In celebration of October as Family History Month, the GPL will join with the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT) for a collaborative event on 20 October. The GNT is a state-wide initiative to connect libraries and provide educational and research opportunities and is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLellan County Library. The GNT will provide a series of eight live streamed programs beginning at 11 A.M. and ending at 9:30 P.M. The program is free and open to the public. You may come and go as you please, attending as many sessions as you like. We do ask that you preregister so that we can provide adequate support to the program. Additional information and registration is available at the Reference Desk on the Second Floor. The GPL will be open for normal business from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M., after 6P.M. only those participating in the event will be allowed to stay. Here’s the program breakdown.
Session I – 11:00 – 11:50 am Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929 presented by Paula Perkins
One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider between 1854 & 1929. Over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Texas was a vital part of this history. Research techniques and resources will be demonstrated.
Session II – Noon – 1:30 pm Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History
presented by LaToya Devezin, Community Archivist, Austin History Center
Researchers will learn how use resources to create a family tree, record and organize their information, and navigate online and archival records to find their ancestors. Learn a fresh approach and up-to-date information in this first-step Beginner’s class.
Session III – 1:40 – 2:40 pm Discover Local History through a Regional Depository
presented by Laura Saegert, Assistant Director for Archives, Archives & Information Services Division, TSLAC
The Regional Historical Resources Depository (RHRD) Program of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission collects, preserves and makes available for public use the historical records of the local governments of Texas. The RHRDs house records with genealogical interest, in microfilm but also original paper records. The presentation will introduce you to these wonderful sources of information for your genealogical and historical work.
Session IV – 2:50 – 3:50 pm My Texans during the Republic presented by Sharon Farnsworth, Registrar for the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Learn how to track your generations back to your Ancestors during the Republic of Texas through birth and death certificates, census, and wills. Learn ways to find where your Ancestors lived and their contributions to Texas during the Republic through land grants, military records and other documents.
Session V – 4:00 – 5:00 pm Connecting Your DNA Matches
presented by Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide
While it is possible for you to analyze your DNA matches one at a time to determine how you are related, there is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, and then working together to determine how you are related. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.
5:00 – 6:00 pm Dinner break
Session VI – 6:00 – 7:00 pm Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor’s Background in the Old Fatherland presented by Dr. Miroslav Koudelka, Genealogy researcher and guide from the Czech Republic & TCGS charter member
This presentation will cover the strategies and sources (both online & in print) to trace your Moravian or Bohemian ancestry. Explore obstacles in identifying place of origin and tools to overcome them. Learn which documents to research first, and which are the “icing on the cake.” Czech/German/Latin forms names, places, and professions. Following up research with a visit to the ancestral area and meeting relatives? Learn what to know beforehand and what to expect on the spot.
Session VII – 7:10 – 8:10 pm Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
presented by Lisa Louise Cooke, Family History Author, Speaker, & Producer The Genealogy Gems Podcast
Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach and tech tools required to achieve success in locating newspapers, and uncovering the genealogical gems they contain about your family.
Session VIII – 8:20 – 9:30 pm Discovering Your WWI Ancestor: Sources & Resources
presented by Earl Pogue, Family Historian & Author
Do you know or suspect that you have a WWI veteran in your family tree? If so, discover what resources are available to identify and provide information about your ancestor that served in the Great War. A variety of resources including draft registration records, service cards, newspapers.