Monday, January 31, 2011

Fairfax Genealogical Society (VA) Conference 25-26 Mar 2011

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following is just in from our friends at the Fairfax Genealogical Society in Virginia. This conference is one of Mr. Myrt's special projects. Please address all inquiries to conference@fxgs.org.

Spring Conference
March 25-26, 2011

FREE
Genealogy Expo
Saturday, 8:00-3:30
in the hotel atrium
Over two dozen genealogy vendors!

REGISTER: www.fxgs.org




FRIDAY, 25th March 2011
4:00-9:00
Consultations with speakers, $20 for 20 minutes.
You will need to fill out an additional information form available online, www.fxgs.org. (full details in the consultation form)

4:30-6:30
Impossible Immigrants!:
Case Studies in Tracing Immigrant Origins
Presented by Warren Bittner
Enjoy an evening learning to solve "Brick Wall" immigrant problems. Learn how studying neighbors and relatives in the U.S. can lead to finding their places of origin. Then follow families in European records when they are not found in the towns where they were supposedly born. Learn techniques to correctly identify difficult families.

6:30-7:15
Break for Dinner or Consultations

7:15-7:45
Mini-session number 1
What’s New at Ancestry.com

8:00-9:00
Crossing the Ocean With the Internet
Presented by Leslie Albrecht Huber
With more sources coming online all the time, tracing your ancestors across the ocean to their European hometowns has never been easier. Familiarize yourself with some important websites for making your cross-continent connection.

SATURDAY, 26th March 2011
Check-in & vendors area opens at 8 am. Classes begin at 9am.

Track 1: Putting the Pieces Together (Warren Bittner and Leslie Huber)
These lectures look at a variety of skills including using the Genealogical Proof Standard, telling your family’s story, researching in different sources, and organization.
Lecture 1a-  Putting the Pieces Together: An Urban Case Study (Bittner)
Lecture 1b - The Journey Takers (Huber) Get Leslie’s book The Journey Takers signed after this lecture!


Lunchtime mini-lectures:
  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki
Lecture 1c - Welcome to the Library: Reading to Put Your Ancestors Into Historical Context (Bittner)
Lecture 1d - Get Organized! Take Control of Your Research Projects (Huber)

Track 2: Western European Research (Leslie Huber and Warren Bittner)
Got ancestors in Western Europe? These lectures are for you!
Lecture 2a - Jumping Over Hurdles in Western European Research (Huber)
Lecture 2b - How German Maps Affect European Research (Bittner)
Lunchtime mini-lectures:

  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki

Lecture 2c - Online Sources for Western European Research (Huber)
Lecture 2d - Understanding and Researching Illegitimacy: The Bittner Bastards of Bavaria (Bittner)

Track 3: Probate Records (Charles S. Mason, Jr., CGSM)
Do you research ancestors who have died? Learn about the different type of probate records that could have been created, even when there is no will.
Lecture 3a - Understanding Probate Laws and Processes
Lecture 3b - Testate and Intestate Estates
Lunchtime mini-lectures:

  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki

Lecture 3c - Estate Inventories
Lecture 3d - Guardianship Records



Track 4: Basics for Beginners and Beyond (Jennifer Dondero)
Whether you’re new to genealogy or looking to brush up your basic skills, check out these lectures.
Lecture 4a - Can I download my family tree?
Lecture 4b - Citing Sources: How and Why
Lunchtime mini-lectures:

  • Using Ancestry.com to Get NARA Records
  • DearMYRTLE: Blogging for Beginners
  • FamilySearch Wiki

Lecture 4c - What is Collateral Research?
Lecture 4d - Reporting to Yourself: Keeping Track of What You've Done


Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033
 $69/night Call 703-352-2525 and ask for the Fairfax Genealogical Society rate
On US Rte 50 at Fair Oaks Mall

REGISTER: www.fxgs.org
$55 members / $75 non-members

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