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Helping Connect with Cousins on Ancestry.com
Monday, May 22
Helping Connect with Cousins on Ancestry.com  (Other Events)
1:00 am
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 217, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Jonmaire Pearson. Once you get your Ancestry.com DNA results you will suddenly be matched with tons of matches. Learn what you can do to learn more about how you’re related and how to connect with these new cousins. It is always fun to find new cousins, and who knows what else you might learn from those cousins! To register for this T&E session: http://www.mvgenealogy.org/eventListings.php?nm=20#nm20er170


Planning Your Research Vacation
Monday, May 22
Planning Your Research Vacation  (Other Events)
1:00 am
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Jonmaire Pearson. Planning a vacation trip to do some genealogy research? Before you go make sure you are prepared to make the most of your genealogy research trip. Being prepared is key to making it possible to have a successful trip. Come learn how planning can help, and share with others what you have done to make your past trips successful.


Tuesday, May 23
Genealogy Roundtable  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
Come and discuss the challenges of your family research in a group environment, and get tips for new approaches. Moderated by RELIC's Don Wilson.
 
To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org. You can also register online by clicking the program date on the website information page at http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/RELIC-programs.aspx.



New England SIG: Probate Records
Thursday, June 1
New England SIG: Probate Records  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
​McLean Family History Center, 2034 Great Falls St., Falls Church VA
At the bi-monthly meeting, Linda MacLachlan will moderate a webinar discussing New England probate records.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, June 5
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA
 
At the monthly meeting we will be reviewing a draft manuscript written by one of the SIG members and be providing commentary to help improve their manuscript and better prepare it for family reading and possible publication. The manuscripts to be reviewed are distributed to the SIG members email list about a week before the meeting. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.


Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends
Wednesday, June 7
Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends  (Other Events)
1:30 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Chuck Mason. Do you have an ancestor who you cannot find, or conflicting evidence about an ancestor? Learn how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve the problem. Sessions will include hands-on solving workshop and help to resolve one of each SIG member’s personal research problems.
 


CANCELED: Genetic Genealogy SIG: Sharing and Analyzing DNA Research using Third Party Tools
Wednesday, June 7
CANCELED: Genetic Genealogy SIG: Sharing and Analyzing DNA Research using Third Party Tools  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, G101, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
CANCELLED: Kilmer Middle School has canceled our room reservation. If another space is found, it will be announced here.
 
Jim Barry will make a presentation on Sharing and Analyzing DNA Research using Third Party Tools. For more information, contact Jim Logan, Genetic Genealogy SIG Leader, at jjlnv@comcast.net for more information.


Thursday, June 8
Genealogy 101: Getting Started  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
RELIC Librarian Tish Como will demonstrate the essential first steps to take, and resources to use – most of which are available for free through the library – to ensure that your research is accurate, complete and well-documented.
 
To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org. You can also register online by clicking the program date on the web site information page at http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/RELIC-programs.aspx.
 


Sunday, June 11
Strategies for German Jewish Research  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, B’nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
Presented by Karen S. Franklin. Karen will share new strategies for German Jewish research – online resources, accessible databases and trees, DNA updates, and how to find researchers in Germany in the towns your family came from; also, how to find material on the Leo Baeck Institute’s DigiBaeck online collections, what to do if you don’t know where your family came from, and new plans for the GERSIG web site on JewishGen.
 
This is a members-only workshop. No reservation required.


Sunday, June 11
The Stedman Story: Mystery, Intrigue, Adoption and DNA – Jewish Genealogy Strategies Unravel a Famil  (Other Events)
1:30 pm
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, B’nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
Presented by Karen S. Franklin. Five years ago, Karen Franklin was hired to organize the papers of Jon Stedman (1933-2009). Analysis of John’s papers and a description of strategies developed to move forward on the project highlighted the changing nature of family history research.
 
This is a true life story involving mystery, bigamy, adoption and DNA. The secretive life of Jesse Oppenheimer, alias John Stedman (1887-1950) was unraveled using family research techniques that are useful to all genealogists. Though his DNA was tested in 2001, an upgrade in 2013 helped an adopted child find her birth mother, and a child conceived by in-vitro fertilization almost 40 years ago, who is now working to find his birth father.


