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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, June 08, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 412
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    The United States Colored Troops March to Freedom by Michael Cherry

    The advent of the slaves to soldiers was hesitantly accomplished, but their admittance into the Civil War effectively turned the tide. Many heroic battles ensued after the Emancipation Proclamation was announced. It was in Galveston Bay in Texas on June 19, 1865, that the USCT appeared by providence to share in the pronouncement of Freedom in Texas. War records declare that there were approximately 185,000  United States Colored Troops and approximately 28,000 from Tennessee.

    Michael L. Cherry has been an avid researcher of the United States Colored Troops from West Tennessee, specifically from Madison County, TN. He identified these men, found their service records, and spearheaded the drive to have the Tennessee Historical Commission erect a marker. This action was approved and rewarded his research efforts by placing the historical marker at the location of the recruitment center. Mr. Cherry has spoken at the Memphis Public Library for AAHGS Memphis on a collaborated event honoring the USCT and for AAHGS Memphis’s African American History Month.  Additionally, he has spoken on the USCT at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s Annual Convention in Memphis, TN.

    Community Involvement: Member of the NAACP, West Tennessee Genealogy Society, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History

    Education: University of Memphis, BA in African American Studies, 2019

    Military Service: United States Army 1968-1970

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Saturday, June 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 347
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    Using Y-DNA Testing To Explore Your Paternal LIneage by Merle Ilgenfritz

    Y-DNA Testing can allow you to go further back in time on your Paternal side of your family. This webinar will cover what the benefits are of Y-DNA testing, where to take the test, costs and how to use the results. This test can also help determine where your Paternal ancestors lived in history and connect to distant relatives.

    Merle Ilgenfritz is a computer consultant that has been teaching corporations for over 30 years. His hobbies are computer based genealogy and DNA based research. He has been researching his roots for almost 50 years.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.






    • Wednesday, June 19, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 385
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    Social and Civic Clubs: Discovering Your Ancestors’ Community Involvement by Melissa Barker

    In every community there were dozens of social and civic clubs to be a part of and volunteer. The Garden Clubs, Home Demonstration Clubs, Historical Societies, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs and so many more. Were your ancestors’ part of one of these clubs? Learn about the records that could be available in archives for genealogists to learn about their ancestor who volunteered.

    Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives & Museum. She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches, and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual presentations across the United States and other countries for various genealogy groups and societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well-known published book reviewer. She has been a Professional Genealogist for the past 20 years with expertise in Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for the past 34 years.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.


    • Saturday, June 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 436
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    Let's Discuss It! by John Ware

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    County Corner: Campbell and Scott

    John is a retired Pharmaceutical Research Chemist and Project Systems Analyst. John has been married for over 48 years to his high school sweetheart and they have two children and two grandchildren. He began family research in the 60’s Investigating both his adopted and biological lines. He is a member of several genealogical societies. He has served as a board member of the Tennessee Genealogical Society in several capacities and is the current Director of Education.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.


    • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 449
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    The Plagues of Early Memphis by

    Kim Bearden


    Everything old is new again. We're talking about age-old diseases that tormented the citizens of Memphis in the 19th century.

    Cholera, diphtheria, St. Anthony's fire, dysentery, yellow fever, smallpox, tuberculosis. We're talking about age-old diseases that tormented the citizens of Memphis in the 19th century. We'll discuss palliative care, like leeches, herbs, and other means by which early Memphis settlers cared for themselves.

    Kim Bearden was born in the Baptist Hospital on Union Avenue and grew up in Southaven, MS. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 1998 and began working at Elmwood Cemetery the same year as a secretary. She met her husband, Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden, through the cemetery, where she has been on staff 25 years now. They have been married for 6 years and have 5 children between them.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Saturday, July 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 462
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    TNGS Third Quarterly Membership Meeting

    Please join us for the Third Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive an overview of what is going on with our Society, upcoming programs and events.


    The Battle of Gettysburg: Jul 1-3 by Mike Ellicott

    Turning Strategy into Action – Lee and Meade at Gettysburg 

    Photo from Library of Congress by Matthew Brady

    In mid-May 1863, shortly after his resounding victory at Chancellorsville, VA, Confederate General Robert E. Lee conceived a bold plan to invade the North and force a decisive battle to end the Civil War.  A chance encounter between Union Cavalry and Confederate Infantry on a ridge west of Gettysburg, PA on May 31 started the largest land battle in the Western Hemisphere - The Battle of Gettysburg.  After three days of heavy fighting on July 1, 2, and 3, and over 50,000 combined casualties, Lee retreated south back to Virginia.  Why was Lee in Virginia and what did he hope to accomplish?  How did brand new Union Commander General George Meade react to the invasion?  This presentation will discuss the National Strategies that lead to the Battle and the opposing Commanders’ Operations and Tactics that led to a Union Victory.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, July 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 461
    Register

    Let's Discuss It! by John Ware

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    County Corner: Decatur and Gibson

    John is a retired Pharmaceutical Research Chemist and Project Systems Analyst. John has been married for over 48 years to his high school sweetheart and they have two children and two grandchildren. He began family research in the 60’s Investigating both his adopted and biological lines. He is a member of several genealogical societies. He has served as a board member of the Tennessee Genealogical Society in several capacities and is the current Director of Education.

    • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 491
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         Penn's Land Records by Sandy Rumble

    William Penn and his heirs kept detailed records of their early land transactions. The process consisted of 5 steps: application, warrant, survey, return, and ends when the buyer receives a patent to his land. In the interim, the settler paid taxes on the land, but finalizing the purchase could take 40 years or longer. Indexes to these invaluable records are available online but are challenging to locate and work with as they are not computer-searchable. Once critical pieces of information are located, detailed records of the transactions can be ordered from the Pennsylvania State Archives.

    Sandy started her career as a software developer and trainer. For over 30 years, Sandy was the go-to person to train new users in cutting-edge software developing in-house training programs for new development tools. Expanding her interest in teaching outside the software industry, Sandy began teaching genealogy, DNA testing, the Constitution, Congress, and the judicial system at the Delaware Valley University Center for Learning in Retirement. Sandy recently began speaking at genealogical institutes, conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and DAR Chapters. As a course coordinator for GRIP, Sandy coordinated Documentation for Lineage Societies and co-coordinated Answering the Call of Uncle Sam, an exploration of 18th & 19th century American military records. 

    Access will be through GoToWebinar.  Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event.  Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.


               

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