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    1. [TXSMITH] East TX Genealogy Society Meeting July 14, 2018
    2. EAST TEXAS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium 201 South College, Tyler TX 75702 July 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m. TOPIC: “Dating, Identifying and Preserving Old Photographs” Do you have family photographs or other photographs, but don’t know who the people are? Learn how to solve those puzzling questions with Betsy House Mills. You can learn to analyze the type of the photograph, the people, the fashions and styles of the times in the photographs as well as often-missed clues. Betsy House Mills has been a genealogist since the age of 10 when she found a family tree in her baby book that hadn’t been filled out. Betsy began pestering people for information for that tree and hasn’t stopped since! Betsy is part of the TXGenWeb Project and State Coordinator for Arkansas GenWeb. She is currently President of Lamar County Genealogical Society and heads up the Cemeteries Committee for Lamar County Historical Commission. She maintains the Lamar County Death and Cemetery Records database which contains obituaries, burial information, biographies, etc. for almost 100,000 individuals. She is also Treasurer for Texas State Genealogical Society. Betsy has membership in National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Magna Charta Dames. East Texas Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and free. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net or www.etgs.org or www.facebook.com/groups/ETxGS/.

    06/26/2018 03:28:32
    1. [TXSMITH] East TX Genealogy Society Meeting June 9, 2018
    2. EAST TEXAS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY June 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m. regular meeting [Meetings are free and open to the public] Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium 201 South College, Tyler TX 75702 Topic: “Quill and Scrawl - Ease the Pain of Early Handwriting.” Speaker: Marynell Bryant Sometimes just finding the right elusive document may turn out to be the easiest part of a research problem. The struggle to decipher and read the document may be the hardest part. Early handwriting examples may range from the finest skilled literary penmanship to the worst scrawl you have ever seen. Embellished and flourished letters of the court clerk contrast sharply with the tangled loops, crosses and misplaced dots of the careless enumerator. Marynell Bryant will share examples from census records and court records that will be used to teach deciphering techniques. Marynell will also give out several handouts that will also offer examples of handwriting problems. Marynell Bryant is the current Texas State Genealogical Society’s Heritage Certificate chair as well as being, a past president and fellow of Texas State Genealogical Society. She is a past president of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society. She is the Regent of her Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. She is the registrar for four chapters of lineage societies including Daughters of the Republic of Texas, US Daughters of 1812, Colonial Dames XVII Century, and Daughters of American Colonists. Marynell is a frequent speaker for many genealogical groups. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net or www.etgs.org or www.facebook.com/groups/ETxGS/.

    05/30/2018 05:10:18
    1. [TXSMITH] East TX Genealogy Society Meeting May 12, 2018
    2. East Texas Genealogical Society Meeting East Texas Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting, May 12, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Tyler Public Library, Auditorium, 201 S College, Tyler, TX. Meeting is free and open to the public. William D. “Bill” Buckner will speak about the “1890 Census Substitutes: Bridging the Gap”. The story behind the 1890 Census starts out like so many of those burned courthouse tales of gloom and doom. Yes, there was a fire, and, yes, it is true that the 1890 Census was destroyed. Its destruction left a 20-year gap in the decennial chain of census records for researchers. How are we to cross this abyss back through time from 1900 to 1880 and connect to our ancestors with any degree of certainty? One strategy is to look for census substitutes or alternative sources. A variety of substitutes from reconstructed 1890 Census to other types of enumerations will be presented. Bill is the Genealogy Supervisor of the Genealogy Center of Waco-McLennan County Library for the past nineteen years. In addition to teaching a quarterly “Genealogy Beginners Class”, he heads up the McLennan County Cemetery Interest Group (MCCIG). Formed in 2002, this volunteer organization of the Center seeks to identify and inventory McLennan County cemeteries. In 2012, the results of 35 cemetery inventories were published by the Central Texas Genealogical Society (CTGS) as v. 9 McLennan County, Texas Cemetery Records. Bill initiated and co-hosts with the Central Texas Genealogical Society, the very popular annual Genealogy Lock-in. This event has helped bring together the organizations and individuals that use, support, and have an interest in the Genealogy Center collection. In 2011, Bill started a movement to connect libraries that had similar events through the use of technology to share programming and resources. Twenty-eight Texas libraries participated in the 17h annual Lock-in October 2017. Bill is District “H” Representative for the Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS), and serves as the TxSGS Chair of the Book Awards and serves as the overall TxSGS Awards Chair. In 2011, Bill received the President’s Award from TxSGS for his contributions. He also has served on various genealogy/history committees with the Texas Library Association and American Library Association. He received his BS from Southwestern University, and his MS in Library Science from UNT. Bill is a fourth-generation Texan and lives in Temple, Texas, with his family. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.netor www.etgs.orgor www.facebook.com/groups/ETxGS/.

