21st Annual Genealogy Lock-In (Live and Virtual)

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This in-house and virtual event features five video programs with a variety of topics and exciting speakers. Be sure to register for this program online for access to the online programming or call 281-341-2608. Co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogy Society, Texas State Genealogical Society and Genealogy Network of Texas.

2022 Genealogy Lock-In Program of Events (Friday, October 21, 2022)

10:30 – 11:30 am   “Choosing Genealogy Services & Software,” presented by family historian Tony Hanson. This intermediate-level presentation will provide a high-level overview of the capabilities offered by online genealogical services, genetic DNA testing services, and family-tree software providers. Participants will gain a better understanding of these services and be able to make informed choices from the wide range of options that are currently available.

11:40 – 12:40 pm   “Making the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Your Research Assistant,” presented by Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF Manager, The Genealogy Center Senior Manager, Special Collections, ACPL. This beginner-level presentation will provide an up-close look at the resources of this national family history collection. The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, is the second largest family research center in the United States. Visitors from across the country and around the world rely on the Genealogy Center for its international collection of physical resources, free access to numerous databases, and knowledgeable staff.

12:50 – 1:50 pm   “Improve, Expand, and Enrich your Family Tree – With Tax Records!” presented by family historian Doug Waggoner, sponsored by: Waco-McLennan County Library. In this beginner-level presentation, learn how to use tax records to find new relatives, differentiate between people with similar names, and break through brick walls. Discover how tax records can be used to unearth details about where and how one’s ancestors lived.

2:00 – 3:00 pm   “United States Migration Patterns: Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Stories They Left Behind,” presented by LeAnne McCamey, professional genealogist, author, and owner of American Genealogical Research Services. This intermediate-level program provides a broad overview of migratory patterns of immigrants. Learn how studying and understanding migration can help add context to one’s ancestors’ movements. The four distinct migration time periods are briefly discussed, in addition to the reasons that people migrated. Get tips on how to find documents and records they left behind during their migration. Instruction is given on the methodology of developing a migratory tracing of an individual or family. Sponsored by: Waco-McLennan County Library.

3:10 – 4:30 pm   “How to Approach and Solve Brick Wall Problems with DNA,” presented by Sara Allen, Senior Librarian, Allen County (IN) Public Library’s Genealogy Center. This intermediate-level presentation will address how to use DNA results to solve brick-wall problems in genealogy research. Learn about the best DNA tests to use for different problems. Hear about different case studies that utilize these strategies.