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Genealogy seminar will feature national speaker

Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:25 a.m.


Mark your calendars for an excellent genealogy seminar coming to Victoria on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the comfortable and accommodating facilities of the Victoria College Student Center, 2200 E. Red River St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Victoria County Genealogical Society, the featured speaker is George G. Morgan, from Tampa, Fla., noted genealogist, national and international lecturer, prolific writer with columns in Ancestry Newsletter, Ancestry Magazine, Ancestry.com website, Eastman's Weekly Genealogy Newsletter, Southern Queries, the NGS Magazine, Family Chronicle and Family Tree magazines. Morgan has published landmark genealogy books, including his award-winning, "How to do Everything with Your Genealogy." Copies will be available for sale at the seminar.

I am privileged to work with George Morgan in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and attended five of his genealogy presentations. With assurance, I guarantee this seminar will be both informative and enjoyable. His lectures will inspire you to get busy with your research and give you valuable clues for new resources to pursue. You will long remember his genealogy presentation in Victoria.

Make your plans now to attend. The cost is $50 for the day, but if you send in your reservation by September 25th, the cost will be only $40 and will include a box lunch. Make checks payable to VCGS, PO Box 413, Victoria, TX 77902-0413. Seating is limited, so register early. Contact Karen Mueller at 361-578-9500 or e-mail her at karengm@suddenlink.net.

Morgan's lectures include:

Bring "Em" Back to Life Developing an Ancestor Profile, a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestors and creating a biographical profile and tips for organizing your research so it can become the basis for writing detailed biographical sketches.

Push and Pull - Reasons for migration. What made your ancestors leave their homes and move hundreds of thousands of miles? What drew them to a specific place to settle?

The Genealogist as CSI - Modern genealogists are like crime scene investigators - CSI's. How to locate clues and evidence, employ proven methods, document and evaluate resources and communicate your findings. Learn a methodological framework for all types of research.

Bits and Obits - Reading between the lines and extracting information from the simplest obituary. Learn how these small pieces of paper can link you to missing or elusive ancestors or other family members that provide a path for locating your ancestors' records.

Remember to save $10 and register early. This will be a Saturday well spent and one that will get you started with your research or assist you in your search for your family history. Bring a friend or relative.

See you at the seminar and Happy Researching.

E-mail genealogy queries to mjones@vicad.com or mail query along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply to Relatively Speaking, c/o Martha Jones, Ph.D., Victoria Advocate - Your Life, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902. VCGS members will research queries requiring extensive study.

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