    04/27/2018 07:25:27
    1. [TXSMITH] Alamo's Statewide Roadshow Coming to Tyler 4/18/18
    2. Scott Fitzgerald
    3. Forwarded from an e-mail from the Texas General Land Office: The Alamo's Statewide Roadshow Coming to Tyler Join the Alamo at locations across the state to discuss the future of the Shrine of Texas Liberty Attendees will also be invited to bring historic artifacts and family treasures to discuss with historians and curatorial staff SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo is on the road for a statewide tour across Texas, stopping in Tyler on Wednesday, April 18. The Alamo Roadshow will stop in ten cities, inviting Texans to learn about ongoing preservation work happening at the state's most well-known historic site and include opportunities to share their own family stories, documents, and artifacts related to the Texas Revolution. Roadshow organizers will be gathering feedback from attendees on their thoughts and suggestions for the future of the Alamo. "The Alamo Roadshow is an opportunity for history enthusiasts to learn about the plan to preserve the Alamo and to build the state's largest Texas Revolution museum, as well as to share their own artifacts and historic family treasures," said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. "I invite all Texans to join us for an evening of discussion of preservation and Texas history." The roadshow will kick off April 9 in West Texas, making stops in El Paso, Midland, Lubbock, and Abilene, before continuing to other areas of the state throughout the month. Historians and curatorial staff from the Alamo and the General Land Office (GLO) will be on hand to help attendees evaluate and document stories and artifacts. Roadshow presenters will also bring several artifacts from the Alamo and GLO Archives that will someday appear in exhibits in the forthcoming Alamo Museum and Visitor's Center. . WHO: Alamo and Texas General Land Office team members . WHAT: Alamo Roadshow . WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. . WHERE: Tyler Independent School District Career & Technology Center, 3013 Earl Campbell Pkwy, Tyler, Texas 75701 . WHY: Tour to update Texans on ongoing preservation work at the Alamo and inviting them to share their own family stories, documents, and artifacts related to Texas history and the Texas Revolution. Additional details can be found at www.TheAlamo.org. "As we begin to make plans for future exhibits and programming, and a museum to house the Alamo's collection, we want to invite all Texans to share their unique stories and connections to the Alamo and Texas history," said Alamo CEO Doug McDonald. "Whether it's a direct descendant of the Old Three Hundred, an artifact of the Texas Revolution, or a family heirloom related to Texas history, our goal is to send our curatorial professionals throughout Texas to help document and share those stories with everyone who loves Texas history. These stories are part of the Alamo's story, and could help shape the way we think about historical interpretation at the Alamo in the future." The Alamo will be sharing updates from the road all month long. Follow along with the Alamo Treasures Tour on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @OfficialAlamo, #AlamoRoadshow. Scott Fitzgerald Tyler TX

