Presented by Amy Breedlove
Amy Breedlove’s talk “Getting Started on Your Family History” provides basic information on how to get started on doing your family history. The talk covers what to do first, as in figuring out what you and/or your family already knows; then where do you go from there. Next steps include figuring out what info is missing and what you want to look for first, determining what types of records that information may be included in, who created those records, and where they were kept or may be available. Next she briefly discusses the research process itself and where you can do your genealogy research. That is followed by a list of hints to keep you out of genealogical trouble. Finally she discusses some of the types of technology aids available to genealogists.
Amy Breedlove is a native Virginian, born near Richmond but she has lived in Northern VA her whole life. She’s a GMU graduate in History and a retired career Federal employee. She got interested in genealogy at age 9, long before the internet, and has stayed interested since, although until she retired she didn’t have a whole lot of time to devote to her research. Since then, she’s had a lot more success in filling out her family tree. She’s a member of several historical societies, and a member of many genealogical societies, at the national, state, and local levels, including the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. She’s not a professional genealogist or speaker but is always wiling to answer questions.
n this presentation, you will learn about the fascinating Virginia State Parks and the new availability of park trail maps online, using the Avenza Maps app for Android and Apple portable devices.
The state parks are scattered across Virginia, with several within a 90 minute drive from the Washington DC metro region. Mason Neck State Park is located in southeastern Fairfax County, and others are easily reached using US 50 (Sky Meadow), I-66 (Shenandoah River), and US 1 (Leesylvania and Widewater). This presentation includes the web page address for an online map of all the parks.
Almost all the state parks feature hiking and biking trails, and some permit horseback riding. Most provide water recreation, such as river or bay or lake access, rental boats and kayaks, swimming pools, water parks, and fishing ponds.
You will learn how to use the Avenza Maps app to find and download Virginia State Parks maps, how to select a downloaded map for use, how to mark your parking spot or any other interesting location on the map for easy return, and how to record your hiking/riding track on the map..
PATACS member John Krout is a prolific author of articles for the PATACS Posts newsletter and a regular speaker at Society meetings. An enthusiastic photographer, Johns won awards for his work in that arena from the Association of Personal Computer User Groups, and other photo contests.
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10 - 15 Minute Talks Welcome
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Wednesday, July 28th, 7 PM
Meeting by Zoom - Details Will be Sent by Email to Members
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