Senior Living

Tracing Your Roots Through Genealogy

This Senior Living in Alexandria workshop is coming up!

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Alexandria, VA – Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) is hosting a Senior Living in Alexandria workshop on “Tracing Your Roots Through Genealogy” on Thursday, November 17 at 10 am at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street.

Genealogy is a popular topic for older adults who have retired and have the time to learn about their family history but don’t know how to get started. SSA is fortunate to have Stephen Hammond, a family historian in the Northern Virginia area, as our speaker for the November 17th session.

Mr. Hammond is a retired federal employee and a 7th generation member of the Syphax family of Washington, DC. He has participated in the National Park Service programs at the Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, to highlight the lives of the Syphax ancestors and other enslaved Americans on the estate. His goal is to educate and inspire others to research and document their family history.

This promises to be an enlightening and interesting session to learn about the Syphax family, their roots in our area, and how you can start or enrich your family history research. It is a free event with light refreshments open to the public. To register, visit SSA’s website at or call 703-835-4414, ext. 110.

MaryAnne Beatty is Senior Ambassador Program Manager for Senior Services of Alexandria.

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