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Organizing Genealogy Notebooks
Monday, April 24
Organizing Genealogy Notebooks  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Jonmarie Pearson. Using binders to organize your genealogy research and keeping it all together is a great choice for those who don’t want to keep all their research online. Come learn one of the ways that you can use binders to keep your ancestry information altogether.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Tuesday, April 25
Using U.S. Land Records to Solve Family History Puzzles  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
RELIC’s Darlene Hunter will provide examples of various land records and explain how to locate them. Land records contain a wealth of genealogical, historical and legal information. Depending upon the type and time period, they may offer new insights about your ancestors and family history. 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. They may even include similar details about other family members and lead you to other genealogical records.
 
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.


Friday, April 28
From the Ashes––A Burned County Case Study   (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Sarah R. Fleming
 
Lecture Description: How do you get around brick walls created by burned courthouses? In spite of Graves Co., Kentucky, courthouse fires in 1864 and again in 1887, Sarah was able to piece together sufficient indirect evidence to determine the parents of one of her great-great grandfathers. The presentation will cover the strategies and records used.
 
Sarah has been researching her family for over 40 years, primarily in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. She is a graduate of NIGR, IGHR advanced methodology course, and the University of Washington’s Genealogy and Family History certificate program. She is retired from Boeing where she was a mainframe operating systems programmer.


Preserving Family Heirlooms
Saturday, April 29
Preserving Family Heirlooms   (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Tina Beaird
 
Lecture Description: Attendees are given a brief history of paper manufacturing and photography while learning how to store and preserve these valuable family heirlooms for future generations. Tina also gives hints and tips for preserving historic and modern scrap-books. Tina brings supplies and demonstrates how to use them to prolong the life of your family treasures.
 
Tina is the Genealogy Librarian at the Plainfield Library in Plainfield, IL. She holds a Master’s Degree in archiving and preservation from Dominican University. She attended American University’s graduate School for Russian Area Studies while her husband worked for the Fairfax Co. School District. Tina has been lecturing at National, state and local conferences for twelve years.



Everything Family Tree Maker
Monday, May 1
Everything Family Tree Maker  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Charles Gearhart leads the Family Tree Maker study group meeting, concentrating 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 investigate the new 2017 version, look at FTM/Ancestry interaction and continue to track the progress of Software MacKiev in their continuance of the FTM product.
 


Family History Writing SIG
Monday, May 1
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.


Tuesday, May 2
Genealogy 201: Getting Started  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
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. 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.


Fieldtrip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Wednesday, May 3
Fieldtrip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  (FxGS Field Trips)
10:00 am
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024
We are fortunate to have Diane Afoumado, Ph.D., Chief, Research and Reference Branch at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), scheduled to speak about the International Tracing Service at our March Membership Meeting. The USHMM is the only repository in the United States to hold a copy of the International Tracing Service (ITS) archive, a complex collection of almost 200 million digital images of documentation on millions of victims of Nazism including people arrested, deported, killed and displaced. As a follow-on to Dr. Afoumado’s March presentation, staff at the USHMM will give FxGS members an on-site overview of both the ITS as well as additional resources and collections of potential interest to genealogical researchers. Visiting both the 2nd floor Resource Center Public Space as well as the 5th floor Library and Archives, we will learn about the numerous online databases and sources available for research in the Resource Center as well as the Museum's library collection and archives material on microfilm and paper.
 
Additional information about the International Tracing Service and the USHMM Library and Archives can be found at www.ushmm.org.
 
Contact Susan Zweighaft at fieldtrips@fxgs.org to be added to the attendee list. Please provide a telephone number in the event of last minute schedule changes. Limit: 20.


Genetic Genealogy SIG: Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch
Wednesday, May 3
Genetic Genealogy SIG: Legacy Family Tree and FamilySearch  (FxGS SIG Events)
7:00 pm
Kilmer Middle School, G101, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027

Linda MacLachlan will demonstrate features of Legacy Family Tree and its interface with FamilySearch. For more information, contact Jim Logan, Genetic Genealogy SIG Leader, at jjlnv@comcast.net for more information.



Thursday, May 4
DAR Genealogy 101 – Jewish American Genealogy  (Other Events)
10:00 am
DAR Headquarters - 1776 D Street NW, NOC Assembly Room, Washington, DC.
Presented by Sara Sukol, NSDAR Genealogist. Free but Registration is required  https://darmay4.eventbrite.com


Saturday, May 6
Washington DC Family History Center Annual Conference  (Other Events)
Washington DC Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD
The conference theme is “Records and Repositories,” and classes will focus on record collections that genealogists may sometimes overlook. The keynote speaker is James Sweaney, Assistant Chief, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress. He will address the topic: Genealogical Treasures at the Library of Congress
 
Classes, presenters bios, and registration information can be accessed at the conference website:  http://www.wdcfhc.org/Conference


Saturday, May 6
Historic Fairfax Station Cemeteries Tour  (Other Events)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Jerusalem Baptist Church, 5424 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Join the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association as they visit cemeteries at the Jerusalem Baptist Church and St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church. FCCPA will tour these two nearby historic church cemeteries. Guests are welcome, you don’t need to be a member to join us! Meet and greet at Jerusalem Baptist Church - 5424 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
  • 1:15 - 2:30 Jerusalem Baptist - tour led by Lee Hubbard
  • 2:30 travel to the historic church St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, Ox Road & Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (bathroom and snack break)
  • 3:00 - 4:15 St.  Mary's tour - led by John Murphy

Please contact Mary Lipsey if you have questions. 703-321-2824



Sunday, May 7
DNA Matching on MyHeritage – Where Genealogy and Genetics Meet  (Other Events)
2:00 pm
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington meeting at the Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road,
Presented by Daniel Horowitz. MyHeritage has launched an affordable, easy-to-use DNA home testing kit that can reveal valuable family history information and tell you more about your origins. MyHeritage DNA provides two main features:
 
The DNA Matching service enables those who use the MyHeritage DNA test — or who have tested through other services — to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities, displaying the possible relationship between you and the other person. You can view your DNA Match tree or profile, and make contact to exchange information and collaborate on your research.
 