Comparing the Major Genealogy Software Programs
Monday, June 12
Comparing the Major Genealogy Software Programs  (FxGS SIG Events)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA
Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes
We've lost some major software programs such as The Master Genealogist recently. Now that Family Tree Maker has changed hands, some of the confusion over genealogy software has abated. We will compare the major genealogy software programs for how user-friendly they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what the future holds. 
 
NOTE: This is the last Methodology SIG class by Sharon MacInnes due to increased professional responsibilities. If you can volunteer to lead this SIG, please (please, please) contact her at smacinnes@cox.net.


Thursday, June 15
Naturalization: The American Experience: A Guide for Genealogists  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
Although historically immigrants to the United States are not required to become ‘naturalized’ citizens, tens of millions did initiate the process to become naturalized. Prior to 1906, however, there is no one place to look for associated records. Family historian Larry LeDoux will present an overview of the history and RELIC’s Don Wilson will explain how to locate related records associated with your ancestors.
 
To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org. You can also register online by clicking the program date on the web site information page at http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/library/Pages/RELIC-programs.aspx.


Getting Started in Your Kentucky Research
Thursday, June 15
Getting Started in Your Kentucky Research  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Jonmarie Pearson. Have you suddenly learned that you have ancestors that lived in Kentucky? Come and learn about ways you can begin researching and finding information about your Kentucky ancestors. To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Saturday, June 17
Fairfax County’s 275th Anniversary Celebration  (Other Events)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fairfax County Historic Courthouse & Grounds, Intersection of Route 123 and Route 236
Volunteers needed! Members are needed to staff the FxGS table during this event. Email Janet Bailey at president@fxgs.org for more information.
 
FxGS and many other organizations associated with or representing the history of Fairfax County will be in the area surrounding the historic courthouse in central Fairfax. Also look for live entertainment, living history, and family-friendly activities - all free, and open to the public. Visit http://www.fxva.com/275/ for more information.


Saturday, June 17
Beginner’s Tool Box to Genealogical Research  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA
Presented at the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society monthly meeting. Char McCargo Bah’s presentation will highlight the beginners’ tools in starting your family research and will include varies ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions. She will examine the known to the unknown information about your ancestors. Char will also examine each document for its primary source information, as well as its secondary source information. This lecture will aid the researcher in using the tools to locate the necessary documentation that can further your research.


Sons of the American Revolution
Tuesday, June 20
Sons of the American Revolution  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Paul Walden and Dave Thomas. Paul and Dave will discuss procedures for Joining SAR and explain the SAR Library.
 
Prospective SAR members must prove that they are descended from a patriot who served in the American Revolution and supported the cause for American Independence. Proven service can include not just military service, but also government service, signing an Oath of Allegiance, providing supplies, or even paying taxes during the time period 1775-83. They will explain sources for this information as well as hints in proving the lineage.


Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, June 25
2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond, Inc. Genealogy Conference  (Other Events)
Brescia University in Owensboro, KY
The 2017 Maryland to Kentucky and Beyond Genealogy Conference is June 22-25 at Brescia University in Owensboro, KY.  Registration and keynote speaker presentation on Thursday; choose from 40 class sessions, genealogy sharing and vendors on Friday and Saturday (Saturday luncheon and banquet); concludes with Sunday Mass. Refer to https://sites.google.com/site/mdtoky3/ for specific class schedules and registration information.
 
The first MD2KY Reunion in 1990 at Nazareth, KY was an opportunity for descendants of the Maryland to Kentucky pioneers to meet and share family history information. The most recent event in 2014 at St. Catharine College in Springfield, KY hosted 465 participants from 26 states.  
 
BACKGROUND
In 1785, a group of families from the southern Maryland counties of St. Mary’s, Charles and Prince George’s formed a “Catholic League of Families” (aka “Emigration League”) pledging to migrate to Kentucky. Reasons for this move were varied. Economics may have played a large role in this westward movement, with the depletion of available land in Maryland and the after-effects of the constant plundering by the British during the Revolutionary War.
 
Certainly religious freedom was a likely concern to many of these pioneers. After a century of anti-Catholic bias in Maryland, many were seeking freedom to openly practice their faith. John Carroll (a few years later named the Bishop of Baltimore) told them that if they would settle together he would do what he could to supply them with a priest. True to their word, these pioneers largely settled together in what today are the three Kentucky counties of Nelson, Washington, and Marion. Even now this central Kentucky area is known far and wide as the Kentucky Holy Lands.
 
