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Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23
Genealogy and History of the Eastern Shore 2018 Conference  (Other Events)
Craddockville United Methodist Church, Craddockville VA 23341

A onferencec about the genealogy and history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.ghotes.net/.



Tuesday, June 26
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy  (Other Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reston Community Center - Hunter Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd.Reston, VA, 20191

Direct to consumer DNA testing (combined with the availability of online historical records) now offers the potential to discover family relationships that previously were shrouded in obscurity. This class introduces the exciting field of genetic genealogy and assists participants in developing strategies for applying DNA testing to their own research.

Registration is open for this 6-week introductory class. For further information or to register, go to the link below and scroll down to  “Enrichment: http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/register-for-classes-activities

Contact instructor Jim Barry at jbarry6899@aol.com with questions.



Wednesday, September 26
My Family History Blog: A Multi-purpose Tool by Mary-Jane Roth  (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: Would you like to share your research with family members and at the same time improve your research? Writing a blog can do both. Learn the benefits of a genealogy blog and how to get started.
 
Contact ldgene@verizon.net for additional information.


Friday, September 28
The District of Columbia Archives with Bill Branch of the DC Archives  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
The District of Columbia Archives holds historical and permanently valuable records of the DC Government. If you are doing genealogical research that includes the District of Columbia, a trip to the District of Columbia Archives may help you find the records you need.
 
Have a question about the DC archives? Need to see documents held in the DC archives?
 
This presentation will provide an overview of the birth, marriage and death records, wills, land records, indentures of apprentices, jail records and more. Historic records on file include the original wills of Alexander Graham Bell, Francis Scott Key, James Madison, Dolly Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Frederick Douglass, and the birth certificate for Duke Ellington.
 
Research at the DC Archives is by appointment. Information about the DC Archives can be found at https://os.dc.gov/service/district-columbia-archives.
 
Presenter: Bill Branch is the senior archivist at the District of Columbia Archives. He is the keeper of the records, treasures, memories and archives of the District of Columbia.
 
Branch graduated from UDC with a B.S. degree in political science and a minor in history. After graduation, it was providence that turned his recycling company into an entrée into archival work. He was required to take training classes about paper and archiving.
 
Since 2004, Branch has worked with archives and records and became Washington, DC’s senior archivist in 2012.  He is responsible for an extensive collection of photos, documents, microfilm, maps, portraits, statuettes, scale models, land records, and artifacts dating back to 1790.


Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records  and 21st Century Resources vs 20th Century Resources
Saturday, September 29
Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records and 21st Century Resources vs 20th Century Resources  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records
Our ancestors were governed by laws that may have restricted the records they could create.  At what age could they be witnesses, own property, vote, make a will, and marry?  Understanding the law can assist in understanding the lives of our ancestors.
 
21st Century Resources vs 20th Century Resources
Computers, the internet, search engines, data bases and websites have all changed the way we do genealogy.  But, are books, CDs, microfilm, microfiche, and original records obsolete?  Develop a plan for using sources from both centuries.  What do you do if neither source works out?
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG SM is a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records.
 
He teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program.  He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
 
Chuck is the host of Tracing Your Family Roots at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10.  Rebroadcasts of the show can be viewed at their website at tracingroots.nova.org. He is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies



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.


2018 FxGS Fall Fair
Saturday, October 27
2018 FxGS Fall Fair  (FxGS Fall Fair)
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Save the date for the 2018 FxGS Fall Fair! Watch the website more info!



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.



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.