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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, December 03, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 186
    Register

                            Let's Discuss It!                                                                                                               

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

    County Corner-TN County Locality Guide: Obion County

    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, December 07, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Remote
    • 183
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    World War II "Internment Camps" and Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

    by Linda Harms Okazaki

    When you hear the phrase “Internment Camps,” do you automatically assume this references the experience of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II? Or do you think of Alien Enemies detained at camps run by the U.S. Army or Department of Justice? Does terminology matter? Is there a difference? Why? Genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki will discuss the differences in terminology (colloquial, archival, and culturally respectful), review the events leading up to the incarceration of a wide range of people following the attack on Pearl Harbor, describe the experiences of those inmates, and most importantly, help you to understand and locate genealogically relevant records. 

    This event is being held in memorial of Pearl Harbor Day.

    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.



    • Tuesday, December 13, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 189
    Register

    A Very Merry Genealogy Holiday

    by Tina Sansone

    Let's put a little family history into our holidays this year!  Come learn about activities and traditions centered around the holidays and family history. We will give ideas of what to put on your wishlist for Santa to bring this year!  and ideas to keep the kids busy and learn about their ancestry. 

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and 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, December 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 161
    Register

    A Case Study Proving Oral History

    by Dr. Deborah Abbott

    This lecture will ask attendees to put on their "CSI" hat and utilize their "Detective" skills to solve a series of questions that will bring a family to life.  Using oral history, together, we will identify and describe the scope of the problem and determine what additional research is needed to answer the questions.  We will identify what we know to be fact and the resources that support the facts.  We will learn the importance of carefully analyzing documents and determining clues that will lead us to alternative resources.  The importance of using collateral and cluster genealogical methods will be emphasized.

    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, January 04, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 435
    Register

    Quaker Genealogy:  Finding Friends in Your Family

    by Cynthia J. Guffey

    Do you have Quaker Ancestry or want to learn more about these early immigrants to colonial America?  This lecture will cover the Quaker's European history, Quaker sources and repositories, and a case study on one Quaker family.


    Cynthia J. Guffey has been interested in family history since a teenager, and began researching in courthouses, the National Archives, and visiting cemeteries to record and save family information.  She is a genealogist who specializes in Pennsylvania, East Tennessee, Scottish, and Quaker research.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and 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, January 14, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 433
    Register

    The Trails Through Penns Woods-Records of Colonial PA

    by Sandy Rumble

    Researching in Colonial Pennsylvania can be a challenge for genealogists unfamiliar with the diverse populations that came together to form early Pennsylvania. William Penn wanted “his colony” to be a place where people of diverse backgrounds and religions could live together peacefully, without persecution and the heavy interfering hand of government. Penn’s noble ideas led to scattered record keeping, and conflicts in land grants from the British Kings led to competing land claims from neighboring colonies. However, this successful social experiment led to Philadelphia becoming the home of the Continental Congress, gifting religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and conscientious objector status to the new Republic.

    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.


    • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 465
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    Genealogy 101-Beginning Genealogy

    By Debbie Atchley

    Starting at the beginning and not in the middle is always a good strategy for genealogical research.  In this class we'll discuss genealogical research myths, tools to help you organize your research, resources, pitfalls to avoid along the way, determining fact or fiction in information you encounter, brick wall strategies for beginners and other hints and suggestions to help you on your genealogical research journey.  All this is simply an introduction to the wonderful things you'll learn in detail in the following classes scheduled for this GEN 101 series of classes.

    Deborah Atchley began her genealogical research after watching Roots on TV in the late 1970's.  As a software engineer, she did quite a bit of travelling and would attempt to carve out some research time if travelling to a city with an archive.  After switching to teaching high school math and computer science, she continued her research and became active in several local (and non-local) genealogical groups and continues to participate in those groups, adding online genealogical groups to the mix.  She mentors other researchers and manages to teach a few classes in genealogical research and DNA research, while adding sufficient time to grandmother activities - and trying to sneak in some genealogy knowledge to the grandkids along the way.  

    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, January 21, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 462
    Register

    TNGS Quarterly Membership Meeting

    Please join us for the First 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 the Society’s 2023 Goals, upcoming programs and events.


    Sons of East Tennessee-Civil War Veterans Divided and Reconciled

    by Jack Brubaker

    Two aging Civil War veterans mourned the death of their sons at a joint funeral in Knoxville National Cemetery in 1889. One father, Gen. Reuben Bernard, had fought for the Union; the other, Dr. William McCorkle, had served as surgeon, with the rank of major, of a Confederate cavalry regiment. They met for the first time at the graves of their sons_army lieutenants and University of Tennessee graduates killed together in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Americans reading newspaper accounts viewed the fathers' encounter as a prime example of veteran reconciliation.

    Other books have provided comprehensive reviews of veteran reconciliation. This is the first book to focus on specific veterans from opposing armies as the core of a study of the reconciliation process. That both families lived in Hawkins County, East Tennessee, a section harshly divided by the Civil War, makes their story's contribution to the overall examination of reconciliation all the more compelling. 

    Jack Brubaker has presented lectures on his new book, "Sons of East Tennessee: Civil War Veterans Divided and Reconciled," to historical and genealogical societies in East Tennessee, southern Virginia and his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 

    He has written six other books, including "Down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake"(Penn State Press 2002) & "Massacre of the Conestogas"(The History Press 2010).

