19th Annual Genealogy Lock-in
Join us for Texas' best genealogy event. Explore our collection and meet face-to-face with local hereditary and historical societies. We'll have eight remote, live-streamed programs (see agenda below) and you'll join library visitors around the state for a genealogy experience like no other. Work through your toughest family history obstacles or learn about genealogy in general. Stay for a while--we'll have snacks and door prizes! The Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be hosting an "Ancestors Roadshow" from 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. during the event. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy a free 15-minute consultation with a professional genealogist. The sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and registration is required. The live-streamed programs are provided by the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT) and the Lock-In is presented in cooperation with the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
**Early registration for the Lock-in begins at 9:30 am in the foyer of the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center**
Agenda of Live Streamed Programs
10:00 - 10:50 am – Technology Enabled Collaborations for Genealogists
Tony Hanson, Family Historian
This presentation will examine three relatively new capabilities that are enabling collaborative family research: The Family Search Family Tree, Ancestry.com's ThruLines DNA tool, and self-publishing family history using a blog or a website. Attendees will learn the benefits provided by each and will learn how to effectively incorporate them into their own personal research methodology.
11:00 - 11:50 am – Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org
John Huff, FamilySearch Experience Manager
Learn the search skills and features of FamilySearch.org to take you to a new level of access of this 2 billion image database. This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of how to utilize the FamilySearch catalog, unindexed image collections and more.
Noon - 1:30 pm – Genealogy Basics: Getting Started on Your Family Tree
Carl Smith, Genealogy Librarian, Montgomery County Memorial Library System
Budding researchers will learn the basics they need to get started researching their family tree. We’ll cover the first steps to take to begin your research, starting with home sources. We’ll also cover the types of records that are useful for genealogical research and where they can be found. We’ll also cover ways to stay organized by utilizing paper charts and forms or computer software.
1:40 - 2:40 pm – Probate: More Than a Will
Kelvin Meyers, Ancestry ProGenealogists, Researcher
Most persons in America, who lived to adulthood, left some type of an estate to be administered. Some left wills, some did not; either way if there was land or large amounts of personal property, their estate had to be disposed of. The records of probate can be some of the most fruitful for the genealogist.
2:50 - 3:50 pm – Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records and Research
Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF Manager, The Genealogy Center Senior Manager, Special Collections, Allen County Public Library
This presentation explores the growing number of consequential websites for the researcher interested in military history and military ancestors. From bibliographic databases to sites that provide copies of first-hand accounts and images of actual records, this talk provides one with key sites and strategies for locating increasing amounts of meaningful military data on the Internet.
4:00 - 5:15 pm – Introduction to GEDmatch
Sara Allen, Librarian, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library
Once you have taken a DNA test, you may be urged to upload your results to GEDmatch. What is GEDmatch and why should you use it? GEDmatch is a free third party website that you can use to compare your DNA results with people who have taken the autosomal DNA test from all the major testing companies. You can also use a variety of tools and utilities (some free, and some subscription only) that help analyze your DNA results. Learn more about GEDmatch at this session.
5:15-6:15 pm Dinner Break
6:15 - 7:15 pm – Finding Your Ancestors in Mexico
Esther Camacho, South Texas Librarian, Genealogist, and Historical Researcher
This program will demonstrate the types of records used to trace ancestors from the United States into Mexico. There is a breadth of information available for researchers including census, border crossing records, immigration, civil records, and church records.
7:25 - 8:30 pm – Dating Family Photos by Photo Process, Apparel, Hair Styles and More
David Coleman, Director, the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University
Do you possess photos that you wish you could at least date? Learn what to evaluate and the resources available to help you. Follow David’s process as he takes us through samples and learn how to apply his technique to your own photos.
Do you have a road block in your family research and need some special help? During the Lock-in, the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be hosting an "Ancestors Roadshow" from 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. during the event. The Roadshow is an opportunity for you to enjoy a free 15-minute consultation with a professional genealogist from the Lone Star Chapter. You can ask questions about a specific genealogical problem or get general information on how to approach a research quandary. This is an excellent chance to get expert advice on that "brick wall" dilemma or "elusive ancestor" in your family history research. Time slots are limited. Roadshow appointments are limited to one-per-customer on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-up registration will begin at 3 p.m. on October 18. The registration process includes submitting a filled-out questionnaire describing the problem and the research done so far. These questionnaires can be filled out in advance and turned in at the Genealogy Center.
- Friday, October 18, 2019
- 10:00am - 8:30pm
- West Waco Meeting Room
- West Waco