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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, February 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 375
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    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
    • 328
    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
    • 409
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    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
    • 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 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.

    • Tuesday, February 21, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 469
    Register

    How Research & DNA Revealed the Founder of Several

    Historically Black Colleges & Universities

    by Rowena Allen Featherstone


    As a small child, Rowena listened to her mother as she told stories of ancestors. The gaps in her mother's information inspired Rowena to begin her research. In 2013, on the advice of a friend she joined Ancestry.Com and her DNA tested. Later, in 2019 she joined the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society and in 2020 joined Tennessee Genealogical Society.

    Through Ancestry she has gained many family members, reconnected with family, and discovered unknown ancestors. One such revelation is historically prominent Bishop Elias Cottrell (1853-1937), of Holly Springs, MS., the brother of her paternal grandfather. 

    Rowena Allen Featherstone is a native of Holly Springs, MS. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, before moving to Memphis and then graduated from Melrose High School in 1970 and received her B.S. from Memphis State University (U of M).  Rowena was Chief Supervisor, Reservation Sales for Delta Air Lines (Memphis) and later owned a Nationwide Insurance Agency.  Additionally, with her late husband, owned Loyal Featherstone Realtors and Builders.  Though semi-retired she continues to enjoy selling real estate with The Peyton Company Realtors. 

    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 22, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 347
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    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
    • 440
    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

    • Wednesday, March 01, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 357
    Register


    Genealogy 101- Probate Records

    by John W. Ware


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




    • Wednesday, March 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 385
    Register

    Genealogy 101

     Firmly Planted: Finding Ancestors in Land Records

    By Chuck Sherrill

    The desire to own land was the force that drove our ancestors to come to America and move across this country. The records our ancestors left as they bought land, received grants, paid mortgages and passed land along to the next generation are a valuable source in family history research. Discover how to find and use these records in courthouses, libraries and online. Learn how to read deeds quickly and pull out the important clues. See how maps online can be used to track your ancestor’s land today. With skill and a bit of luck, you can stand on the land where your ancestors lived.

    Chuck Sherrill retired from the position of State Librarian and Archivist in 2022. He continues to work at the Tennessee State Library and Archives part-time, processing manuscript collections and assisting with special projects.

    Sherrill was named State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee by Secretary of State Tre Hargett in 2010. This appointment followed ten years of service to the City of Brentwood, where he was the director of one of Tennessee's premier public libraries. Prior to that he was head of the research section of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Before moving to the Nashville area he was the Director of the Cleveland (Tenn.) Public Library for nine years, and, before that, Head Reference Librarian at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

     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 11, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 413
    Register

     Church Records in Archives

    By Melissa Barker

    PLEASE NOTE START TIME IS 12:00 NOON

    Researching our ancestors in church records can be challenging.  Learn about finding church records in local, state and national archives and specifically records for the Southern Baptist and Methodist denominations.

    Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives and Museum.  She is a genealogist, speaker, lecturer, author, and blogger.  She also is a member of TNGS and serves on the Program Committee.

    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 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 421
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    Genealogy 101-Military Records by Carla Maitland

    Carla Love Maitland will give a beginner’s overview of where to start your search for the military records of your ancestors and relatives. She will give a variety of examples that will show the attendee where to look for those records and how to use them once you’ve found them.

    Carla is the current president of the Tennessee Genealogical Society and has been researching her family since the mid-1970s. She is also a member of a number of lineage societies that required proof of military service for her 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, March 18, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 465
    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: Hamilton 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, March 22, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 428
    Register

    Genealogy 101 - Vertical Files

    By Melissa Barker

    PLEASE NOTICE THIS BEGINS AT 6:00 PM

    Vertical Files, sometimes called Subject Files, are a collection of miscellaneous documents and ephemera that are put in file folders which are then stored in filing cabinets and catalogued by surname or by subject name. These files are a hodge-podge of records and could contain just about anything that can fit into a file folder. This presentation will show the genealogist how to find these records and how to use them.

    Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives and Museum.  She is a genealogist, speaker, lecturer, author, and blogger.  She also is a member of TNGS and serves on the Program Committee.

    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 25, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Only
    • 473
    Register

    TNGS 2023 Spring Seminar

     A Recipe for Success: Using the Right Genealogy Ingredients 

    J. Mark Lowe, FUGA

    Dr. Deborah Abbott, PhD


    This event will be online only via GoToWebinar


     J. Mark Lowe is a Tennessee native with extensive family roots in Kentucky and Tennessee.  He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South.  He has been researching families for more than 55 years.

