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Tuesday, April 3 through Tuesday, May 8
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reston Community Center - Hunter Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd.Reston, VA, 20191

Direct to consumer DNA testing (combined with the availability of online historical records) now offers the potential to discover family relationships that previously were shrouded in obscurity. This class introduces the exciting field of genetic genealogy and assists participants in developing strategies for applying DNA testing to their own research.

Registration is open for this 6-week introductory class. For further information or to register, go to the link below and scroll down to  “Enrichment: http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/register-for-classes-activities

Contact instructor Jim Barry at jbarry6899@aol.com with questions.

Jim Barry


Finding Your Loved Ones: Searching Beyond Ancestry.com
Saturday, April 21
Finding Your Loved Ones: Searching Beyond Ancestry.com  (Other Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
The Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association will show you how to research your ancestors through cemetery records, the National Archives, and the Virginia Room. Registration required and opens on Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m. For registration and additional information, visit http://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/3586490.


Finding Your Loved Ones: Searching Beyond Ancestry.com  (Other Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
The Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association will show you how to research your ancestors through cemetery records, the National Archives, and the Virginia Room. Registration required and opens on Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m. For registration and additional information http://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/3586490.


Saturday, April 21
African-American Historical and Genealogical Society program: Coming to the Table  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library - 7420 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
April meeting of the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society with the program Coming to the Table. “The Legacy of Slavery in Rockville: Two Families, One Farmhouse, Six Generations.” Author Hannelore Quigley presents photos and artifacts that stirred curiosity in her as a child and led her to search for the descendants of the Black families in historical family photographs passed down through her family. Hannelore offers us a model for healing in the present by uncovering the past.


Tuesday, April 24
Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
RELIC’s Don Wilson will discuss effective research strategies and demonstrate advanced techniques for successfully searching and evaluating free online genealogy/history resources. See how information found in census, newspapers, passenger lists, maps, books and manuscripts can add detail and interest to your family history.
 
To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org.


Wednesday, April 25
Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society  (Other Events)
7:30 pm
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD
Monthly meeting of the Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society. A five-dollar donation is requested from non-members.
 
The April program Keystone Records in the Keystone State will be presented by Sharon McInness. What can you find in Pennsylvania state, county and historical society repositories? We'll look at the challenge of changing boundaries (both state and county), alternates to vital records, state censuses, and the following record groups: tax, legal, military, and land. Also on the menu, published histories and how to find them, manuscripts, repositories, the published Pennsylvania Archives and the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg.
 
For information about the program write to ldgene@verizon.net.


Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files with Sharon MacInnes
Friday, April 27
Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files with Sharon MacInnes  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: The Bureau of Land Management distributed the land of the 30 Federal Land States and has posted online the patents, or certificates of final title, for most of them. The patents finalize the first transfer of public domain land from the federal government to private individuals, including women and former slaves. These patents, however, are only the final document in an often years long process, and a Case File should exist in the National Archives for each of them. Case Files often contain incredible information about your ancestors: military service, specifics about “improvements” they made to the land before receiving final title, and often family information or immigration proof. Even the thinnest Case File at least locates a person in time and place and may include signatures on receipts. Two million abandoned claims that were filed but never completed also have Case Files. We’ll discuss how to access both the indexed and unindexed Case Files at the National Archives. They have never been microfilmed. These records precede the deeds in county courthouses.
 
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes is the CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com), a business which 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.


Saturday, April 28
Photos for Genealogy  (Other Events)
9:30 am
Washington DC Family History Library, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD
Presented by Gary Petranek. This presentation will focus on using photography in conjunction with your genealogy research. Topics covered will include photo quality, photo apps for phones and tablets, and tips on taking good tombstone photos. We will take a look at tips for photo organization on a computer and how to share digital files with family members and other researchers.


Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical and Archival Research
Saturday, April 28
Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical and Archival Research  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
     Are you tired of being told by archives, libraries, and government agencies that the genealogical records you want are "unavailable" to the public, are only available behind a paywall, or are only available to view if you can visit them onsite or during limited hours? We were too, so we figured out how to do something about it.
     We're Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of more than 3200 genealogists, researchers, historians, and journalists. We use state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to obtain copies of previously inaccessible archival record sets. We use these laws to force the government to hand over copies of genealogical records to the public, often for the first time ever. Then we then freely publish all the records we win online, as open data without any copyrights, paywalls, or usage restrictions.
     Our work has enabled the first-ever public access to more than ten million archival records (and counting!), ranging from marriage records to voter lists to civil service lists to state licensing files. We started with a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York in 2015, followed it up with a second successful case against the New York City Clerk’s Office in 2016, filed a third case in Missouri against their Department of Health and Senior Services, and are now spreading our legal work to other cities and states. We crowdsource ideas for new projects, publish a free e-mail newsletter, and make snarky comments about government agencies’ intransigence on social media.
     This presentation will walk through the history and legal basics of FOI laws, and will teach researchers how to file their own requests for any genealogical or archival records they may want to see returned to the public domain.
 
