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Family History Writing SIG
Monday, November 2
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
We are currently looking for manuscripts for the January 4th, February 1st, and March 1st meetings. If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to help you to make them even better.

 

We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues. 

 

On All Souls Day, November 2nd, we will be reviewing Clash of Ideals chapter 1 of Phyllis Legare's book Remember Me, an account of three murders committed during the Civil War in the Tennessee/North Carolina mountains. 
 

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

 
Join us at the online Zoom meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.

 

 

 


Monday, November 9
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
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.
 


“Dwelling Detective” by Susan Hellman
Thursday, November 12
“Dwelling Detective” by Susan Hellman  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
Have you ever wondered when your Fairfax County house was built? Or by whom? It’s easier than you think. In her presentation “Dwelling Detective,” Susan Hellman will guide you through the necessary steps to uncover the facts and stories surrounding your house and its past occupants.

Susan Hellman works as a Preservation Planner for the City of Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning. A Fairfax County native, she is an architectural historian with a graduate degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Susan honed her property research skills while working as a Historian in both the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning and the Virginia Room special collections library. She co-authored "Soil Tilled by Free Men: The Formation of a Free Black Community in Fairfax County, Virginia" published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and created the website www.virginiagreenbook.com, which documents all Virginia sites listed in The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide used by African Americans from 1939 – 1964. Hellman also co-authored “Notes from the Road: Documenting Sites Listed in The Negro Motorist Green Book,” published in Arris, the Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.



“Land Platting with DeedMapper” by Victor Dunn
Saturday, November 14
“Land Platting with DeedMapper” by Victor Dunn  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
Vic will explain the benefits of land platting in problem-solving.  He will demonstrate manual land platting and then show how DeedMapper software can be utilized to plat land and reconstruct ancestral neighborhoods.  He will also discuss advanced features of DeedMapper including adding plats to historic maps and overlaying on Google Earth.

Victor S. “Vic” Dunn, CG, is a full-time professional researcher. The coordinator for the Virginia track at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research and an instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, he is a frequent contributor to major genealogical publications including feature articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The Genealogist, NEHG Register, BCG OnBoard, and Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. In 2014 he received the Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research and was named as the official genealogist of the Order of First Families of Virginia. He is a past trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, past treasurer of the National Genealogical Society, and past governor of the Virginia Genealogical Society. He also holds memberships in the Jamestowne Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.



African American SIG
Monday, November 16
African American SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Registration Required
Registration is required through the library system and will open on October 20.

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: At home with Newspapers.com and Ancestry
Wednesday, November 18
Mid-Atlantic SIG: At home with Newspapers.com and Ancestry  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
Caroline Brethauer will present "At home with Newspapers.com and Ancestry." 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, December 7
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
We are currently looking for manuscripts for the January 4th, February 1st, and March 1st meetings. If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to help you to make them even better.

 

We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues. 

 

At the December 7th meeting, we will be reviewing part of Sarah McDougall's manuscript about her 3x great grandfather Simeon Isaacs and his life during the New Zealand gold rushes of the 1860's
 

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

 
Join us at the online Zoom meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.

 

 

 


Monday, December 14
FxGS Executive Board Meeting  (FxGS Board Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting
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.
 



Family History Writing SIG
Monday, January 4, 2021
Family History Writing SIG  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
We are currently looking for manuscripts for the February 1st, March 1st and April 5th meetings. If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to help you to make them even better.

 

We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues. 

 

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

 
Join us at the online Zoom meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.

 

 

 


Irish Research Topics
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Irish Research Topics  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
Join us as the Irish Family Special Interest Group presents on recent topics discussed in the SIG and helps you with your Irish research. This meeting will be presented using the Zoom webinar platform.


Saturday, January 23, 2021
"Connecticut’s Barbour Index" and "Finding All the Early Connecticut Records Barbour Missed"  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
"Connecticut’s Barbour Index: An Extraordinary but Secondary Source"
The Barbour Index is a generally accurate source for pre 1850 Connecticut vital records that is easy to access and easy to use. But it is even easier to misuse it and to access only pieces of it bearing the same title. This lecture explains where to find the whole of this great secondary source and what every good genealogist must do before relying on it.
 

