Come celebrate Family History Month with us! The Denton Public Library is partnering with other libraries and genealogy societies across Texas to host the 18th Annual Genealogy Lock-In
You can “come and go” for select workshops or stay for the full day of informative & interactive live webinars and speakers. Dinner will be available to those attending after 5:15 pm.
One-on-one research help will also be available for beginners and more experienced genealogy enthusiasts who have hit a brick wall in their research. This event is free, but food will be provided so registration is required. Sponsored by The Genealogy Network of Texas*.
Please register for this free event by October 17, 2019
Please call (940) 349-8752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Schedule of Workshops
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Technology Enabled Collaborations for Genealogists
Webinar presented by: Tony Hanson, Family HistorianThis presentation will examine three relatively new capabilities that are enabling collaborative family research: The Family Search Family Tree, Ancestry.com’s ThruLines DNA tool, and self-publishing family history using a blog or a website. Attendees will learn the benefits provided by each and will learn how to effectively incorporate them into their own personal research methodology.
11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org
Webinar presented by: John Huff, FamilySearch Experience ManagerLearn the search skills and features of FamilySearch.org to take you to a new level of access of this 2 billion image database. This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of how to utilize the FamilySearch catalog, unindexed image collections and more.
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Genealogy Basics: Getting Started on Your Family Tree
Webinar presented by: Carl Smith, Genealogy Librarian, Montgomery County Memorial Library SystemBudding researchers will learn the basics they need to get started researching their family tree. We’ll cover the first steps to take to begin your research, starting with home sources. We’ll also cover the types of records that are useful for genealogical research and where they can be found. We’ll also cover ways to stay organized by utilizing paper charts and forms or computer software.
1:40 – 2:40 p.m.
Probate: More Than a Will
Webinar presented by: Kelvin Meyers, Ancestry ProGenealogists, ResearcherMost persons in America, who lived to adulthood, left some type of an estate to be administered. Some left wills, some did not; either way if there was land or large amounts of personal property, their estate had to be disposed of. The records of probate can be some of the most fruitful for the genealogist.
2:50 – 3:50 p.m.
Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records and Research
Webinar presented by: Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF Manager, The Genealogy Center Senior Manager, Special Collections, Allen County Public LibraryThis presentation explores the growing number of consequential websites for the researcher interested in military history and military ancestors. From bibliographic databases to sites that provide copies of first-hand accounts and images of actual records, this talk provides one with key sites and strategies for locating increasing amounts of meaningful military data on the Internet.
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Introduction to GEDmatch
Webinar presented by: Sara Allen, Librarian, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public LibraryOnce you have taken a DNA test, you may be urged to upload your results to GEDmatch. What is GEDmatch and why should you use it? GEDmatch is a free third party website that you can use to compare your DNA results with people who have taken the autosomal DNA test from all the major testing companies. You can also use a variety of tools and utilities (some free, and some subscription only) that help analyze your DNA results. Learn more about GEDmatch at this session.
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Dinner Break – Dinner will be available to those attending after 5:15 pm.
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Finding Your Ancestors in Mexico
Webinar presented by: Nick Cimino, Professional Genealogist, AncestorPuzzles.comNick Cimino will provide case studies demonstrating the types of records used to trace ancestors from the United States into Mexico. There is a breadth of information available for researchers including census, border crossing records, immigration, civil records, and church records.
7:25 – 8:30 p.m.
Dating Family Photos by Photo Process, Apparel, Hair Styles and More
Webinar presented by: David Coleman, Director, the Wittliff Collections, Texas State UniversityDo you possess photos that you wish you could at least date? Learn what to evaluate and the resources available to help you. Follow David’s process as he takes us through samples and learn how to apply his technique to your own photos.
8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Individual Research Time
*Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT). This state-wide initiative to connect libraries / societies and provide educational and research opportunities for the public is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library.