Join the Fairfax Genealogical Society on Saturday, October 9 for our 2021 Fall Fair! Rebecca Whitman Koford will present a series of lectures on the National Archives in Washington, DC. The National Archives is an essential research site for genealogists. After being closed for months during the pandemic, the Archives is opening on a limited basis, by appointment only. Take this opportunity via Zoom to learn from an expert about keys to researching military records, land records, and the NARA’s online resources, and be better prepared when you next visit the National Archives, either online or in person.

This will be a virtual event and registration is required. This event is open to members and non-members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS).

A Zoom link and a link to presentation materials will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the March 20 presentation date.

A member-only discount code is available here. When registering on Eventbrite, FxGS members must FIRST click on the blue promo code link in the upper left-hand corner of the Tickets page, type in the promo code and then click on the Apply link before proceeding to receive a member discount.

If you prefer to print and mail your registration, download a printable registration form here.


Fall Fair Agenda

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT - Welcome Announcements by FxGS

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EDT - Session 1: Unlocking the Secrets of Military Records. This lecture will introduce the most commonly useful records at the National Archives in Washington DC for ancestors who served from the Revolution to the Civil War, including service records, pensions, military bounty land, and how to order them.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EDT - Session 2: Unlocking the Secrets of Land Records. Land records were a major factor in the lives of our ancestors, and especially many who served in the military or settled in the west. We will peek at military bounty land warrants, early cash entry claims, and homestead records, and the files that are at the National Archives and online.

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Break

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. EDT - Session 3: Unlocking the Secrets of NARA's Online Resources. The National Archives is going digital! Not all of it of course, but more than you may realize. We explore the resources of finding aids and digitized records available through the NARA catalog online.


About the Speaker

The speaker is Rebecca Whitman Koford. She holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and as a Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her focuses are on Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially those of the War of 1812. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (FGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), RootsTech, webinars for Legacy, APG, and the Maryland State Archives. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. Rebecca is also the Course I coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) and has been an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a graduate and former mentor of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy; and served as the ProGen Administrator from 2015–2020. Rebecca currently works as Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and as Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.