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.
FRGS Celebrates 25 Years!
The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society
is Celebrating its 25th Anniversary!
422 William Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Sunday, July 29 @ 4:30 PM
Click here for details and to get your tickets.
May 2018 Meeting: Searching for Maiden Names
May meeting: Wednesday, 9 May, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Searching Maiden Names.” Ray Maki will tackle one of the most difficult aspects of genealogical research.
Ray joined FRGS in 2011, the year he moved to Fredericksburg from Connecticut where he had been actively involved with the inception of that town’s genealogy club. He served as VP – Programs from 2012 to 2015 and as VP –Membership in 2016.
June 2018 Meeting — Newspapers
June meeting: Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Salem Church Branch Library.
Newspapers – More than Just Notices and How to Find Them. Trish Little Taylor.
Newspapers provide researchers more than birth, marriages and death notices. The social side columns are insights into the life and times of our ancestors by showing reports on family visits, anniversary parties, galas, local elections and of course the tragedies like murders, accidents, etc. Locating the local paper is the next step, whether the newspaper is in hard copy, microfilm or online, and Trish will present tips on how to locate that elusive paper.
Trish Little Taylor is a librarian and has been doing genealogy since 1978. She started learning about researching her families when she worked at the Library of Virginia. She has attended genealogical conferences in the United States and in Ireland. While in Ireland she began to do in-depth research on her grandfather who emigrated in 1901, and as a result obtained Irish citizenship and an Irish passport. She has taught Irish genealogy classes at Brookdale Community College and done presentations at two Virginia Library Association Conferences. While at Portsmouth Public Library she spoke at workshops on various topics including African American genealogy.