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The 1950 US Federal Census – Are You Ready? (FGS Meeting)

March 7 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST

Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare for this valuable data ...

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Maureen Taylor

Photo Detective Roadshow (FGS Meeting)

April 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Are you trying to put a name to that unfamiliar face standing next to your favorite aunt, trying to figure out when and where a treasured family picture was taken, or merely looking for ways to gather, preserve, and share your family pictures?  Then join us for an unforgettable event with the Photo Detective, Maureen ...

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DNA Searching – How Modern DNA Testing Helps Locate Biological Family and Health Information (FGS Meeting)

May 2 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EDT

What do you do when the paper trail on your family ends, but you still have unanswered questions? What if you have no way to access information on ancestors because of the laws surrounding an adoption, an ancestor never knew their father, or was a passenger on an orphan train? Many genealogical questions that once ...

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Diahann Southard

Ask The Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy (FGS Meeting)

November 7 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm EST

With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, women were catapulted into the limelight, no longer needing to rely so heavily on the men in their life to spit or swab. This lecture will focus on all things female from mtDNA, XDNA, and especially how to use the wives of your ancestors to help identify your ...

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