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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, February 24, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 398
    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:  Coffee & Cannon

    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, February 28, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual via GoToMeeting
    • 0
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    Writing Your Family History SIG

    Facilitator - Carla Maitland

    Join us for four workshops this year in our GoToMeeting platform as we meet together, face-to-face, and discuss, share, and critique each other’s family history writing. Whether you choose journals, blogs, newsletters, books, or some other form of writing, we can all use the input of others. These sessions will be led by a facilitator, who will not directly teach, but who will guide the discussions, ensuring the involvement of everyone. Bring your pen, pencil, computer or whatever you use to write, and join the sessions with ideas to share with others as well! 

    These sessions are currently scheduled for one Wednesday morning every three months at 10:00 a.m. (CST), and will last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours each session. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH DATE SEPARATELY!

    Session 1-Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

    Session 2-Wednesday May 22, 2024

    Session 3-Wednesday Aug 14, 2024

    Session 4-Wednesday Nov 20, 2024


    • Saturday, March 02, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 294
    Register

    Introduction to Using a DNA Chromosome Browser 

    by Merle Ilgenfritz

    This session will explore the use of a "chromosome browser" which is a feature available on some genealogy websites. It allows us to "reverse engineer" our DNA results by comparing your DNA with the DNA of another person and determining which common ancestor(s) you have in common.

    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.

    • Thursday, March 07, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 327
    Register

    Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts 

    by Marian Pierre-Louis

    THIS PROGRAM WILL BE AT 6PM CENTRAL TIME

    From the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620, Massachusetts has maintained some of the best-kept records for genealogists. This abundance has made it easier to research in the state. Even so, it’s helpful to have a roadmap to cover almost 400 years of history. Join Marian Pierre-Louis as she provides an overview of researching in the Bay state and gets you on the right path to finding your Massachusetts ancestors.

    Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogy professional who specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Her areas of expertise include house history research, southern New England research and solving brick walls. Marian produced and hosted 100 episodes of Fieldstone Common, a history podcast, and 63 episodes of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Both of which are still available online. Marian is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars where she produces online genealogy education classes. You can find her hosting many of the webinars at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

    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, March 13, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 313
    Register

    MyHeritage: Your Personal Genealogy Archive 

    by Melissa Barker

    THIS PROGRAM BEGINS AT 6PM CENTRAL TIME

    Many of us are not able to travel to those places where our ancestors lived to do genealogy research. This should not deter us from finding information about our ancestors. MyHeritage can be your “home away from home” online archive to help you find information on your ancestors. Learn from a seasoned genealogist and archivist how to find archived records on MyHeritage from home.

    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, March 23, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 426
    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:  Grundy & Marion

    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, March 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 349
    Register

    Cheap Genealogy-Research & Education for the Frugal at Heart by Kim Richardson

    Frugality and practicality are habits and lifestyle choices that can translate easily into genealogy research and education. This presentation explores methods of garnering all you can out of lesser expensive resources.  Plus, we will discuss how you know it's time to spend money and how to make sure you're getting quality service.

    Kim Richardson enjoys serving the genealogy community by coaching and enabling others to do their own research successfully. She assists other genealogists to accomplish their goals and helps clients solve genealogy mysteries. Kim created the Brick Wall Buster Cards to show others her secret to solving tough genealogy problems. She also wrote the “Mississippi Research Guide” for Family Tree Magazine and researches for Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are?

    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, April 03, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 330
    Register

    How to EXCEL in Genealogy by

    Nancy Walcyzk

    Join us as Nancy Walczyk, Editor Ansearchin’ News, discusses how Microsoft Excel (and other spreadsheets) can be used to help you with your genealogy research and analysis.

    Nancy Walczyk is currently the editor for the TNGS quarterly Ansearchin’ News. Prior to that she was the TNGS Director of Research for seven years. Nancy is a frequent speaker for the Society. You can find her presentations on our website; topics include Tennessee Research, Creating a Locality Guide, City Directories and Research Logs. Nancy enjoys helping people with their genealogy and has been researching her own family history for over 25 years. But sadly, she has no Tennessee ancestors.

    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, April 06, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 488
    Register

    Spring Virtual Seminar


    Dr. Thomas W. Jones and Nicka Sewell-Smith

    Deadline for Registration: April 2, 2024

    Members - $25Non-Member $30

    Refund Policy: 

    A Full refund will be processed, if the request is received on or before April 4, 2024.  A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received after April 4, 2024. No refunds will be given to requests received on the day of the seminar or later.


    Session Schedule

    8:30 a.m. Registration

    9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  Opening Remarks & Introduction

    9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - Session 1 - Dr. Thomas Jones

    Finding Unfindable Ancestors - Q&A

    Break 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. - Session 2 - Dr. Thomas Jones

    Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was - Q&A           

    Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Session 3 - Nicka Sewell-Smith

    Betting on the Bureau - The Overview - Q&A

    Break 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    1:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Session 4 - Nicka Swell-Smith

    The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved  - Q&A

    2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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


    Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors - Dr Thomas Jones

    The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult-to-trace ancestors.

    Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was - Dr Thomas Jones

    (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable) Case studies will illustrate five ways—some reliable and others not—that genealogists “prove” an ancestor’s identity: using information provided by others; using a single source; following a chain of evidence; correlating evidence from multiple sources; and weighing conflicting evidence. Attendees will learn how to use the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to identify their ancestors accurately.

    Betting on the Bureau: The Overview - Nicka Sewell-Smith

    The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, better known as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established by the War Department in 1865 to provide aid to the formerly enslaved and poor whites across more than 15 states. Learn the history, organization, and more about one of the most important record groups for researching people of African descent within the United States.

    The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved -

    Nicka Sewell-Smith

    Genealogists and family historians alike have spent decades looking for a tried and true method for unearthing slaveholders of those enslaved before 1865. Learn how three crucial record sets (Civil War Pensions, the Freedmen’s Bureau, and Probates/Successions) can become just the wrecking ball needed to obliterate brick walls related to slavery.









    • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 376
    Register

    Using DNA To Find My Biological Ancestors

    by David Ouimette

    Genetic genealogy can help identify biological parents, a great boon to adoptees. Hundreds of your ancestors left their genetic imprint within you, detectable with DNA testing. Through careful research building the family trees of cousin matches, you can discover ancestors they share with you. In this presentation, we show how to identify ancestors you share with genetic cousins, then trace descendants of shared ancestors to identify biological parents.

    David Ouimette leads FamilySearch Content Strategy for Asia-Pacific. He has researched in the archives and record repositories of over seventy countries spanning all continents, identifying written and oral records of greatest genealogical value. Previously, David was lead developer and product manager at Ancestry.com, responsible for family trees, U.S. records, and DNA testing. A Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, and author, David resides in Highland, Utah.

    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, April 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 463
    Register

    TNGS 2nd Quarterly Membership Meeting

    Please join us for the Second 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.

    Nellie Kenyon: Trailblazing Tennessee Journalist

    by Tyler Boyd

    Starting her career at the Chattanooga News, Kenyon broke down barriers for women in the journalism field. She was the only woman covering the Scopes Trial, where she received Press Pass No. 1. She also helped solve a bank robbery and interviewed Al Capone on his way to prison. Later working for the Nashville Tennessean, she reported on the Georgia Tann adoption scandal in Memphis, a hidden tape recorder under the governor's desk, and both of Jimmy Hoffa's trials here in Tennessee. Her objectivity, work ethic, and professionalism make her a standout role model for anyone today.

    • Saturday, April 27, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Virtual via GoToWebinar
    • 491
    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: Crocket and Haywood

    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.


               

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