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Thursday, March 4
"Creating A One Name Family Project"  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Your Home! Your Computer!
Have you ever considered starting your own Surname project?  You’ll learn tips on working with records, preserving the research, analysis, publishing and preserving your work. The focus will be on tips, pitfalls and ways to publish. 
Henrietta Martinez Christmas, a native New Mexican, a well-known genealogical and historical researcher; she descends from eleven of the soldiers that came with Oñate in 1598 to New Mexico, the earliest known European settlement in the US.  She has written several books which relate to New Mexico’s small towns and history and over 180 articles about New Mexico’s Colonial Families. Her latest award-winning book The Genealogy Checklist won two awards in 2017.  A past participant at the Texas Society Conference, she enjoys the Colonial families and all information pertaining to them. 

“Techniques and Strategies for More Effective Online Searching,”
Thursday, April 1
“Techniques and Strategies for More Effective Online Searching,”  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Your Home! Your Computer!

As more genealogical material becomes available through the Internet, it is essential to formulate efficient searches to find the relevant information about your ancestors.  This presentation will cover how to determine what information is available, where it is located, and how to use search tools such as filters, wildcards, relationships, and complementary data sources to improve the likelihood of finding the information you need to find that elusive ancestor.

Bernard Meisner, PhD.  Bernard is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  He began researching his family over 30 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from that experience, including his mistakes.  Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all of his great-great grandparents, several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents, and his Meisner 8th great grandparents.  He is a past president and current social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, and co-leader of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s German Genealogy Group of North Texas. 
Bernard retired from the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters where he was the Chief of the Science & Training Branch.  He is certified as a consulting meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society and has taught at the Universities of Texas, Oklahoma, and St. Thomas (Houston).
Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and PhD in meteorology from the University of Hawaii.  He has completed courses at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh each of the last five years, completing courses in Irish research, German research, Digital Research Skills, and Genetic Genealogy.