Thursday, March 31, 2011

30 Apr 2011 - Rev and Civil War Veterans with Brent Morgan

EDUCATION CLASS


"Researching Your Revolutionary and Civil War Veterans"
Brent Morgan, Instructor
Using Civil War research tools. Sources will be viewed to include service and pension records, regimental histories, the Official Records, diaries, newspapers, letter, pictures, Civil War and genealogical publications.

Brent Morgan specializes in military records research and lineage applications. He is Chair of Society Civil War Families of Ohio and Registrar, Sons of the American Revolution in Richmond. Member NGS, NEHGS, VGS, VHS, GRIVA, OGS and Mahoning and East Cuyahoga chapters. He is a NIGR graduate. He is vice-president of GRIVA.

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.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spring Conference 2011: Door Prizes




ANNUAL GENEALOGY CONFERENCE AND GENEALOGY EXPO
Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.



Door Prizes

We will have several door prizes that will be given away at the conference.  Many vendors will provide one, and we have some other ones as well.  As in the past, all attendees will be given a number of tickets (probably 25-35) that can be deposited in bags that will be set up for the give-aways, with a random drawing for each item in mid-afternoon.  You can put a ticket in each bag if you wish, or if you really want to increase your chances of winning a prize that is special to you, put them all in one bag.  We recommend that you bring some address labels to put on your tickets, so you don’t have to fill each one out.  Following is a list of the door prizes that we are aware of now.  We expect to have more by the time of the conference.

DOOR PRIZES FROM OUR VENDORS

Archive CD Books USA
20% off US titles over $10.00 for all attendees.

Ancestor Tracks
CD of your choice

Bureau of Land Management
Hardback book covers and GLO coasters

Fairfax (VA) Genealogical Society
One-year society membership, as well as other goodies

Franconia Museum
Book

Friends of Local History, Alexandria
703/868-4577, ext. 211
Book – Letters From Virginia

It’s all About Family
Gift Certificate

Jamb Tapes
6 CD’s of your choice

Life Echoes
$250 off the cost of a Life Echoes Legacy Book

Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society
www.mvgenealogy.org
Two-hour personal instruction by Harold McClendon on  how to  configure and use a digital camera 
to photograph documents and books in a  library.

National Archives of the UK
2 Books

National Genealogical Society
Free genealogy course on CD-ROM


Passage Express (The Jefferson Project)
Case for CDs and DVDs

Pennsylvania Genealogy Books
Book – Understanding and Using Baptismal Records

Roots Users Group (RUG)
One year membership

Traci Lynn Jewelry
$15 gift certificate

Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS)
One year membership


DOOR PRIZES FROM OTHER FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS

Genealogical Publishing Company
Book - Kegley's Virginia Frontier:  The Beginning of the Southwest. The Roanoke of Colonial Days 1740-1783, by F. B. Kegley.

Book - Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE, by
William Dollarhide.

Generation Maps
$25 gift certificate.
7 Generation Pedigree Chart.
A Video – Gateway to Family Chartist.com Introductory Video, about quick and easy on-line chart creation. 
Generation Maps will print customized charts of your family tree.  They also carry other genealogy related products.

German Life Magazine
One year subscription



Incline Software
Ancestral Quest Basics – family history software.
Ancestral Quest (AQ) is the easiest to use and most versatile genealogy program for Windows
on the market, perfect for the beginner and yet powerful enough for the most advanced genealogist. 
Create professional looking charts and scrapbooks.

Millennia Corporation
Legacy Family Tree Software 7.0, including 336 page user’s guide and CD
The feature-rich Legacy makes it easy to preserve your genealogical information. 
Family trees containing millions of people can be recorded, displayed and reported in
a variety of styles and formats. 