Presenter:
Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder and president of Reclaim The Records, and the first genealogist to successfully sue a government archive for the return of records to the public. A computer programmer, she is also the creator of LeafSeek, a free open source records management platform and multi-lingual search engine that won second place in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge.
 
Her work has helped non-profit organizations like the Israel Genealogical Research Association (IGRA) and Gesher Galicia publish over 1.2 million unique genealogical records online for free use. She is also a volunteer for ArchiveTeam, an online preservationist group that pre-emptively crawls at-risk websites to save copies of the data for the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Fieldtrip: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Monday, April 30
Fieldtrip: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)  (FxGS Field Trips)
8:45 am
National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Mon., 16 April 2018 – Pre-Registration. We are limited to 25 people for this trip. Please provide your name, address, email address, and phone numbers. This information is necessary for security and pre-registration for research cards. At the registration desk each person will be asked for a photo ID.

On Mon., 30 April, please plan to arrive at 8:45 am when the Archives opens. The building spans the blocks between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. There are two entrances to the building, a Pennsylvania Ave. entrance for employees and research, and a Constitution Ave. entrance for the Rotunda and the Museum. Please use the Pennsylvania Ave. entrance. We plan to gather in the lobby where we will be met by Carmel Wilkes, an Archives Specialist. She will lead the group to the lecture room where an Orientation to the National Archives and an Introduction to Research will be provided, followed by a brief period for Q&A. The total amount of time for the introductory program will be roughly 90 minutes. Following Q&A, research time will last until 5:45pm. The pull times are 9, 10, 11, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. There will be time to order records and view them prior to closing at 5:45pm.

The Orange/Blue Line Metro stop, Federal Triangle, is about five blocks away, and the Yellow/Green Line Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across the street. There is a small cafe located in the basement of the building. You may bring your lunch or purchase items from the cafe. There are also several restaurants in the area.
 
Contact Sherrie Craun at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list.



Genetic Genealogy SIG:
Wednesday, May 2
Genetic Genealogy SIG: "Use of GEDmatch tools in resolving family relationships" with Jim Logan  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, H108, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027

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. May's presentation will be "Use of GEDmatch tools in resolving family relationships" with Jim Logan. Contact SIG leader Jim Logan at jjlnv@comcast.net to present your case study.



Saturday, May 5
DAR Library Orientation Tour  (Other Events)
10:00 am
DAR Headquarters - 1776 D Street NW, NOC Assembly Room, Washington, DC.
Come join the DAR Library staff for a regularly scheduled introduction to this premier genealogical library, and an overview of its services and collections. Tours start in the Library at 10 AM and run about 30 minutes. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.


Using FamilySearch.org
Monday, May 7
Using FamilySearch.org  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Family Search.org website more effectively.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptop, etc.
 
There's been a change at Family Search and you now have to have an account (it's free) to do anything - even search.  So, please set up an account before you come to class, if you don't already have one, and remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.
 
There are handouts for this class. Please remember to bring a copy with you or have it available on your laptop if you're bringing one.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, class subject, and whether you're bringing a laptop, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Monday, May 7
Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and their American Journeys  (Other Events)
12:00 pm
African and Middle East Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Presented by Hasia Diner and sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington.
 
Over the course of the century from the 1820s through the 1920s peddling provided a common path for Jewish immigrants from Europe and the new homes in America. Going out on the road, laden with a jumble of goods, crossing into their customers’ homes and selling them a range of items, a way to make a living and learn how to become American. This humble, peripatetic occupation which for a few lead to great fortunes but for most just a solid life in of America and its Jews.


New England SIG: Using New England Probate Records
Monday, May 7
New England SIG: Using New England Probate Records  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
The webinar is presented by David Allen Lambert and moderated by Linda MacLachlan. This webinar discusses how to get the most out of probate records with special emphasis on those resources available at the NEHGS library and archives and online at AmericanAncestors.org/.


Monday, May 7
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and 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.
 
Come to the 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.
 
If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Wednesday, May 9
Resources for Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress  (Other Events)
10:30 am
Main Reading Room, LJ-100, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
The orientation class by the Local History and Genealogy reference staff is designed as a basic introduction for genealogical researchers using the Library of Congress collections.
 