    He writes a weekly column exploring area history and culture for LNP, the daily newspaper in Lancaster, He is a retired investigative reporter for LNP.

    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, January 25, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 423
    Register

    Gen 101 - Organizing & Recordkeeping for Genealogy 

    by PZ Horton

    Learn different approaches to organizing the results of your research so you can more easily find things and protect your investment.

    PZ is an amateur genealogist with a special interest in technology. He has been working on his and his wife's family genealogies for over 37 years and has worked with computers for over 55 years. He has traveled to societies, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries in 26 states. He was Technical Advisor to the Board of the Tennessee Genealogical Society and currently serves as a Special Advisor. He has taught genealogy technology classes on Family Tree Maker, Ancestry, RootsMagic, MyHeritage and Family Search.

    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, January 28, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 470
    Register

                                        Let's Discuss It!                                                                    

     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-TN County Locality Guide: Lawrence County

    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 01, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 497
    Register

    Research Tips and Techniques by Nancy Walczyk

    Later sessions of the Genealogy 101 series will discuss specific record types and sources useful in genealogy research. In this session, we will focus on general research practices, and things to keep in mind no matter what record type you are reviewing. 

    Nancy Walczyk is the Director of Research for the Tennessee Genealogical Society, a position she has held since 2016. She has been researching her own family(which, sadly, contains no Tennessee ancestors) for over twenty 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, February 04, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
    Register

    Two Colonial Georgias: Understanding History Helps Find Records by Larry W. Thomas

    Most people know Georgia was originally a Trusteeship; but what did that mean?  Understanding a state’s pre-statehood government will help you locate & understand records.  This 1-hour presentation will explain the two distinct government entities that controlled Georgia before the American Revolution and where to find records.

    Retired US Army Captain Larry, with 23 years in Aviation, Transportation & Logistics, a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management, an FAA airplane mechanic license, an MBA in MIS, and a Project Management Professional Certification.

    Beginning his Genealogy Research 30 years ago with his Thomas Family, Georgia residents since the 1750s, then expanded into his and his late wife’s families. Beginning client research in 2008 and presenting regularly in 2015, operating www.AtlantaGenealogy.com.

    A ProGen graduate, Larry periodically assists with the TV show Finding Your Roots.  A member of numerous Genealogical and Historical Societies, he is the current President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and serves on several genealogical societies and non-profit boards.


    • Wednesday, February 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
    Register

    Genealogy 101-Source Citations by Nancy Walczyk

    Use citations with confidence. Every fact and event should have a source citation. Learn what to cite, where to find it, and how to put it in a proper format.

    Nancy Walczyk is the Director of Research for the Tennessee Genealogical Society, a position she has held since 2016. She has been researching her own family(which, sadly, contains no Tennessee ancestors) for over twenty 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, February 11, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
    Register

    Google My Maps: Visualizing Your Ancestors' Lives

    Attendees will learn how to use Google My Maps, part of the Google app package, to visualize their ancestors’ lives. They will learn the difference between Google Earth Pro and Google My Maps. They will learn how to track migration patterns, plot where ancestors lived, and sort out same-named individuals. Visually seeing locations placed on a map can help attendees decide which information and documents are plausible and which are questionable. 

    Linda Debe is a lecturer, writer and lifelong student with 40 years of genealogy experiences. She has many genealogy passions, but maps and land records are her favorite topics. The love of maps and land records developed after taking a few map courses and attending a few free maps webinars. She has spoken to numerous genealogy audiences and has a YouTube channel where she creates short how-to videos.

    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 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
    Register

    Genealogy 101- Census Records by John W. Ware

    Understand census records and how to apply them to genealogical research. Learn what federal census records are available, where to find them, and what information to glean from census records.


    John W. Ware is the current TNGS Director of Education and also leads the monthly, "Let's Discuss it Series."


    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, February 16, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToMeeting
    • 25
    Register

    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 Thursday 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-Thursday February 16, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

    Session 2-Thursday May 18, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

    Session 3-Thursday August 24, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

    Session 4-Thursday November 16. 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

    • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
    Register

    Genealogy 101- Vital Records on Steroids

    by Therese Fisher

    One of the basic goals of genealogy is to prove someone existed. That is where vital records enter the picture. A document created at or near the time of the birth, marriage and/or death can do that.  But what happens when your ancestor was so inconsiderate to be born, married or die before official records were created?  We have the answer.

    1999 to current: Researcher for US Army Past Conflicts Repatriation Branch. For this research I combine private investigation and genealogical research tools to locate families of MIA/POW from past conflicts.  By contract, I am required to have professional accreditation (Accredited Genealogist from International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, one of two national organization that issue credentials to genealogists) to fulfill contractual terms for the Army.  I also was the sole contractor for the US Air Force Office of Mortuary Affairs from 2000 until their program was completed in 2012. 

    Founded the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

    I have been involved in the restoration and preservation of the Desoto County court records some of which are housed at the Genealogical Society of Desoto County Library.

    Speaker at national and local genealogical societies.

    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, February 25, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
    Register

                                  Let's Discuss It!                                                         

     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-TN County Locality Guide: Robertson County

    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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