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Thursday, August 17
Using U.S. Land Records to Solve Family History Puzzles  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
Land records often contain a wealth of genealogical, historical and legal information. Depending upon the type and time period, they may present new insights about ancestors, family history, title, and land use issues. In addition to providing location and date of settlement, records may attest to one's age, place of birth, citizenship, military service, literacy, and economic status, and may even include similar information about family members.
 
RELIC staff genealogist, Darlene Hunter will provide examples of various land records and how to locate them. To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org


Finding and Using Unusual Records
Thursday, August 17
Finding and Using Unusual Records  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 201, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
Presented by Sharon Hodges. This class will address locating and using records such as insurance records, various licenses and their applications, etc. in your genealogy research.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Tuesday, August 22
Finding Your Family in the News  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
Using newspaper archives for historical research has never been easier. Now you can find obituaries, marriage notices, court cases, advertisements, news items, local gossip, photos – anything that might appear between the pages of the hometown gazette. He will show how to find those databases and put them to use.
 
RELIC’s Don Wilson will describe how a growing number of newspapers online may be searched for items useful for family and local history. To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org


Thursday, August 24
Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
RELIC Librarian Tish Como demonstrates how to locate records and resources that will add interest and detail to your family tree, while emphasizing the importance of developing good research habits, critically evaluating records and findings and using advanced search techniques for better results.
 
To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org



Using Fold3 in your Genealogy Research
Wednesday, September 6
Using Fold3 in your Genealogy Research  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 218, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Sharon Hodges. Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Additional types of records on Fold3 are:  Naturalization Records, Interactive Census (1860 & 1930), City Directories, Native American Records, Historical Photos; and Homestead Records. 
 
To register for this class, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Everything FTM
Monday, September 11
Everything FTM  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Charles Gearhart. This Family Tree Maker study group meeting will concentrate on the windows version.  Users may bring their laptops, and issues, to a round table type meeting where we will discuss user questions, discoveries, lessons learned and some new stuff from fellow users.
 
The class will be basic enough for the beginner to get a fast start, and also connect a few dots for the experienced user. We will also track the progress of software MacKiev in their continuance of the FTM product.
 
To register for this class, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


CANCELLED: Mid-Atlantic SIG
Tuesday, September 12
CANCELLED: Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
This meeting has been cancelled as a meeting room was unaavilable. Standing meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information.


Wednesday, September 13
How to Write a Personal History  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA
Presented by Mary Maki presented at the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society meeting. As genealogists we know lists of BMD (birith/marriage/death) dates are not enough. It’s important to bring our ancestors to life, and we do that by telling their stories. Writing about those family stories, verified through careful research and populated with photos, documents, and family recipes is a great way to share your research with the next generation. An added bonus: writing helps to find any holes in your research. This presentation will help you get started on writing that family history that everyone will enjoy.


Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin
Friday, September 15 through Saturday, September 16
Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin  (Other Events)
Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia
This Virginia-focused African American genealogy conference is sponsored by the Library of Virginia, the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support by FamilySearch. Learn about genealogical records, research techniques, and the latest digital initiatives in African American family history from regional experts and Library of Virginia staff members. Keynote speaker Phillip Troutman (assistant professor of writing and history at The George Washington University) will discuss “The Domestic Slave Trade and its Effect on African American Family History.”
 
Box lunches available for preorder when registering. Spaces are limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.
An optional Friday-evening reception and panel discussion (“Preserving African American Stories: Collaborations, Crowdsourcing, and How You Can Help”) is free and open to the public. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.
 
 
Friday Workshop:
AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870
September 15, 2017 | 9:30-12:30 am
Place: Conference Rooms
Cost: $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)
 
Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Attendees will learn about ways of determining whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. The workshop will focus on the Library of Virginia's collections including cohabitation registers; free Negro registers; and lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through its databases. These tickets sales will close on September 11, 2017.
 


German SIG: Alexanderia Library Holding on German Immigrants
Monday, September 18
German SIG: Alexanderia Library Holding on German Immigrants  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Alexandria Library Special Collections, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria VA, 22314
Leslie Anderson will provide an overview of the Library's holdings on German Immigrants. She is a native Virginian and is a Reference Librarian at Alexandria Library, Special Collections Branch.
 
Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Tuesday, September 19
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


Locating and Using Guardianship Records
Thursday, September 21
Locating and Using Guardianship Records  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 201, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
Presented by Chuck Mason. In the male dominated world of the 19th century, a widow had to be appointed the guardian of her own children by the court. Children were often left inheritances by their grandparents or other relatives. In some states, parents were prohibited access to their children’s legacies and a guardian was appointed. The laws governing guardianships vary from state to state and time-period to time-period. The records documenting guardianships vary as well. Guardianship records may contain a wealth of genealogical information and lead to other records. This class will address how to locate and use these records.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net 


Thursday, September 21
Bring Old Photographs Back to Life  (Other Events)
11:00 am
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
Do you have old family photographs that suffer from neglect, fading, dust or worse? Photographer and family genealogist Carl Schellenberg will explain, and demonstrate, how you can enhance those family treasures and in the process help bring your ancestors back to life.
 
To register for the free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org


Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins with Rich Venezia
Friday, September 22
Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins with Rich Venezia  (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 with Rich Venezia
Saturday, September 23
Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors with Rich Venezia  (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.



Friday, October 6
Rods, Links, and Poles: Historic Maps and Plats in the Court’s Historic Records  (Other Events)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Loudoun Court Complex, 18 E. Market St. Leesburg Virginia
View the Historic Records staff and volunteers’ favorite maps and plats in the court’s historic 18th and 19th century deed and chancery records. The Loudoun County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information will exhibit 21st century mapping technology and how it can be used in historic research.


German SIG: Lutheran Death Sermons
Monday, October 16
German SIG: Lutheran Death Sermons  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Dr. Cornelia Niekus Moore will present on Lutheran Death Sermons, an important collection to help with understanding the social and genealogical histories of our German ancestors. Dr. Moore is the author of "Patterned Lives: The Lutheran Funeral Biography in Early Modern Germany" (2006) and is the Emeritus Dean at the University of Hawaii.
 
Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG
Wednesday, October 18
Mid-Atlantic SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information.


Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found with Diane L. Richard
Thursday, October 26
Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found with Diane L. Richard  (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 with Chuck Mason
Thursday, November 16
Your Ancestor in Black and White: Using Newspaper for Research with Chuck Mason  (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 with Dr. Margaret McMahon
Saturday, November 18
Researching Your U.S. Army World War I Ancestors with Dr. Margaret McMahon  (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".


German SIG: The Impact of World War I on German Ancestors
Monday, November 20
German SIG: The Impact of World War I on German Ancestors  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015

This two-part presentation will include Bob Dunfield presenting, "WWI Effects on our German Ancestors in US & the Heimat" and Mark Lazroff presenting "My WWI Ancestor’s Service and where to look for Records."

Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



German SIG: The Inner Working of Emmigration: Transporation and Economics in Germanic Europe
Monday, December 18
German SIG: The Inner Working of Emmigration: Transporation and Economics in Germanic Europe  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015

Bob Dunfield will discuss how our ancestors got to port in regards to transportation changes in Germanic Europe; Why these ports; and Economic Drivers to Leave.

This is a standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.



Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch with Leslie Anderson
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch with Leslie Anderson  (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 with Leslie Anderson
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Private Lives, Public Records & The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia with Leslie Anderson  (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 with Lara Diamond
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy with Lara Diamond  (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 with Gary Petranek
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Photography for Genealogy with Gary Petranek  (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 with Shannon Combs-Bennett
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Good, the bad, and the ugly truth about published family histories with Shannon Combs-Bennett  (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
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Create Genealogy Videos and Images with Adobe Spark & 10 Databases you need to know  (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 with Sharon MacInnes
Friday, April 27, 2018
Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files with Sharon MacInnes  (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 with Chuck Mason
Friday, May 18, 2018
Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told with Chuck Mason  (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 with Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors with Angela Packer McGhie, CG  (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.