    He was a former President of the of the Association of Professional Genealogists, former Vice President and Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  He is the Coordinator for the IGHR Research in the South track.

    Dr. Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology.  She is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN; past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, OH; and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M.Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio.    

    Refund Policy: Full refund if request is received on or before March 23, 2023. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received after March 23, 2023. No refunds for requests received the day of the seminar or later.

    Session Schedule

    8:30 a.m. - Webinar Opens

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

    9:15 – 10:15 a.m. - An American Icon:  Chef Boyardee (Deborah Abbott)

    10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break

    10:30-11:30 a.m. - Discovering Records and Resources of Kentucky while Baking a Cake with Duncan Hines (Mark Lowe)

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Cleveland's Favorite Son:  Bob Hope (Deborah Abbott)

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

    1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. -  My Favorite Manuscript Collections with Kentucky Families (Mark Lowe)

    2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Q&A & Wrap-up


    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 411
    Register

    Genealogy 101 - Immigrating to American Trails

    By Tina Sansone

    Part 1 – The process of Immigration will be discussed.

    Part 2 – American Trails that our ancestors used to settle in America are covered.  We will also learn the paths our ancestors took after immigrating to America, which is part of knowing where to look for their 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, April 05, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 455
    Register

    Genealogy 101 - Manuscript Collections

    By Melissa Barker

    PLEASE NOTE THIS BEGINS AT 6:00 PM

    Genealogists use all kinds of tools to help them with their genealogy research. One of the best tools to understand and use when working with Manuscript Collections is the Finding Aid.  Archivists develop Finding Aids to help genealogists navigate through Manuscript Collections to find their ancestors. This presentation will help genealogists read, follow, and use a Finding Aid to find your ancestors in the records.

    Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives and Museum.  She is a genealogist, speaker, lecturer, author, and blogger.  She also is a member of TNGS and serves on the Program Committee.

    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 12, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 493
    Register

    Genealogy 101-Beginning DNA by Debbie Atchley

    This class will not go into detail or strategies for using the data at each of the DNA testing companies, but will help you decide which testing company to use, the type of information you can expect to find from each company, the type of information you can NOT expect from DNA testing companies, a strategy for maximizing your test taking and thoughts on whether you want to take a DNA test or are ready to see the outcome of a DNA test.  You will also get a very short biology lesson on DNA.  Even if you're not "new" to DNA, you will probably learn something new. 

    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, April 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 496
    Register

    TNGS SECOND 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.

    Our speaker for the meeting is Ann Blomquist. Ann K. Blomquist, M.Ed., is the administrator of the First Families of TN program at the East TN Historical Society in Knoxville. She is the author of 13 genealogy books, the editor of three genealogy magazines, and a presenter at genealogy conferences and workshops.

    "Civil War Letters" presents a variety of sources of letters written by ordinary men with their military experiences and their families at home who were trying to maintain their homes and farms. Emphasis will be given to a set of 160 letters between a husband and wife from 1862 through 1865.

    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 19, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 494
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    Turn Your Brick Wall into a Yellow Brick Road

    by Kim Richardson

    Got a tough genealogy problem? The good news is that brick walls are not the end of the line. As a matter of fact, you can turn your brick wall into a yellow brick road. You can follow that road to find more ways to problem-solve. We will discuss common oversights, how to determine if that family mystery really is a brick wall, and what to do next.

    Kim is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She applies her skills to genealogical research, helps others explore their family history, and provides quality research and documentation that adheres to the Genealogical Proof Standard.  She speaks to organizations and groups on a variety of genealogical topics.

    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 22, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 497
    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: McNairy 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


    • Thursday, April 27, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 498
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    Tracing Your Catholic Roots

    by Dr. Emilie G. Leumas

    Have you ever wondered how to research your Catholic ancestors? What information is in the records? How do you access the information and where do you start?  This presentation will discuss what types of information may be gleaned from Catholic sacramental records with special emphasis on baptisms, marriages, and burials.

    Emilie Gagnet Leumas, PhD is a certified archivist and certified records manager, with more than 25 years of experience in the field of archives and records management. Dr. Leumas currently teaches at Louisiana State University and has her own Archives and Records Management consulting business. She is the former director of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Archives and Records. Dr. Leumas holds leadership positions in national and international archives organizations, including chairing the International Council on Archives Section on Archives of Faith Traditions.  

    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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