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Mid-Atlantic SIG: The Sigman Family and the Great Wagon Road
Wednesday, October 17
Mid-Atlantic SIG: The Sigman Family and the Great Wagon Road  (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! There will be two presentations this month. Sue Roose will present an update on the Sigman Family. Caroline Brethauer will present, "The Great Wagon Road."  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.


House History Day Research Workshops
Saturday, October 20
House History Day Research Workshops  (Other Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
LM-B01, Madison Building, Library of Congress
The DC Historic Preservation Office, HumanitiesDC, and the Library of Congress invite you to discover the history of your home.

Who: These free workshops are open to everyone with an interest in local history, from burgeoning enthusiasts to community historians.

What: The sessions will help researchers of any skill level understand and navigate the many public resources available. Participants learn how to research the history of their home or any other historic property through sessions on DC maps, photo archives, DC City Directories, and online databases.

When: Two sessions will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Where: Library of Congress, Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave SE. The workshop will begin in LM-B01.

Space is limited. To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-house-history-day-tickets-48251995016

Please note: a Library of Congress Reader Card with photo is required. Please arrive 1 hour early if you need to obtain one. We highly recommend you register in advance here.

ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

Click here for more information.


Wednesday, October 24
German Ancestors: You CAN Cross “der See” by Pamela Loos-Noji.  (Other Events)
7:30 pm
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD.
 
Monthly meeting of the Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society
 
Lecture Description: You do not need to be an expert on German genealogy.  With a set of books detailing all the parishes of Germany, and with the websites Archeon.de <http://archeon.de/> and FamilySearch.org you can get back several generations (or more) in Germany.
 
Contact ldgene@verizon.net for additional information.


Digging Pennsylvania Roots from your Desktop
Friday, October 26
Digging Pennsylvania Roots from your Desktop  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Please note the change in location. This meeting will be at the middle school not the fire station hall.
 
Lecture Description: It’s estimated that one in four Americans has “Keystone State” roots. Much Pennsylvania research – from church records to land documents to courthouse filings – can be done remotely. Learn to get much of your genealogy done without setting foot in Pennsylvania by using FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania State Archives and other sites.
 
PresenterJames M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University.
 

He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.

Jim is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth.

As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project. 

Information about Jim's publications, lectures, services and contact information can be found at  http://jamesmbeidler.com.



2018 FxGS Fall Fair - Genealogy in the Digital Age
Saturday, October 27
2018 FxGS Fall Fair - Genealogy in the Digital Age  (FxGS Fall Fair)
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
James Beidler will be presenting three lectures on Genealogy in the Digital Age.
 
By the Book: Digital Databases Bringing Libraries to Your Desktop 
Projects such as Family History Books, Google Books and Germany-based DigiBib have been keeping digital scanners busy as many titles from some of the nation's largest libraries have "gone electronic," allowing users anywhere access to publications from around the globe. Learn about these ambitious "virtual libraries" and how to harness them for genealogy.
 
An “Average” Ancestor Seen through Newspapers
The country song says “everyone dies famous in a small town” but until close to our present day, you can expect to find a fair number of other references to even your most ordinary ancestors if you make your goal to use all of the potential newspapers for a particular time period.
 
Headlines to Bylines: Using All the Newspaper in your Genealogy
Everyone turns to newspapers to find obituaries of their ancestors but every section and column of historical newspapers can be valuable in your genealogical search. Learn how news briefs, advertisements, even editorials and “letters to the editor” might add to your store of knowledge about your ancestors and their lives in context.
 
PresenterJames M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlanitc Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University.
 

He was the President of the International Socidety of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.

Jim is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth.

As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project. 

Information about Jim's publications, lectures, services and contact information can be found at  http://jamesmbeidler.com.



The Wrong Side of History: Loyalists in the American Revolution
Sunday, October 28
The Wrong Side of History: Loyalists in the American Revolution  (Other Events)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conference Room A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA
FRIENDS OF THE VIRGINIA ROOM
ANNUAL MEETING
 
THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY: LOYALISTS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Dr. Richard Bell, Historian
The University of Maryland at College Park
 
Dr. Bell, a tenured associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the history and culture of the United States between 1750 and 1877.
 
