All databases at Ancestry.com are not created equal...that was one of the main take-aways from Elizabeth Ernst's thought-provoking presentation at the April FRGS meeting. The pedigree and accuracy of the source data for the databases in Ancestry can vary widely, making it crucial for a researcher to examine the source information when deciding whether and how much to rely on the returns for any given search. Elizabeth presented tips on how to evaluate Ancestry's databases and shared her opinion about which databases … 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.
May Meeting: Photo Documentation and Preservation
Kristi Moore will give a presentation on how photographs deteriorate over time and steps that can be taken to preserve those irreplaceable pieces of evidence that document our past. This topic is of high interest to every genealogist.
Kristi is the owner of Moore Archival & Preservation Services, a local company that specializes in document and photograph preservation and restoration. www.moorearchives.com
The meeting is Wednesday, 10 May, 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.
Char’s topic will be Beginner’s Tool Box to Genealogical Research. This lecture will highlight the beginners’ tools in starting your family research and will include varies ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions. She will examine the known to the unknown information about your ancestors. Char will also examine each document for its primary source information, as well as its secondary source information. This lecture will aid the researcher in using the tools to locate the necessary documentation that can further your research.
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.
See the full agenda under "Events"