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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE What to Do with Conflicting, Indirect, or Negative Evidence
Thursday, March 7
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE What to Do with Conflicting, Indirect, or Negative Evidence  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX

Tara Heusé (pronounced “YOU zay”) Kenyon is the Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Kentara Analytics, a bank analytics services firm. She provides world-wide consultative guidance in technical and functional solutions to banks, credit unions, and insurance companies, U.S. and Canadian Federal governmental agencies, and non-financial services companies.A Professional Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Tara hosts the Acadian Genealogy website www.findingcecile.com and is working on an eBook entitled Finding Cécile, which tells the story of the Acadians from the 1758 Île Saint-Jean deportation (the second Acadian expulsion) to St. Malo, France, who then, 29 years later, sailed to Louisiana in 1785. She is currently seeking certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists for her work. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society (Texas) and a member of the APG Virtual Chapter.

PROGRAM
In genealogical research, one often finds themselves following a "rabbit trail" - a family story or thread that leads nowhere.  Or does it?  Lewis Carroll's Alice (of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) falls a long way down a rabbit hole while following a rabbit trail.  There, she finds herself in a hall with many locked doors of different sizes.  When the genealogist falls down the rabbit hole, he/she, like Alice, will find many locked doors.  Sometimes, conflicting and negative evidence will illuminate or challenge other findings, and more importantly, open locked doors. 
Join Tara Kenyon at the March 7, 2019 GPGSTX meeting to acquire skills to glean important information found down the rabbit hole.


Williamson County Genealogical Society 2019 Seminar
Saturday, March 16
Williamson County Genealogical Society 2019 Seminar  (Other Societies/Organizations)
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 1004 North Mays, Round Rock, TX 78665
Williamson County Genealogical Society is excited to announce that the speaker for our upcoming seminar will be Judy Russell. Judy is a well-loved and dynamic speaker you won’t want to miss. Her award-winning blog can be seen at http://www.legalgenealogist.com
 
Topics will cover visiting the courthouse, resolving genealogical conflicts, what to do in the absence of vital records, and a look into revelers, hog killers, and disobedient children. 

Registration is now open, so go to  the WCGS website at https://williamsontxgenealogy.org/ for details and the opportunity to take advantage of early-bird pricing.  Or see attached pdf for details and registration.


GPGS Annual Lock-in
Friday, March 22
GPGS Annual Lock-in  (Special Events)
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society invites you to research your ancestry at an after-hours lock-in.  If you've never tried a Lock-In, you need to!  If you have, we look forward to seeing you again!
 
What is a lock in? 
A time when we have the Grand Prairie Main Library all to ourselves for after hour’s research.  The Library provides a time and space exclusively for registrants.  We are locked in and the public is locked out.  This provides us an opportunity during extended hours to research and share without disturbing other patrons.  Computer access to library data bases and the internet.  Roots Room access to the library’s print collection and lateral file photo archives.
We will have complimentary snacks, and cold drinks as well as a multi-item raffle.
     Best of all...it’s FREE!
   
Pre-Registration Recommended...See attached for registration details.
 



Annual
Thursday, July 11
Annual "Antless Picnic"  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie
 
   Bring a covered dish to share with everyone.  This is our time to share stories, photos, family search successes, or family treasures;  so bring something to show or a short story to tell.
   It's a fun and relaxing evening inside without the heat or ants.



Baking, Soil Erosion, Rats...Oh No.!
Thursday, August 1
Baking, Soil Erosion, Rats...Oh No.!  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
Jenny McMillen Sweeney will speak on Baking, Soil Erosion, and Rats...Oh My!: Records of the Extension Service
The records of the Extension Service are some of the most interesting records held at the National Archives…and you just never know what you might find!  They provide a glimpse into local history and can even possibly aid individuals in genealogical research. Join Education Specialist, Jenny Sweeney from the National Archives at Fort Worth to explore these fascinating records.
 
Jenny McMillen Sweeney is passionate about genealogy.  She is an Education Specialist at the National Archives at FortWorth.  She has been with the National Archives for over 11 years and enjoys providing education/outreach programs to teachers, students, and the general public on using NARA's records.  While at NARA she has co-authored the eBook Baseball:  The National Pastime in the National Archives with her NARA Education colleagues.  Prior to coming to NARA, Sweeney worked as the Education and Tour Programs Manager at the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum for the Texas Rangers.  While in graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington, Sweeney was fortunate to be an intern at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  Sweeney lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband Tom, daughter Julia, and crazy English Pointer Rosie...as in Rosie the Riveter!