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Using Social History to Enhance Family Stories
Thursday, June 3
Using Social History to Enhance Family Stories  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Your Home! Your Computer!
A TxSGS Webinar presentation, featuring Susan Kaufman.
This presentation will help you to find sources to help you understand the context in which your family lived, celebrated, cooked, listened to music, and other daily activities that help provide the stories that make our families come alive. Family history research, put in context, goes beyond just a name, date, and place on a pedigree chart. Social history helps us to better understand lives, provides a background to our research, adds interest to the pedigree chart, and can also lead to additional records.
Susan Kaufman is the Senior Manager of the Houston (TX) Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston. An Illinois native, Susan has more than 30 years of experience as a genealogy librarian, having started her career in Peoria, IL, then moving to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, then moving to Texas in 2004.
A presenter at local, state and national genealogy conferences and meetings, she also has held numerous genealogical society board positions in Illinois, Indiana, and Texas and at the national level.
Susan was awarded the National Genealogical Society P. William Filby award for outstanding service as a Genealogical Librarian in May of 2019. At the 2019 TxSGS Family History Conference, she was honored with the designation of TxSGS Fellow. Sue has also received the Lloyd Bockstruck Award from the Dallas Genealogical Society. She is past President of the Texas State Genealogical Society, and currently serves as its Director of Education.  She is a member of the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association.

Reconstruct Your Ancestor's World with Google
Thursday, July 1
Reconstruct Your Ancestor's World with Google  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Your Home! Your Computer!
Lisa Louise Cooke will "attend" our virtual meeting and present "Reconstruct Your Ancestor's World with Google" - She will hold a brief Q & A after the presentation.       RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 6 . . . Don't Miss It!
     A wide variety of rich resources are available for free through Google. But it’s not just Google search that can lead you to genealogy gems. Google’s empire includes a great collection of free online tools that are all powered by the same Google search engine, and many are brimming with historical information. In this case study session, we will flesh out the story of a family tree by using a variety of Google tools, and bring it all together in a compelling video that can be shared with your family.      
Lisa Louise Cooke found her passion for family history at her grandmother’s knee at the age of 8. She is now the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company founded in 2007.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, on your smartphone’s native podcast app, and through the Genealogy Gems app available through Apple’s App Store (iOS) and the Google Play store (Android)   Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 3 million downloads! 
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