FGG News

The Fearrington Genealogy Group shares interests such as personal and area histories, general research techniques, and advances in technology. We cordially invite newcomers to join us at our monthly meetings, 3-5 p.m., on the second Tuesday, September through May, at the Gathering Place and on occasional research trips.


Our next meeting will be on March 10, 2020 3-5 pm at the Gathering Place.

"Scoundrel in the Caribbean"

Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, a well-known Public Health professional and retired academic living in our region, will give an illustrated talk on a surprising episode in her family history. Titled “Scoundrel in the Caribbean", her talk will describe her efforts to learn about connections to a mysterious 2nd or 3rd cousin match that cropped up recently in her Ancestry DNA results. She has learned about dozens of “new” cousins and some previously unknown family history involving slave holders as well as Civil War stockade runners who operated in the Caribbean and nearby waters. She will provide details on what she has discovered so far as well as the challenges she faces in learning more about these distant relations and their unusual activities.

Our monthly meetings are open to all members of the Fearrington Community.

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This year we plan to have beginner (both genealogy beginners and "technology beginners") workshops on the fourth Tuesday of each month and DNA workshops on the third Tuesday of each month.

The next DNA Workshop will be at the Gathering Place on February 18 2020 at 3 - 5 pm.

The next Beginner Workshop will be at the Gathering Place on February 25, 2020 at 2 - 4 pm.

These are informal sessions that you can use to work with other members on your family research. All sessions will be in the small conference room of the Gathering Place.