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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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Board for Certification of Genealogists Exhibits at FGS

Stop by booth 418 at FGS to learn more about becoming a Certified Genealogist.

Stop by booth 418 at FGS to learn more about becoming a Certified Genealogist.

Booth 418
http://www.bcgcertification.org

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has set the standards for competence and ethics in the field of genealogy for professional researchers, writers and teachers since 1964. The credentials awarded by BCG assure others than these individuals produce quality research and writing. Certification serves as a “seal of confidence” for careful consumers seeking professional genealogical assistance.

BCG is an independent organization that is a certifying body, not a membership society, and a nationally and internationally recognized organization. To learn more about certification, visit BCG booth 418 in the Exhibit Hall at the FGS 2014 Conference. Here you will find information about certification and standards; those considering certification can review portfolios.

Tom Jones is the featured speaker at the BCG sponsored luncheon on Thursday, August 28, at 12:00 p.m. His topic is Genealogy Standards: Fine Wine in a New Bottle. If you have not signed up for a luncheon, there’s still time. Login to add luncheon, workshops or events that you had not previously selected.

If you would like to learn more during the conference, you may ask questions in F-308 BCG Certification Workshop on Friday at 9:45 a.m. There is no additional fee to attend this workshop; however, seating is limited.

The website http://www.bcgcertification.org contains skill-building articles, exercises, and a free download of The BCG Application Guide which describes the requirements for your portfolio notebook application.

Board-certified genealogists will take to the podium in large numbers during the conference. See the BCG blog “BCG at FGS” for a list of presentations by BCG associates.

 

 

 

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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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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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