Since the Society’s website continues to be offline (promised for February) sigh, I shall try to keep interested genealogists informed of upcoming events.
This morning at our Spring Series, Genealogy 101 and Beyond, professional genealogist, instructor, author and lecturer, Sharon B. Hodges, turned what might be considered a dry subject – Probate/Courthouse Records: Understanding Them and Locating Them – into an extremely interesting and informative presentation. We were able to follow along and annotate on her six-page handout the proper procedures for research, what to look out for, and what gems are hidden in various documents. The advice she underscored was: “Remember to look for all estate records not just the will.” [Shodges782@verizon.net]
Since Fredericksburg is rich in Civil War history, librarian Holly Schemmer gave the second presentation on the multitude of resources available locally as well as online. She recommended the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database as a good starting point. And of course, the library’s Virginiana Room is chocked full of resources for anyone searching Virginia Ancestors. The Library of Virginia located in Richmond, I am told, has incredible genealogical resources.
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. in the Salem Church Branch Library, Ray Maki will be presenting his PowerPoint presentation, Making Sense of the Census. Since I share our home with him, I know he will be talking about the little known aspects of the census that may hold the key to your research.
Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. -12: 00 noon will be the last sessions in the Spring Series. Club member Shannon Bennett will present both sessions. The first will be, DNA in Genealogy; the second will be, Continuing the family legacy: Honoring your heritage through lineage societies.
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. in the Salem Church Branch Library, Pat Milnes, Registrar for the Washington-Lewis Chapter of the DAR will discuss current procedures and requirements for submission of applications and the research material available at the DAR Library in DC.
There are no meetings during July and August, because that's the best time to check out those courthouse records!
Anyone having ancestors in this area should definitely check out a little known gem, www.historiccourtrecords.org. Among many other items, this site has an index of marriages from 1752-1961. As you know, we have indexed and digitized marriage records from 1986-present that are available through the Circuit Court. There is a wealth of other information on Historic Court Records, so do check it out.
In the meantime, is anyone out there willing to give a hand with getting the website up and running, hosted on Rootsweb?