Monday, November 22, 2010

Beginners' classes start in February 2011

The Beginners’ Special Interest Group will present a repeating series of 6 classes on the basics of genealogy research. Every effort will be made to be accessible to a total novice and yet go into enough depth to provide a solid foundation for good research practices. 

Next series of sessions will be on Thursdays 3 February through 10 March 2011.

These meetings are held 1:00PM to 2:00PM at the McLean Family History Center in one of the classrooms. Please see MapQuest for directions to 2034 Great Falls St., McLean VA.

Email Lori Smith for further information.   

December hiatus

There are no Fairfax Genealogical Society meetings held during the month of December to allow for members' busy holiday schedules.


Have a happy holiday season. We look forward to a wonderful new year of genealogy meetings, classes, SIG meetings and conferences.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Workshop featuring Leslie Albrecht Huber

Saturday, November 20, 2010


10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Researching and Writing Your Ancestors' Stories

Leslie Albrecht Huber


Summary: 

Can you create an interesting story of your ancestors when all you have are a few bare-bones documents? Yes! Learn how to dig deeper in the records, create the context, and bring it all together to write a story that will leave your family sitting on the edges of their seats!  Ms. Huber will be sharing examples and tips from her newly released book, The Journey Takers.  Learn more about her book online at:  www.thejourneytakers.com.

Leslie Albrecht Huber is a freelance writer and speaker and has worked as a professional genealogist. She has published nearly 100 articles in over twenty different magazines and journals. Her website, www.understandingyourancestors.com, provides information for people tracing immigrant ancestors. Leslie is also involved in several genealogical societies.

Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station

2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027

 

Click here for the 2010-2011 Education Program

Click here for Field Trips

Click here for map to Fire Station

Friday, November 19, 2010

Leslie Albrecht Huber - Sat 20 Nov 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010


10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Researching and Writing Your Ancestors' Stories

Leslie Albrecht Huber


Summary: 

Can you create an interesting story of your ancestors when all you have are a few bare-bones documents? Yes! Learn how to dig deeper in the records, create the context, and bring it all together to write a story that will leave your family sitting on the edges of their seats!  Ms. Huber will be sharing examples and tips from her newly released book, The Journey Takers.  Learn more about her book online at:  www.thejourneytakers.com.

Leslie Albrecht Huber is a freelance writer and speaker and has worked as a professional genealogist. She has published nearly 100 articles in over twenty different magazines and journals. Her website, www.understandingyourancestors.com, provides information for people tracing immigrant ancestors. Leslie is also involved in several genealogical societies.

Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station

2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027

 

Click here for the 2010-2011 Education Program

Click here for Field Trips

Click here for map to Fire Station

Thursday, November 18, 2010

General Meeting 18 Nov 2010 at 7:30pm

General Membership Meeting
 
 
Thursday, 18 November 2010
 
 
7:30 PM
 
The DAR Genealogical Research System

with Jennifer Dondero


Northern Virginians, take advantage of the online information available through the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Genealogical Research System (GRS).  Once you’ve used it, take advantage of your easy access to the records it can uncover.  This lecture will walk through the information available through the GRS, how to search the different tabs, and highlight sources for further information available online, at the DAR Library, and other local repositories. 


Jennifer Dondero is a professional genealogist living in northern Virginia.  Her areas of expertise are Northwest Georgia and the use of technology in genealogy.  In addition to lecturing and teaching she performs client research, especially for lineage applications and southern research.  She previously worked for the DAR as a genealogist before starting her own company.  She is a member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society where she is co-coordinator for the Technology Special Interest Group and has served as 1st Vice President for Programs and Education Chair.  You can learn more about her at her website, www.jpgenealogy.com.

Meetings are held in the Lecture Hall of
Kilmer Middle School
8100 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia.
Admission is free and visitors are welcome.


Click here for  MapQuest directions.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FXGS Annual Spring Conference

Join us for our annual spring conference Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th, 2011 at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 22033, on US Rte 50 at Fair Oaks Mall. Here's what's we've planned:

FRIDAY
  • 4:00-9:00pm Consultations with speakers, $20 for 20 minutes. You will need to fill out an additional information form available online, www.fxgs.org. (full details in the consultation form)
  • 4:30-6:30pm Impossible Immigrants!Case Studies in Tracing Immigrant Origins, presented by Warren Bittner. Enjoy an evening learning to solve "Brick Wall" immigrant problems. Learn how studying neighbors and relatives in the U.S. can lead to finding their places of origin. Then follow families in European records when they are not found in the towns where they were supposedly born. Learn techniques to correctly identify difficult families.
  • 6:30-7:15pm Break for Dinner or Consultations
  • 7:15-7:45pm Mini-session What’s New at Ancestry.com
  • 8:00-9:00pm Crossing the Ocean With the Internet presented by Leslie Albrecht Huber. With more sources coming online all the time, tracing your ancestors across the ocean to their European hometowns has never been easier. Familiarize yourself with some important websites for making your cross-continent connection.
SATURDAY
Four Great Tracks to Choose from on Saturday!
Putting the Pieces Together
Western European Research
Probate Records
Basics for Beginners and Beyond


Lunchtime mini-Sessions include:
Blogging for Beginners with DearMYRTLE
Ancestry.com & What's new at NARA
FamilySearch Wiki

Book Signing, Consultations, Vendors, Door Prizes, Software Demos, and More!

SPEAKERS

Warren Bittner, a genealogical researcher and lecturer, holds an M.S. degree in history from Utah State University. He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm. He is the former German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where he planned the German microfilming, indexing, book acquisitions, and internet publications.


Leslie Albrecht Huber is a freelance writer and speaker and has worked as a professional genealogist. She has published nearly 100 articles in over twenty different magazines and journals. Her website, www.understandingyourancestors.com, provides information for people tracing immigrant ancestors. Leslie is also involved in several genealogical societies.


Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG SM is a Certified Genealogist SM, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is a frequent contributor to the National Genealogical Society’s magazine and authors “Genealogy News and Issues” a monthly article for their on-line newsletter Up Front with NGS. In 2009 he received NGS’s Distinguished Service Award.


Jennifer Dondero is a professional genealogist living in northern Virginia. In addition to lecturing she performs client research, specializing in lineage applications, southern research, and National Archives Records. She previously worked for the DAR before starting her own company. You can learn more about her at her website, www.jpgenealogy.com.

REGISTRATION
Click to view the conference brochure here.
Register for the conference here.

Friday & Saturday Registration $75
Friday only $25
Saturday only $65
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