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Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, except during June, July, August and December. All meetings are held at the Decatur Church of Christ.
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  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2013
    Tue
    31
    Dec
    2013
  • Thu
    16
    Jan
    2014
    6:30 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Our presenter for this meeting is Jeremy Balkin from Family Tree DNA.  Jeremy's presentation will include examples from each test and what the results look like for each.  They also delve into tracing possible Native American, Jewish, etc. ancestry. 

     

     

     

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2014
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Lisa Louise Cooke

    Author, Host, & National Gen Tech Speaker 

     

    Podcasts & Webinars:

    Genealogy 101

     

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    7 pm

    Church of Christ

    2601 Hwy 51 South & Preskitt Road

    Decatur 76234

    $5.00 for non-members

  • Thu
    20
    Mar
    2014
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Genealogy in The Cloud:

         Basic concepts of cloud computing

         The advantages and disadvantages of using the cloud for storage, and web applications.

         How to use cloud computing in genealogy

  • Thu
    17
    Apr
    2014
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

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  • Thu
    15
    May
    2014
  • Sat
    31
    May
    2014
    9:00am-4:00pm3000 Old North Road, Denton, Texas 76209

    This is at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Denton.  This is a free family history conference and is open to all.

  • Thu
    19
    Jun
    2014
    9:00 amMeet at The Decatur Church of Christ

    We will be meeting at The Decatur Church of Christ at 9:00 am and carpool to the Dallas Public Library and tour and work in the  Genealogical branch of the library.  We request that you bring a sack lunch to eat at the library.  We will return home at 2:00 pm.  We ask those riding to give a donation of $5:00 to the driver of the car.  All are welcome to join us.

  • Fri
    18
    Jul
    2014
    9:00 amMeet at The Decatur Church of Christ

    We will be meeting at The Decatur Church of Christ at 9:00 am and carpool to the Fort Worth Public Library and tour and work in the  Genealogical branch of the library.  We request that you bring a sack lunch to eat at the library.  We will return home at 2:00 pm.  We ask those riding to give a donation of $5:00 to the driver of the car.  All are welcome to join us.

  • Sat
    23
    Aug
    2014
    9:00am - 3:00pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

     SummerSeminar

     

     

     

     

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    LisaLouiseCookeClasses

    • Ultimate Google Search Strategies & Tips: All the powerful search tips & tricks to maximize Google!
    • Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers: Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors. Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools to get started!
    • How to Genealogist Can remember everything with Evernote: Fast and easy note taking, clip items from the Internet, use OCR technology and tap into a myraid of apps that help Evernote help you!
    • How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case:  Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You'll learn to track ancestors like a bloodhound, sniffing out hols in your research and getting missing information on the record.

    Accommodations

    The Candlewood Suites located 601 W Thompson Road, will set aside a group of Suites for reserving for our meeting on August 22 and 23. The rate will be $79.00 for a suite. The Candlewood does NOT serve a continental breakfast but all suite have a microwave, refrigerator and small kitchen.

    The rate will be available to those who call for reservations on or before August 1st, 2014.  To make reservations they should call 940-627-5722 Ext. 551  at the Decatur Candlewood and not call the national number for the Candlewood Suites. Please ask for the suites reserved for the Wise County Genealogical Society seminar to be held on August 23.

    The Candlewood is located just off Highway 51 on Thompson Road.  It is about 1 mile from the site of the seminar at The Decatur Church of Christ.  This is probably the best location for ease of access to the seminar.

