Writing Your Family History, by Mary Maki, FRGS member and Secretary. As genealogists we know that birth, marriage, and death dates are not enough. We want to learn about our ancestors. We want to tell their stories. We want to bring them to “life.” Writing helps us to do that. It helps us make sense of our research. It tells us what we are missing—names, dates, and especially citations. Most of us have our family trees online. It is possible that future generations may not be interested in online family trees, … Continue Reading »
Welcome to the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society
The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society (FRGS) serves area residents who are researching their personal genealogies, wherever that family history may hail from. The Society also serves as a central repository for information about regional genealogical resources. We invite you to explore this website for information about FRGS and to explore the area's rich information sources.
The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society (FRGS) meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Our meetings feature presentations from local and regional genealogists and discussions about our own research successes and brick walls. The public is welcome to join us for an evening of genealogy with your fellow family history researchers and to consider membership in our society.
February 2018 Meeting — Courthouse Records – Between “Garbage” & “Gems”
The February meeting will be Saturday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Salem Church Branch Library.
We are pleased to welcome Kristin Hicks:
Amateur and seasoned researchers know that courthouse records can be a source of incredible frustration, as the all-too-often dusty and disorganized pieces rarely assemble a complete puzzle. While MANY resources exist online, are digitized and sometimes full-text searchable, there are thousands of unpublished records within the basements and closets of courthouses across the United States. Kristin Hicks will explain through a few anecdotes just how an understanding of what to look for, follow-up questions to ask, knowledge of available resources, and (sometimes) just LUCK can change the scope of a research project. Researchers are encouraged to bring their own anecdotes and stories to the presentation, so the speaker and group can discuss how to move forward in such situations.
Kristin is a 2011 graduate of Vanderbilt University. A resident of Louisa County, she has worked on a variety of history-focused projects in that county, published articles in the Louisa County Historical Society’s magazine,and spoken at events such as The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Annual Conference.
March 2018 Meeting: DNA 101
March meeting: Wednesday, 14 March, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. DNA 101: A Simple Guide to Using DNA in Genealogy. Amateur genetic genealogist Ronald Lee Henderson will give a presentation, followed by discussion and questions and answers. “We are all connected: learn how you might use DNA in your research.”