Genealogical Seminar

Presented by

Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association

Saturday August 9, 2014


Kelvin L. Meyers

Seminar is SOLD OUT effective August 5, 2014


Kelvin Meyers


A professional genealogist for the last twenty-seven years and an avid researcher-historian for the last thirty-five years, he is a frequent speaker to many genealogical societies and family associations in Texas and Oklahoma and Louisiana. He was employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library. Now, he contracts with law firms, banks, the US Immigration Service and energy companies, as a forensic genealogist. Kelvin is an alumnus and lecturer at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist and a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG and serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogist.



Seminar Location

Broadmoor United Methodist Church – Pearce Activity Hall

3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport, La (Parking lot is on east side on Albany Ave)


Schedule and Topics


8:00 am: Doors Open - Registration

8:45: Opening Remarks / Introduction

9:00 - 10:30: Plowing Through the Land Records to Find Your Ancestor (Enhanced Lecture)

10:55 - 12:00: Tax Records or Why did Scarlett Make A Dress of Her Mother’s Drapes?

12:00 - 1:15: Lunch

1:15 - 2:20: Probate - More Than A Will

2:40 - 3:45: How Great Thou Art! How Great They Are! Church Records


Plus Barnes & Noble Bookfair (featuring a special selection of genealogy and history books)


Cost of Seminar - - - $40.00 - - - Includes lunch if registration received by August 7, 2014/strong>

Seating limit: 75 - For information call Jim Johnson (318) 746-1851 or Email



Seminar Map

Broadmoor United Methodist Church - 3715 Youree Dr., Shreveport


If traveling I-20, take exit 19A south on LA 1 (Market St becomes Youree Dr) - distance 3.4 miles Then at north end of church, turn left onto Anniston Ave, and go one block. (Note:  Parking/entrance is on east side of church on Albany Ave)




Plowing Through the Land Records to Find Your Ancestor - Because Americans were so "land minded" over ¾ of all males who lived to maturity, well into the 19th century, owned land. Because this is true, land records exist from the beginning of the first permanent settlements in America—frequently one of the few identifying records from this early period. A quality unique to land records is that the older they are the more genealogical data there may be to obtain from that record. This lecture will focus on using these records, combined with other records to identify ancestors.


Tax Records or Why did Scarlett Make A Dress of Her Mother’s Drapes? - For most genealogists a tax list is merely a substitute for a missing census, but there are many other uses for a tax list. You can determine when an ancestor comes of age, estimate the time of death of an ancestor, or maybe identify a nameless wife. Learn what your ancestor’s social standing was in the community. Maybe you can determine the short stay of a family in a county between decennial censuses, as well as give positive clues to the location of land owned in that county. Also learn where to find these tax lists and how to access them.


Probate: More Than A Will - Most persons in America, who lived to adulthood, left some type of an estate to be administered. Some left wills, some did not, either way if there was land or large amounts of personal property, this estate had to be disposed of. The records of probate can be some of the most fruitful for the genealogist. Wills, distributions, administrations, inventories, are all vital parts of the probate process and full of genealogical information, these are the things that will be discussed in this lecture.


How Great Thou Art! How Great They Are! Church Records - Underused and underutilized this vast group of records can be a challenge to the "un-churched". Determining the denomination, in which your ancestor was a part, can be the biggest challenge. The second challenge is to find those records. With these two things accomplished, many genealogical questions can be answered.