Friday, September 9, 2016

Events presented by the Fairfax Genealogical Society

Monday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. Entering Information onto Find-a-Grave presented by Linda MacLachlan, at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA. Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find-A-Grave website. The class will be taught in room 214, the MVGS Research Center. The class is limited to 12 folks. There are 7 PC’s in the room that people can use. The remaining 5 people will need to bring their own laptops.
Registration is required. Online registration is available on the MVGS events page at If you have training questions or problems, please email Amy Breedlove at
Monday, September 12, 1:00 p.m. New England Deeds and Probate Records: A Powerful Combination webinar presented by Marian Pierre-Louis, at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA. Did you know that all the members of a family may be named in an old deed? Have you ever tried to get a close-up view of what your ancestors wore and the tools they used from an estate inventory? Learn how to use the records in New England Registry of Deeds and Probate Court to further your genealogical research. Deed and probate records can help resolve brick walls as well add breadth to your ancestor’s personal story.
Saturday September 17, 9:30 a.m. What's So Important about Citing My Sources presented by Julia Coldren-Walker at the Washington DC Family History Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD. Why the common excuse "But I am just doing this for my own family" is NOT acceptable for the family genealogist. Documenting your sources is as important if not more so than the actual information you have. Citations allow the reader to find the documents you used and evaluate them for themselves. It also allows you to retrace your steps 5 months or 10 years later. An outline of the basic information you need to provide the reader and how to cite it.
Tuesday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. Beating the Odds: Using Indirect Evidence in Problem Solving presented by Vic. Dunn, at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA. Calling all of you who have brick walls, and who doesn't? Come see how one professional genealogist uses various types of indirect evidence to "prove" relationships where there is no direct evidence that does so. He'll use real-life examples that you can adapt for your own research.
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 p.m. Fairfax Genealogical Society meeting program Introduction to Jewish Genealogy presented by Lara Diamond at Kilmer Middle School, Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the U.S. and Europe and will cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one's Jewish roots. Examples of the types of data that can lead back to discovering one’s European towns of origin will be discussed, as well as an overview of the types of documents that exist within Europe.
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. DAR Genealogy 101 – New York Military Records presented by Tom Ragusin, Genealogist, NSDAR, at DAR Headquarters - 1776 D Street, NW O'Byrne Gallery, Washington, DC. Don’t know where to find New York military records, or even what type of New York military records are out there? Join us to find out!

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