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German SIG: German Holiday traditions and Dumont Bildatlas city maps
Monday, December 16
German SIG: German Holiday traditions and Dumont Bildatlas city maps  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Discuss German Holiday traditions and a discussion how to use Dumont Bildatlas city maps for the larger German cities together with Kevan Hansen’s German Parish Registers (Presenter – Bob Dunfield) Bring your cameras or phones. Christmas cookies maybe found too. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, January 6, 2020
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a Sarah McDougall’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
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.
 


Genetic Genealogy SIG: AncestryDNA’s ThruLines, and other tips and tricks for making DNA discoveries
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Genetic Genealogy SIG: AncestryDNA’s ThruLines, and other tips and tricks for making DNA discoveries  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Room H-108, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Topic: Janet Hall Werner will present "AncestryDNA’s ThruLines, and other tips and tricks for making DNA discoveries." 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.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Visiting Local Historical Societies
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Visiting Local Historical Societies  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Caroline Brethauer will present on what can be gained by visiting and researching using local historical societies. Join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group! If you would like additional information on the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group, contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information.


Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County
Friday, January 24, 2020
Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
(Snow date January 31)
 
Lecture Description: The story of John Singleton Mosby is the story about a band of Confederate cavalrymen known as the Forty-third Battalion Virginia Cavalry, or Mosby’s Rangers. This unit conducted military combat guerilla operations into Northern Virginia, behind enemy lines, especially Fairfax County, and became recognized by the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps as the most feared and successful guerilla unit in the history of modern warfare.
 
Presenter: Don Hakenson was born in Washington DC, but lived practically his entire life in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has spent countless years researching obscure Civil War incidents and sites in Fairfax County, especially regarding the Confederate guerilla chieftain Colonel John S. Mosby and his rangers. For over a decade Don has conducted Mosby & Fairfax County Civil War bus tours for the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society; the Franconia Museum; and other Civil War related organizations inside and outside of the State of Virginia.
 
Don is the past President for the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society. He is a current board member of that organization and served as a History Commissioner for Lee District in Fairfax County for over five years. Don is also a founder and a member on the board of directors for the Franconia Museum and is a Civil War advisor for the Mosby Foundation, in Warrenton, Virginia.


1) Alien Registration Files 2) U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin
Saturday, January 25, 2020
1) Alien Registration Files 2) U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
(Snow date February 1)
 
Lecture Description:  Alien Registration Files– The Alien Registration Act of 1940 was a WWII national security measure which directly impacted immigrants who planned to remain in the U.S. for 30 days or longer. Aliens were issued a card which they had to carry at all times. Files have extensive genealogical information such as: naturalization documents, photographs, affidavits, correspondence and application documents which were completed by the alien. This presentation will examine this often-overlooked resource which may be the key to finding an immigrant ancestor's original surname and village of origin. 
 
Using U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin–Genealogical research in foreign countries demands that you have the original surname of your ancestor and his/her exact village of origin. Many immigrants Anglicized, shortened and even changed their names in the U.S. They usually gave their birthplace as the larger town or city closest to their village. This presentation will discuss which U.S. records can help you find these two facts which are vital for research in "the old country."
 
Presenter: Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers on the Civil War Widow's Pension Project and as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. Carol researches her Greek ancestry and helps her husband with his Czech and northern European research. She writes a monthly family history column, Turning Hearts, for Meridian Magazine online, and writes and edits personal and family histories.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, February 3, 2020
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing Sarah Fleming’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
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.
 


The Grand Army of the Republic
Friday, February 21, 2020
The Grand Army of the Republic  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
(Snow date February 28)
 
Lecture Description: The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization for men who served in the Union Military during the Civil War.  Founded in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois, hundreds of local posts were founded predominately in states loyal to the Union. Peaking in 1890 with more than 490,000 members and was finally dissolved in 1956 with the death of the last member.
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG SMis a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program. He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
 
Chuck is the host of Tracing Your Family Roots at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10. Rebroadcasts of the show can be viewed at their website at tracingroots.nova.org. He is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies


1) Researching Enslaved Ancestors 2) Finding Calvin: Following my Formerly-Enslaved Ancestor
Saturday, February 22, 2020
1) Researching Enslaved Ancestors 2) Finding Calvin: Following my Formerly-Enslaved Ancestor  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
City of Fairfax Regional Library 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA
(Snow date February 29th)
 
Lecture Description: Researching Enslaved Ancestors – It’s often said that “there’s no such thing as a slave record”, however, many records which document the lives of the formerly-enslaved, do exist! The presenter will share several commonly-used documents for slave research and will model how to locate and extract information about the formerly-enslaved.
 
Finding Calvin – In this case study, the presenter demonstrates, step-by-step, how she first discovered her ancestor's status as enslaved, and then, using exhaustive research techniques, followed him through 25 years of enslavement with four different owners. Participants will learn to use specific documents for identifying and documenting the lives of formerly-enslaved individuals.
 
Presenter: Renate Yarborough Sanders, genealogist, is a descendant of formerly-enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers, and free people of color. She authors two blogs, has an online funeral program database, is a member of several genealogical and historical organizations, and is a panelist on the YouTube show, “Black Pro Gen Live”. 
 



