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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.


FCCPA: Marshall Family Cemetery Cleanup
Saturday, March 30
FCCPA: Marshall Family Cemetery Cleanup  (Other Events)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
9415 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association is conducting a clean-up of the Marshall Family Cemetery located in the woods next to the 7-Eleven on the north side of Burke Road. For mapping purposes, the closest address that shows up reliably is 9415 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015. To find the cemetery, follow the brick wall next to the 7-Eleven towards Burke Road.  At the end of the wall, you’ll find a trail leading into the woods to the cemetery.

The area is muddy and full of sticky bushes, so please dress appropriately. Thick, sturdy gloves are recommended. Please bring rakes, clippers and any other tools for removing bushes. Burke Nursery has agreed to let us bring our brush to their dumpster if we can get it there.  We need one or two pick-up trucks.

Mary Lipsey will bring water. There are fast food restaurants and a 7-Eleven nearby for nourishment. If possible, do not park in the spots around the 7-Eleven and Beads and Gems. There is parking near the closed bank next to  the Taco Bell in the nearby shopping center. We will be working with Lake Braddock students and members of the  Burke Historical Society. 
 
Please contact Mary Lipsey if you have questions: christopherlipsey@verizon.net.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, April 1
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Conference Room, Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
 
At this meeting we will be reviewing the parts of the reference book Beyond the Barbour Index written by Lind MacLaclan. 
 
The manuscript for the April meeting will be in three parts: 1) a title page and index; 2) an introduction that describes the original Barbour Collection/Index and provides recommendations as to additional Connecticut resources that should be reviewed; and 3) lists of sources of town vital records, church records and cemetery transcriptions.
 
We are looking for manuscripts to review for the October, November and December meetings, if you have a manuscript that you would like to have reviewed, please let me know.
 
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.
 


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 and the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. 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. Registration is requested. To register online or for assistance, call the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 703-293-6227 x6.


German SIG: Bayerische Wurzeln, a Manuscript by Eleanor Boyne
Monday, April 15
German SIG: Bayerische Wurzeln, a Manuscript by Eleanor Boyne  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Eleanor Boyne will give a short presentation on her family research. Specifically she will address research done solely via email to various public offices in Germany. Of interest is the fact that she created a publication including the genealogical information along with photos, local and national history, family history and anecdotes. The final manuscript, Bayerische Wurzeln, was self-published using the facilities of Politics and Prose in Washington, DC. This will be followed by an open discussion on any topic of interest to the group. 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)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
This meeting will start one hour earlier than usual. 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.



Genetic Genealogy SIG: The Search for Daniel McCormick
Wednesday, May 1
Genetic Genealogy SIG: The Search for Daniel McCormick  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Room H-108, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Topic: The Search for Daniel McCormick, Born in 1825 Somewhere in Ireland, Using Autosomal DNA, by Janet Hall Werner. 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, May 6
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Meeting Room 1, Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a manuscript prepared by Greg Bayens. 
 
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.
 


Mid-Atlantic SIG: DAR Resources
Wednesday, May 15
Mid-Atlantic SIG: DAR Resources  (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! For the May meeting, DAR librarians will present on their available resources. 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: Germanna 101
Monday, May 20
German SIG: Germanna 101  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Ashley Abruzzo will give a presentation called Germanna 101, which is an overview of the Germanna Foundation and the early German immigrants to Virginia. Contact SIG Leader Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com  for more information.


Wednesday, May 22
German Genealogy with Jim Beidler  (Other Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thomas Balch Library, 208 W Market St, Leesburg, VA

A full-day seminar on "German Genealogy" at the Balch Library in Leesburg, VA given by James Beidler. The pre-registration rate is $20 for members of Friends of the Thomas Balch Library and $25 non-members; $35 at the door. Lunch is on your own and handouts will be provided. For additional information, visit https://www.leesburgva.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/28324/5632.




Family History Writing SIG
Monday, June 3
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Meeting Room, Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA.
 
Please be sure to note the change in meeting location to the Thomas Jefferson Library.
 
At this meeting we will be reviewing a manuscript prepared by Jeff Hume-Pratuch.
 
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.
 


Genetic Genealogy SIG: Ancestry's DNA Circles: When They Work and When They Don't
Wednesday, June 5
Genetic Genealogy SIG: Ancestry's DNA Circles: When They Work and When They Don't  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Room H-108, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Topic: Ancestry’s DNA Circles: When They Work, and When They Don’t – With Examples from Colonial Virginia, by Janet Hall Werner. 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.