12 September 2014

Free Genealogy Education: Newton County, Texas FRIDAY (TODAY) and SATURDAY

I didn't see any publicity about this online until today when a notice was placed on several Rootsweb mail lists. I hope the planners got the word out in local newspapers so the attendance will be good. If you are in the southeast Texas area this weekend maybe you can fit in one of these sessions. I am sure the speakers will appreciate your attendance.


Image of East Texas road, © 2013, Debbie Parker Wayne

Newton County (Texas) Genealogy Conference
Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, 2014


Check with the History Center and library (presumably at 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966) for directions to the different venues. No addressees were included with the notice I received, but Newton is a small town and it should not be difficult to find your way around.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    • 1:00-1:45 P.M.
      • Billie Grunden, Celia's Jewelry, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library
      • Linda Reynolds, Using the East Texas Research Center, Newton County Welcome Center
    • Break 1:45-2:00 P.M.
    • 2:00-3:00 P.M.
      • Billie Grunden, A Genealogical Journey to the War of 1812, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library
      • Dickie Dixon, Getting Started in the County Clerk's Office, Newton County Clerk's Office
    • Break 3:00-3:15 P.M.
    • 3:15-4:15 P.M.
      • Genevieve Kitterman, Finding Lost Cemeteries: Research and Field Work Using
        Maps, Satellite and Aerial Images
        , Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical, Newton County Library
      • Dickie Dixon, Getting Started in the District Clerk's Office, Newton County Welcome Center
    • 3:30-4:45 P.M.
      • Library staff, Using Heritage Quest, Newton County Library
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    • 8:00-9:00 A.M.
      • Winnie Graham, Family Memoirs and Under the Black Gum Tree, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, Using Federal Decennial and Texas State Censuses, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • Break 9:00-9:15
    • 9:15-10:15 A.M.
      • Herman Wright, Rosenwald Schools in the Newton County Area, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, Mechanic's Liens, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • Break 10:15-10:30 A.M.
    • 10:30-11:30 A.M.
      • Alana Inman, Using the Sam Houston Regional Library, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, The Kathleen Hinson Dixon Story, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • 11:30A. M. -12:30 P.M. Lunch, Local Eateries include Brookshire Brothers, Dairy Queen, Hacienda Vieja, Jiffy Mart (Exxon), Subway
    • 12:30-1:30 P.M.
      • Carolyn Ericson, Civil War Research, Newton County Civic Center
      • Dickie Dixon, Effectively Using City Directories, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
    • Break 1:30-1:45 P.M.
    • 1:45-2:45 P.M.
      • Keith Allred, Writing Your Family's History, Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library, 213 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966
      • Ron Rodgers, Using LDS genealogical Resources, Newton County Civic Center

To cite this blog post: Debbie Parker Wayne, "Free Genealogy Education: Newton County, Texas FRIDAY (TODAY) and SATURDAY," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 12 September 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

02 September 2014

Upcoming Speaking Engagements (and past ones in 2014)

One of my friends reminded me I need to be better about promoting upcoming speaking engagements so she can attend when possible. These last few months have been crazy getting ready to do the first ever week-long genetic genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the first
International Genetic Genealogy conference sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (I4GG) and much more. The FGS conference in San Antonio just ended. This has been a busy summer for speaking in places that require more than a short drive.

So what is coming soon?

Saturday, September 6
Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society
Mesquite Public Library, 300 West Grubb St., Mesquite, Texas
9:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • Mining Tax Rolls
  • Organizing for Research and Sharing: Paper and Electronic Files
  • Online Search Techniques of Highly Successful Genealogists
  • Finding Online Books and Journals


Tuesday, September 23
Austin Genealogical Society
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Drive, Austin, Texas
6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
  • GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today

Saturday, October 4
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
Oklahoma Historical Society, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today
  • Maternal Lines: Using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
  • Paternal Lines:Using Y-DNA
  • Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent


Saturday, October 11
Mid-Cities Genealogical Society
Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Dr., Euless, Texas
10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today
  • Maternal Lines: Using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
  • Paternal Lines:Using Y-DNA
  • Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent


Saturday, October 25
Genealogy Workshop for Beginners with Scott Fitzgerald and Debbie Parker Wayne
East Texas Genealogical Society
9:00a.m. to 4:15p.m.
  • Steps for Beginning Genealogy (Scott)
  • Organizing for Research and Sharing: Paper and Electronic Files (Debbie)
  • Finding and Using Census Records Effectively (Debbie)
  • Texas Courthouse Research (Scott)
  • DNA: What Can It Do for Genealogy (Debbie)
  • Genealogy Websites (Scott)


And what filled the rest of the spring and summer (for completeness of the 2014 speaking schedule)?

