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Canceled: Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, January 20
Canceled: Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
This meeting is canceled.
 
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, January 21
FxGS Membership Meeting: "Putting Your Research Into Words"  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)

Putting a family tree together and writing a family history are two very different challenges. You have probably constructed the framework for your family by putting the “who, where and when” information on your tree in Ancestry, Family Heritage, etc.  Eventually you may decide to provide context by recording information about people’s lives and the reasons they did what they did. Whether your goal is to share with others, preserve, publish, or just record stories, one of the biggest questions is how to make your work engaging to others.

There are numerous resources that can be helpful in filling in background, telling your ancestors’ stories, and making it easy for your readers to keep track of numerous relatives.  This presentation will show how maps, charts, local histories, family memorabilia, photos and newspaper articles can keep your readers engaged.  Even if you have very few of these resources yourself, you will learn how to find or create it. Illustrations of various ways to organize and present the information will be shown, along with suggestions for different formats that writers use to create a compelling story.

Registration: our Membership meetings and Education programs (excluding the Fall Fair and Spring Fair) are free and open to the public.  To attend a meeting via Zoom, you must register, regardless of whether you are a member or not.  Please use the registration link under each meeting description to do that.  There is no cost for registering.

 

Speaker Bio: Ruth Ann Sando received a Master's and Ph.D. in anthropology. She retired after a career in research and is now able to focus her attention on her personal genealogical research interests which are Ireland and Pennsylvania. She became interested in genealogy early on when she took a kinship class in college.  Having started young, she was able to ask older relatives for their information.  Her first use of that information was creating trees on poster boards.  When the early genealogy software packages came out, she began what turned out to be years of data entry as software packages came and went.

A few years ago, she became convinced that for her purposes, the traditional paper-based method for storing and sharing information was best. Since 2017 she has been writing a history of each of her family lines, totaling 11 branches.  In this presentation she will share what she has learned about tools and resources that can help to engage family members, and stimulate their own interest in becoming future family historians.



Saturday, January 23
"Connecticut’s Barbour Index" and "Finding All the Early Connecticut Records Barbour Missed"  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)
"Connecticut’s Barbour Index: An Extraordinary but Secondary Source"
The Barbour Index is a generally accurate source for pre 1850 Connecticut vital records that is easy to access and easy to use. But it is even easier to misuse it and to access only pieces of it bearing the same title. This lecture explains where to find the whole of this great secondary source and what every good genealogist must do before relying on it.
 

"Finding All the Early Connecticut Births, Marriages, and Deaths Barbour Missed"
While Barbour managed to compile well over a million early Connecticut vital records in his Index, he missed hundreds of accessible sources containing thousands of additional vital records. This lecture identifies these additional vital records sources and how they and nearly 200 manuscripts personally created by Barbour can be accessed. It also discusses how to best research Connecticut church and cemetery records.

Registration: Our Membership meetings and Education programs (excluding the Fall Fair and Spring Fair) are free and open to the public.  To attend a meeting via Zoom, you must register, regardless of whether you are a member or not.  Please use the registration link under each meeting description to do that.  There is no cost for registering.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvc-usqTgoHNcZM9t7nJoxuMfjIyC_9XQy

Speaker Bio: Linda MacLachlan’s recent book, Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond, is becoming a staple for Connecticut genealogists. Linda has also published two genealogies and many articles in refereed journals and as editor of the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society Newsletter. She was President of MVGS and is also a member of FXGS, NEHGS, and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. She presently staffs the McLean Family History Center and leads monthly workshops in the MVGS Research Center on operating important genealogical websites and sponsors the New England Study Group of MVGS and FXGS.




Saturday, February 13
“Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” by Dr. Richard Bell  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)
Note: This meeting is being held two weeks earlier than a normally scheduled Education Meeting.
 
Dr. Bell will discuss his book, which is described as “a gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice, reminiscent of Twelve Years a Slave and Never Caught.”
 
Registration: Registration information will be provided closer to the event.

Speaker Bio: Richard Bell teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland. He has received several teaching prizes and major research fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. His first book, We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States, was published in 2012. He is also the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home.



Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, February 17
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic TBD. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


New Date: “Freedom Snatchers” by Bobbi Bowman
Thursday, February 18
New Date: “Freedom Snatchers” by Bobbi Bowman  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)
Note: This meeting is being held a week earlier than our regularly scheduled Membership Meeting.
 
An African-American woman, who has always run away from the pain of slavery, took a trip to a rural Virginia courthouse. That trip led to the discovery of an unknown great great grandfather’s long and historic fight for freedom.  Using a genealogist’s tools, she pieced together his story that explained how her family survived slavery in Virginia.
 
Registration: Registration information will be provided closer to the event.

Speaker Bio:  Bobbi Bowman worked as a news reporter and editor for more than 40 years before her retirement. She was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in August 2019. 

She began her career at The Washington Post raising from suburban reporter to assistant city editor. She then worked as an editor at the Detroit Free Press and managing editor of The Observer-Dispatch in Utica, NY.  In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award for her work as Diversity Director for what is now the News Leaders Association.

After leaving the News Leaders Association, she created an online community newspaper for her neighbors in McLean, Va. Now retired, she is a graduate student in history at George Mason University.

 She is writing a book about how her family survived slavery after her great great grandfather was forced by the state of Virginia to choose between freedom and slavery. She was born in Lynchburg, VA, and grew up in Washington, DC.




Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, March 17
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic TBD. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


Spring Fair:
Saturday, March 20
Spring Fair: "Power Up Your Family Research with DNA" presented by Karen Stanbury  (FxGS Spring Conference)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Webinar (Registration Required)
For additional information, please click here.


“A Primer for Germanic Genealogy” by Bob Dunfield
Thursday, March 25
“A Primer for Germanic Genealogy” by Bob Dunfield  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
When one says he or she has German ancestors, they come from the various Germanic tribes from Roman times. Germanic areas were formed from the Medieval Feudal System and then reshape by more recent conflict and religious wars. I hope to provide you with a way to determine the origin of your Germanic ancestors and to understand what factors drove them to leave.



Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, April 21
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic TBD. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!


“Virginia Room Resources: Online & On the Shelf” by Laura Wickstead
Thursday, April 22
“Virginia Room Resources: Online & On the Shelf” by Laura Wickstead  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
The Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library is one of the leading repositories in northern Virginia for genealogical resources.  Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian, will highlight some of the key resources that are available for your use.
 
Speaker Bio: Laura S. Wickstead has worked in special research collections within public libraries for 20 years, providing reference service to genealogists and researchers of every age and interest. She holds a master’s degree in library science and is a graduate of the Modern Archives Institute. Laura has been the Virginia Room Librarian at the City of Fairfax Regional Library of the Fairfax County Public Library system since 2012.


“Summer Research Sendoff” by Virginia Room Staff
Saturday, April 24
“Summer Research Sendoff” by Virginia Room Staff  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
Come to the Virginia Room for a hands-on session of exploring how you can use its resources to help you fulfill your research goals for the summer.

No meetings are planned in May because of the scheduled NGS National Conference in Richmond.




Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, May 19
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic TBD. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!



Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, June 16
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Topic TBD. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information or to join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group!