Upcoming Conferences

Two upcoming virtual conferences should prove inspiring and useful to genealogical researchers:

The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference (virtual) on 23 October 2021 – “Tell it Like it Was!” features journalist and memoir advisor Christina Lyons who will provide sought-after guidance on writing, as well as workshops on writing, photography, and more. Besides Ms. Lyons, other speakers are Janell Blue, Charles S. Mason Jr., Barbara Orbach Natanson, Suzanne S. LaPierre, Paul Phelps, Linda MacLachlan, and Arthur Johnson. Register by October 16, 2021.

The Virginia Genealogical Society’s Fall Virtual Conference on 15 and 16 October 2021 features a star-studded cast of well-known speakers. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on 11 October 2021. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/yphtumaj. 

  •  Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM – “Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law” – In early America, women were all too often just not there: not in the records, nor in the censuses, on juries, in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to protected—second-class—status, and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today. 
  • Craig R. Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA – “Using Fold3 to Your Advantage: Virginia Style”Fold3.com is the premier website for access to military records. For less than the cost of a single Revolutionary Pension File from the National Archives, a researcher can access the world of digitized military records for nearly all time periods. But, there are nuances and things that you have to know to be efficient and improve your Fold3 experience. 
  • Vic Dunn, CG® – “Getting the Most out of Virginia’s Court Records: Order Books and Minute Books and Loose Papers” – Was your Virginia ancestor illegitimate, a “gentleman justice” of the court, a horse thief, or an insolvent debtor? Court order and minute books and their associated loose papers known as ended causes, final judgments, or dead papers, may provide the answer to this and other unresolved genealogical issues. 
  • Diahan Southard – “5 Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing” – So you have had your autosomal DNA tested: now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.
  • Barbara Vines Little, CG®, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS – “Tracking the Land: Virginia’s Land Tax Records” – Land taxes can help separate same name individuals, prove relationships (even in burned counties), help locate neighbors, and provide a general idea of a family’s wealth. 
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGLSM – “Genealogical Implications of the Laws of Slavery” – The laws of slavery provide context for both locating and interpreting sources relevant to the genealogies of enslaved ancestors. This lecture will cover statutory provisions that exemplify the norm where slavery persisted until the 1865 effective date of the constitutional amendment that abolished hereditary slavery. 
  • Renate Yarborough Sanders – “Researching the Formerly Enslaved: It Takes a Village!” – Researching the lives of the once-enslaved presents a unique set of challenges, primarily because most slave-related documents are embedded in the records of those who enslaved them. Learn how descendants of slave owners can help to enrich the research experience of those whose ancestors were once held in bondage, while learning more about their own ancestors in the process! 
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS – “Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors’ Lives” – Attendees will learn four ways to assemble information from frequently used genealogical sources to create biographies that will bring ancestors to life. Case studies will illustrate the options.