How to Write a Personal History, Mary Maki.
As genealogists we know lists of BMD (birith/marriage/death) dates are not enough. It’s important to bring our ancestors to life, and we do that by telling their stories. Writing about those family stories, verified through careful research and populated with photos, documents, and family recipes is a great way to share your research with the next generation. An added bonus: writing helps to find any holes in your research. This presentation will help you get started on writing that family history that everyone will enjoy.
The Susannah Chandler Chapter, DAR is offering an Advanced Genealogy Class on Oct. 7, 2017 at Salem Church Library in Fredericksburg.
We are fortunate to have Shannon Bennett again teaching the class. She will be discussing the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), creating source citations, unusual record sets, resolving conflicts, and other advanced topics.
Shannon holds a BS in Biology with an emphasis in genetics. She has completed the American Records Certificate from the The National Institute for Genealogic Studies.
The class will begin at 9:00, 1/2 hour for lunch, and complete at 4:00.
The cost is $30 for supplies.
Space is limited, so contact Robbie at 540-972-4512 soon.
A Tale of a Tailor. Kimberly C. Campbell, Caroline County, Virginia, historian and genealogist, will present the results of her research based on the 1857 account book of tailor Thomas W. Valentine. She will discuss how the account book came to light, share details of the tailor’s patrons, including genealogical sketches, talk about men’s fashions of the time, and reveal what happened to the tailor.
Kimberly C Campbell developed a keen interest in genealogy and local history at an early age. She is a member and past president of the Caroline County Genealogy Club, member of the Caroline County Historical Society, member of the Virginia Genealogy Society and is one of the founders of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center.
Solving Brick Walls, Elizabeth Ernst.
Using a personal research project — solving her great grandfather’s adoption — Elizabeth will show how to solve brick walls in your genealogy using DNA and traditional research together.
Member Round Table and Brick Wall Solving. The first meeting of the new year will be Saturday, January 13, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Members will gather in a round table session to share success stories and bring brick walls to the group for discussion and (hopefully!) resolution. These periodic sessions that are completely devoted to members and their research have proven to be popular and beneficial. The public is welcome…join us to share your stories and learn about FRGS.
See you Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Church branch library.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: Open Brickwall-breaking session for all comers
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 25th Anniversary Committee Meeting
Kristin Hicks, Louisa County Historian. Topic: Courthouse Records – Between “Garbage” & “Gems”.
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, local researcher, 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.
Ron Henderson: 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.”