    04/17/2018 07:32:53
    1. [TXSMITH] ETGS and Tyler Family History Fair
    2. East Texas Genealogical Society and Tyler Family History Center Saturday, April 14, 20189:00 am - 4:00 pmTyler Family History Center (LDS)1617 Shiloh RoadTyler, TX 75703Directions Cost: FREE and open to the public The 18th Annual Family History Fair on Saturday, April 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a free event open to the public and anyone interested in connecting with ancestors. Keynote speaker Kelvin Myers is a fifth generation Texan and a professional genealogist since 1990, an avid researcher-historian since 1979. Kelvin is a frequent speaker to many genealogical societies and family associations throughout the USA. He brings a great knowledge of social sciences, history, and genealogy to his work. He was employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library. Now he contracts with attorneys, banks, US Immigration Service and energy companies as a forensic genealogist, searching for missing or unknown heirs to estates, oil and gas leases. Kelvin worked for three years with the New England Historical and Genealogical Society as their Southern research expert. In 2016, Kelvin completed the “Research in States Guide for Texas”, published by the National Genealogical Society. Kelvin is the Director of the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR). He is a founding member and has served on the board of the Council for the advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Kelvin has been the chairman of the History and Archives of FUMC since 2001. Kelvin’s presenting in the first session: “How Great Thou Art! How Great They Are! Church Records”. Under-used and underutilized, this vast group of records can be a challenge to the “unchurched.” Determining the denomination in which your ancestor was a part can be the biggest challenge. The second challenge is to find those records. In the second session, he will be speaking on “The Hand That Rocked the Cradle Could Rule the World”. Identifying half of your pedigree chart – females ancestors is a challenge for all genealogists. Because of changing her name when she marries, identifying her parents may become a time-consuming ordeal. Afternoon features breakout sessions about Deed research; Hiring a Professional Genealogist, Proving your Lineage to join Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution or to join Daughters or Sons of the Republic of Texas, Daughters or Sons of the War of 1812. There will be sessions for Beginning Genealogy, Family Search Web, and the Power of Mobile. During lunch, a question and answer panel will facilitate open discussion and suggestions from some of the best in the industry. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks or order a box lunch through us from Jason’s Deli. Drinks are available. This link https://goo.gl/jrdzn7 will provide the order form which is due by April 1st, by mail. Other arrangements for those who want to drop off at the Family History Center can be made by texting 903-520-6234. To pre-register for handouts or more information, please email: TylerFamilyHistoryFair@yahoo.com or contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net. Registration begins at 8:30a.m., morning of event.

    03/27/2018 03:48:39
    1. [TXSMITH] Emiline PRICE c: 1865
    2. Lance L. Piatt
    3. Dear List Members, I am in search of information about Emiline PRICE who by all appearances (according to the 1900 census) was born Jun 1865 in Texas. She married Silas SCOTT 06 Jul 1882 there in Smith County. She had a son John B. FREEMAN born 02 Sep 1881 in Winona, 9 months earlier, he may for a time went by SCOTT. Living with his grand-parents in 1900, Orange & Jane HUMPREY, maternal or paternal is unknown. By 1910 Silas “Sy” SCOTT was remarried to Mary JACKSON on 28 Aug 1903. What happened to Emiline? Believe she belonged to the AME Church in Tyler. Regards, Lance

    03/08/2018 07:50:34
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society March 10th Meeting
    2. East Texas Genealogical Society Tyler Public Library Taylor Auditorium 201 S. College, Tyler, TX March 10, 2018, 2-3:30p.m. East Texas Genealogical Society will host Tony Hanson who will be presenting “Personal Security and Privacy”. Hackers and scammers are actively trying to gain access to your computer and to your personal and financial information. Your family history records and your finances are at risk! This presentation will help you understand what they are doing, how they are doing it and the steps you can take to minimize the possibility that you will become a victim. Tony Hanson recently retired following a 32 year career with AT&T. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications. He has been involved in Genealogy for 17 years, focusing mainly on his mother’s German branch and his father’s Norwegian ancestors. He is also an avid amateur photographer. Tony has been active in the Dallas Genealogical Society as the leader of their Technology Special Interest Group, Vice President of Education, Webmaster, and was recently elected President. The web site he managed has won several first place awards in the Texas State Genealogical Society’s ‘Partner Society Website Design’ annual competition. In addition, Tony was recognized as the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by the Dallas Genealogical Society in 2010 and by the Texas State Genealogical Society in 2015. East Texas Genealogical Society will meet on March 10, 2018, at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX, Taylor Auditorium, from 2:00–3:30p.m. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. Meetings are free to the public. Memberships are available. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net or www.etgs.org or www.facebook.com/groups/ETxGS/.

