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DNA Interest Group (DIG)
Friday, September 25
DNA Interest Group (DIG)  (DNA Interest Group (DIG))
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Virtual meeting. Please see below for instructions.
 
The Genetic Help Desk
 
We all have DNA.  Many of us have questions about it:
  • Why did I lose Matches on AncestryDNA over the summer? Covid? 
  • Why did some of my ancestors move from England to Scotland in September?
  •  What is a cm anyway?
Share your questions and answers at a virtual meeting at 10:00 am, Friday, September  25th .  Information for joining the meeting follows:
 
DNA Interest Group
Fri, Sep 25, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/868959261

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 868-959-261

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/868959261

 
 



US South with Diane Richard
Saturday, October 3
US South with Diane Richard  (HGF Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Webinar. Please see below for registration information
 
Researching the US South with Ledgers, Manuscripts and Post Office Records
 
So many manuscript collections, so little time!  Let’s take a visual journey through the many different types of ledgers awaiting discovery and what makes them genealogical gems. Store, organization, business (e.g., hotels, livery, stable, distillery, blacksmith), and health-related (e.g., Physician, Insane Asylum.) ledgers can provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history. And, until the turn of the 20th century, most ancestors had to retrieve their mail at a post office. Because of that, postmasters kept ledgers about their customers. These ledgers contain information about stamp purchases and publications received. We’ll also explore some record types often found in private collections at repositories and frequently overlooked by researchers; often assuming these records will be found elsewhere.
 
Diane L Richard, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com, has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina and southern states. She regularly contributes to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. In 2019 she published, Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide, via Moorshead Publications.  Since 2016 she has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal.
 
As a speaker she has delivered webinars and in-person talks about the availability and richness of records documenting Southerners, pursuing formerly enslaved ancestors and their descendants, genealogical research tips, techniques, tools and strategies, under-utilized resource collections [online and on-the-ground], and much more. She has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Bryan Cranston episode) and The Dead Files (Detox episode).
 
 
Webinar Information:
  • There will be no meeting at Bayland.  You may watch the webinar from your home on your PC, tablet, or phone.
  • The format of this webinar will be very much like ones others you've attended.  You will see slides, listen to the presenter, and ask questions by typing them into a chat box on your screen.
  • There is no charge for the webinar.
  • Current HGF Members may register for the webinar by clicking on Register and completing the short online form.
  • Only current HGF 2020 Members may attend the Webinar. If you were an HGF member in 2019 but haven't yet renewed for 2020, you may go to the HGF Home page, log in using Member Login, and renew your membership.  Other non-members should go to the HGF Home page, click Join HGF and enter your information.
  • The handouts will be available by the day of the webinar.
 
 


Tuesday, October 13
Roots Magic SIG  (Special Interest Groups)
The next Roots Magic SIG will be held virtually on October 13.  Please contact Keith if you wish to attend



Three Sessions on Genealogy Research Methodology with Nancy Loe
Saturday, November 7
Three Sessions on Genealogy Research Methodology with Nancy Loe  (All-day Seminars)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Webinar. Please see below for registration information
 
Three Sessions on Genealogical Research Methods, and Organization
 
Nancy Loe, the well-received speaker from our April webinar, returns with three presenations. 
 
 Picture This: Cataloging Digital Family Photographs 
 
Cataloging Digital Family Photographs brings order to your family photographs, making every image you own searchable.
 
Family photographs may seem so complex that they defy organizing. With the Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide, you can tame your digital family photographs and records once and for all.
Discover the best way to scan images and records; how to add names, dates, and places inside images; and how to store and safeguard your digital family photographs. This step-by-step guide also works for documents with multiple surnames.
 
 Organize Like an Archivitst 
 
Organizing genealogy research is essential to preserve your hard work. Can’t find the records you know you have?
• Lost in a sea of digital files, photographs & paper?
• Need to organize new records you’re finding?
• Searching for a better way to organize your work?
 
 
Organizing Genealogy Research Using Archival Principles helps you put your family history research in order. Discover effective step-by-step strategies to organize and link your digital files and paper records. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system.
 
To Be Decided 
 
Nancy Loe, professional archivist and librarian, is a genealogy lecturer, educator and writer. She provides expert guidance on U.S. and European research and records, as well as organizing digital and paper family records and photographs. In addition to appearing on PBS’s American Experience and California Gold, she has presented in a fun and engaging way for all levels at RootsTech, Jamboree, and numerous state, regional, and local genealogy conferences. Read more about Nancy on her website SassyJaneGenealogy.com .
 
