City Directories were the featured topic in a presentation by Trip Wiggins at the FRGS February meeting. City Directories can be wonderful sources of information for the family history researcher. Popular from the mid-19th century into the late 20th century, these directories were commercial publications intended to be purchased and used by businesses to help them find customers. The directories typically would contain information about most of the residents of a town or city, including household name, names of … 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.
April Meeting: Tips and Tricks to Make the Most Out of Ancestry
FRGS member Elizabeth Ernst will present on how to evaluate the databases at Ancestry: how to pick good ones over bad and why what can be good for one need might not be good for another. Elizabeth will talk about how she makes Ancestry work for her and touch upon trees and why having trees is good for DNA work.
Elizabeth is a research librarian at the Daughters of the American Revolution library in Washington, DC.
The meeting is Wednesday, 12 April, 7:00 p.m. at Salem Church branch library, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg VA 22407.
Char McCargo Bah to Present at June Meeting
FRGS is pleased to announce that Char McCargo Bah will be the featured presenter at its June meeting. Those who have had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Bah know she is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker. She is the CEO and owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. and has appeared in numerous television interviews and documentaries. Ms. Bah is the author of two genealogical columns and is a former board member of the Virginia Genealogical Society.
Char's research specialties are: Adoption, African American, Civil War, Federal Records, Historical Sites, House Historian, Library of Congress, Migration, Neighborhood Reconstruction, Forensic, and Court Records. Her topic for June is yet to be determined
The June meeting has been moved from its normal Wednesday evening to a special Saturday afternoon date -- 17 June from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.