Tenth Annual Family History Fair In Tyler March 13, 2010

Dr. James Sellers, President of the East Texas Genealogical Society, and Mr. Kenneth Stegall, Director of the LDS Tyler Stake Family History Center, are pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Family History Fair will be on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler, TX.

The Family History Fair, including lunch, is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first session scheduled for 9:00 a.m. All of the sessions are free, and pre-registration is not required. The seminar will include two morning sessions from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and multiple breakout sessions from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. A free lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be David E. Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch. Mr. Rencher is a professional genealogist and has held leadership positions in several national genealogical organizations. Currently he is also Vice-President of the Genealogical Society of Utah and Fellow of UGS & the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London. He will conduct the two morning sessions.

Session 1 – “What FamilySearch Can Do For You!” FamilySearch has many facets. Come learn what FamilySearch is doing to make your genealogical research faster, easier, and more effective. Also learn how you can participate so that everyone benefits.

Session 2 – “Effective Use of the Family History Library Catalog.” The Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) has many hidden secrets. Learn how the material is organized to get the most from the catalog. Determine which search engines are the most effective for specific information you are seeking.

There will be multiple topics available in the two afternoon sessions. Mr. Rencher will conduct two of them:

Session 3 – “Irish Jurisdictions and Reference Works.” This session gives a basic approach to ensuring that all participants understand the reference tools needed to do successful Irish research and to understand how jurisdictions should be treated in Ireland to identify records.

Session 4 - “Irish Estate, Land & Property Records.” Estate, land, and property records are second only to parish registers in identifying generational links and family information for land owners and tenants. This session gives the researcher the tools necessary to examine these invaluable records.

Other break-out sessions during the afternoon will include “Newspaper Researching,” “Dating and Preserving Old Photos,” “Organizing Your Research,” and a tour of the Family History Center. There will be displays for “Deciphering Old Handwriting,” Display Your Family Tree,” Artifacts of By-Gone Eras,” “Cemetery Research,” and “ Virtural World Researching” available for attendees to peruse during the day.

The public is encouraged to attend this special presentation sponsored by the Family History Center and ETGS. It will be free (including lunch) and open to the public. For more information about this program or ETGS go to our web-site: http://www.etgs.org or contact June Everheart, Publicity Director at 1stvp@etgs.org or (903)877-4501.

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One Response

  1. There’s an article about the Family History Fair in the Tyler Morning Telegraph. You can also read the article online at this address: http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20100308/NEWS01/100309934/-1/RSS01

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