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.”

Some Genealogical Education Opportunities

Here are some opportunities for study and workshops that have come in this week — one in March and one in the fall of this year.

***** The 10th Annual Family History Fair sponsored by the East Texas Genealogical Society and the Tyler Family History Center is Saturday, March 13 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1617 Shiloh Road in Tyler.

Morning sessions will be presented by David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch. One morning session will be on “What FamilySearch can do for you” and the other on “Effective Use of the Family History Library Catalog.” Both of these are free online resources.

Like the morning and afternoon sessions, the lunch provided at 11:30 a.m. is free. There will also be displays during lunch.

Breakout sessions after lunch include presentations on Newspaper Researching, Dating and Preserving Old Photos, Irish Research, Organizing Research, Deciphering Old Handwriting, Family History Center Tour, Displaying Your Family Tree, Artifacts of By-Gone eras, Cemetery Research, and Virtual World Researching.

Contact for more information: June Everhart at 903-877-4501 or 1stvp@etgs.org or TylerFamHist@aol.com.

This might make a fun group field trip for members living in East Texas near Tyler.

***** The annual meeting of the Texas Genealogical Society, our state-affiliated association, is November 4-6 in Waco. Start saving your loose change in your old Mason jar because this one is not free. It would make a cool group field trip, also.

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