Past Meetings & Events

Past Meetings & Events

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2021 Events
16 March: Computer User Group
Kay Night presented the benefits of using WikiTree
11 March: Tim Pinnick presented “African American Family History/Tips, Strategies, and Resources.”
3 March: How to class taught by Heather Wright
Heather presented FamilySearch (tree and record search).
22 February: Writers Group
16 February: Computer User Group, Google Lens with Lisa Louise Cook (video)
11 February David Leatherwood presented “Footsteps in the Sands of Time: Tracking Barcos to Virginia Beach.”
4 February: VBGS Social Event.
2 February: How to class taught by Heather Wright.
2020 Events
17 December: VBGS Writer’s Group.
10 December: Peg Niedholdt presented “Merging History and Genealogy.”
1 December: How to class: Heather Wright discussed “Using a Scanning App.”
23 November: VBGS Writer’s Group.
17 November: VBGS Computer User Group, April Owens and Joan Schlegelmilch spoke about “Converting VHS Tapes, Slides, Home Movies, and Other Media to Digital Format.”
12 November: VBGS Computer User Group, Lisa Louise Cook video “Institutional Records Research Methods.”
5 November: Show and Tell.
2 November: How to class: Heather Wright discussed “The Importance of Sourcing and Setting Up Google Drive as a Backup.”
29 October: VBGS Writer’s Group.
20 October: VBGS Computer User Group “Spotlight on Software.” Heather Wright demonstrated “Legacy Family Tree” and Wendy Bransom demonstrated “Rootsmagic.”
8 October: W. Samuel Williams presented “Your Ancestors on ‘Judge Judy’: Using Chancery Records in Virginia.”
6 October: How to Class “Getting Started.”
1 October: VBGS Social Hour, “Tell everyone about your research! Who knows, maybe someone will help you break through that brick wall!”
24 September: VBGS Writer’s Group (topic: “Telling Your Generation Your Story.”)
15 September: Beth Zondler, Director of Family History Center, presented “Using Family Search for Genealogical Research.”
10 September: Sara J. Kidd, MS, GISP, presented “Put Your Family History on the Map: Using Maps and Geography for Genealogy.”
25 August: Sean Heely, a U.S. National Scottish Fiddler Champion and award-winning Irish Fiddler and singer, performed various songs and answer questions regarding the music that is a part of American roots.
20 August: Debby Christian, VBGS Social Chair, shared her excitement for the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side in NYC.
13 August: A DNA forum where attendees exchanged DNA discoveries, asked questions and learned how to interpret the information found.
7 August: “Using Foreign Languages in Genealogical Research: My Foray into Hungarian.” Carmen Cross discussed strategies to translate genealogical records in a foreign language using the baptism certificate of her great-grandfather, who was born in the Hungarian part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1880.
30 July: Planning a Genealogy Trip Coffee Hour (via Zoom) – Debby Christian discussed the tips she learned when planning a trip to Slovakia and Croatia.
21 July: DNA Basics for Genealogy Coffee Hour (via Zoom) – Heather Wright discussed Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA and how each can be used in genealogical research. She also discussed how to read these tests.
14 July: DAR Coffee Hour (via Zoom) – Members from the Princess Anne County Chapter NSDAR was available to answer questions and provided helpful information about becoming a member.
9 July: Inaugural Coffee Hour (via Zoom) – Heather Wright and Wendy Bransom discussed strategies to keep your digital and non-digital genealogy files organized.
22 June: VBGS Writer’s Group (via Zoom) – Writers’ guide to getting articles ready for a newsletter.
>11 June: VBGS Monthly Meeting (via Zoom) – “Ask the Wife,” Diahan Southard.
28 May: VBGS Writer’s Group (via Zoom) – “Genealogy Proof Standard and Citations,”Pauline “Peg” Niedholdt.
18 May: VBGS Computer User Group (via Zoom) – New (2020) Lisa Louise Cooke video, “Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology.”
14 May VBGS Monthly Meeting (via Zoom) – Researching Family History Without the Internet, Wendy Bransom. This presentation was given on August 20, 2019, at the Marian Manor University and has been updated.
9 April – Timelines in Genealogy: A Valuable Tool and Definitely Worth the Time, Diane L. Richard. Participants learned how to create complex and annotated timelines to help solve genealogical problems.
12 March – Medicine in Early Virginia, Dr. Richard Brown.
13 February – Who’s Your Daddy: Using YDNA to Solve Non-Paternal Events, Kelly McMahon Willette, CG. Kelly tracked down two direct-line males to help solve non-paternal events, one from 1743 and one from 1829 from Surry County, Virginia.
23 January – VBGS annual banquet, 50 guests enjoyed visiting each other and talking all things genealogy! Our speaker, Dr. Stephen S. Mansfield, reflected on why, and from where, people have come to Virginia’s “least-known, least visited county” that has become Virginia’s most populous community.
15 January – DNA clustering using the Leeds Method, Computer User Group led by Craig Fenton.

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