Professional Genealogist To Speak At Library’s 6th Annual Genealogy Symposium

In recognition of Family-History Month in October, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Local History and Genealogy department will present its 6TH Annual Genealogy Symposium on Saturday, October 21, from 9:30 am to 3:45 p.m., in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., and different lectures will be presented throughout the day.

Professional genealogist and family-history blogger Caroline M. Pointer will share her knowledge, experience, and insight on a variety of topics designed to help family-history buffs explore different avenues of genealogical research.

The schedule for the library’s Genealogy Symposium is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m. – “Did You Really Look EverywhereOnline?

With the increased popularity of genealogy through television shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow, many new people sign up to Ancestry.com, create a family tree, and begin their family history search. Then many quickly come up against research brick walls (or have the wrong family) if they try to only use Ancestry.com to help build their family tree and uncover family stories. Further, they don’t know where to search next after using Ancestry.com. This presentation outlines exactly where family history enthusiasts can look next, both online and offline, and offers tips and strategies for each in order to help tear down those brick walls.

  • 10:45 a.m. – “Searching vs. Researching: The Difference Can Profoundly Affect Your Family History.”

With the droves of people coming online to start researching their family’s history, certain basics to the overall process have been overlooked. What most do online can really be described as searching rather than researching. Learn exactly what each technique is, how they work together, and why both are so extremely important for your research success.

  • 12:00 noon – lunch break
  • 1:15 p.m. – “Tear Down That Brick Wall by Evaluating the Source, of Course!

How do you know what you know? And how credible is it? In today’s online world and with online trees, it’s easier than ever to stare at your tree and your research brick wall and not know how on earth you will ever scale it, much less tear it down. This presentation will have you evaluating your sources step-by-step and will have you tearing down that wall brick-by-brick.

  • 2:30 p.m. – “23 Ways to Use Your Smartphone or Tablet for Finding & Sharing Your Family-History Mysteries.

With the ease of use and the portability of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets have become extremely popular. And they have become even more popular with family-history enthusiasts to use not only for researching, but for sharing what they find with others. This presentation gives an overview look at 23 ways to use these mobile devices to get family-history work done and share those family-history mysteries one finds.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Pointer is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society, the Texas State Genealogical Society, the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Indiana Genealogical Society, and the Houston Genealogical Forum.

Pointer is also the author of the 4YourFamilyStory.com family-history-research blog, which focuses on bringing genealogy and technology together for the researcher. As a social media aficionado with more than 10,000 connections on seven social-media platforms since 2009, she has been actively making global connections to help teach others how to bridge the gap to the past.

The genealogy symposium is presented with the generous support of the Friends of George Memorial Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural and educational events at the library.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608.