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Speaker: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

A genealogist with a law degree. "The Legal Genealogist" Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer. See her at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

A genealogist with a law degree. “The Legal Genealogist” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer. See her at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator, and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. Her blog, The Legal Genealogist, is an excellent source to find answers to the questions we have about many of the legal situations genealogists encounter.

Judy has a varied background with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She holds Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM credentialsfrom the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of New JerseyNorth Carolina, VirginiaTexas and Illinois

She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years, she has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. She is on faculty of the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. Judy has written several articles for both the National Genealogical Society Quarterly  and the National Genealogical Society Magazine.

Topics to be presented by Judy at FGS 2014 include the following:

T-238, Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
A Family for Isabella: Indirect Evidence from Texas back to Mississippi
With no birth, marriage or death record, only indirect evidence and the Genealogical Proof Standard can link Isabella of Texas to her Mississippi parents.

F-308, 9:45-11:45 a.m.
Certification: Measuring Yourself Against Standards
(Sponsored by Board for the Certification of Genealogists)
Come hear about the process and preparation needed to become Board-certified, including useful tips and recommendations. The interactive format encourages the audience to ask questions.

F-329, Friday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
That Scoundrel George: Tracking a Black Sheep Texas Ancestor
A romp through records of the Republic and State of Texas on the trail of a scoundrel from his marriage and bigamy charge in Colorado County to his death in Iowa Park.

S-437, Saturday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Beyond X & Y: Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy
A plain-English non-scientific introduction to the promise, and the pitfalls, of this newst addition to the genetic genealogy toolbox.

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Speaker: Kris W. Rzepczynski, MLS, MA

Kris W. Rzepczynski speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30.

Hear Kris W. Rzepczynski at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30.

Kris Rzepczynski is a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, an FGS board member and past-president of Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.  He holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, a Master of Arts in History from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan.

Kris has presented at national, state, and local conferences, including the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ohio Genealogical Society, Public Library Association, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Library Association, and for dozens of local genealogical societies.  His memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, Historical Society of Michigan, Historical Society of Greater Lansing, and Michigan Library Association.

Whether you’re interested in records and resources, migration or ethnic origins, Kris has a session for you at this year’s conference.

T-235, Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Navigating the 1890 Gap with State Census Records
With the near-total loss of the 1890 Census, state census records can serve as an effective substitute. This program will focus on the available schedules from across the U.S.

F-305, Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors
Using case studies from Chicago, Detroit, and other cities, this program will explore successful strategies for researching ancestors in large urban centers across the U.S.

S-445, Saturday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Headed North: Southern Migration to the Midwest
This session will explore the history of Southern migration to the Midwest, the people that settled there, and what records are available that help tell that story.

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Exhibitor: Texas General Land Office

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. Visit booth 332 or attend an optional workshop on Saturday, August 30.

Booth 332
http://www.glo.texas.gov/

The General Land Office was established by the 1836 Constitution for the Republic of Texas. It housed its first land records in Houston, but moved the archives to Austin in 1839. Austin residents, armed with cannon, kept the Texas Rangers from moving the records back to Houston in 1843, during what came to be known as the Archives War.

Today, the main functions of the General Land Office are earning money for the state’s Permanent School Fund, overseeing state veterans benefits, maintaining historic land records and maps and acting as steward of the state’s coast.

The General Land Office conserves and protects more than 35 million historic land documents, maps and notes that are open to the public for research. Many of these records date back to 1720 and include maps, sketches and plat maps. Forming the foundation of all private land ownership in Texas, the maps and documents of the Archives are still used today by researchers, surveyors, genealogists and students of Texas history.

Highlights of the Collection:

  • Maps, sketches and plat maps contained in the GLO Archives are more than just functional – they are hand-drawn works of art. Learn More
  • Original Spanish and Mexican land grants Learn More
  • Documents dating back to 1720 establishing Mission San Jose
  • The first draft of the Texas Constitution
  • Rare copies of 1836 muster rolls and military records of Texas heroes
  • Confederate documents, including scrip certificates, letters and diaries
  • Letters and documents from Alamo and Goliad defenders, including the most well-known Alamo survivor, Susanna Dickinson
  • Original signatures of Texas patriots such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, James Bowie, and William Travis

Visit the Texas GLO at booth 332 in the Exhibit Hall on the FGS Conference or attend their Saturday workhop to learn more about researching Texas land and other records in the collection.

Saturday Workshop – Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office
Speaker: James Harkins, MPA, CA
S-408, Saturday, August 30, 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
$15 fee, registration required

This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas General Land Office. Learn how to access the GLO’s variety of records, focusing on the period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic era, and early Texas statehood, and including land grants, various Special Collections and the GLO’s many online resources.

Sponsored by Texas State Genealogical Society

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Speaker: Elizabeth Shown Mills

Elizabeth Shown Mills speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27-30 August 2014.

Recognized genealogist, author and lecturer Elizabeth Shown Mills speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27-30 August 2014.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, is one of the most recognized genealogists and speakers in the field of family history research. She is known for her development of problem-solving methodology and her packed lectures at national conferences. She is past president of both the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the American Society of Genealogists. She was editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly for 16 years.

