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2015 Calendar of Events

If you would like to be considered as a speaker to give a genealogy or history oriented presentation at one of our monthly events, please contact Jim Johnson at

Date Speaker Program

We strive to offer educational programs that are genealogical or historically oriented. Frequently, in addition to our monthly featured program, we provide a short (usually 15-20 minutes) 'hornbook' session by an Education Committee member that focuses on a genealogy research topic, plus a 'Bits and Pieces' segment that details interesting genealogy news, tips, and research sources.
January 10 Judy McKinney Thomas,
Rocky Mount Cemetery Director and history buff
"Pioneers and Early Settlers of Bossier's Rocky Mount Community"

Hornbook Session presented by Glenda Bernard:
"Birth Records and What You May Not Know"
February 14 Ray Stevenson, Antiques Restorer and Collector "Preserving African-American History"

Hornbook session presented by Peggy Suzanne LaCour "Weather and Migration: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 & The Year Without a Summer - 1816"
March 14 Ellen T. Kyle, MSN, Healthcare Operations Consultant, Genealogy Researcher How Our Genetic Heritage Makes Sugar a Poison for Us" (This is a presentation about how our genetic heritage puts us at risk for obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Ms. Kyle will suggest ways to overcome this heritage and return to healthy living like the people of Dan Buettner's Blue Zones...thus living longer and better.)

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb:
"What Can We Learn from a Death Certificate?"
April 11 Education Committee/Staff Workshop for Beginners: 9:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

See attached flyer for details

Note: Location: Broadmoor Branch Library,
1212 Capt Shreve Dr, Shreveport
May 9 Jim Johnson, Genealogist, Past President ALTGA "Strategies for Solving Brick Wall Problems" (Includes interaction with audience on ideas to solve member's brick walls)

Hornbook session presented by Bob Horne, professional photographer: "Coordinating Genealogy and Photography"
June 13 Joe Slattery, Genealogist, Historian and Librarian "Shreveport's Historic Oakland Cemetery" based on records and photographs of the late Jane Newberry

Hornbook session presented by Brenda Randall: "Searching for Obituaries at Broadmoor Library - Using CD's, Obituary Cards and Cemetery Listings"
July 11 Sonja Webb, Peggy LaCour, and Glenda Bernard (Education Committee Members) Theme of program is How Technology has changed Genealogy Research and will include these presentations:

• "From Gutenberg to Google" by Peggy LaCour
• "Scanners: An Essentual Tool for Digitizing Genealogy"
    by Sonja Webb
• “Original Docs! How to Find Them Online Without
   Paying a Dime” by Glenda Bernard
August 8 Charles Gardes, Forensic Genealogist and Lecturer All day seminar: Topics:

(1) "What Did You Do in the Civil War Great Grandpa? - Tracing Your Civilian Ancestor in the Civil War South"

(2) "Made In The U.S.A - Beginning German Genealogy" (an Introduction to German Research)

(3) "Meet Me At The Raccoon Lodge - Researching In The International Order of Hoo-Hoo and Other Fraternal Organization Records"

(4) "It's a Gusher! - Actual Probate Case Study of Heirship Verification "

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Location: Pearce Activity Hall at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport.

Cost $40 (includes lunch).

For more information click here.

September 12 Mike Montgomery, Historian "Colonization of America and the Settlement of Louisiana" (European factors that influenced the colonization of the New World and the settlement of Louisiana)

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "Banns, Bonds, and Brides: An Overview of Marriage Customs and Records"
Sept. 18 SML Genealogy Dept Broadmoor Branch Genealogy 'Lock-in'. The 'Genealogy Lock-in' will occur from 6 to 9 PM for those interested in genealogy research. Included will be a class in the Tech Center on vital records (Call 219-3468 to register for this class). The 'lock-in' is for all levels of researchers from beginners to advanced.
October 10 Mary Lynn Wernet, Head Archivist/University Records Officer and Nolan Eller, Library Associate/Assistant Archivist Genealogical Resources in the Cammie G. Henry Research Center at NSU

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Lila's Story" (based on the book Noble Master, Noble Slave by Lila Hamilton)
November 14 John Agan, Historian and Author "Stories Behind the Stones" (History of the Minden Cemetery and stories about some of those buried there)

Hornbook session presented by Philip B. Adderley: "Probate I" (First of a two part series)

Probate 1 Handout
December 12 Annual Business Meeting/Election of Officers/Christmas Luncheon. Seasonal harp music played by Debbie Adderley during Luncheon

Two Hornbook Sessions:

Philip B. Adderley presents "Probate II"

Glenda Bernard presents “Learning from Genealogy: My Personal Story”
Note: Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Avenue Shreveport Louisiana (Fairfield Avenue at Kings Highway). Other events are located as noted.