As land further west opened up for settlement, some of these same pioneer families again packed up and headed out seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Many from this group seemed to have agreed once again to settle together. This led to many sister communities of this same group all across the western part of the U.S.
 



Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins
Friday, September 22
Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Pin down your elusive immigrant ancestor’s place of origin using a broad range of record sets, ideas, and techniques, and help contextualize their life in the United States.
 
Presenter: Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home. A member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry. His main focuses are Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York research, and dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He is President of North Hills Genealogists.


Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
Saturday, September 23
Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Discover the variety of Irish record sets available, where to find which records, and how to learn the stories of your Irish ancestors.
 
Presenter: Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home. A member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry. His main focuses are Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York research, and dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He is President of North Hills Genealogists.



Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found
Thursday, October 26
Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Sometimes a person intentionally wanted to “disappear.” One such person was Midwestern scofflaw and bigamist Robert Lee Chamberlain. After living in Chicago, stealing church funds and abandoning his family, he rattled around the Midwest, subsequently lived in the Pacific Northwest, married a few times (without the benefit of divorce), and eventually died in New Mexico. His desire for a pension related to his World War I era National Guard service eventually unraveled his life. This is his 20th century odyssey — he was not some long ago scofflaw, but a relatively modern one!
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard is Principle of MosaicRPM. Specializes in NC and southern records. Member of GSG. Lectures on NC research, genealogy society initiatives, and research tools. Editor of UpFront with NGS and the NCGS Journal and a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy. She has done research for and appeared on WDYTYA?
 


2017 Fall Fair
Saturday, October 28
2017 Fall Fair  (FxGS Fall Fair)
9:30 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Descriptions:
1) Geography, Politics, Religion & More as Found in Post Office Records – Post offices aren’t just about mail! Post offices used to define communities and people used their location, in records, to define where they lived. Want to figure out where a small community was located, see if it had a post office!
 
2) Slaves + Insurance = Rich Records, – Once upon a time slaves were insured and used for collateral with banks. Though it’s hard for us to fathom the concept, detailed records were kept and through these records we can learn about specific slaves (by name) being insured by a certain individual on particular plantation and the monetary value of these “assets.” Invaluable information when seeking out hard-to-find ancestors or wanting to learn more about your slave-holding ancestor.
 
3) The Genealogical Gems Found in Manuscript & Archival Collection Holdings – So many manuscript collections and off-the beaten-path record collections, so many gems, so little time! Let’s take a visual journal through the many different types of records that you might find in a manuscript collection and what makes them a gem to a genealogical researcher.
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard is Principle of MosaicRPM. Specializes in NC and southern records. Member of GSG. Lectures on NC research, genealogy society initiatives, and research tools. Editor of UpFront with NGS and the NCGS Journal and a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy. She has done research for and appeared on WDYTYA?



Your Ancestor in Black and White: Using Newspaper for Research 
Thursday, November 16
Your Ancestor in Black and White: Using Newspaper for Research   (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Newspapers began in the United States over three hundred years ago. Over the years they have changes styles and content. But regardless of when they were published they often contain a great deal of genealogical information. All you need to know is how and where to fine the information.
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., is a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is a graduate of NGS’s American Genealogy: Home Study Course, (1994), a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001), the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University (2010).
 
Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program and is an instructor for the NGS course Beyond the Basics. He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; has published genealogy articles in journals, magazines and newsletters; and is co-host of a public television genealogy program in Fairfax County.


Researching Your U.S. Army World War I Ancestors
Saturday, November 18
Researching Your U.S. Army World War I Ancestors  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Learn about the events in a U.S. Army WWI Soldier's Military life, and use archives, online resources and social networking to support your research into the soldier's service during the War. This class will show you how you can learn about the military service of your U.S. WWI Army ancestors using archives, online websites, social networking and other resources. You will discover what is available to put your soldier's service into historical and personal context. The class also suggests ways to share what you find with others.
 
Presenter: Dr. Margaret McMahon is the hockey-playing genealogist. Her PhD is in Computer Science and Engineering. Her experience is as a college and graduate school professor and flight test engineer. Dr. McMahon has been an invited speaker at genealogical societies in the Washington DC – Baltimore – Annapolis areas. She is rhw author of "A Week of Genealogy", "A Weekend of Genealogy" and "Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors".



Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Snow Date: February 1
 
Lecture Description: Alexandria was established as a seaport town in 1749 when Virginia’s early purpose was tobacco cultivation. It was the seat of Fairfax County and later a part of the District of Columbia. The Alexandria Library provides the highest quality of professional library services to researchers whose interests range from casual inquiries into their family history to professional writers and doctoral candidates researching specialized topics in local history.
 
Though the collection is deep and rich with material related to Alexandria, the Commonwealth’s cities and counties, and the District of Columbia, the library holdings include items about selected Southern states and some things that might surprise you. So, before you make that “trip across the river” to the National Archives or the Library of Congress come see the Alexandria Library!
 
Presenter: Leslie Anderson, a native Virginian, is a Reference Librarian at Alexandria Library, Special Collections Branch. Her article, "Tabitha (Bugg) George Smith of Mecklenburg County, Virginia" won the National Genealogical Society's 2013 Family History Writing Contest. Ms. Anderson is the co-author of Alexandria and the editor of Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. She is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society and several Pennsylvania societies. Ms. Anderson received her MS in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University and her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.


Private Lives, Public Records & The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Private Lives, Public Records & The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
 
Snow Date: February 3
 
Lecture Descriptions:
1) Private Lives, Public Records: Reconstructing A Civil War-Era Community – The research began with an Excel spreadsheet and evolved into a blog that will be launched later this year. The 1st US Colored Cavalry was formed at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. The 1,000-man regiment consisted of free men, freedmen, and contrabands from the US and Canada. This presentation demonstrates the use of pension records, lesser-known documents (available in print and online), maps, photographs, and GoogleEarth.
 
2) The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia: Under-utilized Records for Blacks and Whites – Description of the origins of the free black population in Virginia and its impact on Virginia law. Attendees will learn how to locate city and county documents created in response to legislation passed by state government, for example, Free Negro registers, petitions to be re-enslaved, special tax lists, and requisitions for military and public use.
 
Presenter: Leslie Anderson, a native Virginian, is a Reference Librarian at Alexandria Library, Special Collections Branch. Her article, "Tabitha (Bugg) George Smith of Mecklenburg County, Virginia" won the National Genealogical Society's 2013 Family History Writing Contest. Ms. Anderson is the co-author of Alexandria and the editor of Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. She is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society and several Pennsylvania societies. Ms. Anderson received her MS in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University and her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.



Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Snow Date: There is no Snow Date for this presentation
 
Lecture Description: Those whose ancestors married within the same community get many more DNA matches than the general population which are predicted to be much closer than they are, making utilizing DNA testing challenging. See why endogamy makes genetic genealogy more difficult with real-world examples of why false positives happen, plus learn methods to find cousins, even with endogamy. 
 
Presenter: Lara Diamond 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 JewishGen’s Subcarpathian SIG and also runs several town-focused projects. She blogs at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com 


Photography for Genealogy
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Photography for Genealogy  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Snow Date: March 3
 
Lecture Description: This presentation will focus on using photography in conjunction with your genealogy research. Topics covered will include photo quality, photo apps for phones and tablets, and tips on taking good tombstone photos. We will discuss how to upload photos to FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry Family Tree. We will take a look at tips for photo organization on a computer and how to share digital files with family members and other researchers. The class is aimed at genealogists of all skill levels.
 
Presenter: Gary Petranek serves as a co-director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center. He retired from IBM after 41 years as a technical specialist, and has an extensive background in computers and information technology. Gary provides technical support for the FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. He hosts the DC Metro RootsMagic Users Group in Montgomery County and is an avid photographer.



The Good, the bad, and the ugly truth about published family histories
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Good, the bad, and the ugly truth about published family histories  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Just because it is published does not make it correct.  Many researchers cling to family histories as the honest truth on their family line. The discerning research will learn how to take those clues and then find the records they refer to. Learn how to vet the information contained in published family history books to make your research that much better.
 
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award-winning author and lecturer based out of Northern Virginia. She loves sharing her knowledge with other researchers on a variety of subjects from methodology to genetics. Shannon earned her PLCGS in December 2016 and is working towards her MSc in Genealogical, Heraldic and Paleographic Studies.


Create Genealogy Videos and Images with Adobe Spark & 10 Databases you need to know about
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Create Genealogy Videos and Images with Adobe Spark & 10 Databases you need to know about  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Descriptions:
1) Create Genealogy Videos and Images for free with Adobe Spark – Do you have images you would like to share and annotate for your own use or maybe to share? If so you should know about this wonderful free web-based program that allows you to create high quality graphics and videos to share for free.
 