    Agenda

    8:00-9:00am: Registration and Late Registration
    9:00- 9:15am: Welcome, Invocation and Announcements
    9:15 - 10:15am: Ultimate Google Search Strategies & Tips
    All powerful search tips & tricks to maximize Google!
    15 minute break
    10:30 - 11:30am: Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers                                            
    Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors. Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools to get started!
    11:30 - 12:30pm: Lunch: Your choice of a Hamburger, Brat or Grilled Chicken with all the fixings.
    12:45 - 1:45pm:  How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote
    Fast and easy note taking,clip items from the internet, use OCR technology and tap into a myriad of apps that help Evernote help you.
    15 minute break
    2:00 - 3:00pm: How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
    Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You'll learn to track ancestors like a bloodhound, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record.
    Benediction
  • Thu
    18
    Sep
    2014
    7:00pm to 9:00pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur Texas

    Michael V. Bassett will present DNA Testing for Genealogical Purposes (90 minutes).  Learn how DNA testing can be used to help researchers overcome genealogical "brick walls," focus research, make ancestral connections and provide other information on biological and geographical heritage.  Michael will explain the Y-DNA, mtDNA, and the autosomal DNA tests providing real world examples from several DNA testing companies of how testing can be useful for family history research.  Surname projects, haplogroups and how to get started will be among the many topics covered.

  • Thu
    16
    Oct
    2014
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas

    Kirk Hathaway will be speaking on Using Family Search to research, organize and document your family.  It  has evolved in such a way that even a novice can produce quality results.

  • Thu
    20
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas

    Aaron Holt an Archives Technician at the Forth Worth National Archives (NARA) will speak about records within the National Archives and how to begin doing genealogical research.  He will be touching on varied record groups such as the US Census, Immigration,and Naturalization, Military and Indian holdings.

  • Thu
    18
    Dec
    2014
  • Thu
    15
    Jan
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas

    Ugo Pergo ---I HAD MY DNA TESTED--- NOW WHAT? This presentation will be a webinar with handouts.  

    Hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles for family history and ancestral purposes have been generated by private laboratories, universities, and the National Geographic's Project during the past fifteen years.  Thankfully, a number of online databases are providing large use of searchable data in an effort to provide the missing hand. Knowing which resources are available and how to properly use them is key to understanding our personalize genetic genealogy and getting the most out of our own genetic profile.

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015
    7:00-mThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas

    Lela Evans will be our presenter.

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas

    Our speaker will be Kelvin Meyers  Scallywags, Rogues, and Ruffs:  All Those Ancestors We Don't Talk About.  Every family has them, skeletons in the closet--those things that are not talked about in front of the children, and when they are it is only in whispers and euphemisms.  How do you access the records of prisons, asylums, and courts to find the truth behind the story>  In this lecture this question and many others will be answered.

  • Thu
    16
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas

    Our presenter this month will be Mary E Willson.

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur texas
  • Sat
    18
    Jul
    2015
    8:30 amThe Decatur Church of Christ 2601 Hwy 51 So, Decatur

     SummerSeminar

     

    Featuring Aaron Holt of the Fort Worth National Archives & Records

     

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    Agenda

    9:00-10:15am: Genealogy 101: a class on getting started with genealogy
    10:30-11:45am Researching Wise County by Patti Gillespie
    12:30-2pm General Holdings: what NARA has that we want
  • Thu
    17
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Kelvin Meyer will be presenting Probate: More Than A Will.  Most persons who lived in America, and lived to adulthood, left some kind of estate to be administered.  Some left wills, some did not.  Either way if there was land or large amounts of personal property, there should be probate.  The records of probate can be some of the most fruitful for genealogists.  wills, distributions, administrations, and inventories are all vital parts of the probate process and full of genealogical information.  These are the things that will be discussed in this lecture.

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  • Thu
    15
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Davideen Demske will be presenting:   Naturalization and Citizenship                                                                                                                                                                   This presentation is a fast-paced and in-depth analysis on how to find and utilize the genealogical information found in naturalization and citizenship records.

  • Thu
    19
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Diane Dyess will be instructing us about,   Southern Cemetery Symbolism.  Southern cemeteries, especially in the Deep South, are full of their own unique tombstone symbolism that is not only fascinating but illuminating to the family researcher.

  • Thu
    17
    Dec
    2015
  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Patti Gillespie will be presenting;  Newspaper Research: Tips, Tricks, Sites, and Context.  Using newspapers that have become available to us in the digital age is a necessary step in our research.  This presentation will demonstrate some of the tricks to searching with OCR, how to determine if a newspaper in a given area is even digitally available, finding the free newspapers, and how to put these articles into historical context.

