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Research in Texas and Neighboring States

Track your ancestors through Texas & Neighboring States at FGS 2014.

Track your ancestors toTexas & Neighboring States at FGS 2014.

The Texas & Neighboring States track in the FGS 2014 conference program offers a range of sessions and speakers focused on helping fill in the gaps in your research. Choose one or all of these sessions to discover ways you can locate your ancestors in Texas.

F-303 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Trails In, Trails Out: To Texas, From Texas
by David McDonald, CG
Migration paths to and through the Lone Star State in the 19th century, and the groups that used them.

F-314 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas
by Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA
Researching your Republic of Texas ancestors takes creative thinking and ingenuity. Discover all of the ways you can locate your pre-1846 Texas ancestors.

F-329 1:15-2:15 p.m.
That Soundrel George: Tracking a Black Sheep Texas Ancestor
by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
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.

F-338 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Texas Resource Gems
by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG
Learn to use “hidden gem” resources for Texas research that provide color and historical context on the lives of our ancestors.

F-347 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Paper Trails in Texas in Search of the Orphan Trains
by Alison Moore and Philip Lancaster
In-depth follow-up to the keynote “Riders on the Orphan Train.” Presenters will give examples of Texans who braved red tape and closed doors to complete family trees.

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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?


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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Military Track at FGS 2014

Remembering Those Who Served

Remembering Those Who Served

As we celebrate Memorial Day and remember with gratitude those who served and continue to serve the USA through the years, we also recognize the value of the records they left behind.

About Memorial Day – Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11 in 1868 designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” The first celebration took place at the Arlington National Cemetery on that date. In 1971, federal law changed the observanceof the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars. (Source: Library of Congress)

Military records can be a valuable source of information about more than just the individual seving. Not only do they identify individuals who served in the various branches of service but they also identify who was eligible for service.  Military records can help you discover:

  • Evidence of military service
  • Residence at the time of military service or pension
  • Evidence of family relationships, including ancestors or descendants

The FGS 2014 Conference offers a Military Track by some of the leading experts in this field. Whether you are research ing an ancestor from the Mexican War or Civil War or someone who fought at the Alamo, you’ll be sure to learn new resources and techniques to help you track down ancestors who served our country during times of conflict as well as peace.

Topics in this track include:

  • Researching Your Mexican War Ancestor, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
  • After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans, Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG
  • Thirteen Days Insired by War of 1812 Veterans: The Alamo, Michael Jeffrey Hall
  • Researching the Hessian Soldier, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
  • Home Guards, Confederate Soldiers, and Galvanized Yankees, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

See complete descriptions of these sessions in the FGS Conference Brochure.

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