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Genealogy Expo: World Expedition

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
1st Floor, Council Chambers and Atrium
4th floor, McCallum Room


10:10am Techniques and Strategies for More Effective Online Searching (45 min.) 
As more and more genealogical material becomes available through the Internet it has become essential to formulate efficient searches to find the relevant information about your ancestors.   One must not only know where to look for the information, but how to find it.  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, complementary data sources, and tailored search engines to improve the likelihood of finding it. 
  Presented by: Bernard N. Meisner is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  He is past president and social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, and is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.  He has made over 20 presentations to local genealogical societies and civic organizations in the past two years including three presentations at Texas State Genealogy Conference in 2018. 

11:10am DNA Genealogy II – Haplogroups*, Triangulation and Targeted Testing (45 min.) 
Targeted DNA research that follows paternal or maternal lines, are they worth spending more money to guide your research. This presentation demonstrates two ways to use the DNA results to expand your family tree and breakdown family brick walls.   
*Haplogroups identify Y-DNA and mtDNA lines. To exploit these lines requires additional testing which can run into the HUNDREDS of dollars. 
  Presented by:  Douglas Fugate, Genealogy Library Service Representative, Genealogy Center, Plano Public Library. 3+ years working with DNA genealogy; 30+ years researching his family tree.       

1:00pm Trail Blazer Press and publishing genealogies. (15 min.) 
Kermit Ross will be interviewed about his experience and share best tips for self-publishing using the Trail Blazer Press service. 
  Presented by:  Kermit Ross, author and genealogy self-publisher. 

1:20pm Records from India. (15 min.) 
Gathering records from other countries requires some knowledge of customs, policies, and records available. Sunita Pillai will share knowledge of how to obtain records from India. 
  Presented by:  Sunita Pillai, library assistant and teacher.

1:40pm Researching World War Two Veterans. (15 min.) 
Learn about efforts to document and preserve the history of all 17 million people who served in the United States. 
  Presented by:  Timothy A. Malone, MLIS, 63rd Infantry Division Historian, Head Archivist for the 96th Infantry Division Association and Founder of 

2:10pm New England Records (45 min.) 
Learn about accessing records from New England. 
  Presented by:  Cheryl Smith Genealogy Librarian at Plano Public Library. 

3:10pm Work Session (50 Min.)
Spend some time using what you learned to work on your own project.  Assistance will be available.