Friday, February 25, 2011

24 March 2011 General Membership Meeting with Warren Bittner, CG


Topic TBA
Warren Bittner, CG

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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Participating Vendors for 2011 Spring Conference

As of 24 Feb 2011

The vendors listed below are planning to participate in the 2011 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference. FxGS appreciates their efforts to be with us. They represent quite a broad cross-section of the genealogy community, and offer many exciting goods and services. 


Please tell your friends that even if they don’t attend the conference classes, they can still take advantage of the great genealogy materials our vendors will bring.

1. Alexandria Library

The Alexandria Public Library's Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as local and state government information and legal resources.

2. Ancestor Tracks
5810 Kingstowne Center #120, Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 922-4387

Ancestor Tracks specializes in land tract information covering the earliest Pennsylvania landowners.  So far they have published atlases showing the earliest landowners of Berks, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and Lancaster Counties.  They have also produced three CDs containing all of the Warrant and Patent Registers on file at the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg showing the first transfer of land tracts from the colony or state to private owners.  They have also posted free, downloadable, 19th-century landowner maps covering many PA counties on their website.  

3.Archive CD Books USA
9110 Red Branch Road, Suite "O", Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 715-2260
Archive CD Books USA is your source for thousands of rare genealogy books on CD.  This is a great way to build your research library with thousands of rare reference books and maps from the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

4. Association of Professional Genealogists, National Capital Area Chapter
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035 index.html

APG is an independent organization with more than 1,600 members worldwide whose principal purpose is to support professional genealogists in all phases of their work:  from the amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole. The association also seeks to protect the interests of those engaging the services of a professional member.

5. Board for Certification of Genealogists
P.O. Box 14291, Washington, D.C. 20044

BCG’s mission is “To foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard.”  The Board for Certification of Genealogists is: an independent organization not affiliated with, or part of, any group; a certifying body, not a membership society; and a nationally and internationally recognized organization.

6. Bruce Pruitt Books
PO Box 815, Whitakers, NC 27891
Publisher of books with South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee Land Records

7. Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States
7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, VA 22153-3121
(703) 440-1786

We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. We also provide image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Currently, we are adding images of Military Land Warrants. These land patents were issued to individuals as a reward for their military service. Images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed.

This site offers researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).

8. Colonial Roots (new this year)
17296 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958
Colonial Roots provides a broad range of genealogical CDs, books and maps.  In addition to a large selection of general reference books, there are many titles for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States.

9. Creative Memories

Your first car was a monstrous '79 thunderbird. First pet? A goldfish named Frank. First date? It's OK to talk about it. It was all real. It's all part of who you are.  You see, the small stuff doesn't just matter. The small stuff is everything. It's part of your story. And you're the only one who can tell it.  Creative Memories Consultants help you capture life's little (and big) stories, so they can be retold in photo-safe scrapbook albums.  It's easy and fun, and millions of people in more than 10 countries around the world agree. I'd love to help you tell your story. And you may even be inspired to be a Consultant yourself.

10. Fairfax (VA) Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2290, Merrifield, VA  22116

Established in 1974 as a non-profit organization to: promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research; to further the use of sound genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research; and to aid those doing research in our area.   We currently have almost 500 members, including not only many who live in or near Fairfax County, but also many who are searching for information in our area.  We are pleased to also have the membership of several libraries and other societies nationwide.  We hold meetings the 4th Thursday and Saturday of the month throughout the school year, conduct field trips to repositories of genealogical interest, and sponsor an Annual Conference every March.

11.Franconia Museum (new this year)
6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
Looking across six lanes of traffic on Franconia Road, it is difficult to imagine that it was once a rural "rolling road" for Virginia tobacco on its way to the port city of Alexandria.   Before it was a bedroom community, Franconia was the birthplace of the first Virginia governor from Northern Virginia, witness to a Mosby raid, and a thriving Afro-American community called Carrolltown. The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories. We at the Franconia Museum believe that you must know where you came from to know where you are going.

12. International Publishers Marketing (IPM) (National Archives of the UK)
22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA 20166

International Publishers Marketing (IPM) provides sales, marketing and distribution services for book publishers, in both the academic and trade fields. The company was founded in January 1995 to provide complete, cost-effective, strategic marketing services for publishers who want to build not only sales and profits but name recognition for their publishing program and authors.  IPM offers its publishing clients customized marketing and fulfillment — allowing them to outsource these vital operations and lower their personnel and facility costs. IPM’s services are ideal for the mid-size publisher who wants to focus on their publishing program and leave the cares and concerns over sales & marketing to a professional and experienced team.

