Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring Conference 2011: Vendors

Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.



As of press time, the vendors listed below are planning to participate in our Conference.  FxGS appreciates their efforts to be with us.  They represent quite a broad cross-section of the genealogy community, and offer many exciting goods and services.  


Alexandria Library
The Alexandria Public Library's Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as local and state government information and legal resources. 

Ancestor Tracks
Ancestor Tracks specializes in publishing atlases and land tract information for the earliest Pennsylvania landowners.  To date, they have published books and CDs covering Berks, Dauphin, Fayette, Greene, Lancaster, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, as well as the state-wide warrant registers.  In addition, they have posted free, downloadable images of 19th-century landowner maps for approximately 80% of Pennsylvania. 

Archive CD Books USA
Archive CD Books USA is your source for thousands of rare genealogy books on CD.  This is a great way to build your research library with thousands of rare reference books and maps from the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

Association of Professional Genealogists
National Capital Area Chapter
APG is an independent organization with more than 1,600 members worldwide whose principal purpose is to support professional genealogists in all phases of their work:  from the amateur genealogist wishing to turn knowledge and skill into a vocation, to the experienced professional seeking to exchange ideas with colleagues and to upgrade the profession as a whole. The association also seeks to protect the interests of those engaging the services of a professional member.

Board for Certification of Genealogists
BCG’s mission is “To foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard.”  The Board for Certification of Genealogists is:  an independent organization not affiliated with, or part of, any group; a certifying body, not a membership society; and a nationally and internationally recognized organization.

Bruce Pruitt Books
PO Box 815, Whitakers, NC 27891
Publisher of books with South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee Land Records.

Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States
We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States.  We also provide image access to more than three million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908.  Currently, we are adding images of Military Land Warrants.  These land patents were issued to individuals as a reward for their military service.  Images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed.  This site offers researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals.  In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).

Colonial Roots
Colonial Roots provides a broad range of genealogical CDs, books and maps.  In addition to a large selection of general reference books, there are many titles for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States.

Creative Memories
Your first car was a monstrous '79 thunderbird.  First pet?  A goldfish named Frank.  First date?  It's OK to talk about it.  It was all real.  It's all part of who you are.  You see, the small stuff doesn't just matter.  The small stuff is everything.  It's part of your story.  And you're the only one who can tell it.  Creative Memories Consultants help you capture life's little (and big) stories, so they can be retold in photo-safe scrapbook albums.  It's easy and fun, and millions of people in more than 10 countries around the world agree.  I'd love to help you tell your story.  And you may even be inspired to be a Consultant yourself.

Fairfax (VA) Genealogical Society
FxGS was established in 1974 as a non-profit organization to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research; to further the use of sound genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research; and to aid those doing research in our area.   We currently have almost 500 members, including not only many who live in or near Fairfax County, but also many who are searching for information in our area.  We are pleased to also have the membership of several libraries and other societies nationwide.  We hold meetings the 4th Thursday and Saturday of the month throughout the school year, conduct field trips to repositories of genealogical interest, and sponsor an Annual Conference every March.

Franconia Museum
Looking across six lanes of traffic on Franconia Road, it is difficult to imagine that it was once a rural "rolling road" for Virginia tobacco on its way to the port city of Alexandria.  Before it was a bedroom community, Franconia was the birthplace of the first Virginia governor from Northern Virginia, witness to a Mosby raid, and a thriving Afro-American community called Carrolltown.  The Franconia Museum preserves the past, present, and future of the Franconia area in pictures, artifacts, and stories.  We at the Franconia Museum believe that you must know where you came from to know where you are going.

Friends of Local History, Alexandria
703/868-4577, ext. 211
Friends of Local History supports the Local History/Special Collections Branch of the Alexandria, Virginia Library System. The Collection holds comprehensive primary and secondary resources for Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, and more.  There are on-line catalog and indexes. 

It’s all About Family
Dusty, old photo albums filled with pictures of your mother's childhood hidden away in your attic, or a bunch of photos stuck in a drawer from your parents' anniversary party long since past…Now imagine these same photographs brought to life in the form of a shiny, visually stunning custom-designed book or video, complete with the stories behind the pictures. 
Using your photos or videos and/or using our photo or video services, we create family keepsakes that you will always treasure.  Any service or family member can place photos into a book or video.  We take it a step further.  We incorporate a person's biography.  We uncover the legacy through interviews and research.
JAMB Tapes
JAMB tapes sessions at genealogy and other conferences.  They will be taping the sessions at this FxGS Spring Conference 2011.

