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Upcoming Genealogy and History Meetings
27 April 2014 - The GENCOM Genealogical Society will hold their regular monthly meeting on Sunday, 27 April, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport. Our April meeting will cover tracing our female ancestors. There is no doubt that researching female ancestors can be very difficult. One thing that makes this difficult is that the women’s surnames disappear when they marry and we have no idea in which direction to go to find this new surname. Each of us that have researched our female ancestors knows that they did not leave the same paper trail as their male counterparts. This presentation will give some tips and guidance in finding these elusive ancestors. Two special cases where simply going back over the land and court records revealed the married name of several female ancestors and knowing the maiden name of a female ancestor led to discovering the location of the paternal side of the family. Everyone is welcome and the meeting is free and open to the public. For information call (318) 773-7406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 May - The GENCOM DNA Special Interest Group will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport. If you are interested in learning about DNA testing and have questions about which test to take or how to analyze the results, come visit at our meeting and we will answer these questions for you. Meeting topic to be announced.
01 June - The GENCOM Genealogical Society will hold their regular monthly meeting on Sunday, 01 June 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport. The program for this meeting will be “Using Land Records in Your Genealogy Research”. The presentation will include subjects from how to find land records to mapping the location of your ancestors land on Google Earth. This presentation will include both State-Land States and Federal-Land States and how to read land descriptions and find land locations in both systems. To finish out the meeting we will look at how to find federal land records on the Bureau of Land Management and National Archives and how to order these records.
11 June - The GENCOM DNA Special interest will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport. Meeting topic to be announced.
22 June - The GENCOM Genealogical Society will hold their regular monthly meeting on Sunday, 22 June 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport. This will be a member participation meeting - subject to be announced.
FOG – The Friends of Genealogy meet on Thursdays 9:00A.M. at the Broadmoor Branch Library in the Genealogy Department to work on their ongoing obituary project. They talk about family research, answer any questions or help a fellow member with their genealogy research.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Meetings meet monthly on the following days at Podnuh’s Bar-B-Q.
Computer Graphics/Photo SIG - First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Caddo-Bossier Window Users Group – Second Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Microsoft Windows SIG – Fourth Thursday at 7:00 p.m. NOTE! The November and December meetings are combined into one meeting on the First Thursday of December for this SIG.
GENCOM members Bernie and Glenda Conradi conduct these Special Interest Groups and all members of GENCOM should find them of interest.
J. C. Barnett’s Word/Excel SIG Group has moved their meeting and will meet with Bernie Conradi’s Windows Class. These classes are held the third Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, 290 Idema Street off Linwood Avenue. If you need help in either Microsoft Windows and Word or Excel, these are the meetings to attend.
FAMILY TREE DNA TEST SALE!For the remainder of the year FTDNA has a sale on their Y-DNA and Full mtDNA tests. You can get details and order the tests at this website http://www.familytreedna.com/products.aspx. If you have any questions about these tests email me or call me at (318) 773-7406.
If you are a genealogist you have to love maps – all kinds. One of my favorite type of maps is one that shows rivers. One of the neatest programs around that does this is “Streamer” Rivers of the United States Map.
The Streamer map shows all of the rivers of the United States and allows you to zoom in and out on a specific river and to trace the course of the river either upstream or downstream. This program is located on the National Atlas website http//nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html.
The map below is an upstream trace of the Mississippi River, which shows all of the rivers and streams that make up the watershed of the Mississippi River.
The map below is a downstream trace of the Red River from it’s beginning as Little Red River just East of Silverton, Texas to where it empties into the Atchafalaya River and then into the Gulf of Mexico.
You may ask, “Why is this type of map important to genealogists?” As genealogy researchers we need to remember that our ancestors did not have the means of travel that we enjoy today. One of the major means of transportation in the United States and Colonial America before trains, automobiles and airplanes was the rivers. How did your ancestors travel to the places they resided?
One of my roadblocks in my research has been to determine the route my fourth great grandfather, Hugh Jones, took from Orange County, Virginia to Anson County, North Carolina where he met and married my fourth great grandmother Lydia White Jones. My assumption for many years had been that he left home at a young age and traveled the “Fall Line” Road to an area on the border of North and South Carolina near Anson County. Several of his older brothers and sisters move to a location in North Carolina called “Happy Valley” on the banks of the Yadkin River near Lenoir and Wilkesboro, NC following the Revolutionary War. The road that they used was probably the “Upper Road”which was West of the “Fall Line” road. After seeing the route of the Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers on this map, I wonder, did Hugh come to the northern part of North Carolina with his brothers and sisters and then decide to move on South to greener pastures? This map shows that it would not have been difficult to make this move and this idea has opened up new research possibilities for me to use to break through this brick wall.
I love using maps to do my genealogy research and this is one of the greatest map tools that I have seen.
Happy ancestor hunting.
2013 Summer Institute
“Bits of Yesterday:
Using Maps & Other Records to
Complete Your Family Story”
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL
The Joneses are in Dallas this weekend to attend the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2013 Summer Institute. The presentation is “Bits of Yesterday: Using Maps and Other Records to Complete Your Family Story,” with keynote speakers Pamela Boyer and Richard Sayre.
We are going to learn how to take advantage of maps, land and other records. Identify ways to take a fresh approach or explore new avenues of research. Then hear ways to tell our family’s story for future generations.
We will bring back many new ideas to share with our GENCOM group.
A group from GENCOM is planning on going to the Arkansas Genealogical Society Fall Seminar in September. If you are interested in making this trip email me and I can give you the details on the trip. We have several people who are planning on going already. We will be carpooling and will leave Friday mid-morning and return Saturday evening after the last session. We will stay at the hotel on Friday night.
Mark Lowe is an excellent teacher and you will learn much at his seminars. We attended two years ago when Mark was the speaker and found it to be an great learning experience. Traveling as a group should make it even more fun.
Hope that you can make the trip.
Click here to see a printable registration form.