This seminar will have a small registeration fee and be open to all genealogists.  HGF 2020 members will receive a discount.  More information about registration will be posted in October.
 


TxSGS 2020 Family History Conference
Friday, November 13 through Saturday, November 14
TxSGS 2020 Family History Conference  (Affliated Genealogy Societies)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Virtual
 
Texas State Genealogical Society
2020 Family History Conference
Remembering Your Heritage
 
The TxSGS state 2020 Family History conference is virtual this year with an exciting set of speakers including Judy Russell, Debbie Parker Wayne and recent HGF favorites Cari Taplin and Diane Richard.   For more information, please see 2020 Family History Conference.



Did I Get Eveything? -  Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research with Thomas MacEntee
Saturday, December 5
Did I Get Eveything? - Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research with Thomas MacEntee  (HGF Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Webinar

Summary: Are you really done with researching that ancestor? Many genealogists think they have a brick wall when, in fact, they just haven’t done a “reasonably exhaustive search.” Learn how to assemble a genealogy research checklist to take your genealogy to the next level.

Description: Participants will learn how to identify gaps in their genealogy research and then move to the next level of research. These levels include using genealogy networks, going beyond online research with the help of Family Search Centers and other “offline” resources, and crafting a genealogy research checklist.

Thomas MacEntee, genealogy educator and author, has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties. He has spoken at numerous state and national genealogy conferences and society meetings. For more information, please see his website Abundant Genealogy.
 
This meeting will be for HGF 2020 Members only.  More information about registration will be posted later in November.



Forgotten Treasures in the Texas Courthouse with Patti Gillespie
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Forgotten Treasures in the Texas Courthouse with Patti Gillespie  (HGF Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Forgotten Treasures in the Texas Courthouse: Discovering the Miscellaneous Books  
 
Are you looking for context and documentation? Do you have an ancestor that seems to have slipped between the cracks? Then these Texas gems hidden away in our county courthouses may hold an answer for you. This presentation not only presents 2 fun Texan stories that have come to life with information found within Miscellaneous Books, but also abundant examples of assorted documents.
 
Patti Gillespie has over 30 years researching, preparing,and documenting genalogical records from Texas to the rest of the U.S. and western Europe.  She's held leadership positions in the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Texas State Genealogical Society, and the Wise County Genealogy Society.  Her speaking engagements for 2018-2019 included RootsTech, BYU Family Hisotry & Genealogy Conference, TsSGS Family History Conference, Dallas Genealogy Society.  She holds a B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of North Texas.  More more information, please see familylinesandstories.com .
 
This meeting will be for HGF 2020 Members only.  More information about registration will be posted later in December.



Timelines, Finding Women, and a Bit of Insanity with Jill Morelli
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Timelines, Finding Women, and a Bit of Insanity with Jill Morelli  (All-day Seminars)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Webinar. Please see below for registration information
 
HGF Spring Seminar: Three Sessions
 
Finding our Women: 25+ Ways to Find Her Surname

No surname for your female ancestors? In early America the law often hid our women from us. We will review 25+ locations where the elusive birth name possibly was recorded. Maybe one will solve your mystery women! 
 

Finding Dirk: Insanity in the 19th Century

Using public and court-obtained records, follow Dirk’s journey in three asylums between 1872-1905. Learn about the history of asylums, where to find the records, and what you might discover in publicly available and court-obtained records. 
 

Making Timelines Work for You

I love timelines and tables! They arrange the information in a way that makes gaps and overlaps obvious. It is the only way to efficiently analyze censuses prior to 1880 due to a lack of identification of the relationship to the head of household or only the name of a head of household. Timelines of all kinds will be illustrated and how to make them.
 
Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others. She is a writer, lecturer and researcher specializing in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany. She lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. Jill has written articles for National Genealogical Society QuarterlySwedish American GenealogistIllinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group, sharing her journey and that of others to  build and submit a successful portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, a program chair of her local Association for Professional Genealogists chapter and belongs to many local genealogical societies.  For more information, please see her website genealogycertification.wordpress.com
 
This seminar will have a small registeration fee and be open to all genealogists.  HGF 2020 members will receive a discount.  More information about registration will be posted in January.