Thinking about Texas Genealogy Conference Next Fall

The Texas State Genealogical Society 2013 Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas ( is “something to think about. We are partner society members.  Need some time off from family?  It would be fun sharing rooms w/our local members, for a few days.  Of course, men/men and ladies/ladies.  And, we could learn a lot.  Pass this on.”   Thanks to member Dorothy Harbin for sharing this.

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NGS Conference Set for Next May

The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held at The LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendars for 8–11 May 2013. Source:

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.

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: or contact June Everheart, Publicity Director at or (903)877-4501.

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 or

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.