"Finding All the Early Connecticut Births, Marriages, and Deaths Barbour Missed"
While Barbour managed to compile well over a million early Connecticut vital records in his Index, he missed hundreds of accessible sources containing thousands of additional vital records .  This lecture identifies these additional vital records sources and how they and nearly 200 manuscripts personally created by Barbour can be accessed. It also discusses how to best research Connecticut church and cemetery records. 

Speaker Bio: Linda MacLachlan’s recent book, Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond, is becoming a staple for Connecticut genealogists. Linda has also published two genealogies and many articles in refereed journals and as editor of the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society Newsletter. She was President of MVGS and is also a member of FXGS, NEHGS, and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. She presently staffs the McLean Family History Center and leads monthly workshops in the MVGS Research Center on operating important genealogical websites and sponsors the New England Study Group of MVGS and FXGS.




“Freedom Snatchers” by Bobbi Bowman
Thursday, February 25, 2021
“Freedom Snatchers” by Bobbi Bowman  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
An African-American woman, who has always run away from the pain of slavery, took a trip to a rural Virginia courthouse. That trip led to the discovery of an unknown great great grandfather’s long and historic fight for freedom.  Using a genealogist’s tools, she pieced together his story that explained how her family survived slavery in Virginia.

Speaker Bio:  Bobbi Bowman worked as a news reporter and editor for more than 40 years before her retirement. She was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in August 2019. 

She began her career at The Washington Post raising from suburban reporter to assistant city editor. She then worked as an editor at the Detroit Free Press and managing editor of The Observer-Dispatch in Utica, NY.  In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award for her work as Diversity Director for what is now the News Leaders Association.

After leaving the News Leaders Association, she created an online community newspaper for her neighbors in McLean, Va. Now retired, she is a graduate student in history at George Mason University.

 She is writing a book about how her family survived slavery after her great great grandfather was forced by the state of Virginia to choose between freedom and slavery. She was born in Lynchburg, VA, and grew up in Washington, DC.



Saturday, February 27, 2021
“Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” by Dr. Richard Bell  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
Dr. Bell will discuss his book, which is described as “a gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice, reminiscent of Twelve Years a Slave and Never Caught.”

Speaker Bio: Richard Bell teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland. He has received several teaching prizes and major research fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. His first book, We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States, was published in 2012. He is also the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home.




Saturday, March 6, 2021
Spring Fair: “Advanced DNA Workshop"  (FxGS Spring Conference)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Details to Be Announced


“A Primer for Germanic Genealogy” by Bob Dunfield
Thursday, March 25, 2021
“A Primer for Germanic Genealogy” by Bob Dunfield  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
When one says he or she has German ancestors, they come from the various Germanic tribes from Roman times. Germanic areas were formed from the Medieval Feudal System and then reshape by more recent conflict and religious wars. I hope to provide you with a way to determine the origin of your Germanic ancestors and to understand what factors drove them to leave.



“Virginia Room Resources: Online & On the Shelf” by Laura Wickstead
Thursday, April 22, 2021
“Virginia Room Resources: Online & On the Shelf” by Laura Wickstead  (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
The Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library is one of the leading repositories in northern Virginia for genealogical resources.  Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian, will highlight some of the key resources that are available for your use.
 
Speaker Bio: Laura S. Wickstead has worked in special research collections within public libraries for 20 years, providing reference service to genealogists and researchers of every age and interest. She holds a master’s degree in library science and is a graduate of the Modern Archives Institute. Laura has been the Virginia Room Librarian at the City of Fairfax Regional Library of the Fairfax County Public Library system since 2012.


“Summer Research Sendoff” by Virginia Room Staff
Saturday, April 24, 2021
“Summer Research Sendoff” by Virginia Room Staff  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
Come to the Virginia Room for a hands-on session of exploring how you can use its resources to help you fulfill your research goals for the summer.

No meetings are planned in May because of the scheduled NGS National Conference in Richmond.