2018 Virtual Conference

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Join the Texas State Genealogical Society on Friday and Saturday, February 9-10, 2018, for a two-day event filled with plenty of genealogy tips and more to help you explore your family history and chip away at those persistent brick walls.

Nationally recognized genealogy lecturer J. Mark Lowe anchors a slate of seven speakers with expertise in areas from methodology to DNA, discussing timely topics and facilitating in-depth learning. Watch this event LIVE, or later at your convenience.

The TxSGS Virtual Conference is the ultimate learning experience from the comfort of your home. Simply log in with your password to access all the conference presentations and material. The answer to your brick wall problem may be only a click away.


Registration for the 2018 Virtual Conference includes access to the Live event (see: Schedule), a digital syllabus, and ninety-day access to the recorded event. Sessions are being recorded and will be available for a limited time on the TxSGS website. Details about accessing these sessions will be emailed to registrants following the event.

Event Registration
Member Registration $55.00
Non-Member Registration $65.00

Register online today!

Door Prizes

Registrants will be entered for a chance to win a selection of door prizes including a DNA kit (2 to be given), Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine Bettinger’s popular workbook Genetic Genealogy in Practice, and a free registration for the TxSGS 2018 Family History Conference to be held later this year.


See a schedule of days and times for each presentation.

Topics & Speakers

Finding Uncle John by Talking to the Neighbors
J. Mark Lowe
Using census records, manuscripts, and land records, learn details about your ancestor’s neighborhood and the people with whom they worked, prayed, fought, and married.

Dower, Dowry, and Detinue: Women and Their Men’s Property
J. Mark Lowe
Understanding how the legal system looked at the female ancestors is essential to following their records. Learn the terminology, the record types, and strategies for finding the answers.

Using Hispanic Genealogy to Find Your Non-Hispanic Ancestors
Henrietta Christmas
Are you a descendant of a cross-cultural marriage? Did your ancestor marry a Hispanic? In this session, you will be looking at various records and how you can push your research back working with records you may not be accustomed to.

Did Your Ancestors Own Slaves?
Janice Lovelace
Do you have Pre-Civil War ancestors who might have owned slaves? This presentation discusses researching pre-war censuses, wills, court proceedings, business records and newspapers for information. In addition, it will look at the issues to consider in connecting with modern descendants of those enslaved.

Overcoming Record Loss: Overcoming Destroyed Missing or Non-Existent Records
Kelvin Meyers
We all face it: record loss. Whether the courthouse burned, the clerk tossed them, the relative, the autograph hunter, the lawyer or the surveyor took them, they succumbed to heat, humidity, insects or fading ink or war or distance from the courthouse which was a barrier to their creation – the records we want – the records that could answer our questions aren’t there. The solution: in many cases, it’s possible to overcome the problem, but it requires diligence, perseverance, and willingness to look beyond the obvious

Timelines in Genealogy – Definitely Worth the Time
Diane Richard
Timelines are very visual. Creating a multi-columned matrix can help you focus on missing gaps, seemingly contradictory information, previously invisible relationships; identify questions to be answered, research to be done; and so much more. Learn to create “living” summaries; as you acquire new data, add it in!

Legitimate, Logical, Limited: Using Ethnicity Estimates for Genealogy
Debbie Parker Wayne
Learn to effectively use DNA ethnicity estimates and why the predictions from multiple companies and tools differ.

Publishing Your Family History
Eric Wells
Building a family tree is just the beginning when the goal is to preserve a family heritage. A family tree alone may not be enough to inspire following generations’ interest in where they came from. A way to accomplish both preservation and inspiration is to publish the heritage into an engaging format. This session will cover just that, how to publish the family heritage into some form of physical media.

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