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Ancestry Day in Texas

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Mid-Cities Genealogical Society P.O. Box 407
Bedford, TX 76095

New to A long-time user? Whichever description fits you, Ancestry Day in Texas is an event you don’t want to miss.
Learn new ways to discover and celebrate your family history from experts.
Ancestry Day will feature sessions taught by staff members, Crista Cowan and Lisa Arnold.
There is an optional lunch program featuring Meg Hacker, Director of the Southwest Regional Archives in Fort Worth.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
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7:30—9:00 amRegistration
8:30—9:00 amAncestry 101: New & Review (optional)
Brand new to genealogy? New to We can help! Even if you answered no to those questions,
join us for the first half hour of the day where we will provide a quick refresher course on some of the basics.
9:00—9:15 amWelcome and Prize Drawing
9:15—10:30 amGetting the Most from, Part I
Crista Cowan,, “The Barefoot Genealogist”
Global. . .Database. . .Fuzzy. . .Exact. These are just a few of the ways you can search on
You can search by person or location. You can use the Card Catalog to discover what is online before you begin your search.
We will share our best search tips and tricks to help you find all of the available information about a given ancestor.
10:30—10:45 amBREAK & Prize Drawing
10:45—12:00 amGetting the Most from, Part II
Crista Cowan,, “The Barefoot Genealogist”
Are you getting the most out of your subscription?
Even if you don’t have a subscription, are you aware there are many things you can access for free?
We will cover the five major areas of the website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.
12:00—1:30 pmLUNCH Break & Prize Drawing
Optional: Purchase a box lunch when you register online, and hear
Want to Beat the Heat? Research Some Cool Overlooked and Underused Records!
Meg Hacker, Director of the National Archives Southwest Regional Office
Meg has canvassed her National Archives colleagues from coast to coast to learn about their favorite overlooked and underused genealogical records.
Come and enjoy a lighthearted stroll through some very interesting documents!
1:30—2:15 pmTexas Records on Ancestry: “Thick as Dew on Dixie!”
Lisa Arnold,
Details to follow.
2:15—2:30 pmBREAK & Prize Drawing
2:30—3:15 pmQ&A Panel with Crista, Lisa, Meg and our Texas Experts
Submit your questions for the panel in advance by emailing them to prior to September 1, 2013.
3:15—4:00 pmSharing Your Family Story
Crista Cowan,, “The Barefoot Genealogist”
Learn how to use the clues in records to discover more about your ancestors.
Use the tools on to preserve those stories and share them with the genealogically challenged in your family.
4:00 pmGrand Prize Drawing

Register today using the form below! Eventbrite registration form

Parking (with in & out privileges): $5.00 per vehicle. Payable on arrival at the Convention Center parking lot.

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