May 7, 2016 — Index-a-thon of the Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Saturday, May 7th is an area-wide Index-a-thon to help FamilySearch.org finish the indexing and arbitration of the remainder of the Freedman’s Bureau records.  These records must be finished by June so that a database can be prepared for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in September.

Anyone who can help with this very important work can index records from the Freedman’s Bureau from any location you want, by downloading the free indexing software and selecting that project from the indexing program on the FamilySearch.org website.  Any questions, please contact Barbara Branham at 293-4404.

Beyond Family Tree Maker – educational video

Here is a link to a video from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems. It’s called ‘Beyond Family Tree Maker: How to Take Control of Preserving Your Family Tree’. Pat Lukas, who has viewed this video, says, “I don’t use Family Tree Maker but I found good information in this video about keeping computer files safe.”

It is available free through April 15 (2016), and can be viewed below.

NOTE: 4/28/2016. Apparently it is still freely available, since I was able to run the video just now.

Fredericksburg Family History Day 2016

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the annual Fredericksburg Family History Day will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1710 Bragg Rd, Fredericksburg, VA. Walk-in registration begins at 8:00 am and the Keynote address begins at 9:00 am. The event runs until 3:00 pm.

The Keynote speaker will be Dr. William S. Pretzer, Senior Curator for History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. which is slated to open in September of this year.

For more information and to register for this free conference, go to http://fredvafamilyhistoryday.com/wordpress/

Learn About African-American Genealogy

The Brown Burke Steppe and Central Virginia Chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center will present ‘Topics in Genealogy’ on March 5, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.

Angela Walton-Raji, B.A., M.Ed, Author, Lecturer and Podcaster will talk about the Freedmen’s Bureau Project and Shelley Murphy, B.S., M.A., D.M., Professor, Scholar and Writer will address African American Genealogy Research Challenges.

The Heritage Center is located at 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

 

 

 

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day 2016 (January 30)

RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 30.

Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) is presenting an all-day genealogy event on Saturday, January 30 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia.

CVGA member and former vice-president, Shelley Murphy, will present two sessions: Genealogy 101: Getting Started at 10:30 am and Beginner Challenges of African American Genealogy Research at 1:30 pm.

In addition to the lectures, the SVGS will provide free online resource assistance with several subscription websites from 10 am – 3 pm and there will be door prizes donated by Ancestry.com.

For more information, visit the museum website at www.themsv.org/event/shenandoah-valley-heritage-day-2016