Philip B. Adderley, CG, holds dual national British and American citizenwith 30+ years of archival and genealogical research experience. Specialties include land and courthouse records of 19th-20th century Louisiana, federal land records, and British colonial records of 17th-19th century Bermuda. Completed NGS' "American Genealogy: A Home Study Course;" Samford IGHR tracks "Advanced Methodology, Interpretation and Analysis Course" (with distinction), "Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents," "Land Records: Case Studies Course," and "Professional Genealogy;" and National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR). firstname.lastname@example.org
Trevia Wooster Beverly has served as a member of the Angelina College genealogy faculty since 1998. 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.
Dickie Dixon is a sixth generation Texan and Angelina County citizen. His family is Texas history: his great-great-great grandmother acquired an interest in the Old Stone Fort because her husband was killed in the Cordova Rebellion in 1838. History, linguistics, theology, archeology, business, and genealogy have all been part of his life. For this reason, he speaks frequently to these groups and civic organizations. He is an alumnus of Lufkin High School (1969), Angelina College (1971), Stephen F. Austin State University (1973) and Dallas Theological Seminary (1985). This year he is serving as President of the Angelina County Genealogical Society, Vice President of the Deep East Texas Archeological Society, and a member of the advisory board of the Lufkin Main Street program. He is a member of the East Texas Archeological Society and the East Texas Historical Association. Most Sundays he serves as a volunteer minister to the inmates at the Angelina County Law Enforcement Center. email@example.com
Pat Gordon: Pat’s interest in genealogy began innocently enough when she decided in the late 1980s to find out where her maternal great grandmother died of tuberculosis in Colorado. She soon found the answer to that question, but by then she had other questions that needed answering. And the questions keep coming faster and faster, much faster than the answers. Since she likes to place her ancestors in their social settings, she does more than collect names. She spends a lot of time learning about the times and places in which they lived. In addition to hanging out in courthouses and libraries, she spends considerable time in university archives. As a former newspaper reporter with The Dallas Morning News and recently retired journalism lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, she especially finds researching old newspapers a favorite pastime. She served two terms as president and one as vice president of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society.
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.
Donald R. Raneyis a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He has been a frequent speaker at many genealogical society meetings in East Texas, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. On the national level, Mr. Raney has presented sessions at GENTECH, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Angelina College Genealogy Conference and The Genealogical Institute of Texas. He is a life member of the San Jacinto Descendants and past director of GENTECH and the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Computer Interest Group. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Raney graduated from SMU with a BS in Civil Engineering and completed a long professional career with Lone Star Gas Company before retiring in 1997 as Chief Engineer. He is currently teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy courses in at Richland College. He published a book, “Martin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844,” in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his GGG Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 55 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, and has been invited back for 2014. 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. (email@example.com)
Elizabeth (Beth) C. Wilson was born and grew up in Oklahoma, living in New York, Louisiana and finally moving to Texas in 1970. She became interested in family history at a very early age, looking through the family Bible and old pictures with her mother, which grew into a lifelong pursuit. Ms. Wilson worked on the staff at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston for sixteen years. She is a current member of Clayton Library friends serving on the acquisition committee. Author and publisher of numerous books for historical and genealogical research and maintains the website www.abstractingthepast.com
George W. Wilson, originally from New York, has always been interested in the study of the old west and its history. Moving to Texas many years ago just increased the love of that subject as it gave him the opportunity to be close to many of the areas and stories he had read about. Having done research on his family background for many years, he decided to use this experience as a basis for doing factual research when he decided to delve into writing and publishing books about the old west. Being retired from regular daily employment, he has the time to travel and, as a free-lance photographer, can, where possible, add area pictures to the text for added interest. He may be contacted through the website www.abstractingthepast.com
2014 ACGC SCHEDULE –CONSTRUCTING IMAGES FROM THE PAST
VENDOR AREA SCHEDULE
Pre-registered attendees who are attending a Thursday workshop will receive special syllabus material as well as the syllabus notebook for Friday & Saturday.
Pat Gordon: Publishing Your Family History: Going from the Unknown to the Known
John A. Sellers: A Visit to our Public’s Attic. This all day workshop takes the researcher into the rewarding but challenging research at our county courthouses. Major record groups such as deed, probate, and vital records will be discussed and their roles in our research. Some underutilized records groups will be introduced to the researcher. How all these records tie together to solve difficult research problems will be analyzed. Terminology and reasons for various records will also be addressed.
