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- Session 1: Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogical and Historical Societies
- Session 2: Online Resources: Religious Archives and Organizations
- Session 3: Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies
- Session 4: Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations
Friday, August 4, 2017
- Session 1: Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries
- Session 2: Write Your Life Story
- Session 3: Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know
- Session 4: Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Saturday, August 5, 2017
- Session 1: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records
- Session 2: 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video
- Session 3: The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study
- Session 4: How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth
- Session 1: Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable)
- Session 2: Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
- Session 3: Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor
- Session 4: Creating a Family History of Lasting Value
- Session 1: Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search
- Session 2: Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems
- Historical Research Methodology: Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers
- German Migration into the Midwest
- Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key
- Native American/First Nations Research
- Be Your Own Family Archivist
- How to Scan an Elephant
- Caring for Keepsakes: The Top 10 Family Treasures
- Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin
- Secrets in the Attic: Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources
- You Can’t Take It With You: Estate Planning for Genealogists
- Heirloom Roadshow
- Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
- Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
- Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions
- Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th century English Research
- She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach To Difficult Genealogical Problems
- Deconstructing Your Family Tree – Re-Evaluating The ‘Evidence’
- Incorporating Social History Into Your Research
- Medical Genealogy: A Primer Of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors And The Epidemics They Lived Through
- Fundamentals of Researching Texas: Learn the essential techniques for uncovering your Texas ancestors in this primer on Texas research.
- Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas: Researching Republic of Texas ancestors takes creative thinking and ingenuity. This presentation describes the variety of resources available to find your ancestors in pre-1846 Texas. Several case studies show how using a combination of these records can provide a picture of your republic ancestor.
- Researching in the Texas General Land Office: Learn how to research your early Texas ancestors in the records of the Texas General Land Office. This presentation will include an overview of the various types of land grants issued by Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the State of Texas, as well as several supporting collections at the GLO that are excellent resources for genealogical research. Also included will be a highlight of the resources available on the GLO website, and a walk through of how to search the records of the GLO online.
- Researching Texas Ancestors during the Civil War and Reconstruction: The time period between 1860 and 1876 offers Texas researchers unique opportunities for 19th century research using records created only during these years.
- Bonus Session: Late Night At The Library: The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (selected by Family Tree Magazine as one of the Top 10 Public Libraries in the US for genealogy research) will remain open on Friday evening, August 7, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees to do family history research. Professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance. A light supper will be provided by DGS.
- Researching on the Portal of Texas History: The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor mentioned in a 19th century Texas newspaper to a rare historical map. Learn how to explore the site to discover more about your 19th century Texas ancestor.
- Manuscript Collections: A Source of Hidden Gems: Many museums and universities house collections of original documents, such as diaries and journals; personal and family papers; financial, business, and legal records; maps, newspapers, pamphlets, and broadsides; and photographs reflecting the lives and activities of government officials, politicians, soldiers, bankers, jurists, planters, merchants, physicians, clergy, educators, slaves, and homemakers. Discover some of the riches to be found in materials from Texas repositories. This presentation demonstrates how to find manuscripts and original documents and the hidden gems, which can move your research forward.
- Researching in Special Collections of the University of Texas at Arlington Library: UTA Special Collections collects historical materials relating to Texas, the U.S. War with Mexico (1846-1848), and the cartographic history of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. Learn how to use these records in your research.
- Researching in the Dallas Public Library Texas/Dallas Collection: The collection of materials at the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Our holdings span many aspects of the diverse history of not only Dallas and the surrounding area, but the entire state of Texas. Hear how these resources can help you find and learn about the lives of your Texas ancestors
Our 2015 Spring seminar speaker was Debbie Wayne Parker, CGSM, CGLSM
Topic: Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools; a Step Beyond the Beginner Level
Description: Debbie will begin with a brief review of genetic genealogy basics and advice about choosing a DNA testing company. The remaining sessions will provide in-depth information about tools and applications for mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Each session will include a real-life case study which uses the latest tools and techniques to analyze these DNA types.