Handouts

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
Organization
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
DNA Basics for Genealogy (Jul 2020 Coffee Hour)pdf
simple DNA explanation and tips for using DNA in genealogy
Foreign Languages
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
How-To Class
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)
Writers Group
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
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