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Thursday, January 26 (snow date, February 2)
From Blank Page to Story: Writing a Terrific Family History
(FxGS Membership Meeting)

7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Presenter: Leslie Anderson

Lecture Description: The research began with one question: “Where was my great-grandfather born?” About ten years later, the resulting article won the 2013 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest. When the four-generation narrative — "Tabitha (Bugg) George Smith (1838-ca 1890) of Mecklenburg County, Virginia" — was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (March 2015), it consisted of 24 pages, 214 footnotes, and more than 200 sources.

Leslie will talk about the research, her analysis, and the writing. She’ll share her experiences in working with NGSQ editors, the challenge of family myths, and what happened when she called distant relatives and strangers. She’ll describe how she waded through mountains of research, organized her findings, (and overcame occasional dispiriting setbacks) while working a fulltime job and a lengthy commute.

Leslie, a native Virginian, is a reference librarian at Alexandria Library, Special Collections Branch. Her publications include Alexandria and Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. She has lectured at local, regional, and national conferences. Her media appearances include C-SPAN’s American History TV and Blog Talk Radio.


Saturday, January 28 (snow date, February 4)
Analyzing and Writing Obituaries
(FxGS Education Program)

10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason Jr.

Lecture Description: Early obituaries may contain very little information yet the can assist in genealogical research. Today an obituary can be a gold mine of information. The program will examine how to find obituaries and analyze them for research. The program will be a workshop on writing an obituary for yourself or a family member.

Chuck 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 NGS course Beyond the Basics, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001), the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University (2010).

Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education (ACE) program and lectures in the Washington DC area, NIGR, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2012 he received the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism from NGS and is currently serving as the NGS Awards Chair.


Thursday, February 23 (snow date, March 2)
Social Media and Genealogy
(FxGS Membership Meeting)

7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Presenter: Carol Kostakos Petranek

Lecture Description: The day of "Lone Ranger Research" is over! No longer do you need to labor alone in your research process. Many of the old “message boards” have been replaced by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, meet new "cousins" and collaborate with others.

Carol serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers on the Civil War Widow's Pension Project and as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. Carol researches her Greek ancestry and helps her husband with his Czech and northern European research. She writes a monthly family history column, Turning Hearts, for Meridian Magazine online, and writes and edits personal and family histories.


Saturday, February 25 (snow date, March 4)
Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Powerful Tools for Genealogy
(FxGS Education Program)

10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes

Lecture Description: Do you want to walk on your ancestor's land but aren't sure how to do it? Do you have trouble figuring out what county your ancestor's deed and will might be in, say, 1855? Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas can provide these answers.

Come learn how to pin place-marks for important locations, add overlays while changing their opacity, and mail your work to another researcher. See how Google Earth works with the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries to show precise boundaries year-by-year through the slider. Explore EarthPoint to convert township, range, and section descriptions to the precise outlines of a tract on top of today's roads.

This presentation will consist of a brief overview of features followed by a live demonstration. Note: It is recommended you download Google Earth (free) or Google Earth Pro (also free) before the presentation and bring your laptop with you.

Sharon is CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com), a business that is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.


Thursday, March 30
Research in the International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
(FxGS Membership Meeting)

7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Presenter: Diane Afoumado

Lecture Description: The ITS collection contains various documents such as: camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications/questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs. The USHMM staff helps people find their families and learn their fate using several millions of documents. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center ensures that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.

This PowerPoint presentation will show how the Museum Research staff uses the ITS collection to help survivors, their families, and families of victims.

Diane is Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Formerly Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French Commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a Historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine-Mémorial de la Shoah.


Friday, April 28
From the Ashes––A Burned County Case Study
(FxGS Membership Meeting)

7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
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.


Saturday, April 29
Preserving Family Heirlooms
(FxGS Education Program)

10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
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.


Friday, May 19
Consular Records at the National Archives
(FxGS Membership Meeting)

7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
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.


Saturday, May 20
The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement
(FxGS Education Program)

10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
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.


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