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FxGS Membership Meeting: From County Cork to Skagit County with Michael Hurley
Thursday, September 23
FxGS Membership Meeting: From County Cork to Skagit County with Michael Hurley  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The first Membership meeting for the 2021-20222 season will be on September 23. In our lecture, Mr. Hurley will trace the footsteps of his Irish immigrant great grandfather's journey from County Cork to Skagit County in the Pacific Northwest, and his own journey in research and travel to find out about his life. There have been several interesting and serendipitous discoveries along the way, including the usual suspects such as false leads, magic postcards, and graveyards covered in vines and assorted forest flowers.
 
About the Speaker: Michael Hurley is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He joined the Foreign Service with the U.S. Information Agency in 1985, and was posted to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Moscow, Russia (three times); Surabaya, Indonesia; and Budapest, Hungary. Washington tours have included the office of the Coordinator for East European Assistance, where he had responsibility for democracy issues and for Bosnia in the immediate post-war years. A second Washington assignment was as Deputy, and then Director, of the Press and Public Diplomacy Office in Europe. In Hungary, Hurley raised more than $300,000 for the Fulbright program from private donors and foundations. Hurley spearheaded the effort to appoint a new Board of Directors for the Fulbright program with a much heavier emphasis on connections to the private sector. In Russia, Hurley was the chief architect of a two-year celebration of culture in the U.S., raising $2 million in the private sector in Russia to create "American Seasons in Russia," culminating in the appearance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. Hurley retired from the Foreign Service in 2015. In 2017, he was hired as a program officer at Meridian International Center where he worked until 2019. Now happily retired, Hurley joined the Fairfax County Master Gardeners’ program, writes family history, studies the German language, cooks, and talks to the fish.


FxGS Education Meeting - Deciphering Handwriting with Pam Vestal
Saturday, September 25
FxGS Education Meeting - Deciphering Handwriting with Pam Vestal  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
The first Education meeting for the 2021-20222 season will be on September 25. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in genealogy is the seemingly illegible handwriting in our ancestors’ records.  Whether you struggle to navigate colonial penmanship that doesn’t even look like English or wrestle with contemporary documents that are poorly written, a few good strategies can make all the difference.  We’ll look at more than 20 techniques to help you figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say as well as what the style of writing might reveal about our ancestors.

About the Speaker: Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and FGS' Forum Magazine and she lectures all over the country.

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-urrDwoG9G8M5qwhF05dl8btgEnegS2




Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Virtual Fall Conference
Saturday, October 2
Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Virtual Fall Conference  (Other Events)
Virtual
The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Virtual Fall Conference is hosting a virtual fall conference on October 2. The schedule includes several sessions throughout the day:
 
Schedule of Events
10:00 -10:15 am Welcome
 
10:15 -11:15 am Early Tracks and Trails Across the South
Using diaries, journals, and maps, we can locate the paths used by the earliest hunters and families on the move. We will examine the tracks and trails followed by the buffalo herds, human feet, and the wagons of early settlement.
 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Mapping, Atlases, and Documenting Paths of Families
Using a combination of modern technology and historic maps, we can learn more about our ancestors and their traveling companions. This will include a demonstration of ArcGIS and Story Maps.
 
1:15-2:15 pm Finding Your Landless Ancestors
Since land is the key in many ancestral discoveries, tracking those individuals who did not own land often becomes a daunting task. Learn the records to use to locate individuals without deeds and estates (including African Americans).

2:30-3:30 pm My Ancestor, the Farmer: Shaping a Profile for Your Rural Ancestors
Farming is a proud and honorable occupation. Develop a rich profile of your farming ancestor and community using available resources.
 
Registration is available through GRIVA.org.
 
About the Speaker: J. Mark Lowe is a professional genealogist, author, lecturer, leader, research coach, and a world-class storyteller. Mark’s southern style, unique humor, and personal experiences lead both beginning and experienced researchers to new skills and insights for future research. Mark, a native of Tennessee, lives in Robertson County, which lies in Northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border. He specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South, using often overlooked records to resolve difficult issues.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, October 4
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
 
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night October 4th  from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review chapter two of Claire Bettag's book the Mire Family: France to Acadia to Louisiana
 
After years of research without finding records for the Mire family in France, Claire began writing Mire Family: Acadia to Louisiana. Originally her first chapter suggested that, despite extensive research, Pierre Lemire would probably never be found in France. Now after finding records for the Lemière family in France she has been revising her book the Mire Family: France to Acadia to Louisiana.
 
