Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Forensic Genealogy & Upcoming Events

Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick, PHD has just arrived at the McKinney Public Library. It has innovative tools for getting the most information out of your resources. Its topics include "Digital Detective" work - using photographs for location and time, becoming a "Database Detective" - using online, microform, periodical, and event databases, and becoming a "DNA Detective". Each topic includes a case study so you can see how the information is put to use.

This title can be checked out.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 13 7:00 - 8:30 at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library. The North Collin County Genealogical Society will host Shirley Apley, of the Fort Worth Public Library Genealogy Department. Ms. Apley will be presenting Fred Knows All: An In-depth Look at Texas Death Certificates. You do not need to be a member of the Genealogy Society to attend, all are welcome.

Do you know someone who is just starting out in Genealogy? If so, the McKinney Public Library has the program for them. Genealogy 101 is for someone wanting to start tracing their family tree but don't know quite where to begin. Please RSVP if possible so we can judge how many handouts are needed.
When: Saturdays, October 22 and November 19
10:15 - 11:45 am
Where: Dulaney Room of the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
101 East Hunt Street
RSVP: Please RSVP Susan at 972.547.7343 or skusterbeck@mckinneytexas.org

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Free Genealogy Software

The following was taken from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Free Genealogy Software:

None of the following free programs are limited trial offers. Several of the programs are very powerful and none are "limited trial offers". However, upgrading to the "Plus Editions" of a couple of the programs will add even more features.


Legacy family Tree Standard Edition http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/ has many more features not found in any other free genealogy software. It is not limited in any way.
RootsMagic Essentials http://www.rootsmagic.com/essentials/ contains many of the core features from RootsMagic Family Tree software.
Ancestral Quest Basics http://www.ancquest.com/ is a lot like Personal Ancestral File only with many more features.
Family Tree Builder http://www.myheritage.com/page/free-genealogy-software by MyHeritage supports 18 languages and features Smart Matching (a fun way to discover new relatives) and provides excellent support for photos, including face recognition technology.
Personal Ancestral File http://familysearch.org/eng/default.asp?Page+home/welcome/simplePAFRegiatration.asp doesn't have all the features of the more modern programs. However hundreds of thousands of users use the program and most seem satisfied with it, despite the limitations.


Users can use all of the above programs if using Parallels, fusion, or VirtualBox.

Personal Ancestry Writer II http://www.lanopalera.net/Genealogy/AboutPAWriter.html is a very popular free Macintosh genealogy program that performs the basics.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 13th 7:00 - 8:30 pm: The North Collin County Genealogical Society will host Shirley Apley of the Fort Worth Public Library Genealogy Department. Ms. Apley's topic will be "Fred Knows All: An In-depth Look at Texas Death Certificates." This program is free and open to all.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Collin County, Texas in the Civil War

A recent acquisition is the book: Collin County, Texas in the Civil War. This is a biographical directory featuring the Civil War Veterans of Collin County. The directory includes the veteran's date and place of birth, date and place of death, where buried, spouse with marriage date and place, parents, service information, pension number, and comments.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, September 14th 10:30 am - noon GLHTA will present Genealogy 201: How to Locate Vital Records. This program is free and you do not have to be a member of the GLHTA to attend. It will take place at the Jeanette Bickley Bland Meeting Room of the Haggard Library located at 2501 Coit Road, Plano. for more information on this program, call 972.769.4240 or visit: http://plano.gov/Departments/Libraries/Genealogy/Pages/default.aspx

Saturday, September 17th at 2:00 pm the Collin County Historical Society will present A Pre-historic Taste of Collin County. Randy farmer and Vicki Day will give a glimpse of our agricultural past. Find out how food of the Caddo Tribes of North Texas and today's menus are related. Enjoy dishes prepared by Kyra Effren. This program will take place at the Collin County Historical Society located at 300 East Virginia Street, McKinney. For more information, call 972.542.9457 or visit the North Texas History Center website at: http://thenthc.org/