TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Andrew Lee

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!


2016 TxSGS Speaker Andrew Lee

About the Speaker

As a youngster, Andrew Lee was told he would never be successful if he did not attend pre-school. In high school, he was the youngest in his class having skipped a grade! Both facts contributed to Andy becoming a harmless class clown in his senior year in high school, and his comical book, “How to Fail English With Style,” which is an autobiographical recounting of his Senior English writing exploits.

During high school, Andy wrote about one of his American Revolution ancestors and won! Now his research focuses on three areas: the early Dutch in America, ancestors from California in the decades after the Gold Rush, and ancestors from St. Keverne, Cornwall, England.

Andy prefers the analytic side of genealogical research, thus becoming the resident expert for genetic genealogy for his and his wife’s family lines. Using DNA and genealogical records, he solved the mystery of Benjamin Freeman Lee and his whereabouts prior to the 1870s. He also loves storytelling and multimedia, which enabled him to digitize and clean up the family interviews using Audacity. His experienced led to his popular presentation at RootsTech 2016 on the software.

Andy is a Licensed Professional Engineer and works in the oil and gas industry. When he’s not working or researching family lines, he repairs things around the house, plays Nerf gun wars with his five children, or cooks amazingly delicious dishes for his wife. If you ask him about college football (especially the Texas Aggies) during the fall, then you better grab a drink and a chair and enjoy the pleasant conversation.

About the Sessions

Using Genealogy and DNA to Solve the Mystery of Benjamin Freeman Lee
DNA use in genealogy has been gaining momentum for some years now. This course is a case study in how DNA can be used with other family history research to find our ancestors. DNA was combined with research into censuses, land records, and newspapers to solve a family mystery that had been unsolvable for more than 40 years. Students will walk away understanding how DNA helped solve the instructor’s family problem. They will see some tools that can be used to compare DNA and understand some of the limits of DNA in genealogical testing.

10 Hidden Websites You Can Use to Help Write a Family History
Everyone knows where to find records. Everyone knows where to build trees online. What about when we have our research and we want to write a story? Where do we go so that we aren’t just regurgitating names, dates, and places? What websites can help to create a compelling story that others will want to read? A major part of writing is having the information available to write about. In this course, the instructor will walk through 10 non-genealogy websites that he has used to help craft stories about his ancestors. These are websites that discuss local history, weather, flora & fauna, and tools to make writing and recording a story easier.

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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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