Mills founded Samford University IGHR’s groundbreaking Advance Research Methodology track, taught for twelve years at the National Archives-based NIGR, and has been featured as a genealogical authority on CNN, NPR, PBS, and ABC-Australia, and BBVC’s 20th and 30th anniversary specials on Alex Haley’s Roots.

Her 500+ publications include Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian; Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, which she developed and co-authored with 22 other leading genealogists; and most recently, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Other publications include Professional Genealogy; Isle of Canes: A Historical Novel; and the popular QuickSheet series of laminated research guides.

At the FGS 2014 Conference, Mills presents four lectures that will help you identify elusive women ancestors, learn the basic rules of citing your sources, solve some of your toughest problems and solve identifies and kinships. Check out these sessions.

T-223, Thursday, 1:15-3:15 p.m.
Poor? Black? Female? Southern Research Strategies (2-hour session) –  Using real characters from two historical novels – Tademy’s Cane River and Mills’s Isle of Canes – Mills teaches us to identify and track elusive women.

F-311, Friday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Sources & Citations Simplified: From Memorabilia to Digital Data to DNA –  Why should citing sources cause angst or obsession? Learning a few basic rules lets us apply a common-sense approach that avoids both frustration and overkill.

F-336, Friday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Finding Origins & Birth Families: Methods that Work –  Is your research stymied by stalemates and brick walls? Your toughest problems can be solved by working smarter, not harder.

S-401, Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Okay I ‘Got the Neighbors’ – Now What Do I Do With Them? –  “Get the neighbors!” is a common mantra among today’s genealogists. But how do you use all that data to solve identifies and kinships?

There is something for everyone and for any level of researcher. Attend one or all four. You’ll be glad you did!

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Build Your Research Skills at FGS 2014 Conference

Build your research skills at FGS 2014 Conference.

Build your genealogical research skills at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30.

Methodology – that’s one skill in genealogical research that crosses all boundaries. Regardless of where your research takes you geographically or online, there are steps that will help you achieve your goals more efficiently, document what you’ve found, and share that information with family and friends. One of the benefits of attending a genealogical conference is that you have a chance to learn from the experts. At the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, the Methodology Track offers nine chances to improve your methodology skills with help from such speakers as Thomas W. Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Lisa Louise Cooke and others. Whether your ancestors settled in Texas, another state or country, here are a few topics you should find useful in your research.

 Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Making Sense of It All: Critical Thinking for Genealogists, by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, MLIS, FOGS
  • Utilizing AncestryDNA Matching to Break Through Brick Walls in Your Research, by Anna Swayne
  • Why Genealogists Should Care About Carvers, by Marian Pierre-Louis
  • Inferential Genealogy, by Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Okay I ‘Got the Neighbors’ – Now What Do I Do with Them? by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
  • Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Tools, by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, MLIS, FOGS
  • No Vital Records? Identifying Birth & Death Substitutes, by Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 8 Strategies You Need to Find Living Relatives, by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How, by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

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Speaker: Teri Flack, MA, MBA

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Teri Flack talks about records preservation, genealogical resources, methodology and more at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA, is a genealogy and historical researcher and consultant. She has been researching family history for over 30 years and has traveled throughout Texas, lecturing on a wide range of genealogical research topics. Teri chairs the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee and serves as the Texas state liaison to the national RPAC. Teri is a member of the Travis County Historical Commission, chairing the Commission’s Research Committee. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Teri retired in May 2009 after working for the state of Texas for over 26 years, most recently as Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Higher Education and Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education. Previously, she was Director of Governmental Relations and Public Information for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Chief Investigator for the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Teri holds a Masters in History with a concentration in Public History from Texas State University. She also holds a B. S. in Education with History major, an MBA, and a graduate Paralegal Certificate from Southwest Texas State University.

At FGS 2014, Teri presents a range of topics for any audience.

Society Day: Wednesday, 8/27/2014
W-114, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Effective Advocacy
Records are the lifeblood of genealogical research; however, their preservation and access continues to be threatened. Advocacy by the genealogical community, particularly genealogical societies, can help mitigate the threats, but only if organizations act effectively. Learn what you and others can do to be an advocate for preserving access to these vital materials for future generations.

One session each day, Thursday-Saturday, will focus on resources or methodology.

Thursday, 8/28/2014
T-228, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Dead Men Talking: Using Probate & Estates to Solve Problems
Probate and estate records provide a rich source of information that can solve your toughtest problems. Identifying heirs and establishing relationships is just the beginning.

Friday, 8/29/2014
F-314, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas
Researching your Republic of Texas ancestors takes creative thinking and ingenuity. Discover all of the ways you can locate your pre-1846 Texas ancestors.

Saturday, 8/30/2014
S-427, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
No Vital Records? Identifying Birth & Death Substitutes
Identifying births and deaths are vital to our research, but often no official records exist. Discover a variety of ways you can identify these critical events.

