Williamson County (TX) Genealogical Society
Alice Hoyt Veen at our Annual Seminar
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Online via Zoom
Registration opens in January
Watch this space for the links to register
$23 for WCGS Members (with 2023 membership renewed before Feb. 1st)
$28 for non-WCGS Members
Making Sense of the Shambles: Organizational Tools for Genealogy
As family historians, we tend to be “Keepers of Everything,” from treasured original family documents and photographs to printed copies found online and at repositories. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and disorganized. When you reach the point that it’s simpler to print new copies of records than to find your old copies, you know you’ve arrived at critical mass, and it’s time to take action! Content includes software tools for organization, computer filing techniques, “hard copy” options, and archival storage solutions.
Courthouse Research: Wills & Probates
Discover genealogical jewels in wills and probated estates. Learn the “how’s” and “why’s” of estate records and what these records may contribute to your research. Explore techniques for evaluating records for genealogical clues and insights. Case-study examples build skills for understanding and using these family history pearls.
How Do You Spell Family History Success? C-O-N-T-E-X-T
Successful genealogists employ all types of “context” during the research and writing process. Historical, legal, societal, and cultural context help to truly understand our ancestors, the challenges and motivations that determined their actions, and the records they created. Context not only breaks brick walls to determine identities and kinship, it leads to insights and perspectives for our ancestor’s life experiences. That leads to writing joy as we share what we learn in a deeper and more engaging way. Explore the powerful concept of context, and what it means for your project.
Did He Really Do That? Testing Family Tradition
We all love family traditions—ancestral stories passed down from one generation to the next. But memories can be imperfect and selective. Stories evolve with the telling. How can you be sure family tradition is true to your ancestor’s life experiences? Family tradition states during the War of 1812, Pennsylvania blacksmith Josiah Martin fought the Indians and helped “cast the anchors” for Perry’s Lake Erie fleet. Is it truth or tale? Learn techniques for testing the accuracy of family traditions as together we search for answers to this typical military mystery.
Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, a sixth-generation Iowan, has been a dedicated family historian for more than forty years. She is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, writer, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Alice has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous local organizations. She is a past trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.