Each session includes an introduction to genealogical research: what it is and what it involves; the Local History and Genealogy resources and collections: compiled family histories, local histories, city directories, telephone books, the reference collection, how to search the Library's online catalog, and an overview of automated resources on the Internet.
 
How to locate published census schedules and indexes, ship passenger lists, military service and pension records, military lists and registers, cemetery records, church records and registers, court records, land records, and registers of births will be included. The orientation classes are offered
 
Registration is required. Visit http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/tours.html for additional information.


Fieldtrip: Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Research Center
Friday, May 11
Fieldtrip: Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Research Center  (FxGS Field Trips)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
The Mount Vernon Genealogical Research Center offers a large genealogical library which includes basic and extensive references with some books and journals only available at the Research Center. The field trip will begin with a tour of the facility to acquaint the attendees with the books, journals, maps, manuscripts, CDs, videos, website and computers at the Research Center followed by an opportunity to conduct research.

It is recommended that attendees familiarize themselves with the Research Center’s website https://mvgenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=43 in advance of the trip. In addition, please provide information such as surnames related to research interest to Sherrie Craun, FxGS Field Trip Coordinator, by Monday, May 7, 2018.
 
Contact Sherrie Craun at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in
the event of last minute schedule changes. Additional information about this field trip will be included in the March Newsletter.


Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told with Chuck Mason
Friday, May 18
Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told with Chuck Mason  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Family stories usually contain at least some true facts. But what do you do when almost nothing is true? This program demonstrates how a 25-year brick wall was broken down.
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., is a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is a graduate of NGS’s American Genealogy: Home Study Course, (1994), a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001), the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University (2010).
 
Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program and is an instructor for the NGS course Beyond the Basics. He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; has published genealogy articles in journals, magazines and newsletters; and is co-host of a public television genealogy program in Fairfax County.


Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors with Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Saturday, May 19
Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors with Angela Packer McGhie, CG  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Sometimes you need to be able to identify an ancestor without his “name tag.” Characteristics such as occupation, birthplace, signature, age and family members can be helpful in locating individuals in records, as well as in distinguish individuals of the same name.
Comparing information found in one record to that of another record can help determine if they refer to the same individual. Many different characteristics of an individual can be used in this comparison. This technique can be especially useful to overcome indexing issues where you ancestor’s name may not be identifiable, or in situations where a name has been changed.
 
Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG, is a professional genealogist, lecturer and instructor. She is a course coordinator and instructor at genealogy institutes, and speaker at national conferences. Angela enjoys serving as a facilitator for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program, and a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund, and on the board of the ProGen Study Program.


German SIG: How to use NARA Record Group 85 for Genealogy Research
Monday, May 21
German SIG: How to use NARA Record Group 85 for Genealogy Research  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Dr. Krystyn Moon, Professor, Martha Washington University, will present "How to use NARA Record Group 85 for Genealogy Research." This is a standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



Fieldtrip: Contrabands and Freedman Cemetery
Saturday, June 2
Fieldtrip: Contrabands and Freedman Cemetery  (FxGS Field Trips)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
1001 South Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Char McCargo Bah, FxGS member, has graciously agreed to narrate. On Saturday, 2 June, please plan to arrive at 10:30 am to meet at the Contraband and Freedman Memorial. The field trip will be approximately 90 minutes.The Contrabands and Freedman Cemetery is a burial place for about 1,800 African Americans who fled to Alexandria to escape bondage during the Civil War. Char will explain how a 1939 Alexandria Land Use map helped to locate the cemetery. Char will introduce us to Travis Murphy whose parents buried a child in the cemetery.
 
Contact Sherrie Craun at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please  provide a telephone number inthe event of last minute schedule changes.


Monday, June 4
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and 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.
 
Come to the 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.
 
If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23
Genealogy and History of the Eastern Shore 2018 Conference  (Other Events)
Craddockville United Methodist Church, Craddockville VA 23341

A onferencec about the genealogy and history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.ghotes.net/.




2018 FxGS Fall Fair
Saturday, October 27
2018 FxGS Fall Fair  (FxGS Fall Fair)
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Save the date for the 2018 FxGS Fall Fair! Watch the website more info!



2019 FxGS Spring Conference -
Friday, April 5, 2019 through Saturday, April 6, 2019
2019 FxGS Spring Conference - "Find Your Missing Branches"  (FxGS Spring Conference)
Reston Sheraton, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA
Save the date for the 2019 FxGS Spring Conference! Watch for more info!