AGS Luncheon, Saturday, 8/30/2014
S-422, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lessons My Grandmothers Taught Me
Looking for a light-hearted lunch speaker? Then sign up for the Austin Genealogical Society’s luncheon on Saturday at 11:45-1:00 p.m. and hear Teri talk about the universal lessons her grandmothers taught her about family history and how those lessons continue to guide her genealogical research today.

Whether you want to learn more about preserving access to records, exploring resources and methodology, or just share in some fun family memories, check out one or more of Teri’s sessions at FGS 2014.

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Speaker: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, author of "Mastering Genealogical Proof," speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30..

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, author of “Mastering Genealogical Proof,” speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30..

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, is also an award-winning genealogical editor, educator, and reseacher. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994, Dr. Jones serves the board as a trustee and is a past president. He is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Achievement Award, 2004 recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and 1997 and 2002 winner of the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for scholarly articles in the NGS Quarterly.

Dr. Jones teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, online and in the classroom. He coordinates week-long courses at the British Institute, the Genealogical Research Institue of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research.

At the FGS 2014 Conference, his topics include sessions on methodology, research strategies and writing and publishing.

T-236 – Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Inferential Genealogy - This sessions shows how family historicans an accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below surface information and combining multiple sources’ information items.

F-301 – Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Can a Complex Problem Be Solved Solely Online? – Step-by-step, attendees will suggest online sources and strategies for tracing a disappearing ancestor. The case study will show how to solve such cases online and the limitations.

S-431 – Saturday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Elements Essential for a Polished Family History - Attendees will learn about clear and structured writing, genealogical organization and format, and other aspects giving family histories meaning, respectability, and lasting value.

S-442 – Saturday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How
Learn how to document a family history, five characteristics of complete and accurate citations, and a simplified format for citing most sources, both physical and digital.

In addition, Dr. Jones is the featured speaker at the Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon on Thursday, August 27, and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Luncheon on Friday, August 28. His BCG topic is Genealogy Standards: Fine Wine in a New Bottle, while he addresses How Genealogy Hasn’t Changed in Fifty Year on Friday at the NYG&B luncheon. Tickets can be ordered in advance for each of these luncheons. If you’ve already registered and want to add either or these, just login and add them. It’s not too late.

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Exhibitor Profile: Genealogy Gems

Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems to exhibit at FGS 2014 in San Antonio.

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems to exhibit at FGS 2014 in San Antonio.

Booth #218,220

www.genealogygems.com

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast http://www.GenealogyGems.com has been delivering “top-rated genealogy radio online, all the time” since 2007. Listeners from around the world have downloaded the show over 1.5 million times! Each episode features Lisa’s fun and engaging approach to discovering and sharing family history.

Genealogy Gems began as a podcast and grew in popularity over the years. Lisa has expanded her brand to include a variety of resources for genealogists wanting to learn more about researching their family history. Check out the Genealogy Gems website to find:

• A free beginner podcast and blog post series, Family History; Genealogy Made Easy, first published in 2008-9, now being updated and re-released in weekly segments.

• A premium version of the Genealogy Gems podcast with expanded content, in-depth interviews, news and how-to’s, available by subscription.

• Full-length, premium how-to videos of Lisa’s most popular classes including using Google search, Evernote and the iPad for genealogy; newspaper research for family historians; how to organize your hard drive and more.

• Books, e-books and “cheat sheets” including Evernote for Genealogists (Windows and Mac editions); Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers and the Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies.

Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

Stop by to see Lisa at the Genealogy Gems booth #218,220 Follow her blog at http://www.GenealogyGems.com to learn more about what’s coming up at FGS.

Catch one of her sessions for even more tidbits on ways to improve your research.

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Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture

Rev. Dr. David McDonald presents "Germans to Texas" at FGS 2014 Conference.

Rev. Dr. David McDonald presents “Germans to Texas” at FGS 2014 Conference.

Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG, will present the Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture at this year’s FGS 2014 conference in San Antonio. “I am honored to be presenting the Knuthson Memorial Lecture at FGS in San Antonio,” said McDonald. “Chuck’s interest in Germanic genealogy is shared by so many researchers and I am pleased to be able to extend Chuck’s commitment to the field in this manner.”

Mr. McDonald discusses why settlers came from Germanic Europe to Texas in Germans to Texas. He is a trustee and past president of Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG); former director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH). He specializes in church records, migration paths and patterns, the Midwest and English research.  He has published articles in genealogical journals and magazines since the 1980s. With nearly 40 years’ research experience and more than 30 years as a genealogical lecturer throughout the United States and England, Mr. McDonald brings a wealth of experience to his presentations.  Germans to Texas will also focus on how and where German immigrants settled and resources for researching these pioneer families including church records and resources.

The Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture honors Chuck Knuthson who served the FGS Board of Trustees as a member, Vice-President of Administration and Treasurer. He was a friend to everyone he met in the genealogical community. A police captain by profession, Chuck also was a professional genealogist who researched for more than thirty years. After a courageous three-year battle with cancer, Chuck passed away in 2008. Chuck’s primary genealogical interests included German research and involving young people in family history.

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