Roots Magic Genealogy Software
“Personal Historian” – personal and family history writing software.
“Family Atlas” – genealogy mapping and publishing software.
“Family Reunion Organizer” – family reunion planning software.
RootsMagic” is an award-winning genealogy software which makes researching,
organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy.
Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories.  
 “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. 
And our newest product “Family Atlas” makes creating custom family maps fun and easy.
 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Spring Conference 2011: Lunchtime mini-sessions




ANNUAL GENEALOGY CONFERENCE AND GENEALOGY EXPO
Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.

REGISTRATION: http://fxgsconf2011.eventbrite.com  

Lunch-time Mini-Sessions
(Mini-Session 1 is held on Friday night)




Mini-Session 2 – Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
Speaker:  Sabrina Petersen
Many of the Federal records which are stored  at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are now available online through Ancestry.com, and more are being added.  These include census, passport, immigration, and military records.  Come hear about what is currently available and how to access them.

Mini-Session 3 – FamilySearch Wikis
Speaker:  David Dilts
The FamilySearch Wiki has 48,883 pages about records, localities, subjects and methods that can help you find your ancestors.  Come find out how it works.  Articles are written by community members like you, working together to create an online-library of information which will eventually enable all members of the community to discover precious details about their families.  Find out how you can post any question about anything related to family history.  Then imagine community members all over the world with their collective knowledge answering these questions.

Mini-Session 4 – Blogging for Beginners
Speaker:  DearMYRTLE (aka Pat Richley-Erickson)
Honor an ancestor, record your personal history, or publish a society newsletter using the free tools and webspace available at Blogger.com. DearMYRTLE demonstrates to how create a blog from the ground up, make postings, add graphics, and look to other genealogy blogs for suggestions.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring Conference 2011: Saturday Track 4 - Basics for Beginners





ANNUAL GENEALOGY CONFERENCE AND GENEALOGY EXPO
Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.

REGISTRATION: http://fxgsconf2011.eventbrite.com  


Track 4:  Basics for Beginners and Beyond
Speaker:  Jennifer Dondero

Session 41 – Can I Download My Family Tree?
This session is for complete beginners or those new to Internet genealogy.  What information is online for genealogists, and how do you use it appropriately? 

Session 42 – Citing Sources:  Why and How
Whether you’re a beginner or just don’t fully understand citing sources, this session is for you.  Learn not only how to create a citation but why each part is important.  Examples focus on governmental (local and federal) and online sources since these are often well used by beginners but confusing.

Session 43 – What is Collateral Research?
There’s more to your genealogy than just your great grandmothers and –fathers.  Learn what collateral research is, how it can benefit you, and how to do it.

Session 44 – Reporting to Yourself:  Keeping Track of What You’ve Already Done
Genealogy is more than just names, dates, and places.  Learn how to keep track of other information for continued research success.


Spring Conference 2011: Saturday Track 3 - Probate Records




ANNUAL GENEALOGY CONFERENCE AND GENEALOGY EXPO
Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.

REGISTRATION: http://fxgsconf2011.eventbrite.com  


Track 3:  PROBATE RECORDS
Speaker:  Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG

Session 31 – Understanding Probate laws and Processes
American probate laws are based on British probate laws.  Effective genealogical research in probate records requires an understanding of probate laws and the processes they created.

Session 32 – Testate and Intestate Estates
Did your ancestor leave a will?  If not, how was their property disposed of and who received what?  What records were created and what can they tell you about your ancestor’s life and family?  Depending on the records created, you can learn a great deal of information about your ancestor from probate records.

Session 33 – Estate Inventories
Was he rich or poor?  What did he do for a living?  What was his everyday life like?  Did he owe money to others or did they owe money to him?  Analyzing his estate inventory can answer many questions about an ancestor’s life.

Session 34 – Guardianship Records
In the male dominated world of the 19th century, a widow had to be appointed the guardian of her own children by the court.  The laws governing guardianships vary from state to state and time-period to time-period.  The records documenting guardianships vary as well.  Guardianship records may contain a wealth of genealogical information and lead to other records.