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Roots | Records | Research: A Virtual Genealogy Workshop

October is Family History Month! Join us for virtual workshops on the basics of genealogy and preserving family history. Please register for each session you wish to attend. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes with a 15 minute break before the next session begins. If you are unable to register online, please call the library at 512-930-3551.

This event is made possible by the Williamson County Genealogical Society and Georgetown Public Library.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for each Zoom session individually, registering for one session will not grant you access to all sessions.

9:00 am: Dos and Don’ts of Beginning Genealogy presented by Teresa Devine

Teresa dabbled in genealogy for several years before deciding to get serious when an elderly relative died before sharing the family stories. She became a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2014 and began volunteering to help others interested in joining by doing lineage research and completing applications. She presents frequently on genealogy topics to local societies and civic organizations. Teresa has served on the board of the Austin Genealogical Society, is the Lineage Research Committee chair for the Andrew Carruthers Chapter NSDAR, is Treasurer for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and serves on the advisory board of the Texas Institute for Genealogical Research. She is “on the clock” for certification by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Click here to register for Dos and Don’ts of Beginning Genealogy

10:00 am: Introduction to DNA presented by Alan Rabe, Vice President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society

Alan is the director of the Georgetown Family History Center located on Serenada Dr.  He was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown between 2014-2017 when almost a million names were indexed for FamilySearch.  He was also responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a 3 year period. An active genealogist for 50 years, he has traced his surname line back to 1222.  Alan’s genealogy interests for the past several years have shifted from ancestors to descendants, i.e., cousins.  He is related to 4 Mayflower passengers, 15 signers of the Constitution, and to 35 US presidents. Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.

Click here to register for Introduction to DNA.

11:00 am: Caring for Family Artifacts presented by Heather Hamilton,  Conservator for The Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Heather has worked in the field of book and paper conservation for 18 years. She received an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. Heather worked at the Harvard College Libraries and UT’s Harry Ransom Center before starting her own conservation business here in Georgetown. She began working at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in May of this year.

Click here to register for Caring for Family Artifacts.