Here are many of the resources shared at meetings, including forms and information.
Maybe something can be of help to you!
|Checklists and Logs|
|Research Checklist – pdf or word doc|
a list of sources to search
|Date based research log – pdf|
simple form to help track where you’ve looked
|Repository information form pdf or jpeg|
build your search list before your visit
|Organizing Paper Files (Jul 2020 Coffee Hour) – pdf|
tips and strategies for organizing your paper files
|Organizing Digital Files (Jul 2020 Coffee Hour) – pdf|
tips and strategies for organizing your digital files
|Visiting Repositories and Homelands|
|Library of Virginia (Apr 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf1 – pdf2 – pdf3|
tips and guides to visiting the Library of Virginia in Richmond, VA
|Planning Offline Research – word doc|
tips for planning prior to visiting libraries, courthouses, etc.
|The Swem Library at William & Mary (Dec 2019 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
information for visiting and using the library
|Planning a Genealogy Trip (Jul 2020 Coffee Hour) – pdf|
tips and guidelines for planning a trip (Europe focus)
|DNA Basics for Genealogy (Jul 2020 Coffee Hour) – pdf|
simple DNA explanation and tips for using DNA in genealogy
|Foreign Language in Genealogical Research (Aug 2020 Coffee Hour) – pdf|
strategies for deciphering foreign language documents
|Translating German records (Aug 2020 Coffee Hour) – pdf|
tips and examples for German language records
|General Research and Information|
|Ancestors in the U.S. Military: Online and in Military Archives (Nov 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
|Held in the Balance: The Trask 250 (Oct 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
|Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace (Sep 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
|AncestAaaarrrs! The Life and Legacy of the Atlantic Pirates (May 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
|African American Family History/Tips, Strategies, and Resources for Beginners (Mar 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
Researching techniques with special attention for African American research.
|Free Land – Homesteading on the Frontier (Jan 2021 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
Dig into your pioneering ancestors’ lives moving West.
|Your Ancestors on Judge Judy (Oct 2020 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
Using Virginia Chancery Records
|Geography & Genealogy – (Sept 2020 Monthly Meeting) – pdf|
Using Maps and Geography for Genealogy
|18th and 19th Century Medical Terms – pdf|
medical term definitions
|Computer User Group|
|WikiTree (Apr 2021) – pdf|
VBGS member Kay Knight takes us on a tour of WikiTree
|Digitizing Old Media (Nov 2020 Computer User Group) – pdf|
converting VHS tapes and DVDs and scanning photos and slides
|FamilySearch (Sept 2020 Computer User Group) – pdf1 – pdf2|
Beth Zondler, Stake Temple and Family History Consultant, presenter
|Using the FamilySearch Catalog (November 2021) – pdf|
How to use the FamilySearch catalog efficiently in your genealogical research.
|Finding Your Irish Ancestors (Oct 2021) – pdf|
Research resources and techniques to find your Irish ancestors.
|Organizing Your Genealogy and Staying on Task (Sep 2021) – pdf|
Tips and strategies to help you stay organized and focused on your goal.
|Burial sites – Find A Grave and BillionGraves (May 2021) – pdf(FG) pdf(BG)|
Focusing on Find A Grave, touching on BillionGraves. These sites aim to record burial locations of individuals. In addition, a small profile and family links may be included.
|FamilySearch (April/May 2021) – pdf|
The basics of creating an account, navigating the tree, and searching on FamilySearch.org
|Ancestry (Feb 2021) – pdf|
The basics of accessing and searching on Ancestry.com
|U. S. Federal Census Records (Jan 2021) – pdf|
An overview of available census records from the U. S. government and where to find them
|Scanning Basics (Dec 2020) – pdf|
A basic overview of scanning (file types, types of scanners, etc.)
|Scanner Apps (Dec 2020) – pdf|
A user guide to CamScanner, one of many scanning apps on the market.
|Use and Sync your Google Drive (Nov 2020) – pdf|
How to navigate Drive and set it up as a cloud backup system
|Sources (Nov 2020) – pdf|
A don’t be scared of sourcing guide, this does not go into the details of proper formatting for different sources
|Getting Started (Oct 2020) – pdf|
Tree storage options, back-up systems, organizing files (touched on, see Organization above for more)
|Preparing Your Writing for Sharing (Jun 2020) – word doc|
tips and guidelines for finishing a piece
|Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) (May 2020) – word doc|
GPS and citations overview
|Keeping On (Apr 2020) – word doc|
finding a focus and developing your piece
|Getting Started (Mar 2020) – word doc|
picking a topic and writing advice