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2012 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.
January 14 Philip Adderley, CGSM “Aunt Marshler, Molsey Wild, & Amelia Weinstock: Three Women, Two, or One?” (Resolving female identities based on family traditions and indirect/circumstantial genealogical evidence)
February 11 Roger Jefferson " A Personal Experience in Genealogy and Land Research ". In commemoration of Black History Month

Hornbook session presented by Jim Jones "Getting Ready for Courthouse Research Using".
March 3 Jim Jones and Education Committee "Family History Skills Day" Location: Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Capt Shreve Drive. Workshop lectures from 9:30 - 11:45am and guided research assistance in the genealogy department from 1 - 4pm.

Register for this event in the Genealogy Department.
March 4 Edith Smith, Author and Researcher "The WOW Factor - Working on Wonders: Waiting for you in Deed Records".

 (Note: This program will be at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Capt Shreve Drive, beginning at 2:30 pm. Hosted by the Broadmoor Branch Genealogy Department.
March 10 Brian O'Nuanain, Teacher and Radio Commentator
"Irish Family Names and Irish History/Folklore"

Hornbook session presented by Glenda Bernard; Topic: "Finding Obituaries and Other Hidden Surprises".
April 14 John Agan, Historian and Author "Northwest Louisiana at Statehood: 1812." This program commemorates the 200th anniversary of Louisiana as a state.

Hornbook session presented by Philip Adderley, CGSM Topic: "Unpublished and Unknown Settlers of the Public Domain"
May 12 Mike Montgomery, Historian "Dr. John Sibley - Louisiana Territory's First Indian Agent, Physician, Planter, and Politician"

Hornbook Session presented by Jim Jones. Topic: "Indexing the 1940 Census - A Lesson on Interpreting Twentieth Century Handwriting".
June 9 Linda Duff Niemier and Lillian Laird Duff, Historian and Authors "Sharecropping in North Louisiana: A Family's Struggle Through the Great Depression."

This will be a presentation and book promotion. The book is a true story of the hardships suffered during the Great Depression and WW II. Books will be available for purchase for only $13.00 each. Information about the book and its authors are here.

Hornbook session to be presented by Philip Adderley, CGSM. Topic is "Hornbook Lessons from the Archives".
July 14 Caddo Parish Clerk Officials (Mike Spence, John Basco, and Susan Twohig)
Caddo Parish Courthouse Records 101 (An overview of records and research techniques at the courthouse).

Hornbook Presentation: Jim Jones presents "Some Tips for Using"
August 11 Russell P. Baker, Genealogist & Lecturer All day seminar. Topics:

(1) "So You Want to be a Cherokee" (This lecture explores genealogical sources of the five civilized tribes)

(2) "Camping in Canaan's Land" (An introduction to researching American church records)

(3) "Forty Acres and a Mule" (Ancestor Hunting in Original Land Entry Records"

(4) "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Looking for Southern vital records);
September 8 Fr. Pike Thomas, Pastor St. Jude Catholic Church, and Researcher "Analyzing and Abstracting the Early 1800's Barnwell County SC Probate Records"

Barnwell was a crossroads followed by many settlers in the early 1800's, with a large number departing within a generation for what was called “the west” (GA/AL/MS/LA/TX). Thus it is rich in familiar names throughout the Deep South. Father Thomas will analyze especially the rich harvest one can glean from these precious probate records.

Hornbook Presentation: Philip Adderley, CGSMpresents “Mum-mum’s Beautiful Bermuda Guide Book, 8th Edition, 1945.”
October 13 Gary D. Joiner, Ph.D, Professor, Historian, and Author
"Gravestone Symbolism and Iconography" Exploring the meaning of cemetery symbols and other graveyard mysteries.

Hornbook Presentation: Glenda Bernard presents “Sally’s Autograph Book Treasures: Any Genealogical Value?”
November 10 Philip Adderley, CGSM
“The Yellow House on the Red River: The Life Histories of Kentuckians George Washington Stoner and his Wife Lizzie H. Wilson.”

Synopsis: Kentucky natives George W. Stoner and his wife Elizabeth Wilson grew up in Cumberland and Monroe County, Kentucky; married; migrated to Tarrant County and Marion County, Texas; and finally settled in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, after the Surrender. For the next forty years they battled heat and drought, a yellow fever epidemic, the longest economic depression in U. S. history, fires, cyclones, hail storms, ice storms, and the Texas and Pacific Railroad (twice). The records they left in Louisiana alone resulted in over four hundred findings, defining not only their lives but also those of many friends, associates, and neighbors.
December 8 Annual Business Meeting/ Election of Board Members/ Christmas Luncheon.
Note: Monthly meetings are held 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.