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African American Genealogy Study Group
Monday, August 5
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA, 20121-2299
Announcing an African American Genealogy Study Group. Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this study group facilitated by Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian. Share your brick walls and research success stories. We’ll learn from each other!
 
All meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month, June 3, August 5, October 7 and December 2; 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Centreville Regional Library. Registration, which opens May 6th, is appreciated.
 
Ideas? Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Laura Wickstead laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov



A Whaleman’s Tale: From Rhode Island to Australia and Back
Friday, September 27
A Whaleman’s Tale: From Rhode Island to Australia and Back  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Hear the story of George V. B. Holden, a 19thcentury mariner, follow the clues through records and newspaper accounts that reveal how this Rhode Islander wound up living in the Land Down Under. The presentation will focus not only on Holden’s life, but also highlight the many resources available to help modern researchers learn more about their family’s history.
 
Presenter: A native of Rhode Island, Andrew D. Boisvert has worked at the DAR Library for 3 years and currently works as a Library Cataloging and Manuscripts Assistant.  Before joining the DAR Library staff, he worked at the Old Colony History Museum. Andrew is deeply passionate about discovering the truth behind family lore, as well as teaching others how to explore their family’s past.


Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Writing, Documenting and Sharing
Saturday, September 28
Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Writing, Documenting and Sharing  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Preserve your research and your family heritage by writing documented biographical sketches of your ancestors. This can be done by verifying details of family stories, or pulling details from records where there are few family stories for an ancestor. These techniques will be demonstrated with several stories and examples. 
 
Presenter: Angela Packer McGhie, CG is the Education Director for the National Genealogical Society, and a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  She enjoys coordinating courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, as well as teaching at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. She served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors.



African American Genealogy Study Group
Monday, October 7
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA, 20121-2299
Announcing an African American Genealogy Study Group. Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this study group facilitated by Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian. Share your brick walls and research success stories. We’ll learn from each other!
 
All meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month, June 3, August 5, October 7 and December 2; 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Centreville Regional Library. Registration, which opens May 6th, is appreciated.
 
Ideas? Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Laura Wickstead laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, October 7
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 Libby Chandler’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.
 


“Destitute in Everything but Indignation:” Loyalist Refugees and Their Records
Friday, October 25
“Destitute in Everything but Indignation:” Loyalist Refugees and Their Records  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: This lecture will take a look at the history of Loyalist refugees, and will touch upon main record types for this group. We will look at examples of individuals from a variety of social groups who became associated with the Loyalist cause, and will briefly explore the kinds of records they left behind.
 
Presenter: Kadri Kallikorm-Rhodes has a background in both history and genealogy, and currently serves as reference librarian at the DAR Library in Washington, DC. Her research interests are mostly concentrated on the Eastern seaboard, especially in Monmouth and Sussex Counties of New Jersey, but she has also worked on the 1860s Jewish community in Helena, Montana, as well as other places where her lines have taken her.


Are You a Hare or a Tortoise? Is Haste Generating waste in Your Genealogical Life?
Saturday, October 26
Are You a Hare or a Tortoise? Is Haste Generating waste in Your Genealogical Life?  (FxGS Fall Fair)
9:30 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: All of us genealogists, including professional ones, eventually wish we had not been so quick to jump to conclusions. We chastise ourselves because we were in a hurry and didn’t write down exactly where we got that deed. Or we’re frustrated that a correspondent sent us an unattributed article or bio and we neglected to find out the date and title of the newspaper or determine what book that bio was printed in. In other words, long after we obtain a piece of information, we don’t know how to get back to it and we expect ourselves, and others, to just trust that we have it right. After all, it’s so funto gather those birth certificates and baptismal records and tombstone inscriptions, isn’t it! And then we’re off to our next discovery—and eurekamoments!  Genealogy is exciting!  
 
It’s even more exciting to win that race at a slower and steadier gait (perhaps not as slow as a tortoise, but just as deliberate) because we can then be satisfied that we didn’t skip any steps. We can state with authority whether two women of the same name, born in the same year and living in the same area, are really one woman. Or perhaps cousins who share a common grandfather. Or perhaps sisters-in-law who have nothing at all but husbands in common.  
 
Three sessions are designed to build upon each other and suggest what to do when you cannot answer “yes” to the following statements:
 
Lesson 1You have created a thoughtful, practical, and productive organizational structure that allows you to find every fact and document you have collected without flailing around  
 
Lesson 2You can convince a professional researcher that the timeline for each major ancestor and links to each generation are airtight
 

Lesson 3: You ascribe to the “two heads are better than one” theory and practice it  

Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes is a Certified Genealogist with 40+ years of experience, alumna of numerous national institutes, author/compiler of eight books, and CEO of Ancestor Tracks. She coordinated the German SIG and Methodology SIG for FxGS for many years and was Program Chair for MVGS for 3 years. Currently member of the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society,



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, November 4
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 Lisa Shaughnessy’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.
 


What is Tropy and why should genealogists use it?
Friday, November 15
What is Tropy and why should genealogists use it?  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Do you have scores of digital images which need organized and analyzed? Well then Tropy may be for you. This free software program allows a researcher to create collections, tag images, add notes, and so much more. It is perfect for long term research papers and writing projects too.
 
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award winning author and lecturer based in Northern Virginia. She presents on a variety of topics from methodology to DNA. Currently Shannon is earning her Master of Science in Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. In addition to her free-lance work, Shannon is a staff genealogist at the National Society Colonial Dames 17thCentury in Washington, D.C.


House Histories and Research Strategies for Early Colonial Ancestors
Saturday, November 16
House Histories and Research Strategies for Early Colonial Ancestors  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: House Histories: What are they and why are they important
Genealogy is made up of a variety of fields. One of the lesser known research avenues are building histories. The history of home, business, or simple building can tell a researcher and amazing amount of information.  In this presentation learn how to research the history of a building and how to use it in your genealogy. 
 
Research Strategies for Early Colonial America Ancestors
Research into Colonial North America can be extremely difficult, and at times highly specialized. This presentation will discuss the importance of history in your research, tips and tricks for finding early records, what records are available and where to find them, how to evaluate research materials for accuracy, and the use of social history to put ancestors in context.
 
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award winning author and lecturer based in Northern Virginia. She presents on a variety of topics from methodology to DNA. Currently Shannon is earning her Master of Science in Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. In addition to her free-lance work, Shannon is a staff genealogist at the National Society Colonial Dames 17thCentury in Washington, D.C.
 
 



African American Genealogy Study Group
Monday, December 2
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA, 20121-2299
Announcing an African American Genealogy Study Group. Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this study group facilitated by Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian. Share your brick walls and research success stories. We’ll learn from each other!
 
All meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month, June 3, August 5, October 7 and December 2; 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Centreville Regional Library. Registration, which opens May 6th, is appreciated.
 
Ideas? Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Laura Wickstead laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, December 2
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 Fran Milhouser'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.
 



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 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.
 


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 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.
 


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.