Trevia Wooster Beverly has served as a member of the Angelina College genealogy faculty since 1998, as well as assistant coordinator and program chairman. A native Texan, her interest in genealogy began with a ninth-grade English project. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists she also maintains active membership in a number of archival, cemetery, historical, genealogical, library, lineage, and preservation organizations.
Carolyn Reeves Ericson is a genealogist, historian, and author and publisher. She operates Ericson Books http://www.ericsonbooks.com/ and writes a weekly genealogy column for two East Texas newspapers. Mrs. Ericson has authored some fifty-five books that include the well-known set of Nacogdoches: Gateway to Texas, A Biographical Directory, 1773-1849. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and has been a full time research twenty-three years specializes in early Texas research and Nacogdoches District that once comprised the Eastern portion of Texas. A Fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS), in 2010 she was also recognized as Woman of the Year by he Nacogdoches Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for making a positive societal change.
Dickie Dixon is a seventh generation Texan. Interested in genealogy since 1980.With a great deal of hands-on genealogical and historical research, he is a frequent speaker to archeological, genealogical and historical organizations, speaking on such topics as African-American history, mechanics liens, widows' Confederate pension applications, and city and county land records. A native of Lufkin, Texas he was graduated from Lufkin High School and attended Angelina County Junior College. In 1973 he received his B.A. in English and Political Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, and in 1985 received his Th. M. Old Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary. A long time member of the Angelina County Historical Commission, he serves as Vice President of the Deep East Texas Archeological Society in Newton and is a member of the East Texas Archeological Society in Nacogdoches. He currently is president of the Angelina County Genealogical Society. In July 2011 Mr. Dixon gave an address on his mother, entitled
James Harkins is the Director of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. http://www.glo.texas.gov/index.html Mr. Harkins graduated from Texas State University - San Marcos with a bachelor's degree in Communications in 2005, with a double minor in history and business. He received a Master's Degree in Public Administration, also from Texas State, in December of 2010. He has worked for the Texas General Land Office since May of 2005; currently he is Director and Outreach Manager. Organizations seeking speakers may also be made to him; go to the website and click on Education & Outreach.
Susan Kaufman, MILS, is the Manager, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library, http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/, she is currently serving as President of the Texas State Genealogical Society. http://www.txsgs.org/. Ms. Kaufman is a recognized speaker at local, state and national conferences. Originally from Illinois, she has worked as a genealogy librarian for over 20 years, spending part of her career in the Genealogy Center of the Allen County (IN) Public Library. http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/ Formally a Director on the Federation of Genealogical Societies board, she is a member of the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association. Ms Kaufman offers expertise in genealogical historical reference, collection development and educational outreach. and is a speaker at local, state and national conferences.
John A. Sellers is a fifth generation native to Hopkins County, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University, with a degree in advertising/public relations and, received his teaching certificate in history from Texas A & M, Commerce.
He has been doing genealogical research since 1985. His favorite area of research is in the courthouse. He has visited courthouses in several southern states and has conducted extensive research in Texas and Louisiana. He is an active member of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and has served fourteen years on the executive board and as President, 1997-1998. He was a speaker at the FGS National Conference in 1997 and 2004, and NGS in 1994. He has been the featured speaker for more than 50 all day seminars located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. He was the featured speaker at the DRT Genealogical Conference at the Alamo in 2002 and 2003, and the Louisiana Historical and Genealogical Seminar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007. He has been a faculty member for Angelina College Genealogy Conference, since 1999 in Lufkin and was a featured speaker at Dallas Texas Summer Institute, 2006 John has given several programs at both local and regional conferences. He has completed Genealogy as a Profession, Advanced Methodology and Advanced Library Research courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Samford University. John, was a lecturer at the Institute of Genealogical Research, Samford University, 2009, 2010. He compiled an addendum to the 1850 Census of Hopkins County. John is currently serving as 1st Vice President of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society. ''
He is an AVP- Director of Marketing with City National Bank of Sulphur Springs.
Lynna Kay Shuffield writes the Our Loose Ends genealogy column and has written numerous books. She is a member of several local and state genealogical societies as well as being an
Carol Taylor, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, is a lecturer, instructor, and family historian. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University Commerce with a major in American History, specializing in Texas History. Ms. Taylor was also the winner of the Ottis Lock Award for Outstanding Educator and recipient of the Ottis Lock Research Grant. She co-author of The Devil's Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texans and the War of Reconstruction. Her research specialties include Civil War; Federal Records; Historical Sites; House Historian; Land Records; Methodists; Heir Searcher; Neighborhood Reconstruction; Court Records.
