*THE EAST TEXAS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY's 2019 ANNUAL FALL SEMINAR:* *Date:* *9:00am - 3:30pm ~ Saturday ~ August 10, 2019* Registration: 8:30am - 9:00am and 12:30pm - 1:00pm *Location:* *Payne Auditorium* [2nd Floor] - *Smith County* * Historical Society/Carnegie Library Building,* 125 S.College Avenue; Tyler TX 75702 *Cost: * *Early Registration, must be postmarked by AUGUST 1st* * $10.00* per *EACH Workshop* for *ETGS Members* * $15.00* per *EACH Workshop* for *nonmembers* * Late Registration AFTER August 1st:* * $20.00* per workshop per person [mbsr & nonmembers] *Not an ETGS Member?* To get reduced member rate, sign up to be a new member at www.etgs.org *Program:* *"Native American Research"** by Hannah Kubacak* *"Adoption Research" by Connie Gray* *Parking: *Limited street parking; FREE Parking [one block southeast of SCHS bldg], Fair Plaza Garage, 200 blk S. College Ave *SCHEDULE OF EVENTS* 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration (for both workshops) 9:00 am - 11:30 am Workshop: *"Native American Research"* 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break [bring sack lunch / area restaurants] 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Registration (for afternoon workshop) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop: *"Adoption Research"* *DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOPS:* *Native American Research:* Come learn what resources are available to assist you in your research for your Indian Territory ancestors and gain a deeper understanding for the history of this region. Explore records pertaining to Native Americans, Freedmen, and Intruders living in Indian Territory in the second half of the 19th Century. The case studies presented will focus on Five Civilized Tribes research (Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, & Muscogee Creek), but the strategies can be applied to other tribes as well. *Adoption Research:* A historical overview of adoption practices and amended birth certificates in Texas. Attendees will learn the reasons adoptees' birth certificates were altered, hear about search techniques, discover the many problems adult adoptees have with *"government-sanctioned falsified documents"*, and learn why national organizations support equal access to original birth certificates. *HANDS-ON RESEARCH SESSIONS:* Each workshop will include a time for individualized help. Bring your research notes and explore the resources you have learned about in each workshop. Work through your own challenges with help from other researchers and the speakers. With practice and experience, you may be able to find new clues about your ancestors' lives or the adoption you are researching. *REQUESTS FROM SPEAKERS:* To be better prepared to help you during the Hands-On Sessions, both speakers ask that you please answer the following questions on your Pre-Registration Form. If registering on-line, please send the info to Shelia Hallmark, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-819-0772. 1. What Tribes (Native American workshop) or States (Adoption workshop) are you researching? 2. What Repositories have you used? 3. What Websites have you used? *SEMINAR FLYERS / PRE-REGISTRATION FORMS:* Can be found at www.etgs.org or ETGS Facebook page. Either pre-register online or mail your registration form to: E.T.G.S. ATTN: Fall Seminar P. O. Box 6967 Tyler, TX 75711-6967 *SPEAKERS' BIOs* *Hannah Kubacak ~* Hannah is a *Chicasaw citizen* who is passionate about genealogy and local history. She is currently the Genealogy Reference Librarian for the Waco-McLennan County Library's Genealogy Center. Previously. Hannah has worked for the Chickasaw Nation at the Holliso Research Center, the UTSA Libraries' Special Collection Department, and McLennan Community College teaching genealogy as continuing education. Her own family research takes her through Texas and Oklahoma as well as the Southeastern United States. *Connie Gray ~* Connie is an adoptee and founder of *Texas Adoptee Right*s. She entered foster care at the age of three when a state social worker illegally terminated her mother's parental rights. Connie and her sisters were adopted into different families. Upon turning 18 in 1976, she petitioned the Travis County court, obtained her original birth certificate, and within 2 years located her entire biological family. Recognized as a *Spokeo Search Angel* in 2013, she was inducted into *G's Adoption Registry Search Angel Hall of Fame* in 2018. DNA testing has become a common genealogical tool, and the Facebook Group *"Texas DNA and Adoptee Search Support"* was created to assist adoptees in identifying their biological families. Connie's primary focus is educating the general public and politicians on the history of adoption in Texas and working to ensure equal access to original birth certificates. *FOR MORE INFORMATION:* Contact Shelia Hallmark at email@example.com or 206-819-0772. -- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 206-819-0772 [do not give to anyone unless have my express consent to do so - Thank You] This message is transmitted for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). The email & attachment(s) may contain confidential, proprietary or legally- privileged information that is protected by law. No confidentiality or privilege is waived or lost by any mistransmission. If you receive this message in error, use is prohibited; please immediately delete it & any copies of it from your system, destroy any hard copies, and notify the sender. You must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribute, print, or copy any part of this message if you are not the intended recipient.