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Society Seminar & Workshop

There is a charge for this. See below.

Friday, September 11—6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 12—8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

First Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
5309 Rhones Quarter Road
Tyler, Texas 75707

Speaker: John Sellers

Registration & Box Lunch Order must be postmarked by Sept 4th
(see Information/Registration Form below).

Walk-Ins are Welcome - But are Not guaranteed handouts!

*Make checks payable to:* *East Texas Genealogical Society*
and mail to: PO Box 6967; Tyler TX 75711-6967

Friday Night Workshop:

7:00 to 9:00 pm [Registration starts at 6:30 pm]

“Here Comes The Judge, Your Ancestor's Day in Court” Most of our ancestors had their days in court either as a defendant, plaintiff, or a juror. This lecture studies the proceeding of trial courts and how to access their records. How cases are appealed and where to look for those cases including the State's Supreme Courts. Actual Case Studies will be reviewed.

Saturday seminar Topics:

Saturday Seminar Topics: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

1. "What's Hidden in Courthouse Records?" This advanced lecture on courthouse records shows the researcher how to glean the most information from various not-commonly-known record groups. Unusual finds in some common records such as deeds will be discussed. The jurisdiction and arrangement of various record groups will be addressed.

2. “Was Grandpa ‘His Brother's Keeper?’ ” A study of the Masonic Fraternity and what records may be valuable for genealogists. A short study of the history and development of Masonry in the United States. Records and their access will be reviewed. Terminology and recognizing symbols of the fraternity will be discussed. Using records for proof of residence and possible death dates will be reviewed. A short review of other major fraternal organizations such as Odd Fellows and the Order of Red Men will be highlighted.

3. “Researching Newspapers in Cyberspace and Beyond!" The accessibility and research techniques of newspapers have greatly changed since the internet. Paid and free newspaper sites will be discussed. Research techniques and tricks will be reviewed and analyzed. Genealogical benefits and pitfalls on newspaper research will be discussed. Actual research examples will be reviewed.

4. “Giving Your Research the Old College Try! Researching in Colleges and University Archives" As our research becomes more advanced, we are often led outside genealogical libraries or simple internet searches. College and University archives and special collections often contain valuable historic and genealogical records from the area. How to access and use the online features of these institutions and their collections will be reviewed.

Saturday Schedule:

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration (pick up seminar packet
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome & Information
9:15 am - 10:15 am 1st Session
10:15 am - 10:45 am Break with snacks & drinks furnished
10:45 am - 11:45 am 2nd Session

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch - bring your own sack lunch or go to one of the nearby restaurants or order a box lunch (see Information/Registration Form below).

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 3rd Session
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Break with snacks & drinks furnished
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 4th & final Session

Cost:  $10.00 per ETGS member or $ 15 per non-member for Friday workshop
          $40.00 per ETGS member or $50 per non-member for Saturday seminar
          $10.00 for each Box Lunch-Saturday (pre-ordered).

Information/Registration Form

For More Information:

Contact Scott Fitzgerald* at scottfitzgerald@tyler.net or 903-539-5572
Visit our ETGS website*: www.etgs.org

Group Hotel Rate:  $99 per night available if booked before Fri, Aug 28th,
from: Holiday Inn Express & Suites-South Tyler; 2421 ESE Loop 323, Tyler TX

Front Desk: 903-566-0600 / Fax: 903-566-4049

or Book online at: http://tinyurl.com/ETGS-Sellers2015

Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast daily and free wired or wireless internet. Hotel will impose a one-room night & tax cancellation fee for all rooms cancelled after Sept 4th or no-show reservation on scheduled arrival date.



Bio of John A. Sellers:

John A. Sellers is a fifth generation native to Hopkins County, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in advertising/public relations and received his teaching certificate in history from Texas A & M, Commerce. John has been doing genealogical research since 1985. His favorite area of research is in the courthouse. John has visited courthouses in several southern states and has conducted extensive research in Texas and Louisiana.

He is an active member of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and has served fourteen years on the Executive Board and as President, 1997-1998. John was a speaker at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conferences in 1997 and 2004, and National Genealogical Society Conference in 1994. He was the featured speaker at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Genealogical Conferences at the Alamo in 2002, 2003 and 2011, and the Louisiana Historical and Genealogical Seminar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007 & 2011. John was a faculty member for Angelina College Genealogy Conference from 1999-2014 in Lufkin and was a featured speaker at Dallas Texas Summer Institute in 2006. He has been the featured speaker for more than 60 all-day seminars located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. John has completed Genealogy as a Profession, Advanced Methodology and Advanced Library Research courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a lecturer at the Institute in 2009, 2010, and 2014.

John is an Assistant Vice President - Director of Marketing with City National Bank in Sulphur Springs, TX.


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