A detailed ethnicity reports were you can see the percentage of your DNA that comes from different populations around the world displayed in a list or a world map, together with your family events.


Methodology SIG: Social Security Records
Monday, May 8
Methodology SIG: Social Security Records  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
 
NOTE CHANGE OF TIME AND VENUE! Our regular Kings Park Library meeting room has been coopted for the library's annual book sale!
 
Sharon Hodges will explain the Social Security Death Index and beyond. She'll talk about the Social Security Applications and Claims Index on Ancestry and illustrate what information was given by the applicant on his/her Social Security Application.

Don’t think Social Security applications concern only people who were born in the 20th century!  Many workers who were born in the 1880s and even the 1870s were still working when Social Security went into effect in 1936. Many death certificates that don’t identify their parents, particularly the maiden name of their mothers, so Social Security applications may be the ONLY way you can find that information. Sharon will explain the importance of this set of records and how you can access them through filing through FOIA. I’m very grateful that she's squeezing in this presentation before she leaves for the NGS conference in Raleigh the next day.

NOTE: Sharon MacInnes needs to "retire" from the Methodology SIG in June due to increased professional responsibilities. If you can volunteer to lead this SIG, please contact her at smacinnes@cox.net.


Wednesday, May 10
Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society monthly meeting  (Other Events)
7:00 pm
Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA


Thursday, May 11
Genealogy Roundtable  (Other Events)
11:00 am
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.


German SIG: German Cooking
Tuesday, May 16
German SIG: German Cooking  (FxGS SIG Events)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Burke Center Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA 22015
Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. The topic for the last meeting of the year is German cooking. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for more information.


Let Me Tell You About Your Genes
Tuesday, May 16
Let Me Tell You About Your Genes  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
Presented by Shannon Combs-Bennett. The reason for taking a genetic genealogy (DNA) test will vary from person to person, but what most will have in common is confusion over what it all means. In this two-hour presentation, you will learn the basics of genetic genealogy and how you can use it as a tool in your research. Shannon will cover the basics of each test, what the various companies offer you, the validity of ethnicity testing, as well as a few real-life examples of how to merge DNA and genealogy research.


Mid-Atlantic SIG: Maryland Land Records and Finding Mr. Sigman
Wednesday, May 17
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Maryland Land Records and Finding Mr. Sigman  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Mid-Atlantic SIG. Barbara Hopkins will discuss Maryland Land Records while Sue Roose will present her case, "Finding Mr. Sigman." Contact SIG leader Don Coram coram_mirmirani@verizon.net for questions.


Consular Records at the National Archives
Friday, May 19
Consular Records at the National Archives   (FxGS Membership Meetings)
7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Lecture Description: Consular records hold numerous surprises for records created overseas. A few items are on ancestry.com, but there are many records with genealogical information “hiding” in the files. Note: Because this is such a large Record Group, examples of items that may be found will mainly be from Germany.
 
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sharon has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. Sharon is a graduate of the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course, and a past grader of two lessons, and of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. She has been a guest numerous times on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 program Tracing Your Family Roots. She also taught genealogy through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation and the Fairfax Adult Education program. In addition she has authored numerous articles for the National Genealogy Society Magazine, The Virginia Genealogical Society, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, and Fairfax Genealogical Society newsletters.
 
She has received a number of awards from the genealogical community, but is most proud of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society's Lifetime Sustained Meritorious Service Award for long-time service to the Society and the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism from National Genealogical Society which she received in 2014.


The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement
Saturday, May 20
The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement   (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
 
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Lecture Description: For centuries, our universal mail system has strengthened the bonds of friendship, family, and community. Discover how the post office helped build communities and deliver the mail since the 1600s.
 
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sharon has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. Sharon is a graduate of the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study Course, and a past grader of two lessons, and of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. She has been a guest numerous times on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 program Tracing Your Family Roots. She also taught genealogy through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation and the Fairfax Adult Education program. In addition she has authored numerous articles for the National Genealogy Society Magazine, The Virginia Genealogical Society, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, and Fairfax Genealogical Society newsletters.
 
She has received a number of awards from the genealogical community, but is most proud of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society's Lifetime Sustained Meritorious Service Award for long-time service to the Society and the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism from National Genealogical Society which she received in 2014.


Irish SIG:
Saturday, May 20
Irish SIG:  (FxGS SIG Events)
1:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. 103, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
Standing meeting of the Irish SIG. Contact SIG Leader Paul McFarland at p7a2u4@verizon.net for more information.


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


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.



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.


Genetic Genealogy SIG: Sharing and Analyzing DNA Research using Third Party Tools
Wednesday, June 7
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
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.


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.


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
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.


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.