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Family History Writing SIG
Monday, March 2
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
This meeting has been canceled.
 
Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 6th
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and help you to make them even better. We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
 
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Wednesday, March 4
Genetic Genealogy SIG: AncestryDNA’s ThruLines  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Room H-108, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Topic: Janet Hall Werner will present "AncestryDNA’s ThruLines, and other tips and tricks for making DNA discoveries." Are you interested in DNA as a tool to help trace and identify your ancestors? Come to the Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group to discuss and see presentations on this exciting part of genealogy. Contact SIG leader Janet Hall Werner at janetfamhist@gmail.com for more information.


Monday, March 9
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 


Sunday, March 15
DNA Presentation  (Other Events)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
6942 Sydenstricker Road 22512, Springfield, VA
Genealogist Victoria Robinson, a long-time staff member of the Annandale Family History Center, will present on how DNA can impact your genealogy research. Hosted by the Annandale Family History Center at the Springfield Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints Chapel.
 
 


Monday, March 16
African American SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA
FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group (started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library) into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors. This SIG meets on the 3rd Monday of every other month. Contact SIG Leader Laura Wickstead at Laura.Wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Alfred Coate's Parents and Unexpected Mayflower Ancestors
Wednesday, March 18
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Alfred Coate's Parents and Unexpected Mayflower Ancestors  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Deane Dierksen will present "Alfred Coate's Parents and Unexpected Mayflower Ancestors." Join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group! If you would like additional information on the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group, contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information.


Researching Ancestors from Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Thursday, March 26
Researching Ancestors from Galicia, Austria-Hungary  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
 
Lecture Description: Discover resources for research the multi-ethnic Province of Galicia in Austria-Hungary. Learn what records are available to assist you in determining your immigrant ancestor's home village in today's Poland and Ukraine and how to locate church records, cadastral maps and more to research your family.
 
Presenter: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Research Team Lead and genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With over 28 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes U.S. and Eastern European research.


1) Jersey Roots: Province to Statehood 2) Essential Resources for New Jersey Genealogy
Saturday, March 28
1) Jersey Roots: Province to Statehood 2) Essential Resources for New Jersey Genealogy  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Jersey Roots: Province to Statehood – Discover the history of the only twin Province through the records of the East Jersey Board of Proprietors and the Council of West Jersey Proprietors from the 1680s through 1702, and the colonial government through early statehood.
 
Essential Resources for New Jersey Genealogy– Many of New Jersey’s best reference materials and web resources require detailed explanation in order to be used effectively. Discover how to effectively use a variety of published reference books, journals, source material, finding aids, and important websites that are useful for New Jersey genealogy research.
 
Presenter: Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Research Team Lead and genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With over 28 years’ experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes U.S. and Eastern European research.
 



2020 FxGS Spring Conference
Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 4
2020 FxGS Spring Conference  (FxGS Spring Conference)
Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
Additional information is available on the conference webpage.


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, April 6
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and help you to make them even better. We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
 
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Monday, April 13
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Memory Depot
Wednesday, April 15
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Memory Depot  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Virginia Room, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
A Virginia Room librarian will present "Memory Depot." This meeting will be held in the Virginia Room, and not in the conference room. Join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group! If you would like additional information on the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group, contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information.


Mostly Involuntary Servitude
Friday, April 24
Mostly Involuntary Servitude  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Sometimes, in order, to emigrate to what is now the United States (and elsewhere around the world) able-bodied individuals would become indentured servants. Though many of these arrangements were by choice, some were not. Let’s explore the databases that help us identify whether our ancestors were indentured or not.
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard is the principle of MosaicRPM. She specializes in NC and southern records and lectures on NC research, genealogy society initiatives, and research tools. She is the editor of the NCGS Journal and a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. She has done research for and appeared on WDYTYA?


1 ) People Power – Crowdsourced Projects 2) 50 Overlooked Genealogical Resources
Saturday, April 25
1 ) People Power – Crowdsourced Projects 2) 50 Overlooked Genealogical Resources  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: People Power – We have benefitted from many projects where crowdsourcing has taken what seemed like an impossibly large project or for which an archive had no funding and made it accessible to researchers.  This is done by doing what is called crowdsourcing. Let’s talk about crowdsourcing, what it is, some of the earliest projects and how pervasive this strategy has become in order to get increasing amounts of data searchable and images findable by researchers.  The value is not always in the size of the project and in the ability to make available information previously hidden to all but the most persistent researchers. Includes a review of at least 20 projects.
 
