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Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County
Friday, February 22
Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:00 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
(Snow Date: March 1)
 
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.
 
From January 1863 to April 1865 Mosby would conduct some of his most famous and significant combat operations against the Federal forces operating in Fairfax County. This presentation will tell the stories of those engagements, the locations, and the men involved in those escapades.
 
This little body of a few hundred men, under his skillful and daring leadership, accomplished more with less, by hitting quickly, gobbling up horses, men and supplies and disappearing into the mist before reinforcements or help could arrive. These men yielded more trouble for the Union Army than a brigade or division could produce. They kept large numbers of Union troops guarding the city of Washington instead of fighting against Robert E. Lee in the field.
 
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.
 
Don had two great-great grandfathers who served in the Confederate Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Don also had various cousins and uncles that served in the Forty-Third Battalion of Virginia Cavalry or Mosby’s 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.


Saturday, February 23
Nike Missile Site NY-53: A Case Study in Genealogical Research  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
9:30 am
Nike Missile Site NY-53: A Case Study in Genealogical Research
(Snow Date: March 2)
 
Lecture Description:
On 22 May 1958, explosions rocked the Nike missile launch area of B Battery, 526th Antiaircraft Artillery Missile Battalion in Middletown, New Jersey, resulting in the deaths of ten men.  This presentation will detail the challenges and successes in the genealogical research of the ten victims.
 
Presenter: Michael Donovan is a civilian employee of the Department of Defense and life member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society, Mike has been researching the history of Nike Site NY-53 since 2014.  In 2017 he published an article in The Upshur County Historical Society regarding one of the ten victims, a native of West Virginia.
 


Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #3: African American Family History Research
Monday, February 25
Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #3: African American Family History Research  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville branch of the Fairfax County Public Library, 14200 St. Germaine Dr., Centreville, VA
African-American genealogy research can be challenging. Learn strategies, resources and tools to build your family tree. This program is two sessions:
February 11: Mid-20th Century to 1870
February 25: 1870 to Colonial Era
 
Attend one or all of a series. To register or for more information go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events or Centreville at 703-830-2223.


Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #2: Concepts and Resources
Thursday, February 28
Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #2: Concepts and Resources  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon, VA
This program is three sessions:
January 31: The fundamentals of genealogy research.
February 28: Dig deep into the U.S. Census. Get the most from Ancestry. 
March 28: Find it online. Genealogy data at your fingertips if you know how and where to look.
 
Attend one or all of a series. To register or for more information go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events or call Herndon Fortnightly 703-437-8855.



New England SIG: NEHGS American Ancestrees
Monday, March 4
New England SIG: NEHGS American Ancestrees  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
New England Study Group will meet Monday, March 4th, at 1 pm at the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society Research Center in the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah, Alexandria, and Thursday, April 4th at 7 pm in the McLean Family History Center at 2034 Great Falls St., McLean.
 
Both meetings will be about the new American Ancestrees program now available free at AmericanAncestors.org. This program interfaces with FamilySearch.org's Family Tree and permits the user to maintain an online copy of their family tree (including incredible media) which they alone can modify. Anyone who has put their ancestry on FamilySearch's Family Tree is welcome to attend, whether or not their ancestors are from New England.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, March 4
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet 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.
 


Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #1: Concepts and Resources
Monday, March 4
Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #1: Concepts and Resources  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Fairfax County Public Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA
This program is three sessions:
January 7: The fundamentals of genealogy research.
January 28: Dig deep into the U.S. Census. Get the most from Ancestry. 
March 4: Courthouse, vital, immigration and military records. Atlases and gazetteers.
 
Attend one or all of a series. To register or for more information go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events or call Reston Regional 703-689-2700.


Dani Shapiro in Conversation with Professional Geneaologist Shannon Combs-Bennett
Tuesday, March 5
Dani Shapiro in Conversation with Professional Geneaologist Shannon Combs-Bennett  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190
FxGS and Bards Alley is proud to present Dani Shapiro, who will discuss and sign copies of her latest memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love at Reston Regional Library on March 5, 7:00 pm. Shapiro will be in conversation with professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett about her latest book for this event sponsored by the Fairfax Genealogical Society and also made possible with the support of the Fairfax County Public Library and the Friends of the Reston Regional Library.

This event is free to attend, but please RSVP on Bards Alley’s Facebook event page; seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your copy of Inheritance for pickup, submit a special order request or give Bards Alley a call at 571-459-2653.

ABOUT INHERITANCE BY DANI SHAPIRO

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

DANI SHAPIRO is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro’s short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT is an award winning author and genealogical lecturer based out of Northern Virginia. With a background in genetics, Shannon enjoys teaching others about how DNA and genealogy can work together. Currently she is working toward her MSc in Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde and is also the Southeast Regional Director for the International Society for Family History Writers and Editors.


German SIG
Monday, March 18
German SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The topic for the meeting has not yet been set.
 
Contact SIG Leader Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, March 20
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
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.


Tracking Very Common Names – Immigrant Origins of George Brown (1809-1862)
Friday, March 22
Tracking Very Common Names – Immigrant Origins of George Brown (1809-1862)  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
George Brown died in Union County, Ohio, in December 1862. For many years, nothing at all was known of his immigrant origins, aside from the fact that he had come from England as a young man. Then, a comparison of his immigration records, census listings, and passenger lists were used to identify the “correct” George Brown, lead to authentication of his birthplace, and reconnected him to his parents.
 
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.


