Navigating the Mists of the Past

Free Genealogy Workshop

Hosted by the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution on November 2
By Cat Claunch Schwetke

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? Wonder where your family came from? Thought about diving into genealogy but don’t know where to start? Maybe started a little digging and ran into the all-so-common brick walls that are common when researching? There’s help for you out there from the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, who will be hostsing a free genealogy workshop that is open to the public on November 2 at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church.

Stephannie Addison-Mudd teaching the African American Research and Resources class. In the background is Bill Schwetke teaching Researching the Internet in Your PJs class.

The Fauquier Court House Chapter has been hosting this incredibly popular workshop, all run by volunteers, since 2007, where they, with members of the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, will assist family historians with starting or continuing their research on their ancestry. Not interested in, or think you aren’t eligible for a genealogical society? This workshop is still for you — everyone, even casual researchers who just wanted to learn a little more about their family history, are welcome.

The doors will open at 9 a.m., and attendees will be welcomed by the Regent of the FCH Chapter and the President of the CMM Chapter. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served. Over the course of the day guests will attend eight classes: Courthouse Records, African-American Resources & Research, No Vital Records – Now What?, Researching the Internet in Your PJs, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, DNA in Proving Family Links (new class), and Organizing Your Research. A full hot lunch will be served, over which guest speaker Joseph Dooley will give a very informative presentation on researching and writing an analysis to link generations without vital records.

Attendees who pre-register will be eligible for door prizes (last year’s door prizes included two free DNA kits, two Family Tree Maker software packages, and three annual subscriptions to genealogy websites [MyHeritage, Fold3, Newspapers.com] – a total value of $1,100). The Fauquier Court House Chapter and the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter look forward to sharing the fun and excitement of family history research with their guests.

The workshop, including the meals, is free, but space is limited, so please pre-register with Candy Weitz at candyweitz@gmail.com

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