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Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society
Next FRGS Meeting
Salem Church Branch Library -   14 September 2016

Can’t attend meetings? No problem. An individual membership is only $15.00 a year and with that members receive via email the monthly meeting minutes that contain detailed information from the presentations, the FRGS Lily Pad quarterly newsletter, as well as pertinent genealogy-related information in conjunction with meeting reminders. Join today and support the FRGS mission to assist genealogists searching their Virginia roots. Checks made out to FRGS and mailed to P.O. box listed below.

Members can join! The Central Virginia SIG meets during the third week of the month. Contact to confirm day and venue. NOTE: The Central Virginia SIG will not meet during the summer. 

Members can join! German Special Interest Group (SIG) meets the first Monday of the month at the Salem Church Branch Library. Contact us to verify meeting times.  Note: The German SIG will not meet during the summer.

FRGS Fall Genealogy Conference  - Registration now open!

24 September 2016   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Conference Preview:
Genealogy 101 - Chuck Mason
Utilizing - Julie Cabitto
The Relationship Between Chancery Causes and Lost Records Localities at the Library of Virginia - Callie Lou Freed and Joanne Porter
Genetic Genealogy - A Crash Course - Shannon Combs-Bennett
I’ve Tested My DNA, Now What? - Shannon Combs-Bennett
Researching African-American Ancestors - Shelley Murphy

Callie Lou Freed received her Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum Laude and Final Honors) in Historic Preservation and Geography from Mary Washington College and her Master of Arts in Folk Studies with a concentration in historic preservation from Western Kentucky University.  She has worked at the Library of Virginia for the past 23 years, first as an Information Services Assistant based in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia and for the past 17 years as a Local Records Archivist in the Library’s Circuit Court Records Preservation Program.

Joanne Porter received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in American History and Political Science. She attended the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives, Washington D.C. received certification in Archival Studies and is currently working in the Local Records section at the Library of Virginia working with county records including Circuit Court Chancery Records, County Coroner’s Inquisitions and Commonwealth Causes.

Shannon Combs-Bennett is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer based out of NOVA.  Her degree is in genetics but she also enjoys researching and presenting on many facets of genealogy. She is a staff genealogist with the Colonial Dames 17th Century in DC and Creative Director for the In-Depth Genealogist Publishing Company.  Shannon also is on the leadership team for the NextGen Genealogy Network and Southeast Regional Director for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG is a Certified Genealogist with over eighteen years of research experience. Mr. Mason specializes in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is an alumnus of the National Institute on Genealogical Research. In addition to his volunteer activities, he teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation and lectures at many of the genealogical societies, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Julie Cabitto started helping her grandmother with family history over thirty years ago. Julie grew up in a military family and has always loved learning about other cultures, especially her many ethnicities. She’s worked on preserving people’s stories for over eighteen years. She interviews people and searches for forgotten Virginia cemeteries. She was a beta tester for the FamilySearch website. She’s currently Assistant Director at the Fredericksburg LDS family history center, where she teaches classes on using FamilySearch.

Dr. Shelley Murphy has been an avid genealogist for over 26+ years. Shelley, aka, “familytreegirl” presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local, state & national genealogy conferences. Dr. Murphy is known for her inspiring & interactive “Getting Started” with genealogy research, “African American Genealogy Resources,” “Time & File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures involving her "SO WHAT" concept of analyzing records. Shelley is a blogger at and instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI).

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Upcoming Conferences:
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Societ
 37th National Conference
October 13-16 - Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
More information:

The Fairfax Genealogical Society presents Anne Gillespie Mitchell
“Finding Your Family’s Forgotten Stories”
Saturday, October 29, 2016 
Northern Virginia Community College Annadale Campus

Would you like to discover more about your family's ancestors? 
The Central Rappahannock Regional Heritage Center’s vast document, photo and memorabilia collection contains records from Caroline County, Fredericksburg, King George County, Spotsylvania and Stafford County.  900 Barton Street, Fredericksburg, VA 540-373-3704 []; 

The Virginiana Room of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, houses oral histories, family histories, genealogies, obituary notices, cemetery records, county tax records, histories of local homes, churches, businesses and events, and much more. 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

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The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society can also help! Join us the second Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 @ 7:00 p.m. or email to utilize our Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.

Contact us:
P.O. Box 42013
Fredericksburg, VA 22404

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