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.

Interested in Computer Skills Classes?

An on-going discussion for several months is computer skills classes. At the March meeting, a request for class topics included these:
1) basics, 2) saving files, 3) basic email including forwards and sending pictures, 4) basic word processing (especially MS Word), and 5) scanning.

If you have other suggestions or would like to let us know if you would be interested in attending (and what interests you the most), please email Deason Hunt at netexas@gmail.com. If you do not have email access you can call Deason or see him at the April regular meeting.

Vice-president Dorothy Harbin recently secured use of computers for such a class, but if you have a wireless-enabled laptop or netbook, you could bring your own. Let us know about whether or not you could bring your own.

Classes have not been scheduled, but we possibly could start setting dates and times soon.

Forever Young Genealogy Program

Member Sally Allcorn recently presented a scrapbooking and genealogy program to the Forever Young Activity Center in Quitman. Following the meeting, Sally met with some of the participants of that meeting in our Genealogy Research Room and helped them get started with their family history searches.

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.

Bockstruck to Highlight Area Seminar

Another area genealogical learning opportunity coming up this summer is at the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s Annual All-day Seminar Saturday, August 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Canton.

The featured speaker is Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck, nationally known genealogist and just recently retired head librarian for the genealogy department of the Dallas Public Library.

Topics include probate records, military records post-Civil War and WWI and WWII, transcontinental migrations 1849-1900, and Scots Irish church records.

Registration is $35 until August 15 and $40 after that. Make checks payable to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society society and mail to Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. Registration includes continental breakfast and catered luncheon.

Free Workshop Opportunity in August

Our friends and fellow genealogists at the East Texas Genealogical Society in Tyler are having a series of free genealogy classes on Saturdays in August. These are open to the public and ETGS’s June Everhart who sent the first email added in a followup answering a question that “We would certainly welcome Wood County genealogists.” While these are “beginner sessions” a look at the course projections make me think these would be a good review and refresher course. Here’s the email from ETGS:

The East Texas Genealogical Society and the Tyler Library will sponsor a four week series of classes for beginner genealogist during the month of August. The classes will meet four consecutive Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College St., Tyler, TX. Classes will be free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. Contact Janet Cottle at janet883@aol.com or 903-849-5779. to register.

Larry Oliver of theETGS also emailed with this link for more information: http://www.etgs.org/meetings/classes/roots-101/roots-101.html.

Brigham Young University Genealogy Resources

It’s hard to avoid getting excited in the weekly workshops taught by new member Vickie Petersen at the public library in Mineola.

Sharing that excitement usually starts with someone making a “Eureka, look what I’ve found” noise like “wow” or a similar noise. Sometimes, however, it’s just finding a new resource.

One such experience last Thursday (note: meeting Thursdays 10-noon at the library near the genealogy room) was when Vickie shared the Brigham Young University genealogy resources pages. You can get there by going to familyhistory.byu.edu. We started out on the page where you can print free blank forms to use in research at http://lib.byu.edu/sites/familyhistory/print-forms-research-helps/, but starting anywhere will give you lots of links and pages to explore.

If you want to take a look, set aside some time. There are links all over the first page (and subsequent pages) which can take you to interesting and helpful information and resources.

This is not the FamilySearch or New FamilySearch site, but there are links that will take you there and to lots of other trustworthy and interesting genealogy sources. Some are pay and some are free, but even the pay ones will let you look around at some things without any charges.

Family History Workshop in Mineola Starting In June

Member Mark REID shared the following information in a recent email. This sounds like a good opportunity for members and those who you know who might be ready to get started in genealogy.

“A Family History Workshop will begin Thursday 17 June, 10am to 12am at the Mineola Memorial Library. Free as far as I know. Sessions will probably be weekly during the summer and then might go monthly
after school begins in the fall. We can most likely find out all particulars at the first meeting.

“The leader/coordinator/teacher will be Vickie PETERSEN, librarian at Mineola Middle School. You can reach her at 903-569-6506 or email at petersen@mineolaisd.net.”

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