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James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture

Janis Minor Forte presents James Walker Dent Memorial Lecture at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Janis Minor Forte presents James Walker Dent Memorial Lecture at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Janis Minor Fortė has been selected to present the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture at FGS 2014 Conference.

The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture is presented annually at the FGS conference and honors the late Jimmie Walker, one of the most popular and respected lecturers and archivists in the field of family history.

In accepting this honor, Ms. Fortė said, “James Dent Walker is an icon in the study of genealogy in general and African American Genealogy in particular. I will be forever grateful for the value he placed on documentation and citing sources. I proudly present this lecture in his memory and all the important research techniques learned from his teachings.”

Her lecture will be presented on Thursday, August 27, and is entitled Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery. She will discuss accessing Southern court petitions that identify slaves, their owners and free people of color between 1767-1890 using methodologies and strategies for on-line and on-site research.

Janis Minor Forté is a genealogist, writer and lecturer who has received awards and citations for her research achievements. She is a member of several societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS), the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, (AAHGS), the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC) and others. She is also a member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) Planning Committee and one of its Track Coordinators.

She has written articles for Family Chronicle magazine, the Illinois State Genealogical Society Journal, The Tennessee State Genealogical Magazine, and Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, the Chicago State Society Quartely, and many more. The granddaughter of a slave, Janis Minor Forté, has been researching the history of her family since the late 1970s. Using a compilation of traditional and non-traditional sources, she has successfully traced her maternal ancestors to 1754; and her paternal ancestors to 1810 and has documented one line of her family to the African Island of Madagascar.

She is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration

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Pay it forward!

Check out FGS 2014 video and then register online!

Check out FGS 2014 video and then register online!

The FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio will be here before you know it. Have you registered? If not, register online today.

Then pay it forward by telling your friends you’ll be “Gone to Texas” August 27-30, 2014, to spend some quality time with a group of others as passionate about researching family history as you are! Ask them to meet you there. Take a look at what’s in store for you in San Antonio.

 

 

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DNA and Genealogy

Should you have a DNA test to help trace your roots? What tests are available? What do the results show?

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Debbie Parker Wayne talks about DNA as part of family history research at FGS 2014 Conference

Every year, new DNA tests are developed that go beyond the traditional Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results. These new tests can be used to study relationships between individuals who are not part of the direct paternal or maternal line.

Debbie Parker Wayne presents two sessions at the FGS 2014 Conference to help you understand these tests:  what are they, what steps are required to take the test, and how can you analyze the results. If you’ve been thinking about using a DNA test as part of your family research, these sessions are a great way to learn more about what’s involved.

S-412 DNA Case Studies: Analyzing Test Results
Case studies illustrate analysis of Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA test results to contribute to genealogical research goals.

S-443 Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and XDNA
Understand mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA testing and how to analyze test results in a case study.

Debbie has presented DNA topics at the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society conferences, Family Tree DNA Project Administrator’s Conference, Southern California Jamboree DNA Day, “Genealogy as a Profession” course at IGHR, many local genealogical societies in Texas, and all-day workshops on genetic genealogy in Texas and Arkansas.  She is the DNA instructor for the Forensic Genealogy Institute run by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Debbie’s DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project which includes Y‑DNA, mtDNA, X‑DNA, and autosomal DNA studies.

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Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

 

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Riders on the Orphan Trains

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

The keynote address at this year’s FGS conference promises to be both educational and entertaining. Plan now to attend the opening session, Riders on the Orphan Trains, on Thursday morning, August 28.

Using multi-media, they will tell the story of the Orphan Trains that carried over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children across the United States between 1854 and 1929. These children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations in every state in the continental United States with the last train stopping in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in 1929.

Presenters Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore combine live music, a video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors to tell the stories of these children.

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore, presenters of Riders of the Orphan Trains

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore, presenters of Riders of the Orphan Trains

Alison Moore is a former assitant professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizon and a current Humanities Scholar in Texas, and the author of the novel Riders on the Orphan Train. Phil Lancaster was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and studied art and music at L’Ecole De Beaux Arts in Angers, France. He became a member of a bluegrass band that toured throughout France and produced an album entitled “Bluegrass Oldies Ltd./Traveling Show.” He is presenter of “Riders on the Orphan Train,” the official outreach program for the National Orphan Train Complex.

See a preview on their website, www.ridersontheorphantrain.org.

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