Life Echoes
Life ECHOES is the ideal way to share your family legacy.  More than likely, you have some amazing stories to share with the ones you love—whether they're the stories of many generations, major events from your life, your military service, or perhaps all of these.  The Life ECHOES program utilizes the latest technology to enable you to share your stories with this generation and future generations.  Our simple process turns your spoken words into a beautiful heirloom-quality book that will preserve your stories for generations to come.

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
MVGS was organized in 1991 to encourage the
affiliation of persons interested in the pursuit of
their ancestral heritage and to promote fellowship and cooperation among them; to stimulate and provide instruction in the use of genealogical research methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness in
genealogical research; to provide a forum for the
sharing of knowledge gained by individual members in their own research; and to collect,
preserve, and disseminate genealogical, biographical, and historical knowledge and

National Archives of the UK/
International Publishers Marketing (IPM)
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1000 years of British history, from the Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public.  It is responsible for looking after the records of central government and the courts of law, and making sure everyone can look at them. The collection is one of the largest in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day.  The National Archives Publications program includes general history, military history, and genealogy titles for the trade, library and academic markets.
International Publishers Marketing (IPM) is the sales representative for the National Archives of the UK in the United States.  IPM also provides sales, marketing and distribution services for book publishers, in both the academic and trade fields.  

National Genealogical Society
NGS has a dynamic and growing membership of individuals and other groups from all over the country—and the world—who share a common love of the field of genealogy.  Whether you're a beginner, a professional or somewhere in between, NGS can assist you in your research into the past!  NGS holds an annual national “Conference in the States”, which is one of the premier genealogical conferences in the country. It also holds regional conferences.  NGS is well known for its educational offerings; among others, they include “NGS American Genealogy: A Home Study Course,” which was revised in 2005 and is now offered on CD-ROM, along with several online courses.

Passage Express (The Jefferson Project)
Passage Express is an easy-to-use, one-stop publishing package specifically designed to help you organize your records into an eye-catching multimedia presentation.  Many families have biographies, voice recordings, photographs, and more  --  but instead of being easily accessible, they lie untouched in storage boxes gathering dust and weathering the elements. Rummaging through them only provides another opportunity for ripping, wrinkling and other damage to occur.   Family histories deserve to be seen, read, heard, cherished and enjoyed. Now, thanks to Passage Express, this is possible as never before.    We invite you to see how you can produce a Passage Presentation with ease and confidence.  Visit our website and our booth at the conference. 
Pennsylvania Genealogy Books
Pennsylvania Genealogy Books offers a number of different books on Pennsylvania births and baptisms, as well as on other township and county records, many of them by the renowned expert John T. Humphrey.

Preservation Virginia
Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia provides leadership as the nation’s oldest statewide preservation organization, from saving, researching, and interpreting Jamestowne and other historic sites, to providing legislative advocacy, to sharing lessons learned with others who seek to protect our heritage.  Please become a steward of Virginia’s history by joining Preservation Virginia today.

Roots Users Group
RUG is a genealogy organization that meets in our general area.  The Roots Users Group (RUG) of Arlington , VA is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, fraternal, mutual self-help group of amateur genealogists who use The Master Genealogist and Family Tree SuperTools software produced by Wholly Genes, Inc., and the Ultimate Family Tree software produced by  RUG was incorporated in 1989 and currently has about 650 members in 48 states and 5 foreign countries.  The RUG is not part of, nor under the direction of, any software publisher or other organization.  RUG meets monthly and publishes an excellent newsletter, which itself is worth the price of admission, so to speak. A number of local FxGS members are also members of RUG.

Traci Lynn Jewelry
For nearly 20 years, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry has sold high-quality, affordable fashion jewelry through a wholesale network and direct sales. Currently, products are delivered through consultants to customers via home or office shows, personal shopping, and catalog orders. The jewelry is not only fashionably distinct; it's made of the finest quality materials. Cubic zirconia, rhodium plating, and Austrian crystals are routinely used so the products are not only affordable, but breathtaking and beautiful!

Virginia Genealogical Society
The Virginia Genealogical Society was organized in 1960 to foster interest in genealogical, biographical, historical and heraldic research; to publish information pertaining to genealogy; and to share genealogical methods, techniques and knowledge among the members of the Society.

Wholly Genes Software
Wholly Genes developed and markets The Master Genealogist (TMG), the gold standard in family history software. Used by novices and professional researchers alike, the latest version reinforces TMG’s reputation as the most powerful family history project manager on the market, while adding many new features to make it easier and fun to use.

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