There is a free genealogy conference being held Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Family History Center in Laurel, Maryland. The event is sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. and African American Special Interest Group. The keynote speaker is Angela Walton-Raj. I am sure this will be a great event!
For more information, visit http://www.wdcfhc.org/AAHGS-Conf/index.html
Virginia Genealogical Society’s Spring Conference is being held April 29-30, 2016 at the Library of Virginia. This year’s theme is Library of Virginia: Records and Research Stategies. Included is a tour of the library, which is sure to be pretty darn awesome. I had the good fortune of attending last year’s conference and enjoyed myself.
For more information, visit vgs.org
The Culpeper County library will hold training for transcribing Freedmen’s Bureau records on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the library’s meeting room. This project assists the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. For more information, contact the library.
It’s that time again! The National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair is being held October 21 and 22, 2015. Visit http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/ for more information. There are also handouts available for participants. There are several informative classes for both the novice and pro genealogist.
If you’re around the Fredericksburg, VA area, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is hosting a free fall genealogy workshop being offered from the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society. The workshop is being held Saturday, October 12 at the downtown branch. The theme is Discover Your Family History: Topics for Beginners to Advanced. To attend, either register by email to FRGSVA@gmail.com or call 540-621-7732. Classes include Understanding DNA, Avoiding Pitfalls, and Burned County Research.
Fredericksburg Family History Day is being held March 14, 2015 at the LDS Chapel off of Bragg Road. Classes include Tips for Reading Old Handwriting, Genealogy 101 and 102, Researching the Library of Congress, and several other informative classes. For more information, visit http://fredvafamilyhistoryday.com
Writing genealogy goals for 2015 will help me realize some dreams, take stock of what I need to work on, and also what accomplishments I will have made for this new year. So, here goes!
1. Join a genealogy club and participate.
Surprising, huh? I admit it! I am not a member of a genealogy group! But this year, I hope to find the right group or groups for me and be an active member.
2. Attend a genealogy conference.
Yesss!! I am actually working on this one, and I am scheduled to attend one (I posted about it too!) in April! I’m excited!
3. Take a genealogy DNA test.
This has been my goal for ages! I want to know where I am from! I want a company that will destroy my sample after testing. Yes, I am a bit paranoid about my business being out there, even if it will be in a secure location. Anyway, I also would like for my brother to take one, too.
4. Pick back up my research!
I’ve been a bit lazy lately and need to keep going.
5. Present my own genealogy program at work.
I want to do something to help people, so naturally, having my own program at work would be nice, and is something I need to work on making happen this year or for the next.
Of course, I might add some additional goals, but for right now, this is it!
The Virginia Genealogical Society’s Spring 2015 Conference is being held April 10-11, 2015. The focus will be on using Ancestry as a research resource. On Friday, April 10, attendees will visit the Library of Virginia for research, and Saturday, April 11, attendees will meet at the Holiday Inn off Staples Mill Road. For more information, click here.