A dynamic speaker, he received the 2017 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents to acknowledge exemplary faculty achievement in teaching.  He is also a Trustee of the Maryland Historical Society, an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
 
Please join us for this interesting perspective on our revolution.
 
Fairfax City Regional Library opens at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking is available in the garage under the library.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, November 5
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and help you to make them even better.
 
We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
 
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.
 
If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Wednesday, November 7
CANCELED: Genetic Genealogy SIG: DNA for Newbies  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Room H-108, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
This meeting of the Genetic Genealogy SIG has been canceled because Kilmer Middle School is no longer available.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Research in Connecticut
Wednesday, November 14
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Research in Connecticut  (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! Anne Barber has volunteered to talk about her research process in Connecticut in November. 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.


Journey Through Ukraine with Lara Diamond
Thursday, November 15
Journey Through Ukraine with Lara Diamond  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
 
Please note the change in meeting location and starting time.
 
Lecture Description:
Learn about a September 2016 voyage of discovery through what was Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary when the speaker’s ancestors emigrated--but which is now all in Ukraine. From the farmlands of Volhynia (where her family members are still remembered!) to overgrown cemeteries in the middle of Podolia; from the rural villages of the Carpathian Mountains to modern Lviv, Lara will show you what modern-day Ukraine looks like, what is left of Jewish Ukraine, and what she discovered relating to her own family.
 
Presenter: Lara Diamond Lara has been researching her family for 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


Why You Should Share Your Own Story and Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own
Saturday, November 17
Why You Should Share Your Own Story and Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Tracing Genealogy Forwards: Why You Should Share Your Own Story
Families used to have extensive written documents from which to construct their history. But in today’s world, telephone and web-based communication have largely replaced those valuable historical records. This presentation will show how personal stories can help provide context for understanding our times, and how bringing history to life can benefit both the storyteller and the listener.
 
Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own
This is a “how-to” presentation about capturing the best stories through the oral history interview process. Topics will include interview environments, question suggestions, tackling difficult topics, and what to do once the recording stops. This presentation is aimed at genealogists of all ages and skill levels and those simply interested in family history.
 
Presenter: With over 25 years in the museum and archives field, Anne Bolen is passionate about preserving our national and community stories. Her work towards understanding the personal side of history and collecting interviews for schools and museums inspired her to found her own company which records memories and experiences for individuals and their families.


Wednesday, November 28
Is it Time to Hire a Professional? by Lorraine Minor.  (Other Events)
7:30 pm
Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, MD.
 
Monthly meeting of the Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society.
 
Lecture Description: Professional genealogists offer a wide range of services. Learn about these services, what to expect when you employ a professional and what you need to provide to get the most out of their services.
 
Contact ldgene@verizon.net for additional information.



Monday, December 3
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and help you to make them even better.
 
We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
 
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.
 
If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 



Finding Your Ancestors in Unindexed Records in FamilySearch
Friday, January 25, 2019
Finding Your Ancestors in Unindexed Records in FamilySearch  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
(Snow Date: February 1)
 
Lecture Description:
Seventy-seven percent of the records in the FamilySearch website are not yet indexed! So, how do you find your ancestors? This session will give specific instructions to access the records “hidden” in the Catalog and “Unindexed Historical Records” sections of the FamilySearch website.
 
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


The Family Tree: Crowdsourcing and Collaborating to Memorialize Your Ancestors
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The Family Tree: Crowdsourcing and Collaborating to Memorialize Your Ancestors  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
(Snow Date: February 2)
 
Lecture Description:
The collaborative nature of the Family Tree allows an ancestor’s descendants to work together to create a unique “ancestor page.” Vital statistics with the requisite supporting documentation create the backbone of an ancestral profile, but photos and stories bring him/her to life. This session will explore the Family Tree in detail and demonstrate how to effectively utilize all of its components. It will also provide step-by-step instructions on adding digital media (jpeg, pdf and audio files) to enrich your family's history.
 
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.



Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County
Friday, February 22, 2019
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: 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, 2019
Nike Missile Site NY-53: A Case Study in Genealogical Research  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 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.
 



Tracking Very Common Names – Immigrant Origins of George Brown (1809-1862)
Friday, March 22, 2019
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, 2019
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.



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


Friday, April 26, 2019
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, 2019
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.



Friday, May 17, 2019
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, 2019
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.