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Family History Writing and Genetic Genealogy SIG Joint Meeting: The Father of James Robert White
Wednesday, February 2
Family History Writing and Genetic Genealogy SIG Joint Meeting: The Father of James Robert White  (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 joint meeting of the FxGS Family History Writing and Genetic Genealogy SIGs online Zoom meeting on Wednesday night, February 2nd, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review Worth Anderson’s manuscript about Jim White.
 
In a sense, this manuscript is a genealogical whimsy. He came across Jim White (his fourth cousin once removed) while documenting lines of DNA matches related to the early generations of his Gibson family. Jim White’s daughter is a DNA match to him. He decided he could not use their connection as evidence in the Gibson case study because a non-paternity event in her line made too much “noise,” but he still wanted to include her in the overall project.  
 
When he contacted her, she had already determined that her biological grandfather likely was not the man named on her father’s birth certificate, but rather a “Ben Taylor.” When he dug into it, he found two Ben Taylors in the family – an uncle and a son – and that DNA indicated which was the right person.
 
If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to help you to make them even better.

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

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

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


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


Beginners Special Interest Group: Military Records for Genealogy
Thursday, February 10
Beginners Special Interest Group: Military Records for Genealogy  (FxGS SIG Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)
We are a Nation of Veterans. From the earliest colonial era conflicts to the present, citizens and recent immigrants, men and women, individuals of every race and ethnicity have serviced our country in the various branches of the military. Learn how to discover military service and sources for family history research.
 
Caption: It’s a Woman’s War too!  WWII Navy recruiting poster 1942.  Library of Congress.
 
Zoom Registration: Click Here
 
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.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Coram Ancestors
Wednesday, February 16
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Coram Ancestors  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The February Mid-Atlantic SIG meeting is planned for February 16. SIG Leader Don Coram will deliver a presentation on his ancestors.
 
You are required to register in advance for the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


FxGS Membership Meeting: Slavery Index – Historic Records Center at Fairfax Courthouse
Thursday, February 17
FxGS Membership Meeting: Slavery Index – Historic Records Center at Fairfax Courthouse  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
In her presentation, Heather Bollinger will discuss how court archivists used the historic records in their care to create the Fairfax Court Slavery Index. This index comprises nearly 50,000 individuals, consisting of the enslaved, enslavers, and free African Americans. These names were taken from court records dating back to 1742 and include wills, deeds, tax records, and free African-American registers, among others. Heather will review the archivists’ process for creating the index and how it is used today.
 

Heather Bollinger is the Historic Records Manager at the Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center in Fairfax, Virginia. She received a Master’s degree in American history from the University of Central Florida in 2011. Her master’s thesis concerned the education of newly freed African Americans during Reconstruction in Jacksonville, Florida. Heather also earned a Master’s degree in library science from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, where she specialized in archives and information management. She has been with the Fairfax Circuit Court for seven years.


FxGS Education Meeting: Freedman’s Bureau Records
Saturday, February 19
FxGS Education Meeting: Freedman’s Bureau Records  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
The Bureau of Refugees and Abandoned Lands is not a new collection, but it is not used as much as it should be. It covers the period right after the Civil WAR (1865-1872). It existed as a relief organization to help newly freed African Americans, poor Whites, and the US Colored Troops along with anyone in need. This session will show how to access the Bureau and highlight the benefits of the Bureau Collection to enhance your research.
 
 
An avid genealogist for over 30 years, Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy, aka "familytreegirl," was born and raised in Michigan, now living in central Virginia. She conducts genealogy workshops at local, state and national conferences. Murphy is known for her inspiring & interactive "SO WHAT" with genealogical research, along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures such as the use of Timelines.
 
Murphy serves on the Boards of the Library of Virginia and the Albemarle Charlottesville and Fluvanna Historical Societies.
She is the President, Coordinator, and Instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) and develops staff and public educational programs for the Center for Family History at the International African American Museum (opening Fall/22). She holds membership in AAHGS NGS, APG, DAR, and local genealogy groups. 
 
Currently working for the University of Virginia as the Descendant Project Researcher-seeking descendants of the enslaved laborers who built the university. Adjunct Professor at Averett University since 2009. Dr. Murphy’s personal research focuses on Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia/West Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


German Special Interest Group - The Pommerian Grief
Tuesday, February 22
German Special Interest Group - The Pommerian Grief  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Note the date changed from February 21 to February 22.
 
The German SIG will discuss what the Pommerian Grief could do for you if you had ancestors there. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.
 
Please remember to wear your mask and follow social distancing. Also, note that all Fairfax County Public Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday until the end of March. For those months, we will meet on TUESDAY at the Pohick Library. 