    03/07/2018 02:28:42
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society December 9th Meeting
    2. East Texas Genealogical Society will celebrate the end of another wonderful year. Thank you to those who have supported ETGS with volunteering, being a member and attending meetings. Our annual Christmas luncheon will take place after the program of the Installation of Officers for 2018. Come and share good fellowship, food and friends. Everyone is welcome to bring a salad, vegetable or dessert to accompany the main course. Meet ETGS supporters at Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Avenue, Tyler, TX, on Saturday, December 9, at 11:30a.m.Incoming ETGS Officers are President Rick Featherston, First Vice-President Scott Fitzgerald, Second Vice-President, Shelia Hallmark, Third Vice-Presidents Scott Fitzgerald and Shelia Hallmark, Recording Secretary Beverly Odom, Correspondence Secretary Peggy Starkey, Treasurer Renee Howard, Technology Manager Rochell, Directors-at-large Tina McGuffin, Marjorie Walle, and Lisa Watson White.Contact our website www.etgs.org, www.facebook.com/groups/ETxGS/ or Scott Fitzgerald -- scottfitzgerald@tyler.net.

    12/03/2017 08:21:58
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society November 11th Meeting
    2. All the News That's Fit To Print, (and a Lot Wasn't), 19th Century Secular and Religious Newspapers The Star, The Globe, The National Inquirer have nothing on the newspapers of the 19th century and the early 20th century. These papers left no stone unturned or any "juicy" story untold. The life of your ancestor and the lives of those people just like them can be traced in the newspapers. The denominational newspapers were also full of births deaths, marriages and editorials on how you should vote and feel about every subject imaginable. Kelvin Meyers will present a program about using newspapers and tracing your ancestors at East Texas Genealogy Society’s meeting on November 11, 2017. The meeting will be held from 2-3 p.m., at Tyler Public Library’s Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX. The meeting is open to the public and is free. A professional genealogist for the last 15 years and an avid researcher-historian for the last twenty-five years, Kelvin brings a great knowledge of social sciences, history, and genealogy to his work. The Dallas Public Library employed him for ten years in the Genealogy Department. Now, Blake and Blake, a company engaged in missing heir and adoption searches, employs him in the research field, part time. A native of Crosby County, he has published three books on his native Crosby County, including Early Records of Crosby County Land District, West Texas 1880-1915, a compilation of early census, marriage and church records. He was the co-compiler of Crosby County Cemetery Records published through the Crosby County Historical Commission. Kelvin has recently published Research in Texas for the National Genealogical Society’s “Research in the States” series.Kelvin is currently employed by UT Southwestern Medical School, as the office manager for Medical Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at Parkland Hospital. Visit our website: www.etgs.org or Facebook page at www.facebook//groups/ETxGS/ for more information or contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net.

    10/25/2017 03:18:29
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society October 14, 2017 Meeting
    2. East Texas Genealogical SocietyOctober 14, 2017, 2-3:30 p.m.Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium201 South College, Tyler, TX The Portal to Texas History: The Time Machine for Research The Portal to Texas History serves as a platform for historical and genealogical researchers to step into the shoes of our ancestors through primary source materials. The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical and primary source materials from or about Texas. Since 2011, Ana Krahmer has served as the Director of the Digital Newspaper Program at University of North Texas Libraries which created and maintains these materials. She will be speaking about “The Portal of Texas History: The Time Machine for Research” at the monthly meeting of East Texas Genealogical Society on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 2p.m. Ms. Krahmer’s primary responsibilities are helping public libraries and other cultural memory groups obtain grant funding to get their newspapers added to The Portal to Texas History. Her favorite people to work with are those who understand the importance of a newspaper's history, and she loves to hear stories about people's genealogy mysteries, as well as working with people to get their newspapers digitized and freely available to the world. In 2016, she completed a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, specializing in usability of metadata for primary sources. ETGS meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are held in Taylor Auditorium at Tyler Public Library, on the second Saturday of each month at Tyler Public Library from 2-3:30p.m. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net or (903)597-7865. Visit www.etgs.org or www.facebook.com/groups/ETxGS/ for information.