In May of 2021 we had the pleasure of reviewing chapter 1 about Nicolas Lemière, her earliest known ancestor in France. At this meeting we will review chapter 2 about Pierre Lemire and look at the historical annimation of eighteenth century Paris where the  Lemière family lived.
 
If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to 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. 

 

If you wish to be added to the members list to receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email and join the online meetings, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.

 
Join us at the online Zoom 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.

 

 



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, October 4
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


FxGS Fall Fair
Saturday, October 9
FxGS Fall Fair  (FxGS Fall Fair)
9:15 am to 1:30 pm
The 2021 FxGS Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, October 9 at 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit our Fall Fair page!


Virginia Genealogical Society Virtual Fall Conference
Friday, October 15 through Saturday, October 16
Virginia Genealogical Society Virtual Fall Conference  (Other Events)
Virtual
The Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) is pleased to announce our 2021 Fall Conference will be a virtual event held on Friday and Saturday, 15 and 16 October. Our first virtual conference held in 2020 was such a great success that we’ve expanded the conference to two days.
 
Featured speakers include Vic Dunn, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Tom Jones, Barbara Vines Little, Judy Russell, Renate Sanders, Craig Scott, and Diahan Southard.  Sessions will focus on Virginia military, court, and land tax records; women and the law; understanding DNA testing; the genealogical implications of the laws of slavery; researching the formerly enslaved; and reconstructing ancestors' lives.
 
For more information about VGS and the conference, please visit our website:  www.vgs.org.


German Special Interest Group - How Prussia Got its Shape
Monday, October 18
German Special Interest Group - How Prussia Got its Shape  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Bob Dunfield will present an update to his 2016 lecture, How Prussia Got its Shape. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 21
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, November 1
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
 
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night November 1st from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review Fran Millhouser's manuscript Rachel’s Daughters.
 
If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to 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. 

 

If you wish to be added to the members list to receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email and join the online meetings, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.

 
Join us at the online Zoom 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.

 

 



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, November 8
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, November 13
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


German Special Interest Group - Turnverein
Monday, November 15
German Special Interest Group - Turnverein  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Special Interest Group member Bobbie Leamer will present on Turnverein, German-American gymnastic clubs. They promoted German culture, physical culture, liberal politics, and supported the Union war effort during the American Civil War. By the start of World War I, they had declined considerably. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 18
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, December 6
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Monday, December 6
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
 
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night December 6th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to review a member's manuscript.
 
If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to 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. 

 

If you wish to be added to the members list to receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email and join the online meetings, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.

 
Join us at the online Zoom 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.

 

 



German Special Interest Group - Christmas
Monday, December 20
German Special Interest Group - Christmas  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
This meeting will be an open forum with a Christmas theme! Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, January 3, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


German Special Interest Group - DAGV and Your Research
Monday, January 17, 2022
German Special Interest Group - DAGV and Your Research  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will discuss how the "Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände e. v" (DAGV) can help your research. The DAGV is the umbrella organization of the genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 20, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, January 22, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, February 7, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, February 17, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, February 19, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


German Special Interest Group - The Northern Crusades
Monday, February 21, 2022
German Special Interest Group - The Northern Crusades  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German SIG will discuss the Northern Crusades and German movement to the North and East of Europe. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, March 7, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 12, 2022
FxGS 2022 Spring Conference  (FxGS Spring Conference)
The 2022 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference will be held on March 12, 2022. Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


German Special Interest Group - German POWs in America
Monday, March 21, 2022
German Special Interest Group - German POWs in America  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will discuss German POWs in America and Alien Records – From the Revolution to World War II. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, April 4, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


German Special Interest Group - American German Church Books
Monday, April 18, 2022
German Special Interest Group - American German Church Books  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will hear a presentation on where to find American German Church books today. Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 21, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, April 23, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.



FxGS Board Meeting
Monday, May 2, 2022
FxGS Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm
The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m.


German Special Interest Group - Impact of Austria-Hungary on Germans Today
Monday, May 16, 2022
German Special Interest Group - Impact of Austria-Hungary on Germans Today  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
The German Special Interest Group will hear a presentation on the impact of Austria-Hungary on Germans today (Austrian Genealogy/Austrian Empire Research). Contact SIG Leader Bob Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


FxGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2022
FxGS Membership Meeting  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.


FxGS Education Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 2022
FxGS Education Meeting  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Additional information will be posted closer to the event.