Monday, January 31, 2011

26 Feb 2011 - Mapping with Chuck Mason

"Mapping the Neighborhood to Understand Our Ancestors' Lives"
Charles S. Mason, Instructor
Where did your ancestor's live, shop, work, attend church, and go for recreation? Coordinating the information found in our ancestors records with maps of the area and time-period where they lived can reveal a great deal about their lives.

Charles S. "Chuck" Mason, Jr. is a Certified Genealogist 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), is an instructor for the course, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001), and has attended numerous NGS conferences, state and local conferences in the Washington, DC area and in New Jersey.

Chuck is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies including President (MVGS 2000-2002 and FxGS 2008-2009). He is a past President (2004-2006) of NIGR Alumni Association, and was a Director of the Northern Virginia Association for History (1999-2006). 

Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult Education program and received their 2006 Outstanding Instructor Award. He lectures at many of the genealogical societies in the Washington DC area, NIGR, and in New Jersey. 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.

10am to noon
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station

2148 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027

The Dunn Loring Fire Station is located just 1.5 miles (toward Tysons Corner) from Thoreau School. Click here for a map and directions. This is a great facility, it is easy to find, and the parking is very convenient.

24 Feb 2011 Beyond Death Certificates with Phyllis Legare, CG


Beyond the Death Certificate
Phyllis Legare, CG

You have the death certificate, what next?? Knowing the Funeral Home and Cemetery leads to many additional records. If you don’t have the death certificate, but know the approximate date and location of death, additional sleuthing may lead you to the Funeral Home and Cemetery data.

Come find out about burial and transit permits, sextons, finding old cemeteries, etc...

Phyllis Legare, CG
, has been researching for her family for eight years and for clients for four years. Phyllis’ main joy in Genealogy is finding the family stories. She loves to share her knowledge about genealogy research and also loves to learn – a never ending process for researchers. Phyllis is past Education Chair for the Fairfax Genealogical Society, having served for two years. She is currently (2009) the Newsletter Editor for the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society.

NOTE: If Fairfax County Schools are closed due to weather on the scheduled day of a meeting the meeting is postponed to the indicated snow date.

Meetings are usually held at 7:30 P.M. in the Lecture Hall of:
Kilmer Middle School
8100 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia.
Admission is free and visitors are welcome.
Click here for a map to Kilmer Middle School
To contact our Vice President and Program Committee Chair with questions, comments, or suggestions, email