  • August 27 to 30, FGS in San Antonio, Texas, where I helped Elissa Scalise Powell and Judy G. Russell teach the "BCG Certification Seminar" and I presented "Texas Resource Gems," "DNA Case Studies," and "Using mtDNA and X-DNA"
  • August 15 to 17, Chevy Chase, Maryland, the first International Genetic Genealogy conference sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (I4GG) where I presented "Using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)" and then got to attend many great presentations by the most knowledgeable genetic genealogists of the day
  • August 9, Huntsville, Texas, where I presented "GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today" and "Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent"
  • July 20 to 25, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Pennsylvania, where CeCe Moore, Blaine Bettinger, and I taught two concurrent Practical Genetic Genealogy courses because we had so many people enroll we could fill two classrooms
  • June 8 to 13, IGHR at Samford University, Angela McGhie invited me to be part of her new Intermediate Course where I taught "Mining Tax Rolls: More than Property Lists," "Directory Assistance: Using City and Other Directories," and "DNA and Genetic Genealogy, GATA GACC!"
  • May 19, Angelina County Genealogical Society, Lufkin, Texas, where I presented "DNA Case Studies"
  • May 7 to 10, NGS in Richmond, Virginia, where I worked the BCG Education Fund workshops, helped Elissa Scalise Powell and Judy G. Russell teach the "BCG Certification Seminar" and I presented "DNA Case Studies"
  • April 14, Cherokee County Genealogical Society, Jacksonville, Texas, where I presented "Tax and Land Laws"
  • April 5, Houston Genealogical Forum, Houston, Texas, where I presented an expanded version of "Tax and Land Laws"
  • March 24 to 29, Forensic Genealogy Institute of CAFG, where I presented a one-hour "Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy" and an advanced half-day version expanding on the one-hour session
  • March 11, Illinois State Genealogical Society, webinar on "Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent"

I definitely have good intentions of blogging about the upcoming speaking engagements instead of about the ones already in the past. Keeping my fingers crossed I can make good on these intentions.

And I'd love to meet you all at the upcoming events.



To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "Upcoming Speaking Engagements (and past ones in 2014)," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 2 September 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

13 July 2014

MyHeritage: Free access to WWI records for a limited time

Here is a chance to check out some of the records on MyHeritage.com free through the end of July. MyHeritage.com offers some unique records and tools on their site.

Through the end of July 2014 you can get free access to World War I records. This is to commemorate 100 years since the war started in 1914.

For more information check out the MyHeritage blog post, "Search WWI military records for free!" Collections include:
  • Silver War Badge Recipients, 1914–1918
  • British Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
  • The National Roll of the Great War, 1914–1918
  • Tennessee WWI Veterans
  • Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914–1918
  • Royal Navy and Royal Marine Casualties, 1914–1919
  • De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914–1924
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914–1920
  • British Officers Taken as Prisoners of War, 1914–1918
  • British Military Officers
  • Victoria Cross Recipients, 1854–2006

Enjoy this free access. Take some time to explore other offerings on MyHeritage.com. For eaxmple, check out Randy Seaver's post on "Smart Matching in MyHeritage" at http://www.geneamusings.com/2011/06/smart-matching-in-myheritage.html for one of the great features offered. You may find the site is useful to your research and decide to subscribe.


To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "MyHeritage: Free access to WWI records for a limited time," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 13 July 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

29 June 2014

Openings in Practical Genetic Genealogy at GRIP 2014

I just heard we had some cancellations so we have a couple of open seats in the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The course runs from July 20-25, 2014, in Pittsburgh at LaRoche College. This is the first week-long genetic genealogy course to be offered in the U.S. The course is a mixture of classroom presentations and hands-on exercises. The best way to learn how to use DNA for genealogy is to do it!

A registration waitlist link is at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=73 or just e-mail info@GRIPitt.org with a subject like "WAITLIST Practical Genetic Genealogy."

The course description is at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=1147. The GRIP website also has travel information and everything you need to know about the institute and the facilities.

A few people told me they wanted to get in, but were too late. Now is your chance. I wish I had e-mail addresses to contact those people directly, but most I met at conferences or society meetings and have no contact information. If you know someone who might be interested please pass this on.

The course will be taught by Blaine Bettinger, CeCe Moore, and me. We have divided up the topics so we each teach the sessions we have the most expertise and interest in. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and know it will be a great group to be part of.

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

24 June 2014

TSLAC Genealogy After Dark, 18 July 2014

The Texas State Library continues its Genealogy After Dark program on 18 July 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Registration is limited to 30 participants. A link to the registration form is available at: http://www.tsl.texas.gov/genafterdark.html. Registration ends on 11 July (one week before the event). Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto.

If you have questions, contact the library at reference.desk@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5455.

