Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Genealogy Program by George Morgan

I'm sorry that this blog wasn't posted sooner. We were firming up the times of the programs by Mr. George Morgan.

Friday, July 8th in the Dulaney Room of the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library:

Mr. George Morgan, recognized Genealogy expert, author and co-producer of The Genealogy Guys Podcast will be presenting a series of seminars.

10:30 - 11:30: How to Do Everything With Your Genealogy
Based on the second edition of the best-selling book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy by award-winning author George G. Morgan, this seminar provides an overview of genealogy research practices and document types that can be used to locate and study your ancestors.
11:45 - 12:45: Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Places
Maps are an essential part of our everyday life. As we use them in our genealogical research, it is essential to understand the geographical history of an area and how boundaries and jurisdictions have changed. These changes are important for determining who created what documents and where these materials can now be found. This seminar presents and discusses a simple yet efficient methodology and some resources to help you use maps to quickly and effectively locate the right place to conduct your research.
1:30 - 2:30: Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
In the course of our genealogical research, we often become engrossed in the collection of information snippets, failing to put them into a logical perspective. We lose sight of the fact that the people we're tracing participated in the life of their historical times, led complex lives, and interacted with one another. Organizing the information we collect into a biographical profile can help you begin to recognize character traits and decision patterns. And the profile also provides an invaluable, portable research tool that avoids your taking voluminous amounts of notes with you on research trips. This seminar presents a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile.
3:00 - 4:00: Using HeritageQuest Databases
HeritageQuest Online is one of the premiere ProQuest databases for genealogical researchers. It contains six excellent databases of interest to genealogists: U.S. Federal Census: 1790-1930; the Periodical Source Index (PERSI); more than 28,000 digitized, indexed, and full-text searchable local and family histories; the Freedman's Bureau Bank records; Revolutionary War records; and the American Serial Set. This seminar addresses the contents of HeritageQuest Online, and also introduces embedded online tools that can really help your research.
4:15 - 5:15: New Ways to Research Our Roots
We've come a long, long way in the last several decades in our genealogical research work. We started with writing letters and sending away for individual records, and now we are using the Internet, DNA, and social networking applications to collaborate with other researchers. This session takes the attendees from our beginnings to the future of genealogical research, and it concentrates on the products, services, technology, and initiatives that are advancing our research each day. Learn about new research resources available today and trends into the future with books, records, digitization, DNA, and more.

These seminars are free. Come to as many or as few as you would like. If you have a laptop computer, you may bring it to work along with Mr. Morgan on some of these seminars.

If you have any questions on these programs please contact Susan at 972.547.7343 or skusterbeck@mckinneytexas.org.

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