any Friday between 9:30 am and 1 pm. For more information, contact SIG Leader Linda MacLachlan ggggrandmac -at- gmail.com


German Special Interest Group - DAGV and Your Research
Monday, January 17, 2022
German Special Interest Group - DAGV and Your Research  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will discuss how the "Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände e. v" (DAGV) can help your research. The DAGV is the umbrella organization of the genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 20, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, January 22, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, February 7, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, February 7, 2022
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 February 7th 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 in 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.

 

 



FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, February 17, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, February 19, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


German Special Interest Group - The Northern Crusades
Monday, February 21, 2022
German Special Interest Group - The Northern Crusades  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German SIG will discuss the Northern Crusades and German movement to the North and East of Europe. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, March 7, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, March 7, 2022
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 March 7th 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 in 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.

 

 



Saturday, March 12, 2022
FxGS 2022 Spring Conference  (FxGS Spring Conference)
The 2022 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference will be held on March 12, 2022. Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


German Special Interest Group - German POWs in America
Monday, March 21, 2022
German Special Interest Group - German POWs in America  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will discuss German POWs in America and Alien Records – From the Revolution to World War II. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, April 4, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, April 4, 2022
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 April 4th 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 in 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.

 

 



German Special Interest Group - American German Church Books
Monday, April 18, 2022
German Special Interest Group - American German Church Books  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will hear a presentation on where to find American German Church books today. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 21, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, April 23, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, May 2, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, May 2, 2022
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 May 2nd 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 in 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.

 

 



German Special Interest Group - Impact of Austria-Hungary on Germans Today
Monday, May 16, 2022
German Special Interest Group - Impact of Austria-Hungary on Germans Today  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will hear a presentation on the impact of Austria-Hungary on Germans today (Austrian Genealogy/Austrian Empire Research). Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



Monday, June 6, 2022
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 in 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.