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, March 2, 2020
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
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.
 


Researching Ancestors from Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Researching Ancestors from Galicia, Austria-Hungary  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
 
Lecture Description: Discover resources for research the multi-ethnic Province of Galicia in Austria-Hungary. Learn what records are available to assist you in determining your immigrant ancestor's home village in today's Poland and Ukraine and how to locate church records, cadastral maps and more to research your family.
 
Presenter: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Research Team Lead and genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With over 28 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes U.S. and Eastern European research.


1) Jersey Roots: Province to Statehood 2) Essential Resources for New Jersey Genealogy
Saturday, March 28, 2020
1) Jersey Roots: Province to Statehood 2) Essential Resources for New Jersey Genealogy  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Jersey Roots: Province to Statehood – Discover the history of the only twin Province through the records of the East Jersey Board of Proprietors and the Council of West Jersey Proprietors from the 1680s through 1702, and the colonial government through early statehood.
 
Essential Resources for New Jersey Genealogy– Many of New Jersey’s best reference materials and web resources require detailed explanation in order to be used effectively. Discover how to effectively use a variety of published reference books, journals, source material, finding aids, and important websites that are useful for New Jersey genealogy research.
 
Presenter: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Research Team Lead and genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With over 28 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes U.S. and Eastern European research.
 



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, April 6, 2020
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
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.
 


Mostly Involuntary Servitude
Friday, April 24, 2020
Mostly Involuntary Servitude  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Sometimes, in order, to emigrate to what is now the United States (and elsewhere around the world) able-bodied individuals would become indentured servants. Though many of these arrangements were by choice, some were not. Let’s explore the databases that help us identify whether our ancestors were indentured or not.
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard is the principle of MosaicRPM. She specializes in NC and southern records and lectures on NC research, genealogy society initiatives, and research tools. She is the editor of the NCGS Journal and a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. She has done research for and appeared on WDYTYA?


1 ) People Power – Crowdsourced Projects 2) 50 Overlooked Genealogical Resources
Saturday, April 25, 2020
1 ) People Power – Crowdsourced Projects 2) 50 Overlooked Genealogical Resources  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: People Power – We have benefitted from many projects where crowdsourcing has taken what seemed like an impossibly large project or for which an archive had no funding and made it accessible to researchers.  This is done by doing what is called crowdsourcing. Let’s talk about crowdsourcing, what it is, some of the earliest projects and how pervasive this strategy has become in order to get increasing amounts of data searchable and images findable by researchers.  The value is not always in the size of the project and in the ability to make available information previously hidden to all but the most persistent researchers. Includes a review of at least 20 projects.
 
Genealogical Resources in 50 Minutes!– For over 12 years I have been authoring a Net Notes column for Internet Genealogy; I have authored pieces for this publication since its founding in 2006. “Internet Genealogy looks at websites and related news that are sure to be of interest.”  This column provides a quick snapshot of neat free genealogically-relevant databases that have caught my eye. We are not talking database additions to Ancestry or FamilySearch et al.  Many of these are home-grown narrowly focused databases that just might provide you with an invaluable piece of information. I’ve easily written over 400 net notes.  Let’s take a look at a “whole bunch” of hidden gems you have available at your fingertips that you might not be aware of.
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard is the principle of MosaicRPM. She specializes in NC and southern records and lectures on NC research, genealogy society initiatives, and research tools. She is the editor of the NCGS Journal and a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. She has done research for and appeared on WDYTYA?



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, May 4, 2020
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
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.
 


Why Can’t I Find My Ancestor’s Vital Records?
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Why Can’t I Find My Ancestor’s Vital Records?  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Often beginning researchers encounter problems when they search for their ancestor’s vital records.  There are a number of reasons why researchers encounter these problems.  This presentation will address a number of misconceptions researchers have about vital record.  Often the main problem is a misunderstanding of vital records, how and why they were created, and where the records may be kept.
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG SMis a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program.  He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
 
Chuck is the host of Tracing Your Family Roots at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10. Rebroadcasts of the show can be viewed at their website at tracingroots.nova.org. He is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies


Beyond Vital Records - Additional Sources to Trace Eastern European Ancestry
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Beyond Vital Records - Additional Sources to Trace Eastern European Ancestry  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
11:00 am
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
 
Lecture Description:European borders were fluid, so one family’s records may be in many languages and multiple archives. This talk examines one family that lived in the area spanning the Ukraine/Romanian border but which has been Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Soviet Union and Ukraine. Multiple record sources were used to reconstruct this family.
 
Presenter: Lara Diamond Lara has been researching her family for over 25 years and has traced all branches of her family multiple generations back in Europe using Russian and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, plus some Belarus and Poland. She recently assumed leadership of Jewish Gen’s Subcarpathian SIG and also runs several town-focused projects. She blogs at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, June 1, 2020
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
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.
 



Botetourt Genealogy Fair 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 through Sunday, July 12, 2020
Botetourt Genealogy Fair 2020  (Other Events)
Breckinridge Elementary School, 331 Springwood Road, Fincastle, VA 24090
For additional information, please download the Botetourt Genealogy fair brochure at http://www.botetourtva.gov/documents/library/genealogy_fair_brochure.pdf.