2) 10 Databases you need to know about – With the ease of access to a variety of Institutions researchers depend on computer research more and more. However, we sometimes get into a rut looking at the same places over and over again. Shannon will introduce you to 10 databases that are not frequently visited, but could really change the way you research.
 
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award-winning author and lecturer based out of Northern Virginia. She loves sharing her knowledge with other researchers on a variety of subjects from methodology to genetics. Shannon earned her PLCGS in December 2016 and is working towards her MSc in Genealogical, Heraldic and Paleographic Studies.
 



Friday, April 6, 2018 through Saturday, April 7, 2018
2018 FxGS Spring Conference  (FxGS Spring Conference)
SAVE THE DATE!
The 2018 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference will be held on April 6 and 7 at the Westin Tysons Corner.


Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files
Friday, April 27, 2018
Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: The Bureau of Land Management distributed the land of the 30 Federal Land States and has posted online the patents, or certificates of final title, for most of them. The patents finalize the first transfer of public domain land from the federal government to private individuals, including women and former slaves. These patents, however, are only the final document in an often years long process, and a Case File should exist in the National Archives for each of them. Case Files often contain incredible information about your ancestors: military service, specifics about “improvements” they made to the land before receiving final title, and often family information or immigration proof. Even the thinnest Case File at least locates a person in time and place and may include signatures on receipts. Two million abandoned claims that were filed but never completed also have Case Files. We’ll discuss how to access both the indexed and unindexed Case Files at the National Archives. They have never been microfilmed. These records precede the deeds in county courthouses.
 
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes is the CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com), a business which is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.


Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical and Archival Research
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical and Archival Research  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
     Are you tired of being told by archives, libraries, and government agencies that the genealogical records you want are "unavailable" to the public, are only available behind a paywall, or are only available to view if you can visit them onsite or during limited hours? We were too, so we figured out how to do something about it.
     We're Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of more than 3200 genealogists, researchers, historians, and journalists. We use state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to obtain copies of previously inaccessible archival record sets. We use these laws to force the government to hand over copies of genealogical records to the public, often for the first time ever. Then we then freely publish all the records we win online, as open data without any copyrights, paywalls, or usage restrictions.
     Our work has enabled the first-ever public access to more than ten million archival records (and counting!), ranging from marriage records to voter lists to civil service lists to state licensing files. We started with a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York in 2015, followed it up with a second successful case against the New York City Clerk’s Office in 2016, filed a third case in Missouri against their Department of Health and Senior Services, and are now spreading our legal work to other cities and states. We crowdsource ideas for new projects, publish a free e-mail newsletter, and make snarky comments about government agencies’ intransigence on social media.
     This presentation will walk through the history and legal basics of FOI laws, and will teach researchers how to file their own requests for any genealogical or archival records they may want to see returned to the public domain.
 
Presenter:
     Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder and president of Reclaim The Records, and the first genealogist to successfully sue a government archive for the return of records to the public. A computer programmer, she is also the creator of LeafSeek, a free open source records management platform and multi-lingual search engine that won second place in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge.
     Her work has helped non-profit organizations like the Israel Genealogical Research Association (IGRA) and Gesher Galicia publish over 1.2 million unique genealogical records online for free use. She is also a volunteer for ArchiveTeam, an online preservationist group that pre-emptively crawls at-risk websites to save copies of the data for the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told
Friday, May 18, 2018
Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Family stories usually contain at least some true facts. But what do you do when almost nothing is true? This program demonstrates how a 25-year brick wall was broken down.
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., is a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is a graduate of NGS’s American Genealogy: Home Study Course, (1994), a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001), the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University (2010).
 
Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program and is an instructor for the NGS course Beyond the Basics. He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; has published genealogy articles in journals, magazines and newsletters; and is co-host of a public television genealogy program in Fairfax County.


Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description:
Sometimes you need to be able to identify an ancestor without his “name tag.” Characteristics such as occupation, birthplace, signature, age and family members can be helpful in locating individuals in records, as well as in distinguish individuals of the same name.
Comparing information found in one record to that of another record can help determine if they refer to the same individual. Many different characteristics of an individual can be used in this comparison. This technique can be especially useful to overcome indexing issues where you ancestor’s name may not be identifiable, or in situations where a name has been changed.
 
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 facilitator for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program, and a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund, and on the board of the ProGen Study Program.