Genetic Genealogy SIG
Wednesday, March 2
Genetic Genealogy SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic and additional information will be posted closer to the event.
 
Are you interested in DNA as a tool to help trace and identify your ancestors? Come to the Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group to discuss and see presentations on this exciting part of genealogy. Contact SIG leader Janet Hall Werner at janetfamhist@gmail.com for more information.


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


Family History Writing SIG - The Vermont Ancestors of Harlow Ades
Monday, March 7
Family History Writing SIG - The Vermont Ancestors of Harlow Ades  (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 Martha Ades manuscript about the Vermont ancestors of Harlow Ades.
 
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.

 

 



Beginners Special Interest Group:
Thursday, March 10
Beginners Special Interest Group: "Why should I mess with DNA?"  (FxGS SIG Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)
Many beginning genealogists wonder how DNA is supposed to help them in their research.  Join us to hear what you can learn from a DNA test. This introductory session will focus on autosomal DNA, the type of DNA that you inherit from both your mother and your father. We will also talk about how to get started with DNA testing and how to analyze the results you get from a test. 
 
Caption: Sketch of the DNA Double Helix by Francis Crick.  Library of Congress.
 
 
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 2022 Spring Fair - Ulster Historical Foundation
Saturday, March 12
FxGS 2022 Spring Fair - Ulster Historical Foundation  (FxGS Spring Conference)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The 2022 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Fair will be held on March 12, 2022. The Spring Fair will be a one-day presentation by the Ulster Historical Foundation on Saturday, 12 March 2022. In-person or virtual attendance options are available. For more information, visit our Spring Fair page.


Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, March 16
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The March Mid-Atlantic SIG meeting is planned for March 16. Additional details will be shared closer to the meeting.
 
You are required to register in advance for the meeting. Register for this meeting will be added when it's available. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


FxGS Membership Meeting: Getting Ready for the 1950 U.S. Census
Thursday, March 17
FxGS Membership Meeting: Getting Ready for the 1950 U.S. Census  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 U.S. Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 U.S. Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to U.S. genealogy research!

This session will cover:
• Overview of the 1950 U.S. Census
• The 1950 U.S. Census form
• The Release of the 1950 U.S. Census Data to the Public
• How to Prepare for the 1950 U.S. Census
• Volunteer Projects for the 1950 U.S. Census
• How to Stay Informed About the 1950 U.S. Census Release
• Resource List
 

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. His website, High-Definition Genealogy, is at www.hidefgen.com, and his email is hidefgen@gmail.com.


German Special Interest Group - German POWs in America
Tuesday, March 22
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
Note the date changed from March 21 to March 22.
 
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.
 
Please remember to wear your mask and follow social distancing. Also, note that all Fairfax County Public Libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday until the end of March. For those months, we will meet on TUESDAY at the Pohick Library. 



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, April 4
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
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.


Genetic Genealogy SIG
Wednesday, April 6
Genetic Genealogy SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic and additional information will be posted closer to the event.
 
Are you interested in DNA as a tool to help trace and identify your ancestors? Come to the Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group to discuss and see presentations on this exciting part of genealogy. Contact SIG leader Janet Hall Werner at janetfamhist@gmail.com for more information.


German Special Interest Group - Hessian Barracks of Charlottesville
Monday, April 18
German Special Interest Group - Hessian Barracks of Charlottesville  (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 Hessian Barracks of Charlottesville. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, April 20
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The April Mid-Atlantic SIG meeting is planned for April 20. Additional details will be shared closer to the meeting.
 
You are required to register in advance for the meeting. Register for this meeting will be added when it's available. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


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


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



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, May 2
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
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 into family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.


Genetic Genealogy SIG
Wednesday, May 4
Genetic Genealogy SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic and additional information will be posted closer to the event.
 
Are you interested in DNA as a tool to help trace and identify your ancestors? Come to the Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group to discuss and see presentations on this exciting part of genealogy. Contact SIG leader Janet Hall Werner at janetfamhist@gmail.com for more information.


German Special Interest Group - Minert German Bible Efforts
Monday, May 16
German Special Interest Group - Minert German Bible Efforts  (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 Minert German Bible efforts with USA-German affiliated Churches. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


African American SIG: “Finding the Enslaved Descendants of a Virginia Plantation”
Monday, May 16
African American SIG: “Finding the Enslaved Descendants of a Virginia Plantation”  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
Additional program details will be provided soon.
 

For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian.  Laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov  Phone: 703-293-2136.


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


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


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



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


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

 

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

 

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

 
Join us at the online Zoom meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated 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.

 

 



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

For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian.  Laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov  Phone: 703-293-2136.


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



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

To register for the event and/or inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian.  Laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov  Phone: 703-293-2136.