    09/26/2017 10:56:09
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society August 12th Meeting
    2. The East Texas Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX 75702. The meeting will be held from 2-3:30p.m. Kelvin Meyers will present a lecture on “Can a Dead Man Sign a Deed?” Kelvin uses a tombstone that says the person died in 1928, but he is also on a deed in 1932. Kelvin wants to know if a dead man signed a deed? It is resolved using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Kelvin shows the research steps he takes and the analysis that gives him an answer. A popular speaker to many genealogical societies and family associations throughout Texas, Kelvin brings a great knowledge of social sciences, history, genealogy and some “PI” techniques to his work. His experience includes twenty plus years as a professional genealogist and thirty plus years as an avid researcher-historian. Currently, he contracts with attorneys, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services, and heir-searching companies as a forensic genealogist locating missing or unknown heirs to estates or oil and gas royalties. In January 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the History and Archives Committee for First United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas. He has published three books on his native Crosby County, including Early Records of Crosby County Land District, West Texas 1880-1915, a compilation of early census, marriage and church records. He was the co-compiler of Crosby County Cemetery Records published through the Crosby County Historical Commission. Kelvin has recently published Research in Texas for the National Genealogical Society’s “Research in the States” series. ETGS meets monthly on the second Tuesday at Tyler Public Library from 2-3:30p.m. Meetings are free to the public, but memberships are available. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net.

    07/25/2017 02:29:32
    1. Re: [TXSMITH] ETGS Monthly Meeting - July 8th "The Three Spirits of Oakwood Cemeter y"
    2. Bonnie Beedie
    3. No attachment! Bonnie Sent from my iPad > On Jun 25, 2017, at 12:45 PM, "k.b.beavers@juno.com" <k.b.beavers@juno.com> wrote: > > Attached is the article for the July meeting of East Texas Genealogical Society. Thank you. Karen Beavers > > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to TXSMITH-request@rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    06/25/2017 04:59:06
    1. [TXSMITH] ETGS Monthly Meeting - July 8th "The Three Spirits of Oakwood Cemeter y"
    2. East Texas Genealogical SocietyJuly 8, 2017, 2-3:30 p.m.Tyler Public Library Taylor Auditorium201 South College, Tyler, TX East Texas Genealogical Society will meet July 8, 2017, at 2 p.m., in Tyler Public Library,Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX. The meeting is free and open to the public. The topic is &ldquo;Three Spirits of Oakwood Cemetery&rdquo;. Portrayers for the event will be Ray Kent, Rhonda Nevels Regan and Mark Thacker. Ray will depict Mc D. Lorance (22 Feb 1823 - 19 Sep 1884) who came to Smith Countywith his family in 1844 at the age of 21. During Reconstruction Era, he was a member of the emerging Conservative Republicans and served as County Clerk, Mayor of Tyler, State Representative for the Sixth District for the Twelfth Legislative Session and was an attorney. He later served as County Treasurer. Rhonda Nevels Reagan will portray Mattie Lou Jones (16 Nov 1862 - 9 Aug 1944), who was a long-time Tyler Independent School District teacher and an active, respected member of the Tyler community. Loved by her students, Mattie made lasting contributions to the students and the citizens of Tyler. Rhonda also served the Tyler Independent School District as a school nurse for 17 years until her retirement in 2015. Mark Thacker has depicted a &ldquo;spirit&rdquo; at Oakwood Cemetery for the last two years. After conducting seven years of research for a Deputy US Marshal Henry Frank Griffin (died Oct 1872 &ndash; Aged 31 years) that resulted in the 2016 &ldquo;spirit&rdquo;, his research has been accepted by the US Marshal Service historian, establishing that Frank Griffin was murdered north of Tyler and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, contrary to previous understanding. ETGS meets monthly on the second Tuesday at Tyler Public Library from 2-3:30p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.etgs.org or contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net.

