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FxGS Virtual Fall Fair: Back to the Archives: Unlocking Its Secrets

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Topics Are: military and land records at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington DC Also covered will be NARA's online resources

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This will be a virtual event. A Zoom link and a link to presentation materials will be emailed to all registered participants close to but prior to the October 9, 2021 presentation date.

This event is open to members and non-members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS).

FxGS Members must FIRST click on the blue promo code link in the upper left hand corner of the Tickets page, type in the promo code and then click on the Apply link before proceeding to receive a member discount.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society 2021 Fall Fair Event, Back to the Archives: Unlocking Its Secrets will consist of three sessions. The schedule and description of lectures are as follows:

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT - Welcome Announcements by FxGS

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EDT - Session 1: Unlocking the Secrets of Military Records. This lecture will introduce the most commonly useful records at the National Archives in Washington DC for ancestors who served from the Revolution to the Civil War, including service records, pensions, military bounty land, and how to order them.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EDT - Session 2: Unlocking the Secrets of Land Records. Land records were a major factor in the lives of our ancestors, and especially many who served in the military or settled in the west. We will peek at military bounty land warrants, early cash entry claims, and homestead records and the files that are at the National Archives and online.

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Break

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. EDT - Session 3: Unlocking the Secrets of NARA's Online Resources. The National Archives is going digital! Not all of it of course, but more than you may realize. We explore the resources of finding aids and digitized records available through the NARA catalog online.

About the Speaker:

The speaker is Rebecca Whitman Koford. She holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially those of the War of 1812. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (FGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), RootsTech, webinars for Legacy, APG, and the Maryland State Archives. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. Rebecca is also the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) and has been an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a graduate and former mentor of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy; and served as the ProGen Administrator from 2015–2020. Rebecca currently works as Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and as Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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The Fairfax Genealogical Society was established in 1974 as a non-profit organization to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research, to further the use of sound  genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research, and to aid those doing research in our area.   We currently have over 400 members, including not only many who live in or near Fairfax County, but also many who are searching for information in our area.  We are pleased to also have the membership of several libraries and other societies nationwide.

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