Monday, July 25, 2016

Joint Fall Genealogy Conference VGS and MVGS

Joint fall conference presented by the Virginia Genealogical Society and Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Join is Friday (free for all) September 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Prince William County Library's RELIC room in Manassas for strategy suggestions for difficult genealogical problems and to research at the library 

October 1st conference will offer two tracks:
Genealogy Basics and Digging Deeper in Local and Federal Records. Speakers are Chuck Mason and Sharon Hodges $44 for members , $55 for non-members, includes lunch. 

Conference will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge 2500 Neabsco Common Place Woodbridge, VA 22191

Conference Schedule 

9:00-9:45 a.m. Registration (Vendors Available) 
9:45-10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks 

Genealogy Basics (Track 1) 10:00-11:00 a.m. (S-11) Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told – Chuck Mason – Family stories usually contain at least some true facts. But what do you do when almost nothing is true? This program demonstrates how the Genealogical Proof Standard was used to break down a 25-year brick wall. 

11:00-11:30 a.m. Break 

11:30-12:30 p.m. (S-12) Source Citations: They are not a One Eyed Monster – Chuck Mason – It is critical to Cite Your Sources as You Find Them! But for many genealogists, this is their worst nightmare. It does not have to be. With several guides available, citing sources is not the problem it was in the past. 

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. (S-13) But My Family's Genealogy is All on the Internet! – Chuck Mason – There is a misconception that if the information is found on the Internet, that it must be fact. However, this is not true. It is a valuable source for clues, but all information must be verified. 

2:30-3:00 p.m. Break 

3:00-4:00 p.m. (S-14) Avoiding Mistakes – Sharon Hodges – The purpose of this beginning genealogy session is to provide those who are new to genealogy with good basic skills and information to help with your research. If you have been researching for a while, it will help with correcting any bad habits or help you realize what you haven’t been doing, but should. 

Digging Deeper in Local and Federal Records (Track 2) 

10:00-11:00 a.m. (S-21) Using Court Records - Sharon Hodges – Court and other legal documents may be searched by using court order books, marriage, and estate records, etc., but have you found everything? District Court records and loose papers are often overlooked, but may hold information that will help complete your genealogical research. 

11:00-11:30 a.m. Break 

11:30-12:30 p.m. (S-22) Historic Court Records – Fredericksburg – Sharon Hodges – Many courts were held in Fredericksburg since its founding. Until 1781 it served as the courthouse for Spotsylvania County and handled Spotsylvania District Court and various Superior Courts from 1789-1889. Learn about some of the more than 22,400 court records that have been extracted and indexed ready for you to search. 

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch 

1:30-2:30 p.m. (S-23) An Introduction to RELIC - Donald L. Wilson – Learn about Prince William County’s genealogy and local history collection (the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center) and what services and special materials it offers. RELIC staff are trained to help researchers locate their families, regardless of where they lived. RELIC’s Digital Library provides online access to a growing collection of Prince William history sources. 

2:30-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-4:00 p.m. (S-24) Depression Era Recovery Program, Genealogical Gold Mine: Records of the WPA – Chuck Mason – When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated President on March 4, 1932, the country was in the throes of the worst economic depression in the history of the country. Roosevelt offered the country a “New Deal” with programs to get the workers back to work and the country financially sound once more. Many of the programs created to put citizens back to work and end the Great Depression created a Gold Mine for genealogists today

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