TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Rick Fogarty

2016 TxSGS Speaker Rick Fogarty

We are thrilled to introduce you to one of the dynamic speakers teaching at our 2016 Family History Conference in Dallas Texas on October 28-30! Registration opened September 1st...grab your spot now!

About the Presenter

Rick Fogarty is a professional genealogical researcher and lecturer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is a third-generation genealogist with deep Oklahoma roots and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. He specializes in Native American tribal, adoption, and DNA/forensic genealogical research.

He has attended the Boston University forensic genealogy course, the Forensic Genealogy Institute genetic genealogy course, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University.

Rick is a life member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and is an instructor on Native American tribal genealogy for the Virtual Institute for Genealogical Research and lectures frequently on many genealogical topics. He currently serves on the board for the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Rick is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

Presenter Sessions

Adoption Research: An Adoption Story
Adoption research is quickly becoming one of the most popular specialized fields in genealogy. With new advances in DNA and access to personal information more available to both amateur and professional researchers, genealogists are finding a niche in this area. This lecture will discuss the current state of adoption research and focus on several components: a case study on the lecturer’s personal adoption story, analysis of the research techniques used in the case study, ethical considerations about adoption research, and the future of adoption research.

Mixed Race Families in Postbellum East Texas: A Case Study
In the 1830’s, east central Texas was becoming inhabited by early settlers specifically in what would become Burleson and Washington County. Many of these settlers relocated from the South bringing the custom of slavery with them until the end of the Civil War. The population of both white and black families boomed after the emancipation of slaves, changing the dynamics of these Texas counties. This lecture will paint a picture of the life of two people, Wiley Evans and Lettie Escoe, in antebellum Texas.

Researching Native American Genealogy in Texas and Oklahoma
Texas and Oklahoma have a deep history of Native American settlement. Whether tribes were native or relocated to these regions during the 19th century, the documentation and history can be found in a variety of resources to be covered in this lecture. Four areas will be discussed in this presentation: origins of the tribes in Texas and Oklahoma, historical migrations of these tribes, the records documenting the tribes and their history, and current methods to research Indian lineage.

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Miranda Whited

Miranda Whited

Communications Intern at TxSGS
Miranda Whited is the Spring and Summer 2016 communications intern for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Miranda is interested in public outreach, archival work, and museum studies. She currently attends the University of Texas at Austin studying History, English, and Anthropology.
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TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Rick Fogarty — 3 Comments

  1. Hi,
    My name is Kelly Jacobs-Sillers (Kelly Sillers) and I sent a message about a week ago. In the message I was trying to find out if I have a membership. I sent a $25.00 check July 2, 2016 and it was paid by the bank July 12, 2016. I stated that I never was sent a notice letting me know if you have this information. I did get a message back but I guess I will have to wait for a while to find out about the membership.

    Another question is do you have the price for the TxSGS 2016 conference? The only rates I saw was for the hotel stay. And when will we be able to make the payment?

    • Kelly,

      Thanks for your membership – we are grateful for your support! I have emailed you the results of our search for your membership, and appreciate your patience as we traced the payment.
      We should have online conference registration available soon – you’ll receive an email when it’s up.

      Susan Ball, Director of Membership

    • Kelly:
      Please feel free to directly contact our Director of Membership (membership@txsgs.org) with any remaining membership questions.
      The registration portal is in its last few adjustments and will be open in the next few days. The pricing will be almost the same as last year and will also have early-bird and TxSGS member discounts.