Genealogy Workshop During Old Settlers Reunion Offers Exceptional Opportunity

George G. Morgan

George G. Morgan

Internationally recognized genealogy expert, author, and lecturer, George G. Morgan will present a genealogy workshop free to the public at the Quitman Public Library during Old Settlers Reunion Week on Friday, August 5.

The workshop, sponsored by the Quitman Public Library and the Northeast Texas Regional Library System and hosted by the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Shamburger Room at the library and concludes at 5:15 p.m.

Genealogists, those interested in getting started in genealogy, and the general public are urged to take this opportunity to hear strategies, tips, and inspiration from this talented speaker who with Drew Smith produces The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast on the Internet at genealogyguys.com, the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

George is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences.

George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. He has written nine books and is at work on the third edition of his How to Do Everything Genealogy for McGraw-Hill.

He is Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and publicity director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England historic Genealogical Society, and more than a dozen societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

TIME SESSION
10:30-11:30 How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy
Based on the second edition of the best-selling book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy by award-winning author George G. Morgan, this seminar provides an overview of genealogy research practices and document types that can be used to locate and study your ancestors.

11:45-12:45 Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place
Maps are an essential part of our everyday life. As we use them in our genealogical research, it is essential to understand the geographical history of an area and how boundaries and jurisdictions have changed. These changes are important for determining who created what documents and where these materials can now be found. This seminar presents and discusses a simple yet efficient methodology and some resources to help you use maps to quickly and effectively locate the right place to conduct your research.

1:30-2:30 Bring ‘Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
In the course of our genealogical research, we often become engrossed in the collection of information snippets, failing to put them into a logical perspective. We lose sight of the fact that the people we’re tracing participated in the life of their historical times, led complex lives, and interacted with one another. 
 
Organizing the information we collect into a biographical profile can help you begin to recognize character traits and decision patterns. And the profile also provides an invaluable, portable research tool that avoids your taking voluminous amounts of notes with you on research trips. This seminar presents a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile.

3:00-4:00 Using the HeritageQuest Databases
HeritageQuest Online is one of the premiere ProQuest databases for genealogical researchers. It contains six excellent databases of interest to genealogists: U.S. Federal Census: 1790-1930; the Periodical Source Index (PERSI); more than 28,000 digitized, indexed, and full-text searchable local and family histories; the Freedman’s Bureau Bank records; Revolutionary War records; and the American Serial Set. This seminar addresses the contents of HeritageQuest Online, and also introduces embedded online tools that can really help your research.

4:15-5:15 New Ways to Research Our Roots 
We’ve come a long, long way in the last several decades in our genealogical research work. We started with writing letters and sending away for individual records, and now we are using the Internet, DNA, and social networking applications to collaborate with other researchers.
This session takes the attendees from our beginnings to the future of genealogical research, and it concentrates on the products, services, technology, and initiatives that are advancing our research each day. Learn about new research resources available today and trends into the future with books, records, digitization, DNA, and more.

WCGS Calendar July-August 2011

This is the calendar for the next two months — so far. Other items will probably be added and posted here and on our Facebook page. Check your email often.

July 18 (Monday)
>>>> 5 p.m. — Pre-training meeting at Peralta’s. (This is open to all members and guests even if you aren’t going to the training.)

>>>> 6:30-8:00 p.m. — Computer training at the Quitman Public Library. This week: Mousing, Mailing, and General Connecting (If you signed up and don’t plan to attend, let us know as early as possible. Also, if you have a wifi enabled laptop, don’t forget to bring it.)

August 3 (Wednesday)
>>>> 8 a.m. — Setup tables, chairs, Canopy

>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 4 (Thursday)
>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 5 (Friday)
>>>> 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Genealogy Workshop (open to members and the public) at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library by national genealogy expert and speaker George G. Morgan.

>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 6 (Saturday)
>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth (and close down booth)

This is one of our biggest and busiest weeks of the year. Please plan to volunteer to help if at all possible. More details on the Friday workshop will be out soon.

You can volunteer for times and tasks with an email to wcgstx@gmail.com. We will put a sign-up sheet in the library soon, and bring one to the July 18 meetings.

Super Event Planned for August

The first notice of an upcoming super event for the society and Wood County this August is included in this email from the Quitman Public Library. More details will be made available as we can put together our event plan. We hope to make this available to our members, the general public, and members of other genealogical societies in the area.

Event: Quitman Public Library and Wood Co. TX Genealogical Society present “The Genealogy Guys”
Date: Friday, August 5, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Thurman Shamburger Community Room, Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX 903-763-4191
Desc: The Genealogy Guys are two avid and enthusiastic genealogists who want to discuss all facets of genealogical research. The Genealogy Guys are George G. Morgan, internationally-recognized genealogy expert, author, and lecturer and Drew Smith, MLS, instructor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

More can be found about “The Genealogy Guys” and their bios by scrolling to the bottom of the page at www.genealogyguys.com. The society is planning this as a very large event since this coincides with the Old Settler’s Reunion.

Stay tuned right here for more details.

Correction on John T. Potter Burial Site Dedication

Member Vi Shirey has updated us with a change on the date for the John T. Potter dedication at Shady Grove Cemetery. It “has been changed to October 22, the 164th birthday of John T. Potter.” This is a better date for the honor guard which will conduct its ceremony. “This will also allow for a more elaborate ceremony, flags, gun salute, taps, and the reading of the names of other Civil War veterans buried at Shady Grove.” She added that this also coincides with Winnsboro’s annual Autumn Trails celebration.

Free Online Sessions at RootsTech

Here’s some great news that I picked up from Amy Coffin about how we can “participate” in RootsTech from home. I have several of these on my attend-by-web agenda. If you don’t subscribe to Amy’s blog you are missing some great timely tips and reading about genealogy. Thanks again to Amy for keeping current on these things and sharing with everyone. Just click the link below.

Free Online Sessions at RootsTech.

Our Christmas Party Dec. 20th

The Wood County Genealogical Society Christmas party will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20 at President Shirley Patrick‘s Home. All members and their guests are invited. Holiday finger foods brought by members and other refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

Shirley lives at 323 CR 2377 which is the road that runs behind Alba-Golden schools. Those local and area members who don’t wish to drive (since the party will end after sunset) should contact member Shirley Bates at 903-976-7296 as soon as possible to arrange for transportation. She will match you up with a member near you who is driving that night. Maps to the Patrick home are available on the member-only site available by the link in the upper right corner of this page.

If you know of local or area members who do not get email or have access to the internet, please give them a call and a reminder about the party.

Speaker about Capt. McDonald in Canton This Week

Lou MALLORY, a WCGS member and Chairperson of The Wood County Historical Commission, passed along information about a the author of the book on the life of Captain Bill MCDONALD of Mineola, a deputy sheriff in Wood County and later a captain of the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers who will speak to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 23.

The speaker and author is Harold J. WEISS, JR. whose book on McDonald has recently been published. Lou added that there is a historical plaque for McDonald in Mineola and a street named for him.

She added that the meeting is at the Van Zandt County Library’s Buchanan Room at 317 FM 859 in Canton.

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