September 2013 Flyer

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FAMILY TREE DNA TEST SALE!FTDNA DNA TEST SALEFor 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  If you have any questions about these tests email me or call me at (318) 773-7406.

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September 2013 Flyer

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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//

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.

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August 2013 Flyer

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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.

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July 2013 Flyer

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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.

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