The State Library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 6:00 p.m. for Genealogy After Dark participants. The building will be locked at 6:45 p.m. and no participants will be admitted after that time.

There is no program this time, but you have access to the materials of the library and archives:
  • 6:00 Sign-in. Reference and Genealogy research rooms open.
  • 6:15 Orientation: Requesting and Using Materials in the Texas State Archives (required for those planning to use archival materials during the event). Archives research room opens immediately after orientation.
  • 7:45 Light refreshments in Lobby.
  • 9:45 Archives research room and microfilm and photocopy rooms close.
  • 10:00 Building secured.


In addition to all of the wonderful original records available in the archives, the library has shelves and shelves of reference books for Texas laws. Prior to the registration of births by the state you may be able to use tax rolls and state laws to determine an ancestor's birth year. What did the law say was the age at which a man first had to pay a poll tax (a head tax,a tax for just being alive and of a certain age, nothing to do with voting)? Find your ancestor's name on the tax roll the first time he pays a poll tax, determine the mandated age when a poll tax was levied, and you can compute a possible birth year for that ancestor.


To cite this blog post:

Debbie Parker Wayne, "Texas State Library, Genealogy After Dark, 18 July 2014," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 24 June 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

16 June 2014

Digital Catalog for Appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies

17 June 2014 update: I got a message from Mary Sarah Bilder, Professor of Law, Lee Distinguished Scholar, Boston College Law School, letting me know the correct title of this collection should have used the word Colonies, which I originally added in brackets, instead of Plantations. I made this correction in the post title. Professor Bilder included a link to an interesting article on an appeal related to the Phillips-Woodbridge duel in the June 2014 "Object of the Month" posted at the Massachusetts Historical Society: http://www.masshist.org/object-of-the-month. This background adds to what we can learn in the papers filed for the appeal.

Many sources used by historians are also useful to genealogists studying our family history.

Are you looking for the name of the wife of Thomas Parker who was in Virginia by April 1699? Have you considered court records in England? Thomas Starke of London appealed a ruling of the court in Virginia to the British Privy Council. Records of that appeal give us the name of Thomas Parker's wife Francillia who is executrix for Joseph Goodricke.1 If this case is from a burned Virginia county this information could be extremely useful to a descendant of Francillia Parker. We'd also be interested in the relationship between Francillia and Goodricke in case this could lead us to her maiden name.

The Legal History Blog posted about one of these new sources in "An Annotated Digital Catalogue to Appeals to the Privy Council". The post tells us over 800 cases were appealed to the British Privy Council from the colonies and about one-third of those cases came from what is now the U.S.2

Annotations added to the original papers (such as the legal briefs) link to other useful resources. In some cases only the register books have been found; in some cases the register books and the briefs filed for the appeal still exist. Links take you to digital images of the record books. Where the briefs are not available the entries in the record books may not give details of the case, but just state whether the original ruling was upheld or not. Some cases have pages and pages of briefs filed by both sides in the case.

The advice to students on how to use these resources will also be helpful to genealogists; definitions of the papers and processes help us understand the British legal system.

I can't wait to spend more time in this source.


1. Starke v Parker, Appeals to the Privy Council, Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series, Virginia, Report No. 13_1699_00; digital index and images, Ames Foundation, Harvard Law (http://amesfoundation.law.harvard.edu/ColonialAppeals/index_new.php?report_no=13_1699_00 : accessed 16 June 2014). Images from the National Archives, London, England, may be used only for purposes of research, private study, or education; reproduction permission was granted for the Harvard website. Copyright laws in England are different than those in the U.S. Be sure you understand the laws applied to this source before using it.

2. Dan Ernst, "An Annotated Digital Catalogue to Appeals to the Privy Council," Legal History Blog, posted 12 June 2014 (http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/: accessed 16 June 2014).


To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "Digital Catalog for Appeals to the British Privy Council from the American Colonies," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 16 June 2014, updated 17 June 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

15 June 2014

SLIG 2015 Registration Opens

There are still seats open in some of the tracks at the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and some courses have already filled. If the course you want is filled be sure to get on the waiting list as you never know when someone may have to change their plans to attend thereby creating an unexpected opening for you to slip in to!
Here is the announcement from SLIG:

Registration for SLIG 2015 opens on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM Mountain Time! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and ​the ​courses fill fast. The following ​tracks are being offered:
  • The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
  • Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
  • Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
  • Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
  • Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie)
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location.

When making your travel plans, you may also want to consider attending the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Thursday and Friday before the Institute begins. You can check their website (https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html) for more information. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more.

​For more information on the Institute and registration information go to
http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42.


To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, "SLIG 2015 Registration Opens," Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 15 June 2014 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2014, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved