Professional Genealogist - Charles S. 'CHUCK' Mason, Jr.: Professional genealogy services for Southern New Jersey, Washington, D. C., and Northern Virginia;  19th and 20th Century Death Records (USA)

Charles S. 'Chuck' Mason, Jr., CG

Professional Genealogical Research for
Southern New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia
- & -
19th and 20th Century Death Records (USA)

6909 Bethnal Court, Springfield, Virginia 22150-3062, USA
Tel: (703) 569-3469

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  • Graduate, American Genealogy: A Basic Course, National Genealogical Society, 1994
  • Graduate, National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, 1996 and 2001
  • Fairfax County Adult Education Program, Numerous classes in all levels of research
  • National and Local Conferences, Seminars, Lectures, and Classes


  • Over 15 years + Research experience
  • Certified Genealogist
  • National Genealogical Society's home study course, American Genealogy: A Basic Course (Intructor 1996-2006)
  • Developer of "Beyond Beginners", an introduction to Land, Probate, Military, and Immigration and Naturalization Records for the Fairfax Co. Adult Education Program
  • Past President (2000-2002) of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, Alexandria, Va.
  • Methodology Special Interests Group Co-ordinator, Fairfax Genealogical Society, Fairfax, Va.
  • Member, Training and Education Committee, and Program Committee, Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, Alexandria, Va.
  • A Former Director on the Board of the Northern Virginia Association for History, Fairfax, Va. 1999-2006
  • Past President, NJGR Alumni Association 2004-2006
  • Records Chair - Fairfax Genealogical Society


  • Board for Certification for Genealogists, Washington, D.C.
  • Fairfax Genealogical Society, Fairfax, Va. - Recipient of the Society's "Presidential Citation", 1996 & 2006; "Award of Merit", 2002
  • Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury, N.J.
  • Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, Alexandria, Va. - Recipient of the Society's "Presidential Award for Meritorious Service", 1999; Award of Merit, 2000 and 2002
  • National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Va., NGS Volunteer Honor Roll - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2006, Certificate of Appreciation, 2000
  • National Institute for Genealogical Research Alumni Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Vineland Historical Society, Vineland, N.J.
  • Atlantic County Historical Society, Somers Point, N.J.
  • Delaware Genealogical Society


  • Researches in Southern New Jersey (Travels Regularly)
  • Researches at the National Archives, Library of Congress and DAR Library in Washington, D.C. (No D.C. Government research)
  • Researches in Northern Virginia Facilities for Alexandria City, Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the National Genealogical Society Library
  • Specializes in 19th and 20th Century Death Records
  • Classes and Lectures for Seminars, Meetings, Banquets and Education Programs

Lecture List:

Getting Started Researching

  • "Pursuing Your Ancestral Trail: Starting on the Right Path"
  • "The Federal Census and Your Ancestor"
  • "Beyond the Census: Using Census Information"
  • "Help!: Where Do I Go from Here?"

Death Records

  • "Coffin Maker, Undertaker, and Funeral Director: the Other Death Record Source"
  • "Death Records are More Than Death Certificates, Death Notices and Obituaries."
  • "Getting the Most Out of Death Notices, Obituaries, and Other Newspaper Sources"

Federal Records

  • "Depression Era Recovery Program, Genealogical Gold Mine: Records of the WPA"
  • "Neither Snow, Nor Rain ..": Records of the U. S. Post Office
  • "World War I Draft Records: What Do They Tell Us?"


  • "Citing Your Sources"
  • "Do Your Ancestor's Records Keep Secrets?"
  • "Preponderance of the Evidence, Genealogical Proof Standard, What is the Difference?"
  • "Researching in the 21st Century"
  • "The Silent, The Invisible, and the Unimportant: Finding Female Ancestors"
  • "Truth or Consequences: Every Source of Information Must be Evaluated!"
  • "Urban Record Groups"

Miscellaneous Records and Topics

  • "Planning a Research Trip"
  • "Ten Research Shortcuts Used by Professional Genealogists"
  • "Treasurers or Trash: What to do with all That Family 'Stuff'"
  • "Using Time Lines as a Research Tool"
  • "Writing Letters That Get Answers"

State and Local Records

  • "Brag Books: Biographies and County Histories"
  • "Church Records for Genealogical Research"
  • "Probate Records"
  • "Rich Man? Poor Man? What does his Estate Inventory say?"
  • "Research Tools: Vital Records"
  • "State Censuses: What can they tell us?"
  • "The Three Medara Sisters: A Look at 19th Century Guardianship Records"

Fee Information:

  • One free hour of analysis for new clients
  • Reasonable hourly rates
  • Postage, microfilm rentals, user fees and copying costs billed at actual cost. (Costs vary at different facilities)
  • No charge for local travel or parking
  • E-mail: for rates, contracts and details.

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