History, Records and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived
Saturday, March 23
History, Records and Context: Researching the Locations Your Ancestors Lived  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Each time we trace our ancestor to a new location we need to take time to learn about the history, geography, customs, and the records available. This help us to understand the context and social history of our ancestor, as well as be better prepared to research in the area.
 
We need to know when the county formed, what the parent counties were, which groups migrated to the area, information on record loss, as well as published sources and original records available for research.
 
To illustrate the need for studying the locality, and to demonstrate various research techniques, several case studies will be shared. These will walk through the process of studying a locality, as well as gathering information on religion, occupation, customs and migration patterns to put the ancestor in context. Locations highlighted include Rockbridge, Virginia and Bolton, Lancashire, England.
 
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 trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund, an instructor in the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program, and on the board of directors for the ProGen Study Program.


Saturday, March 23
Introduction to FamilySearch.org  (Other Events)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Annandale Family History Center, 3900 Howard St., Annandale, Virginia
Sponsored by the Annandale Family History Center and presented by Lexie Staton. Free and open to all. Please call for reservations. 703-256-5518


Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #2: Concepts and Resources
Thursday, March 28
Fairfax Library Genealogy Series #2: Concepts and Resources  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon, VA
This program is three sessions:
January 31: The fundamentals of genealogy research.
February 28: Dig deep into the U.S. Census. Get the most from Ancestry. 
March 28: Find it online. Genealogy data at your fingertips if you know how and where to look.
 
Attend one or all of a series. To register or for more information go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events or call Herndon Fortnightly 703-437-8855.



New England SIG: NEHGS American Ancestrees
Thursday, April 4
New England SIG: NEHGS American Ancestrees  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
McLean Family History Center at 2034 Great Falls St., McLean
New England Study Group will meet Monday, March 4th, at 1 pm at the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society Research Center in the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah, Alexandria, and Thursday, April 4th at 7 pm in the McLean Family History Center at 2034 Great Falls St., McLean.
 
Both meetings will be about the new American Ancestrees program now available free at AmericanAncestors.org. This program interfaces with FamilySearch.org's Family Tree and permits the user to maintain an online copy of their family tree (including incredible media) which they alone can modify. Anyone who has put their ancestry on FamilySearch's Family Tree is welcome to attend, whether or not their ancestors are from New England.


2019 FxGS Spring Conference -
Friday, April 5 through Saturday, April 6
2019 FxGS Spring Conference - "Find Your Missing Branches"  (FxGS Spring Conference)
Reston Sheraton, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA


Saturday, April 13
Dig Deep Into Your Roots Workshop  (Other Events)
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conference Rooms A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Sponsored by the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association. Take time to delve into your ancestry with assistance from researchers and librarians who have experience in using state and national records. The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to get assistance and guidance with their personal genealogical research. Participants are asked to bring their own devices and personal research questions. For additional information, visit http://www.honorfairfaxcemeteries.org/.


German SIG
Monday, April 15
German SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The topic for the meeting has not yet been set.
 
Contact SIG Leader Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, April 17
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
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.


Friday, April 26
Newspapers–More than Just Notices and How to Find Them  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Newspapers provide researchers more than birth, marriages and death notices. The social side columns are insights into the life and times of our ancestors by showing reports family visits, anniversary parties, galas, local elections and of course the tragedies like murders, accidents, etc. Locating the local paper is the next step whether the newspaper is in hardcopy, microfilm or online and here are tips on how to locate that elusive paper.
 
Presenter: Trish Little-Taylor is a librarian and has been doing genealogy since 1978. She started learning about doing on her families while working at the Library of Virginia. In Ireland she began to do in-depth research on her Grandfather William Little who emigrated in 1901. As a result, she obtained Irish citizenship and an Irish passport.
 
She has taught Irish genealogy classes at Brookdale Community College and did presentations at two Virginia Library Association Conferences. While at Portsmouth Public Library I spoke at workshops on various topics including African American genealogy.


House Histories: why are they important and Research Strategies for Early Colonial America Ancestors
Saturday, April 27
House Histories: why are they important and Research Strategies for Early Colonial America 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 17th Century in Washington, D.C.



Mid-Atlantic SIG:
Wednesday, May 15
Mid-Atlantic SIG:  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
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.


Friday, May 17
Using a Chronological Timeline for Historical Context and to Identify Gaps in Your Research  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: 
Creating and using a chronology will help you to organize and use the facts you have collected in your research. This chronology, or timeline, will show you any gaps you have in your research. By adding historical context to your chronology, you will create an outline for your narrative family history. This historical context will add texture to your narrative.
 
Presenter: Sue Mortensen studied history and genealogy at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western Connecticut State University. She has over 30 years genealogical research experience, primarily researching her father’s line in Virginia and Missouri. She is currently working on a biography of her great-­‐grandfather, William James Hinchey, a somewhat famous Irish-­‐American artist.


Saturday, May 18
Wills and Probate Records: A Treasure Trove of Information  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Wills are a treasure trove of information about our families. They identify immediate and extended family members and give us insight into the economic and social life of our ancestors. In other words, they tell a story. Probate packets can give us information about a family for decades after an ancestor has died, whether or not he left a will.
 
Presenter: Sue Mortensen studied history and genealogy at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western Connecticut State University. She has over 30 years genealogical research experience, primarily researching her father’s line in Virginia and Missouri. She is currently working on a biography of her great-­‐grandfather, William James Hinchey, a somewhat famous Irish-­‐American artist.


German SIG
Monday, May 20
German SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The topic for the meeting has not yet been set.
 
Contact SIG Leader Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com for more information.