Genealogists in the Fort Worth area may register for the Texas Ancestry Day workshop, sponsored by Ancestry.com and the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, Sept. 21 at the Arlington Convention Center. The cost is $35 for the workshop with a separate fee for an optional lunch session with Meg Hacker of the National Archives of Fort Worth. Seating is limited.
This day-long event is designed to help subscribers, and people thinking of subscribing, understand how to get the most from Ancestry.com.
The Texas Ancestry Day schedule is as follows:
- 7:30-9 a.m.: Registration
- 8:30-9 a.m.: Ancestry 101 - New and Review (optional) session will be held the first half hour of the day. This will provide a quick refresher course on some of the basics for those who already use Ancestry.com and will be a quick intro for those who are new.
- 9-9:15 a.m.: Welcome and first prize drawing of the day
- 9:15-10:30 a.m.: Getting the Most from Ancestry.com, Part I, presented by Crista Cowan, Ancestry.com’s “The Barefoot Genealogist” features the best search tips and tricks to help attendees find all of the available information about a given ancestor.
- 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break and prize drawings
- 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.: Getting the Most from Ancestry.com, Part II, presented by Crista Cowan, Ancestry.com, “The Barefoot Genealogist” covers the five major areas of the Ancestry.com website and shows tools for advancing family history research.
- 12-1:30 p.m.: Lunch break (optional session), “Want to Beat the Heat? Research Some Cool Overlooked and Underused Records!” with Meg Hacker, Director of the National Archives Southwest Regional Office
- 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Texas Records on Ancestry - “Thick as Dew on Dixie!” presented by Lisa Arnold, Ancestry.com
- 2:15-2:30 p.m.: Break and prize drawings
- 2:30-3:15 p.m.: Live Q&A Panel with Crista, Lisa, and Texas experts
- 3:15-4 p.m.: Sharing Your Family Story is a session where attendees will learn how to use the clues in records to discover more about their ancestors. Ancestry.com tools can preserve those stories and allow attendees to share them with the genealogically challenged members of their family.
The Arlington Convention Center is located at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas 76011. Parking is available for $5 per vehicle, payable on arrival at parking lot.
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