2013 ACGC SCHEDULE –CONSTRUCTING IMAGES FROM THE PAST
VENDOR AREA SCHEDULE
Pre-registered attendees who are attending a Thursday workshop will receive a special syllabus notebook as well as the syllabus notebook for Friday & Saturday.
Thursday 1: Trevia Wooster Beverly. Coming to America: Immigration & Naturalization
Thursday 2: John Sellers. Putting Meat Back on Their Bones: Your Ancestors are more than dates on a chart or family tree. This series of lectures show how to discover information to bring your ancestors back into the lives they lived. Through record groups, Social history, underutilized sources, and forensic genealogy we explore how to recreate our ancestors lives. With these recreations, we may defeat brick walls or at least view our ancestors in more interesting light. This also helps add to your research to share with others.
F1: Carol Taylor: Part 1: During the War: Records Created 1861-1866. The two Civil War records are divided into During the War: Records created 1861-1865 and After the War was over: Pensions, Bounty Lands in Texas, Medical Records and “Everything in Between.”
F2: Sue Kaufman. Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research: Gem of the Gulf Coast. Consistently named one of the ten best genealogical research facilities in the United States; this collection, part of the Houston Public Library, is an international resource in Houston. An overview of the materials available and searching strategies will be presented.
F3: Dickie Dixon: Mechanics Liens: The Friend of Historians, Genealogists, and Preservationists. What are they? How long do they last? Where do I find them? Did you know that mechanic's liens in their modern form were first conceived by Thomas Jefferson, to encourage construction in the new capital city of Washington?
F4: James Harkins. History and Genealogical Resources at the GLO: The General Land Office is home to 35.5 million documents and maps dating back to the year 1720. Within these records are the tales of tens-of-thousands of Texans who wished to own a piece of Texas land. James Harkins will explain the land grant process, and some of the interesting documents found at the GLO, and use his ten years of experience at the GLO to illustrate how genealogists can access these records to complete their own genealogical research.
F5: Lynna Kay Shuffield. Part 1 of 20th Century Military & War Dead Research: Learn how to locate and research these unique hard-o-find records to tell the story of the men and women in our family who have served our country from World War I through the Vietnam War. Highly recommended for individuals who have lost a family member; learn how to find the war dead files.
F6: Carolyn Ericson: The Germanna Society of Virginia. Germanna was a German settlement in the Colony of Virginia, settled in two waves, first in 1714 and then in 1717. Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood encouraged the immigration by advertising in Germany for miners to move to Virginia and establish a mining industry in the colony. The name reflected both the German immigrants who sailed across the Atlantic to Virginia and the British Queen, Anne, who was in power at the time of the first settlement.
F7: Carol Taylor. During the War: Records Created 1861-1866. Part 2.
F8: Lynna Kay Shuffield. 20th Century Military & War Dead Research. Part 2
F9: Trevia Wooster Beverly. Beyond the Population Censuses. The federal government has taken population censuses every ten years since 1790. Those “regular” decimal enumerations were often supplemented by special schedules. How can we discover those special and oft forgotten censuses and schedules? And what about those “missing” censuses?
F10: James Harkins: German Resources at the GLO: Texas saw a huge influx of German immigrants in the mid-19th century as a result of an organized mass immigration movement that started in Europe. Thousands received public land as an inducement for immigration. As a result, the General Land Office is home to thousands of documents dealing with German immigration to Texas that is valuable to the genealogical researcher.
F11: Sue Kaufman. We Brand Cattle, not Cows: Brands and their Stories. Wide open ranges of Texas are conceptualized by most to have vast herds of cattle, not cows, as this Midwestern gal knows those animals to be. As we fall into the romantic concept of the grazing cattle, the brands themselves, families who used those brands, the records they created and sources for research are offered.
F12: John Sellers. Was Grandpa His Brother’s Keeper? Was your ancestor a member of the Masonic lodge? This lecture covers a brief history of the Masons and what records may be found about his masonic membership. Symbols displayed on jewelry and tombstones are discussed. Genealogical value of his membership is also discussed. Methods of research and repositories are highlighted. Other fraternal organizations are mentioned.
Friday evening with Carol Taylor
Funeral Practices in the 19th Century
S1: Carol Taylor: After the War Was Over: Pensions, Bounty Lands in Texas, Medical Records and Everything in Between. Learn to document this period of your ancestor’s life.
