Charles S. "Chuck" Mason, Jr. CG

Chuck is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records.  He is a graduate of National Genealogical Society’s (NGS) American Genealogy: Home Study Course, (1994), is a grader for the course for many years. He is currently a teacher for the NGS’s American Genealogical Studies, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. He has attended numerous conferences of the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and many state and local conferences in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia/New Jersey areas.
 
Chuck is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies including President (MVGS 2000-2002 and FxGS 2008-2009). He is a past President (2004-2006) of NIGR Alumni Association, and was a Director of the Northern Virginia Association for History (1999-2006). He is currently the SIG leader of the Fairfax Beginner’s SIG and the Mt. Vernon Methodology SIG.
 
Chuck has numerous articles for the National Genealogical Society Magazine, and the newsletter of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon genealogical societies. He teaches genealogy classes for Fairfax County School’s Adult and Community Education, and is a co-host of Tracing Your Family Roots (tracingroots.nova.org) at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10. Rebroadcasts of the show can be viewed at their website at tracingroots.nova.org.  
 
In May 2012 he received the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism from NGS and the MVGS Lifetime Sustained Meritorious Service Award in 2013. He also serves as the awards chair for both the National Genealogical Society and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society.
 
Friday, 31 March 2017
Continuing Genealogical Research in the 21st Century– Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG
1:30-2:30 p.m.
(F61) 21st Century Resources – Websites: Cyndi’s List Gateway to the Genealogical World.  Cyndi Howells is a real person who first created a short list of internet bookmarks to share with the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society in 1995.  One year later Cyndi’s List the website opened and from there it has grown to thousands of links to the genealogical world.
3:00-4:00 p.m.
(F62) 21st Century Resources – Using Free Websites for Research.  Family Search, Find A Grave, Stephen Morse's One Step Pages, and many government, genealogical, and historical organizations have free websites.  How to evaluate and use these sites for genealogical research will be demonstrated.
4:30-5:30 p.m.
(F63) 21st Century Resources – Using Commercial Websites for Research.  Ancestry.com, Fold 3, Heritage Quest, and other commercial sites offer a great deal of research material.  How to evaluate and use these sites for genealogical research will be demonstrated.
7:00-8:00 p.m.
(F64) Using the Resources Together to Solve the Problem.  Computers, the internet, search engines, data bases and websites have all changed the way we do genealogy.  But, are books, CDs, microfilm, microfiche, and original records obsolete?  Develop a plan for using sources from both centuries.