Your Family Stories

Your Family Stories

CRRL is pleased to host the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society and two distinguished speakers, for a program titled, "Your Family Stories."

The program will be held in the Headquarters Theater, 1201 Caroline Street, beginning at 9:00 on Saturday, March 22. It is free and open to the public.

Lecture 1: Writing Genealogy: Using the Elements of Narrative to Tell Your Family's Story

Genealogy is more than just names and dates in a lineage-linked database or on a pedigree chart . . . it's about people, places, and events in historical context. The building blocks of genealogy are similar to the narrative elements that writers use to craft memorable stories: character, plot, setting, and motivation. Learn how to make your family's story unforgettable!

Mother sharing an albumPresenter: Madaleine J. Laird

Madaleine spent last summer pulling records at the National Archives for the Genealogy Roadshow research team. She serves as copy editor for Casefile Clues, an electronic publication written by Michael John Neill. She has attended Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research several times, even earning her survival badge for the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course taught by Elizabeth Shown Mills. In 2012 Madaleine was awarded the Kansas Historical Society's Edward N. Tihen Historical Research Grant. She used the funds to record 360 names inscribed on a quilt in the Society's Kansas Memory collection.

Lecture 2: Gathering Family Stories: Conducting an Interview

Documents and records only tell part of the family story. Family members can tell the rest of the story that is not in the documents and records. What is the best method to obtain that information and what should be done with it once it has been gathered?

Presenter: Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG

Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr. is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records.  He is a Past President of both the Fairfax and the Mount Vernon Genealogical Societies and the National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association. Chuck is a grader for the National Genealogical Society's home study course and serves as the NGS Awards Chair. In addition to his many volunteer activities, he teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation Department. Chuck is a co-host of Tracing Your Family Roots at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10.