S2: Lynna Kay Shuffield. American Revolution Military Research. Researching family history can be as close as the home computer, but finding the best websites and resources can be frustrating. This session will focus on good Internet resources where you can locate primary source documentation and lineage information related to American Revolution military research
S3: Dickie Dixon. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Genealogists, Historians, and Preservationists. Originally created to estimate fire insurance liabilities, how can these maps become a useful resource for historical research, planning, preservation, genealogical research, sociological studies and research of communities?
S4: James Harkins: Online Digital Resources for Research at the GLO: Home to 35.5 million documents, the GLO is a must-visit location for genealogical research in Texas. Because it can be difficult to visit Austin to do the research, the GLO started the most ambitious archival digitization plan in the state. As a result, there are now 2.5 million documents, and 80,000 maps available for viewing online. This talk will take a look at the digital resources of the GLO and how you can work from home.
S5: Sue Kaufman. The Final Event: Funeral and Associated Records. Variant records including funeral home, county records and other sources can be guiding – but come with some interesting information. Identification of sources plays an important quest as this discussion shows.
S6: John Sellers. Researching Newspapers in CyberSpace: Historic Newspaper websites are increasing every day for genealogical searching. This lecture reviews the available sites and how to research them. Tricks of the trade to glean the most from your research will be reviewed. Vital records and personal information that can be gleaned from newspapers will be discussed. Newspapers used as evidence and their possible pitfalls are analyzed.
S7: Carol Taylor. Southern Claims Commission Records. Organized as the executive branch of the United States government from 1871-1873 under President Ulysses S. Grant, its purpose was to allow Union sympathizers who had lived in the Southern states during the American Civil War, 1861–1865, to apply for reimbursements for property losses due to U.S. Army confiscations during the war. It's a great tool for finding those ancestors who bore the brunt of the Civil War as civilians.
S8: Lynna Kay Shuffield. Republic of Texas / DRT. Have you had trouble looking for documents, obituaries, graves, or a location pertaining to your early Texas ancestry? Begin your search anew with this session.
S9: Trevia Wooster Beverly. Harvey Girl or Soiled Dove? Women often went from their father’s household to her husband’s household, with little choice in between or afterward. Does your family tree reflect pages about your male ancestors, but just a line or two about your female ancestor? Are there secrets to uncover?
S10: James Harkins: Open session of Q&A, and work through some example cases.
S11: Sue Kaufman. Digitally Cool: An Overview of Websites that will make you go Wow!
S12: Dickie Dixon. Effective Use of City Directories for Genealogy. City Directories, arguably one of the most over-looked resources by genealogists, have been around since the 1700s. They usually contain alphabetical list of residents but have many “hidden” clues. Don't just search the directory and, having found one reference to your ancestor, stop looking.
Exhibitors & Vendors
Exhibits and vendors will be available in the Science Bldg. Thursday at noon, all day Friday and on Saturday until 2 pm. Those arriving on Thursday for the weekend will have an opportunity to browse and purchase before the weekend crowd. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase for your personal or society library or your public library's genealogy collection.
Texas General Land Office
Books & Things
Stephen F. Austin State University
Wallisville Heritage Park
Angelina College Library. Click on LIBRARY during the Virtual Tour, or go direct to http://www.angelina.edu/library/index.html for related information. Open Thursday for summer school; unavailable for Friday & Saturday conference. Under Genealogy there are some forty items; under Local History there are thirty-one additional, related titles. Enter specific titles, authors, or topics and you'll come up with many more related items. NOTE: The College Bookstore is in the Student Center and is open on Monday through Thursday, closed Friday and Saturday.
Heritage Village & Museum. The Whitmeyer Library covers Tyler County genealogy in great detail; contains genealogy resource material which covers much of the United States. Highway 190 West, PO Box 888, Woodville, Texas 75979. 409-283-2272 or 800-323-0389. E-mail: infoheritage-village.org http://www.heritage-village.org/
East Texas Guide: http://www.easttexasguide.com/index1.php
Accommodations and Other Local Information
Lodging nearest the college consists of the Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, and Holiday Express complex. For complete listing of area lodging, and contact information here http://visitlufkin.com/Stay/?action=where.
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Lufkin Chamber of Commerce: http://www.lufkintexas.org/
Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://visitlufkin.com/
College bookstore & library
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