    06/25/2017 01:23:57
    1. [TXSMITH] ETGS Monthly Meeting - July 8th "The Three Spirits of Oakwood Cemeter y"
    2. Attached is the article for the July meeting of East Texas Genealogical Society. Thank you. Karen Beavers

    06/25/2017 11:45:03
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society June Meeting
    2. EAST TEXAS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETYJune 10, 2017, 2:00 p.m.Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium201 South College, Tyler TX 75702Meetings are free and open to the public East Texas Genealogical Society&rsquo;s meeting on Saturday, June 10, will have Randy Gilbert, local historian and preservationist, speaking about World War I records. With the recent Centennial Commemoration of the United States into World War I, his remarks should be of interest to all. A fifth generation Texan, Randy Gilbert has been very active in preservation activities at both the local and state level. As a preservationist and historian, he has been very active in the revitalization of the Tyler downtown, restoring the &ldquo;1881 Smith County Jail&rdquo; as his office and placing it on the National Register of Historical Places. He has been a leader in establishing the Camp Ford Historic Park in Tyler. The largest POW camp West of the Mississippi River during the Civil War, the site is now a park with walking trails, interpretive signage, and a reconstructed cabin. Mr. Gilbert has written for publications such as Military History of Texas and the South-west, Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, and an unpublished paper presented at the Texas State Historical Association annual meeting. East Texas Genealogical Society meets the second Saturday of the month at Tyler Public Library Auditorium. Meetings are free and open to the public. Memberships are available to those who wish to support the society. Visit www.etgs.org for more information or contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net or 903-539-5572.

    05/23/2017 08:10:10
    1. [TXSMITH] ETGS Monthly Meeting - May 13th
    2. East Texas Genealogical Society is proud to have Patti Todd Gillespie as the speaker at the monthly meeting on May 13, at 2p.m., Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX 75702. Her program is Kilts, Celts, and Scots: Researching your Scottish Ancestors on ScotlandsPeople. Once our immigrant ancestor is found, ScotlandsPeople is the surest way to trace further family in Scotland. ScotlandsPeople is Scotland&rsquo;s official government site with hundreds of years of documents just waiting to be found! This fun site features births and baptisms, deaths and burials, banns and marriages, wills and testaments plus much, much more. This presentation demonstrates how to best use the site with tips and tricks to assist the researcher while also demonstrating the process for tracking your family back in time. Mrs. Gillespie brings energy and humor to her classes. An avid hobby genealogist for 20 years, Patti formed Family Lines & Stories, her own research company, 6 years ago. She is enjoying her venture into blogging at http://www.familylinesandstories.com/, and helping clients as well as speaking in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on a variety of topics. In 2016 Patti was selected to assist NARA Fort Worth with indexing slave manifests and spoke at the Texas State Genealogical Society state conference. In 2015 she served as chairman of the video and streaming portion of the National Professional Management Conference, sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). She was awarded the Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR award. Before becoming a founding member and second-term president of the Wise County Genealogical Society, she taught a six-week beginner's genealogy course twice a year for two years in her community. Patti also volunteers at her local Family History Center and serves on the boards for Wise County Historical Society and Wise County Historical Commission. In 2016, Patti presented at the following: Texas State Genealogical Society State Conference, Denton Genealogical Society, Arlington, TX Family History Fair, WCGS Summer Seminar, Lake Kiowa Genealogical Society, Paradise Historical Society, Denton, TX Family History Fair, Sons of the Confederacy - Decatur Chapter, Gainesville Genealogical Society, and Wise County Retired Teachers&rsquo; Society. ETGS holds its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at Tyler Public Library from 2-4p.m. Meetings are free, but memberships are available. For more information, contact Scott Fitzgerald at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net.

    04/23/2017 08:41:58
    1. [TXSMITH] East Texas Genealogical Society April Meeting
    2. Tyler Public Library Taylor Auditorium 201 S. College Tyler, TX 75702 East Texas Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Tyler Public Library on April 8, at 2p.m. There will be no formal program, but a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the society. We hope that some of past members will come to tell about the early days of ETGS. Also, a &ldquo;show and tell&rdquo; of items of interest from the past, especially the unusual or photos, etc. will be part of the day. The meeting is free and open to the public. Join the celebration!

