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Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 42013

Fredericksburg, VA 22404

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Registrations are Closed for this conference

    The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society and
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library
announce their fall workshop:

 Discover Your Family History:  Topics for Beginners to Advanced
When:              October 10, 2015

Where:             Central Rappahannock Regional Library
                          1201 Caroline Street
                          Fredericksburg, VA 22410
Time:                9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Due to space limitations, registration for each session is mandatoryRegister at or 540 621 7732 - Continental breakfast will be available to attendees.

Track 1                                                                                               Track 2
9:00 – 10:00 - Genealogy meets Social Media                           Understanding DNA [Full]
10:15 – 11:15 - Avoiding Pitfalls - Genealogy Skill Building      Burned Cnty Research [Full]
11: 30 – 12:30 - Researching African-American Ancestors       Strategies for Using

Our Speakers:
Social Media - Mary Ann Kelley, a Fredericksburg resident, is a web publisher with several popular websites, including,, and She will explain the basics of using Facebook, and show you how to find the best pages and groups for genealogy.

DNA - Shannon Combs-Bennett is a T2 Family Historian, Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist, a contributor to Family Tree Magazine/University and is currently the Education Coordinator for The NextGen Genealogy Network. She will explain the basic principles behind the science before you try to put your genetic puzzle together. This lecture will discuss all testing types and what each can tell you. 

Genealogy Skill Building - Sharon B Hodges is a professional researcher, author and lecturer with over 25 years of experience. She is president of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society and on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Genealogical Society. Sharon specializes in Northern New Jersey, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia research. This beginning genealogy session is to provide those who are new to genealogy with good basic skills and information to help with your research. 

Burned County Research - Victor S. “Vic” Dunn is a board certified genealogist and a full-time professional researcher. He is the coordinator for the Virginia track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Alabama In 2014 he received the Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research and was named as the official genealogist of the Order of First Families of Virginia. His lecture on Burned Counties will discuss the effective use of surviving county records and then focus on federal and state records that provide genealogical information, such as military, pensions, church records, manuscripts, cemetery records and local histories.

Researching African American Ancestors - Kimberly Campbell specializes in Caroline County, Virginia and its parent and surrounding counties. Her published works include Caroline County court orders (1781-1804), one volume containing Will Book 19 and two books of loose wills, a volume of the marriages for Caroline Co. (1854-1868), a history of the Curtis family of Stafford Co. (including their Patawomeck Indian heritage), a biography of General John Bankhead Magruder with Thomas M. Settles. She is currently working on a history of the Dillard family, Caroline County,'s Free Black Inhabitants, and a volume of Caroline County court orders (1805-1820). She received the Caroline County Historical Society's 2010 Annual Award for promoting and preserving Caroline County history and Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.'s E. Boyd Graves Award in 2001 as one of the founders of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center. Her session will focus on how to begin, where to search at home and where to go when you have gathered all you can from family. We will continue with some of the special problems unique to African American research and how to solve these difficulties. We will discuss traps one can fall into and how to avoid them. It will then be your turn to find the clues, put them together and discover family lost over time with the passing of generations.

 Strategies for Using - Shannon Combs-Bennett. In this presentation Shannon will demonstrate many of the lesser known features of and the One Stop webpages of Stephen P. Morse. She suggests participants bring a large note book to jot down all these ideas!


New! German Special Interest Group (SIG) meets the first Monday of the month at the Salem Church Branch Library. Contact us to verify meeting times.

Would you like to discover more about your family's ancestors? 

The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society can 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.

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