Friday & Saturday
F1: James Harkins: Genealogical & Historical Resources of the GLO: Archives & Records. 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.
F2: Philip A. Adderley, C.G.: The Yellow House on the Red River: The Lives of George & Lizzie Stoner. Kentucky natives George & Lizzie Stoner migrated to Ft. Worth, Texas, then east to Louisiana after the Surrender. Why? How did they, their friends, & neighbors
F3: Trevia Wooster Beverly: Health in Early America: Medicine Men, Hucksters, Healers, etc. Health and medicine were quite different than what we expect today. The medical community was unaware of the bacteria and viruses responsible for most disease. Furthermore, the connection between unsanitary conditions and disease was poorly understood. Did your Grandma keep the “cold medicine” on the mantel? Did your Mama give you Hadacol or one of Lydia Pinkman’s herbal products?
F4: James Harkins: German Resources of the GLO Archives and Records. 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.
F5: Don Raney: British Migrations to the American Colonies. There were four main migration groups from the British Isles to the American Colonies before the Revolutionary War. If you can identify the first place that your British immigrant ancestor lived in the American Colonies and the approximate time period, that information can be used as a clue to narrow his original residence to several counties in Britain, then you can narrow your search for birth, marriage and birth in the parish records to only three or four British Counties.
F6: John A. Sellers: Wood and Shingles, Brick and Mortar. Discovering the history of your home or building will cover both the physical and social genealogy of your historic structure. Various records such as abstracts, Sanborn maps, and city directories will be introduced and discussed. Methodology of the search and how various records are combined will help you to implement a complete search.
F7: 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.
F8:Philip A. Adderley, C.G.: The Ball-Kirkland Brick Wall: Using Indirect Evidence and Y- and Autosomal-DNA Results to Prove a Relationship. This case study will show how
F9: Beth Wilson. It was a Dark and Stormy Night. Weather - how did it affect the lives of your family? Using sources to chronicle the weather events in our history which played a part in your ancestor’s lives. Family history is more than just names and dates.
F10: James Harkins: Genealogical and Historical Resources of the GLO Spanish Collection.
F11: Don Raney: Early American Migration Routes. This lecture identifies the important overland migration routes used by American pioneers from 1700 until 1815. Those include the Kings Highway, Lancaster Road, Fall Line Road, Great Valley Road, Upper Road, Braddock’s Road, Forbes Road, Wilderness Road, Mohawk Road, Zane’s Trace, Nashville Road, National Road, Naches Trace and the Federal Horse Path.
F12: Dickie Dixon: Getting Started in the District Clerk’s Office. Do you know what the District Clerk’s office does? They are responsible for the day to day business of a whole district. Is your family to be found here?
(Friday after-dinner speaker)
S1: Don Raney: The Miller Family of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana – How to Research a Common Surname. The quantity of good genealogical information on the Internet continues to grow. It is now possible to solve many “brick wall” genealogical research problems with information available at several key genealogical sites on the Internet. The author was able to identify and document three generations of the Miller family using only Internet resources. This session will give a step by step “how to” example of the research techniques used.
S2: Trevia Wooster Beverly: “Albion’s Seed”: English-speaking immigrants to America.
S3: Pat Gordon: Gone To Texas: Research in the Lone Star State. An overview of records kept prior to Texas becoming a state and where to find them. Records start with those kept during Spanish/Mexican rule—and what’s available may surprise you—then looks at Republic of Texas records. There are also lots of new or improved websites to help your search.
S4:Philip A. Adderley, C.G.: Filling those Gaps in Your Ancestors’ Migrations: Unpublished and Unknown Settlers of the Public Domain. Many settlers migrated and settled on land before holding a clear, legal title. Some settlers were “there” before state or
S5: Trevia Wooster Beverly: The Gold Seekers. Husbands and fathers abandoned their homes (and sometimes their families) to look for the Mother Lode. They were joined by lawyers, merchants, farmers and servants. By the thousands they joined the Gold Rush! Was one of them your ancestor? What happened to these folks? Where can you find their records?
S6: Beth Wilson: Following the Path: Native American Research. Most of us have a family story about an Indian ancestor. To paraphrase the old TV show “Mission Impossible,” your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to establish and document relationships which will lead you to your Indian ancestor.