13.  Life Echoes (new this year)
7401 Westlake Terrace, Suite 504, Bethesda, MD 20817

Life ECHOES is the ideal way to share your family legacy.  More than likely, you have some amazing stories to share with the ones you love—whether they're the stories of many generations, major events from your life, your military service, or perhaps all of these.  The Life ECHOES program utilizes the latest technology to enable you to share your stories with this generation and future generations. Our simple process turns your spoken words into a beautiful heirloom-quality book that will preserve your stories for generations to come.

14.  Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
MVGS was organized in 1991 to encourage the affiliation of persons interested in the pursuit of their ancestral heritage and to promote fellowship and cooperation among them; to stimulate and provide instruction in the use of genealogical research methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness in genealogical research; to provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge gained by individual members in their own research; and to collect, preserve, and disseminate genealogical, biographical, and historical knowledge and information.

15.  National Genealogical Society
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 525-0050

NGS has a dynamic and growing membership of individuals and other groups from all over the country—and the world—who share a common love of the field of genealogy. Whether you're a beginner, a professional or somewhere in between, NGS can assist you in your research into Special Conference Section 18 Fairfax Genealogical Society Newsletter March 2010 the past! NGS holds an annual national “Conference in the States”, which is one of the premier genealogical conferences in the country. It also holds regional conferences. NGS is well known for its educational offerings; among others, they include “NGS American Genealogy: A Home Study Course,” which was revised in 2005 and is now offered on CD-ROM, along with several online courses.
16. Passage Express (The Jefferson Project)
431 E. 2700 N St,  Ogden, UT 84414
(801) 786-2114

Passage Express is an easy-to-use, one-stop publishing package specifically designed to help you organize your records into an eye-catching multimedia presentation.  Many families have biographies, voice recordings, photographs, and more  --  but instead of being easily accessible, they lie untouched in storage boxes gathering dust and weathering the elements. Rummaging through them only provides another opportunity for ripping, wrinkling and other damage to occur.   Family histories deserve to be seen, read, heard, cherished and enjoyed. Now, thanks to Passage Express, this is possible as never before.    We invite you to see how you can produce a Passage Presentation with ease and confidence.  Visit our website and our booth at the conference. 

17. Pennsylvania Genealogy Books (John Humphrey)
PA Genealogy Books
P. O. Box 15190
Washington, DC 20003

John Humphrey, a Pennsylvania native, has been working with Pennsylvania records for close to 40 years. He has authored the fifteen-volume Pennsylvania Births Series, two family histories, numerous articles and the critically acclaimed Understanding and Using Baptismal Records. He has worked in archives, libraries and record repositories throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, Germany, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Wales, and London. During his career as a professional genealogist John organized and managed several national and local genealogical conferences, led the a research trip to Northern Germany, and managed the National Genealogical Society’s online and home study courses and appeared on national television and radio where he discussed various aspects of genealogy.

18. Roots Users Group
PO Box 100082, Arlington, VA 22210

RUG is a genealogy organization that meets in our general area.  The Roots Users Group (RUG) of Arlington , VA is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, fraternal, mutual self-help group of amateur genealogists who use The Master Genealogist and Family Tree SuperTools software produced by Wholly Genes, Inc., and the Ultimate Family Tree software produced by  RUG was incorporated in 1989 and currently has about 650 members in 48 states and 5 foreign countries.  The RUG is not part of, nor under the direction of, any software publisher or other organization.  RUG meets monthly and publishes an excellent newsletter, which itself is worth the price of admission, so to speak. A number of local FxGS members are also members of RUG.

19. Traci Lynn Jewelry (new this year)
1013 Hickam Road,  Baltimore, MD 21220
For nearly 20 years, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry has sold high-quality, affordable fashion jewelry through a wholesale network and direct sales. Currently, products are delivered through consultants to customers via home or office shows, personal shopping, and catalog orders.  The jewelry is not only fashionably distinct; it's made of the finest quality materials. Cubic zirconia, rhodium plating, and Austrian crystals are routinely used so the products are not only affordable, but breathtaking and beautiful!  

20. Virginia Genealogical Society
1900 Byrd Ave, Suite 104, Richmond, VA  23230
(804) 285-8954

The Virginia Genealogical Society was organized in 1960 to foster interest in genealogical, biographical, historical and heraldic research; to publish information pertaining to genealogy; and to share genealogical methods, techniques and knowledge among the members of the Society.
21. Wholly Genes Software
9110 Red Branch Road, Suite "O", Columbia, MD 21045

Wholly Genes developed and markets The Master Genealogist (TMG), the gold standard in family history software.  Used by novices and professional researchers alike, the latest version reinforces TMG’s reputation as the most powerful family history project manager on the market, while adding many new features to make it easier and fun to use.