Genealogical Resources in 50 Minutes!– For over 12 years I have been authoring a Net Notes column for Internet Genealogy; I have authored pieces for this publication since its founding in 2006. “Internet Genealogy looks at websites and related news that are sure to be of interest.”  This column provides a quick snapshot of neat free genealogically-relevant databases that have caught my eye. We are not talking database additions to Ancestry or FamilySearch et al.  Many of these are home-grown narrowly focused databases that just might provide you with an invaluable piece of information. I’ve easily written over 400 net notes.  Let’s take a look at a “whole bunch” of hidden gems you have available at your fingertips that you might not be aware of.
 
Presenter: Diane L. Richard is the principle of MosaicRPM. She specializes in NC and southern records and lectures on NC research, genealogy society initiatives, and research tools. She is the editor of the NCGS Journal and a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. She has done research for and appeared on WDYTYA?



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, May 4
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and help you to make them even better. We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
 
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Monday, May 11
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 


Why Can’t I Find My Ancestor’s Vital Records?
Saturday, May 16
Why Can’t I Find My Ancestor’s Vital Records?  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Lecture Description: Often beginning researchers encounter problems when they search for their ancestor’s vital records.  There are a number of reasons why researchers encounter these problems.  This presentation will address a number of misconceptions researchers have about vital record.  Often the main problem is a misunderstanding of vital records, how and why they were created, and where the records may be kept.
 
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG SMis 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


Beyond Vital Records - Additional Sources to Trace Eastern European Ancestry
Sunday, May 17
Beyond Vital Records - Additional Sources to Trace Eastern European Ancestry  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
11:00 am
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
 
Lecture Description:European borders were fluid, so one family’s records may be in many languages and multiple archives. This talk examines one family that lived in the area spanning the Ukraine/Romanian border but which has been Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Soviet Union and Ukraine. Multiple record sources were used to reconstruct this family.
 
Presenter: Lara Diamond Lara has been researching her family for over 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


Monday, May 18
African American SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA
FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group (started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library) into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors. This SIG meets on the 3rd Monday of every other month. Contact SIG Leader Laura Wickstead at Laura.Wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Brick Walls
Wednesday, May 20
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Brick Walls  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Brick your brick walls for this group discussion! Join the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group! If you would like additional information on the Mid-Atlantic Special Interest Group, contact SIG Leader Don Coram at coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for more information.



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, June 1
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
At this meeting we will be reviewing a member’s manuscript. Your comments and thoughts on the manuscript will be welcomed.
 
The members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives and help you to make them even better. We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.
 
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward. If you wish to be added to the members list and receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at Sean.Furniss@gmail.com.
 


Monday, June 8
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 



Botetourt Genealogy Fair 2020
Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12
Botetourt Genealogy Fair 2020  (Other Events)
Breckinridge Elementary School, 331 Springwood Road, Fincastle, VA 24090
For additional information, please download the Botetourt Genealogy fair brochure at http://www.botetourtva.gov/documents/library/genealogy_fair_brochure.pdf.


Monday, July 20
African American SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA
FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group (started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library) into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors. This SIG meets on the 3rd Monday of every other month. Contact SIG Leader Laura Wickstead at Laura.Wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.



Monday, September 14
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 


Monday, September 21
African American SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA
FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group (started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library) into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors. This SIG meets on the 3rd Monday of every other month. Contact SIG Leader Laura Wickstead at Laura.Wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.



Monday, October 12
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 



Monday, November 9
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.
 


Monday, November 16
African American SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA
FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group (started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library) into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors. This SIG meets on the 3rd Monday of every other month. Contact SIG Leader Laura Wickstead at Laura.Wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.



Monday, December 14
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Executive Board will meet to review the minutes of the last meeting, to hear reports of the board members and others attending the meeting, and to make recommendations regarding the Society business and future plans of the Society. The meeting is open to members of the Society and other interested individuals.