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Free workshop on family tree research and preservation in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Public Library will offer a free workshop on family tree research and preservation.
Suzanne Fritz/Fort Worth Public Library

The Fort Worth Central Library will host “Ancestry-in-Action: Unpuzzling Your Past and Preserving Your Family Tree,” Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11am – 4pm in the Tandy Lecture Hall. The library address is 500 W. Third St. Morning refreshments begin at 10:30 am.

The workshop will feature three speakers:

Judy Allen Knight will present, “Cemetery Dowsing.” Many genealogists have trouble finding the grave of an ancestor even if they know the right cemetery. Knight will discuss how grave dowsing can help locate unmarked graves and provide clues about the person’s identity.

Knight, a genealogical speaker with more than 40 years’ experience in family history, is actively preserving her family’s Tarrant County cemetery. In 2001, the site was declared a Historic State Cemetery. She has served in multiple capacities with the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Betsy Mills will present, “Identifying Old Photographs: Preserving and Sharing.” Mills reveals how to solve puzzling old family photographs by analyzing the type of photograph, people and styles, and other often-missed clues. Attendees will also learn to preserve these memories by scanning and sharing them.

Mills, part of the TXGenWeb Project and State Coordinator for ARGenWeb, became a genealogist when she was 10 years old and discovered an empty family tree in her baby book. She promptly began working to fill in the blanks. Mills currently serves as President of the Lamar County Genealogical Society and Lamar County Historical Commission.

Larry McCarty will present, “Daniel Quarles: Reconnected after 150 Years.” McCarty will discuss the history of African-American Daniel Quarles, who might have been the model for the character Jim in Mark Twain’s classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

McCarty will explain the Quarles family’s migration and subsequent reconnection, link between John A. Quarles and Samuel Clemens, and the ongoing Mark Twain archaeological dig in Florida, Missouri. McCarty has spoken about black history at numerous library, university and genealogical society events, and on television.

The day’s agenda will be:

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Morning Refreshments
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: “Cemetery Dowsing” by Judy Knight
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.:” Identifying Old Photographs: Preserving and Sharing” by Betsy Mills
2:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Refreshment break
3-4 p.m.: “Daniel Quarles: Reconnected After 150 Years” by Larry McCarty

Please call (817) 392-7740 or e-mail genlhst@FortWorthTexas.gov to make a reservation.

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