I am Teaching 3 Classes at the 2016 Texas Family History Conference in October!

2016 Texas Family History Conference Speaker Badge

I am thrilled to return to one of my favorite genealogy conferences as a speaker again.

The Conference

The Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Conference takes place October 28-30 in Dallas, Texas. I share the stage (figuratively, not literally, they get big general session stage) with Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, and Cyndi Ingle, the founder and publisher of Cyndi’s List!

TxSGS 2016 is jam-packed with 72 sessions and 5 workshops taught by 35 speakers.

Online registration is available on their website.

My Teaching Sessions

If you are attending, I would love to see you at all or any of my sessions!

An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors

This introductory lecture will cover key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated, and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. Learn how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

  • Date & Time: Friday, October 28 (12:30pm-1:30pm).
  • Target Audience: Anyone new to researching their Mexican lines, as well as those new to genealogy in general.

Digging Deeper into Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records

The long history of formalized record keeping in New Spain and Mexico provides a wealth of information for researching Mexican ancestors. Church records date back to the early Spanish Colonial Era, and civil registrations went into effect shortly after Mexican Independence. Learn how to find and analyze Mexico civil and church registration collections to build out your Mexican family history, and how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

  • Date & Time: Friday, October 28 (3:30pm – 4:30pm).
  • Target Audience: Those who have already identified their Mexican ancestors’ hometown.

Utilizing the Digital Public Library of America and the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research

These two free, but underutilized, online resources are packed with rich extensive digitized record collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices. You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.

By the way, DPLA kicked-in some free fun SWAG for my class!

  • Date & Time: Sunday, October 30 (2:00pm – 3:00pm).
  • Target Audience: Genealogists of all levels, librarians, and teachers.

I look forward to seeing you in Dallas next month!

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