  • Thu
    18
    Feb
    2016
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    This will be Kirk Hathaway second time speaking to us on Family Search.  Come spend an enjoyable evening learning all the secrets and ins and outs to using and  finding more information in Family Search.

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Clay Patterson will be joining us with ideas on organizing and formation your story.  Ke will also give information on editing, Printing, and publishing.  No story is too small or too large to publish.

  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2016
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Patti Gillespie will be presenting :  Genealogical Research in Wise County, Texas.  A county since January 23, 1856, Wise County has an interesting history concerning its records.  this presentation is designed to assist the individual searching for documentation within Wise County with emphasis on sites, repositories, and idiosyncrasies of research here.

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmThe Decatur Church of Christ

    Come join our group for a informative question and answer Panel, along with birthday cake and lots of socializing.

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2016
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Kevin Meyer, Plowing Through the Land Records to Find Your Ancestor.  Because Americans were so "land minded" over 3/4 of all males who lived to maturity well into the 19th century owned land.  Because this is true, land records exist from the beginning of the first permanent settlements in America--frequently one of the few  identifying records from this early period.  A quality unique to land records is that the older they are the more genealogical data there may be to obtain from that record.  This lecture will focus on using these records, combined with other records to identify ancestors.

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Jacob Mangum.  Portal to Texas History.  Jake Mangum is the director of the Texas Portal based out of the University of North Texas, Denton.  He has agreed to give us a presentation centered on Wise County from the materials gathered to the Portal

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    7:00 pmWise county Heritage Museum

    Due to the Wise County Historical Societies combined program being held on the night we meet, we will be hearing from Clay Patterson in January.  Surviving WWII Vets will be speaking at the Heritage Museum at 7:00pm

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ
    Digital On-Demand Publishers: Pros & Cons
  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Anne Mitchell. Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry.  A pre=recorded presentation from Roots Tech 2016.

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Diane Dyness. Southern Cemetery Symbolism.   Southern cemeteries, especially in the Deep South, are full of their own unique tombstone symbolism that is not only fascinating, but illuminating to the family researcher.

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ

    Patti Gillespie. I've Got--or I'm Getting--My DNA Report: Now What Do I Do With It?   From a non-geneticist perspective, Patti shares some ways to expand our results,  potentially find new family, and get the most out of those confusing DNA reports.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    9am-3pmWeatherford College Wise County

    Beginning Genealogy in the Digital Age    Census Sense: Clues and Conundrums  Building a Life Story Beyond the Census   Methodologies for search Success.   For more information see the flyer or contact Patti Gillespie at gensearcherpatti@gmail.com

    Register online now. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. On-site registration will be available, but will not include lunch.





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  • Thu
    18
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmDecatur Church of Christ
  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    Kelvin Meyer. The Sanctified Sisters of the Women's Common Wealth of Texas. An accomplished forensic genealogist by profession, Kelvin is sharing for the first time this presentation of a commune of Texas women who created a life together and without their husbands and sometimes their children.

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

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  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    Dale Ellison. Fixing Cemeteries and Finding Ghosts. Mr. Ellison is famed for the thousands of hours and thousands of miles spent not only repairing neglected cemeteries but presenting his experiences while doing so.

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    January 18th: Discussion

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    Patti Gillespie. Forgotten Treasures in the Texas Courthouse: Discovering the Miscellaneous Books. This presentation shares 3 fun Texan stories that have come to life with the information found in the Miscellaneous Books found in the Wise County County Clerk’s office. Also presented are abundant examples of assorted documents found in the books. Attendees will receive a list of all the Texas counties that hold one of these forgotten treasures.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    Carla Weber. Carla has a lifetime experience researching for her husband’s family and the experiences and consequences of being a part of The Orphan Train

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    Steven L. Moore. Rise of the Texas Rangers. Literary author of the best selling Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas series, Mr. Moore will be sharing Texas history with a bit of genealogy to boot.

  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018
    6:30 pmThe Decatur Public Library

    Q & A Panel, 5th Birthday celebration