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Genealogy Strategies: The Basics and More

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Hilton Garden Inn

2500 Neabsco Common Place

Woodbridge, VA

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ABOUT MVGS

Organized 6 March 1991, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) approved and adopted the following mission: To encourage the affiliation of persons interested in the pursuit of their ancestral heritage; Provide instruction in the use of genealogical research methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness in genealogical research; Provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge gained by individual members in their own research and Collect, preserve, and disseminate genealogical, biographical and historical knowledge and information.

ABOUT RELIC

The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) is a special collection devoted to genealogy and local history with a focus on Virginia and Prince William County. Located at Bull Run Regional Library, it is open and staffed the same hours as the rest of the Library. Our staff members are trained to help customers locate information needed to trace their family history and to research persons, places and events associated with local history. The American Revolution and the Civil War as they relate to Virginia are of special interest. RELIC houses a wide variety of materials related to its mission, including published and manuscript materials, indexes and research guides, photographs, maps, microforms, and computer (CD-ROM) databases.


FRIDAY PROGRAM – 30 September 2016

Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) for Genealogy and Local History
Bull Run Regional Library
8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

VGS, MVGS, and the staff at the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) for Genealogy and Local History, invite you to spend the day touring and researching in the Library. Library staff will be available to answer questions concerning the Library’s collections and their use. Experienced researchers will be available to answer questions, provide individual assistance to beginners, and to offer strategies for difficult genealogical problems.

Note: conference registration is not required to attend the Library event.


 SATURDAY PROGRAM - 1 October 2016

Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge
2500 Neabsco Common Place
Woodbridge, VA 2219

VGS and MVGS invite you to spend the day with Sharon Hodges, Chuck Mason and Don Wilson as they share their knowledge of basic genealogy, Federal records and Prince William County resources.

9:00-9:45 a.m. Registration (Vendors Available)

9:45-10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Genealogy Basics (Track 1) 10:00-11:00 a.m.

(S-11) Myths, Fairy Tales, and Stories Grandma Told – Chuck Mason. Family stories usually contain at least some true facts. But what do you do when almost nothing is true? This program demonstrates how the Genealogical Proof Standard was used to break down a 25 year brick wall.

11:00-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30-12:30 p.m.

(S-12) Source Citations: They are not a One Eyed Monster – Chuck Mason. It is critical to Cite Your Sources as You Find Them! But for many genealogists this is their worst nightmare. It does not have to be. With several guides available citing sources is not the problem it was in the past.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m.

(S-13) But My Family's Genealogy is All on the Internet! – Chuck Mason. There is a misconception that if the information is found on the Internet, that it must be fact. However, this is not true. It is a valuable source for clues, but all information must be verified.

2:30-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-4:00 p.m.

(S-14) Avoiding Mistakes – Sharon Hodges. The purpose of this beginning genealogy session is to provide those who are new to genealogy with good basic skills and information to help with your research. If you have been researching for a while, it will help with correcting any bad habits or help you realize what you haven’t been doing, but should.


Digging Deeper in Local and Federal Records (Track 2)

10:00-11:00 a.m.

(S-21) Using Court Records - Sharon Hodges. Court and other legal documents may be searched by using court order books, marriage and estate records, etc., but have you found everything? District Court records and loose papers are often overlooked, but may hold information that will help complete your genealogical research.

11:00-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30-12:30 p.m.

(S-22) Historic Court Records – Fredericksburg – Sharon Hodges. Many courts were held in Fredericksburg since its founding. Until 1781 it served as the courthouse for Spotsylvania County and handled Spotsylvania District Court and various Superior Courts from 1789-1889. Learn about some of the more than 22,400 court records that have been extracted and indexed ready for you to search.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m.

(S-23) An Introduction to RELIC - Donald L. Wilson. Learn about Prince William County’s genealogy and local history collection (the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center) and what services and special materials it offers. RELIC staff are trained to help researchers locate their families, regardless of where they lived. RELIC’s Digital Library provides online access to a growing collection of Prince William history sources.

2:30-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-4:00 p.m.

(S-24) Depression Era Recovery Program, Genealogical Gold Mine: Records of the WPA – Chuck Mason. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated President on March 4, 1932, the country was in the throes of the worst economic depression in the history of the country. Roosevelt offered the country a “New Deal” with programs to get the workers back to work and the country financially sound once more. Many of the programs created to put citizens back to work and end the Great Depression created a Gold Mine for genealogists today.



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