Monday, October 17, 2022

Join us for a full day of genealogy research sessions in this fun and informative annual event! Speakers will be hosted in libraries across Texas and streamed to us.

All sessions are virtual and will be streamed at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Please join us in person for any sessions that interest you. Programming is come and go and includes something for everyone. Patrons can bring snacks and drinks with a covered lid.

If you cannot attend in person, email to receive a link which will provide access to the presentations, viewable only on the day of the event. Please note that no technical support will be available. No registration is required. See the full schedule below:

9:00 – 10:00 am   
Deciphering Handwriting in Genealogical Records
Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG, Family & Local History Librarian (BYU Library)
Learn about techniques and tools for improving your skills in deciphering handwritten documents. Information about developments in handwritten text recognition will also be included.

10:10 – 11:00 am   
Improve, Expand, and Enrich your Family Tree – With Tax Records!
Doug Waggoner, Family Historian
With some simple techniques, you can use tax records to expand your knowledge of your ancestors. Discover new relatives, differentiate between people with similar names, and make research break throughs.

11:10 – 12:10 pm   
Choosing Genealogy Services & Software
Tony Hanson, Family Historian
This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the capabilities offered by ‘online genealogical services,’, ‘genetic DNA testing services’ and ‘family tree software providers’ with the goal of helping participants make informed choices from the wide range of products and services that are currently available. 

12:25 – 1:35 pm   
Building and Researching Your Family Tree
Bill Buckner and Hannah Kubacak, Genealogy Center (Waco-McLennan County Library)
Learn the basic concepts, skills, search strategies and resources needed to get started researching your family tree. Join us as we walk through the process of recording what you already know, getting organized, collecting, and evaluating the information you find.  Learn to navigate online and print resources for records of ‘genealogical value’ – vital, cemetery, obituaries, census, immigration records and more!

1:45 – 2:35 pm   
Citing Sources Without Stressing Out    
Amy Johnson Crow, MLS, founder and lead educator at Generations Connection, host of Generations Café podcast 
Citing sources is an important component of genealogy research. Learn the secret to citing sources without the stress.
2:45 – 3:35 pm   
Making the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Your Research Assistant
Curt B. Witcher, MLS, Manager, The Genealogy Center Senior Manager, Special Collections, Allen County Public Library 
This presentation will provide an up-close look at the resources of this national family history collection, emphasizing the many free resources available.
3:45 – 5:00 pm   
How to Approach and Solve Brick Wall Problems with DNA  
Sara Allen, Senior Librarian, Allen County Public Library, Genealogy Center
Learn steps to take to evaluate your research problems, learn best DNA tests to use for different problems, and how to work with the DNA results and genealogical research to solve the problem. We will also go over several case studies that utilize these strategies.
5:10 – 6:00 pm 
United States Migration Patterns: Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Stories They Left Behind 
LeAnne McCamey, professional genealogist, publisher, author, and owner of American Genealogical Research Services 
This program provides a broad overview of the history of migration. Learn about the four distinct migration time periods and the reasons people migrated. Discover the documents and records they left behind during their migration. Learn to develop migratory tracing of an individual or family.

These programs are provided by the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT), a state-wide initiative to connect libraries/genealogical societies and provide educational and research opportunities that is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library. Co-sponsors include the Central Texas Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.