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16 Death Records that Will Bring Your Research to Life!
Thursday, November 7
16 Death Records that Will Bring Your Research to Life!  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX

Knowing where to look can sometimes be the most difficult part of research. This presentation is filled with stories and examples of the often unknown, unfound, and unused death documents.
Patti Todd Gillespie brings energy and humor to her classes. An avid hobby genealogist for 30 years, Patti formed Family Lines & Stories, her own research company, 5 years ago. She researches for clients and speaks to groups, small and large, in and out of Texas. A former teacher of French & English, Patti very much enjoys presenting.

She serves on the FGS 2020 program committee and will coordinate Genealogy Essentials at TIGR 2021. In 2019 Patti spoke at RootsTech, served as past president of Lone Star APG, and continues as a founding member and 3 rd term President of the Wise County Genealogical Society (WCGS), while serving as one of the Commissioners of Wise County Historical Commission; in 2018 she was asked to be the secretary for Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS).

Patti was recruited to serve on 3 committees in 2017: Association of Professional Genealogists--Lone Star Chapter, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the newest national institute, Texas Institute for Genealogical Research.

In 2016 Patti was selected to assist NARA Fort Worth with indexing slave manifests and she spoke at the Texas State Genealogical Society state conference.

In 2015 she performed as the chairman of the video and streaming portion of the national Professional Management Conference sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and she was awarded the Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR award. Patti is a founding member and third-term president of the Wise County Genealogical Society, and she also teaches a six-week beginner's genealogy course in her community. Patti attends as many conferences and watches as many webinars as possible while managing clients, husband, children, grandchildren, rescue dog and acreage in Decatur, Texas. )  

Annual Holiday Potluck and Show and Tell
Thursday, December 5
Annual Holiday Potluck and Show and Tell  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX

Annual Holiday Celebration

Covered Dish Show & Tell

Bring your favorite food to share with friends. Talk about a document, a story, a trinket, trip, or a research success. We always have a great time enjoying good food, wonderful items, and listening to the stories told.

Dinner begins at 6:30 pm, Show and Tell will follow.

Thursday, January 2, 2020
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Inspire Room, Grand Prairie, TX

Manuscript collections can be a goldmine of information for family history researchers. Learn about where to find collections, how they are organized, how to use a finding aid, and the variety of interesting items that can be found in the collections.

ARI WILKINS, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis.

Ms. Wilkins also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database.  Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies.

Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research. 


Build Our Flag
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Build Our Flag  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
Due to an unavoidable glitch, the complete September program was not presented. So, we welcome these three Sojourns back to "Build Our Flag".  The program will be narrated by Ed Chandler, a retired Major in the United States Air Force.  He is joined by Jerry Hudson a retired Air Force Captain and the Honorable B.J. Young also retired.  All three men are Masons and Past Presidents of the National Sojourners General Wm. J. Worth Chapter 463 as well as past Commanders of the Cowpens Camp of Heroes of ’76. 
Delightfully dressed in Revolutionary Style Uniforms, they present a stirring presentation of the history of the American Flag.  They Build Our Flag stripe by stripe and star by star giving the history behind each change that is made.  Learn more about our country as you see the history of our flag unfurled. 
Ending with a patriotic oration, the group will then be happy to answer questions.  Join us for this wonderful history lesson presented by these patriots who served our country.