VGS Fall Conference (virtual)

VGS Fall Conference (virtual)

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$50 – $65

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Online event

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Lectures on research logs, documentation, research reports, writing, women, African American research, and mapping.

About this event

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The Registration Process

1. Purchase a "ticket" through EventBrite and receive a confirmation email with instructions for registering at GoToWebinar.

2. Register at GoToWebinar and receive an email with the "join link."

3. Enjoy the conference!

All attendees will receive an email from EventBrite on 19 October 2022 with instructions for downloading the syllabus and a reminder to register at GoToWebinar if you have not already done so.

Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 18 October 2022.


Payment confirmation and GoToWebinar registration are email dependent. Be sure to use the same email address for both to receive payment confirmation and the link to join the conference or access the recording.

If you are registering for someone else, please be sure to include their name and email address on the order form so they will receive the emails with the conference information.

FRIDAY LECTURES - 21 October 2022

Research Logs: Write or Regret It! - Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®,CGL℠

Organizing is key to understanding. If you can’t find something, how can you compare and analyze the facts and clues in your ancestor’s life? This presentation introduces research log styles and other organizational tools to improve your analytical skills to assist the researcher in finding needed answers.

Documenting Your Sources: The Key to Credible Genealogy - Megan Clark Young

Does the thought of documenting your sources seem daunting and tedious? Have you reviewed your own work, or someone else's, and not been able to determine the origin of the information? Participants will learn strategies and tools to simplify source citations that meet current genealogy standards.

Research Reports: Reporting Our Research and Discoveries - Mary O’Brien Vidlak, CG®

The research we conduct as family historians is of limited value without a written, detailed document that communicates the results of our hard work. Research reports are not just for professionals – they are the fundamental work product for all of us who spend our time seeking to know our ancestors.

Writing Their Story When They Left No Stories - Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®

You've spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. It's time to take that data and weave it into a story that your relatives - yes, even your spouse and children! - will want to read. Learn how to take your data and "fluff it up" with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors' lives.

SATURDAY LECTURES - 22 October 2022

The Hidden Half of the Family: Identifying the Women in Your Family Tree - Barbara Vines Little, CG®, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS

Her name may be Elizabeth, Mary or Polly, Sarah or Sally, or even Mrs. John Smith, or she may be completely unnamed and known to exist only because a child was born. However, even if we don’t know her name, she often leaves us clues that allow us to attach her to her family and ultimately learn who she was. To do so we need to understand the law that dictated her rights or lack thereof, identify the social and religious surroundings in which she lived, and unearth the clues that her husband and children’ lives provide. This lecture outlines a methodology that can help us uncover the hidden half of our family tree.

Understanding and Utilizing Virginia Untold Records at the Library of Virginia - Lydia Neuroth

Lydia will describe the Virginia Untold project, how to conduct research using various record types, and provide an overview of the recent two-year NHPRC grant from the National Archives which funds her position and the processing of 40 "Free Negro Registers" and loose records from Richmond City, 1794-1865.

Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors - LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG

Because enslaved people were treated as a species of property, the fates of these ancestors were determined in probate proceedings incident to the settlement of the estates of enslavers. This lecture will focus on the analysis of probate records to identify enslaved ancestors.

GIS & Genealogy: A Beginner’s How-To - Jennifer Alford, PE, PTOE

When you dig into genealogy a repeated lesson is to know your location. We’ll uncover how using GIS can connect geospatial history with your family history research. Together we’ll cover the exciting historical geospatial information that is now available for use in Google Earth and other tools available online.

Refund requests (less EventBrite fees) will be accepted through 11:59 PM EST on 14 October 2022. To request a refund, please email

If you are unable to join us for the live sessions, you have 90 days after the conference to view the recordings. You will receive an email from EventBrite when the recordings are available.

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