TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Colleen Greene

2016 TxSGS Speaker Colleen Greene

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

Colleen (Robledo) Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, web developer, content strategist, and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Library & Information Science. Colleen is the Marketing and Web Systems Librarian for the Pollak Library at California State University, Fullerton, and is a Lecturer for the San Jose State University School of Information where she teaches an online graduate-level GPS-based genealogy course for future librarians.

She is a lifelong Californian with expertise in California and Southwest U.S. history; conducting Mexican, Mexican-American, and Hispanic research; digital archival systems, social media management, and society marketing and communications. Colleen specializes in teaching emerging technologies, advanced search strategies, and Genealogical Proof Standard concepts and methodology.

Colleen is a member of many local, state, and national genealogical and historical societies, and library associations. She is the Director of Communications for the Texas State Genealogical Society, and serves on the board for the North Orange County California Genealogical Society.

She has been researching her family history for eighteen years, blogs professionally at http://www.colleengreene.com, and tells her family history at www.cjroots.com. Colleen successfully completed the certificate in genealogical research from Boston University in August 2016, and is enrolled in the Advanced Genealogical Methods course with Thomas W. Jones at SLIG 2017.

Her research goals for 2017 include improving her very rudimentary Spanish language skills (everything she forgot from high school and college classes), and taking her Spanish-fluent father to visit their paternal ancestral hometown in the state of San Luis San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

Presenter Sessions

An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
This introductory lecture will cover key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated, and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. Learn how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

Digging Deeper into Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records
The long history of formalized record keeping in New Spain and Mexico provides a wealth of information for researching Mexican ancestors. Church records date back to the early Spanish Colonial Era, and civil registrations went into effect shortly after Mexican Independence. Learn how to find and analyze Mexico civil and church registration collections to build out your Mexican family history, and how even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.

Utilizing the Digital Public Library of American and the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research
These two free, but underutilized, online resources are packed with rich extensive digitized record collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices. You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.

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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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