    03/21/2017 10:00:22
    1. [TXSMITH] Family History Fair Reminder
    2. Tyler Family History Fair Saturday, March 11, 20179:00 am - 4:00 pmTyler Family History Center (LDS)1617 Shiloh RoadTyler, TX 75703Directions Price: FREE and open to the public Reminder: The 17th Annual Family History Fair on Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a free event open to the public and anyone interested in connecting with ancestors. Keynote speaker Teri E. Flack has been researching family history for over 35 years and will speak on &ldquo;Uncovering Female Ancestors,&rdquo; and will also provide strategies to &ldquo;kick start&rdquo; your research or may need new techniques and methods to further your genealogical work. Afternoon features breakout sessions of conducting oral history interviews, researching women of East Texas, utilizing the free extensive FamilySearch portal, using land records and courthouse records, tips for beginners, and the power of mobile to help with family history work. During lunch, there will be a question and answer panel to facilitate open discussion and suggestions from some of the best in the industry. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks. Drinks are available. To pre-register for handouts or more information, please email: TylerFamilyHistoryFair@yahoo.com. Registration begins at 8:30a.m., morning of event. Contact Info: Tyler Family History Fair Committeetylerfamilyhistoryfair@yahoo.com903.566.7330 or 903-509-8322

    03/08/2017 11:20:03
    1. [TXSMITH] 17th Annual Family History Fair-March 11, 2017
    2. Tyler Family History Fair Saturday, March 11, 20179:00 am - 4:00 pm Tyler Family History Center (LDS)1617 Shiloh RoadTyler, TXDirections Price: Free The Tyler Family History Center and the East Texas Genealogical Society is sponsoring the 17th Annual Family History Fair on Saturday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler, TX, 75703. This is a free event open to the public and anyone interested in connecting with ancestors. The fair welcomes keynote speaker Teri E. Flack, who has been researching family history for over 35 years and will speak on &ldquo;Uncovering Female Ancestors,&rdquo; and. Flack will also provide strategies to kick start your research for those who feel they may have hit a brick wall and need new techniques and methods to further their genealogical work. In addition to Flack&rsquo;s presentation, the fair will host a number of breakout sessions including conducting oral history interviews, researching women of East Texas, utilizing the free extensive FamilySearch portal, using land records and courthouse records, tips for beginners, and the power of mobile to help with family history work. More than six presenters will share their wealth of knowledge and practical experience for anyone interested in genealogy.During lunch there will be an &ldquo;Ask the Experts&rdquo; question and answer panel to facilitate open discussion and suggestions from some of the best in the industry. Attendants are welcome to bring their own lunch, or order a box lunch for $10 from the Chez Bazan Bakery. To pre-register for handouts, order a box lunch (by March 3), or more information, please email: TylerFamilyHistoryFair@yahoo.com or visit our Facebook Event Page to download PreRegistration Form and Event Flyer: https://www.facebook.com/events/187226178427495/ Location of Event: 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler, TX 75703 Contact InfoTyler Family History Fair Committee and ETGS.orgtylerfamilyhistoryfair@yahoo.com903.566.7330 or 903-509-8322More Info

    02/25/2017 05:38:15
    1. [TXSMITH] ETGS Monthly Meeting - February 11, 2017
    2. The WPA Slave Narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA). At the conclusion of the Slave Narrative project, a set of edited transcripts was assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. In 2000-2001, with major support from the Citigroup Foundation, the Library digitized the narratives from the microfilm edition and scanned from the originals 500 photographs, including more than 200 that had never been microfilmed or made publicly available. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs divisions of the Library of Congress. The published volumes containing edited slave narratives are arranged alphabetically by the state in which the interviews took place and there under by the surname of the informant. Administrative files for the project are bound at the beginning of Volume 1. These files detail the instructions and other information supplied to field workers as well as subjects of concern to state directors of the Federal Writers' Project. Ari Wilkins is a genealogist, library associate, lecturer, and family historian. As a member of Dallas Public Library&rsquo;s Genealogy staff, Ari has created several educational programs. The &ldquo;Basic Research&rdquo; program series she created focused on genealogical databases such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Fold3.

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