S7: Don Raney: Finding Your Ancestor in the Federal Land Records. Land records and deed records provide a valuable resource for finding your missing ancestors. Over ninety percent of the adult white male population owned land before 1850. Most of our ancestors were ordinary farmers and land records were usually the only trace that they left in the county records. But after the Revolutionary war, the Federal Government issued homesteads in thirty states that are known as the “Federal Land States.” Learn the resources and techniques that can be used on the Internet.
S8: Trevia Wooster Beverly: Lost Babes: This lecture will address the finding of adoptions, child apprentices, those “branded” in the records, orphan train riders, war orphans, and others. In addition to the normally accepted practices and sources, this lecture will address historical background and unusual sources and techniques.
S9: George W. Wilson: From Genealogy to Murder and Mystery – The Reason, Research and Writing of “High Plains Justice?” Do you have an interesting family story regarding a black sheep? Sources used in the search for the truth.
S10:Philip A. Adderley, C.G.: “Possibly... Probably... Really,” What Basic Steps Turn 'Findings' into 'Evidence'? Burned courthouses and missing federal censuses leave holes to be overcome by other, sometimes indirect, means. “Thin” information and the emotional eagerness we apply to our family research puts us at risk of adopting the wrong person as our ancestor. This program encourages you to moderate your passion with a more distant, structured approach to the information you seek and evaluate. For best results, before attending, download and study the research questions and evidence exhibits (PDF file) using the following link: https://files.secureserver.net/0sHjcZtQYKgXew
S11: Trevia Wooster Beverly: Bones & Stones: What does the cemetery hold for you? Finding the burial place of an ancestor is one of the great hunts of genealogy. We’ll look at some ways to determine where your ancestor is buried and what additional records that may be available. The only record that a person lived may be the marker in the graveyard – and there may not even be that!S12: Dickie Dixon: Records of the Texas Landman. Abstractors and Landmen do official public records (OPR) research for a variety of clients, working in courthouses all across the state of Texas in the Real Property Records doing ownership research, abstracting, etc. for title companies, investors, oil and gas companies. Learn their techniques.
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. A reminder that all vendors do not take credit cards; be prepared with cash or check.
Abstracting the Past
Books & Things
Tejas Publications & Research
Angelina College Library. http://www.angelina.edu/ 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.
Kurth Memorial Library, John Wilkins Genealogy Collection, Ora McMullen Room, located at 706 South Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75901. Phone: 936-630-0560 http://www.kurthmemoriallibrary.com/
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. Phone: 409-283-2272 or 800-323-0389. E-mail: http://www.heritage-village.org/
The History Center. A 12,000 square foot history and archives center with books, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, etc. of East Texas. 102 North Temple Drive, Diboll, Texas 75941. Phone: 936-829-3543 (10 minutes; 1.4 miles) http://www.thehistorycenteronline.com/publications.php
Museum of East Texas. Fine Art, Regional History, Archaeological Artifacts, and Local and Pioneer History Exhibits. 503 North Second, Lufkin, Texas 75901. phone: 936-639-4434 http://metlufkin.org/home.html
Stephen F. Austin State University: East Texas Research Center, 2nd floor Steen Memorial Library, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962. Open Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10am-6pm. Phone: 936-468-4100. http://libweb.sfasu.edu/
Texas Forestry Museum Exhibits: Local and Pioneer History, Natural History, Historic Site and Building, Research Library and Archives. 1905 Atkinson Dr, PO Box 1488, Lufkin, Texas 75002. Phone: 936.632-9535 http://www.treetexas.com/
Angelina County TXGenWeb http://www.angelinacountygenealogy.com/
Angelina County Genealogy Society: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txacgs/
East Texas Genealogical Society: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txetgs/
East Texas Guide: http://www.easttexasguide.com/index1.php
Kindred Trails: http://www.kindredtrails.com/TX_Angelina.html
Van Zandt County Genealogical Society: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txvzcgs/vzgs.htm
Texas Historical Commission: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/
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 .
Discounts vary from senior citizens to military - ask! And let them know you are in Lufkin for the conference. Make your reservations early!
Lufkin Chamber of Commerce: http://www.lufkintexas.org/
Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://visitlufkin.com/
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