Nov
9
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS November 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our November Meeting.

"Talk about Research with each other”

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Spoons in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the meeting.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

All visitors are welcome!

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Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Genealogy Lock-In

Genealogy Lock-in

In celebration of October as Family History Month, the McKinney Public Library System will join the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT) for a collaborative event on Oct. 20. The GNT is a state-wide initiative to connect libraries and provide educational and research opportunities and is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library.

Programming includes something for everyone:

  • Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929 with Paula Perkins from 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History with LaToya Devezin of the Austin History Center from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Discover Local History through a Regional Depository with Laura Saegert of the Texas State Library & Archives from 1:40-2:40 p.m.
  • My Texans during the Republic with Sharon Farnsworth from 2:50-3:50 p.m.
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches with Diahan Southard from 4-5 p.m.
  • Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor’s Background in the Old Fatherland with Dr. Miroslav Koudelka from the Czech Republic from 6-7 p.m.
  • Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers with Lisa Louise Cooke from 7:10-8:10 p.m.
  • Discovering Your WWI Ancestor Sources & Resources with Earl Pogue from 8:20-9:30 p.m.
  • Do you have a road block in your family research and need some special help? The Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will host an Ancestors Roadshow from 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library via Skype. The Roadshow is an opportunity for you to enjoy a free 15-minute consultation with a professional genealogist from the Lone Star Chapter. You can ask questions about a specific genealogical problem or get general information on how to approach a research quandary. Roadshow appointments are limited to one-per-customer. To register, fill out a questionnaire at lonestarapg.com/roadshow_forms.htm and email the form beginning Oct. 16 to WMCLGenealogyCenter@wacotx.gov. You must be present at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library to be assigned a time slot on Oct. 20.
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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

The Great Family Search Conference

Great Family Search Conference

 

Sponsored by McKinney, Plano and Richardson Family History Centers 2700 Roundrock Trail, Plano, Texas October 22, 2016, 9:00 am, Registration Packet Pick-up, 8:30 am Plenary Session Presenter, Eric Graves, FamilySearch United States Regional Manager Plenary Session I – FamilySearch Products & Partners Plenary Session II –Finding Family Records on FamilySearch, Lynell Moss Sessions Your Tree, My Tree, Our Tree, Getting the Most from FamilySearch Family Tree; Guide to Cemetery Research; Enhancing Your Photos with PhotoShop; FamilySearch Indexing: What It Is and How to Get Started; Discover the Power of Sources in Family Tree; Involving the Family in Family History; Extra! Extra! Read About Your Family in The Newspaper; Beginning British Research; US Land Records: A Source for Family Information; Photos, Stories & Documents in FamilySearch Gallery; What's Hiding in Your Courthouse?; U S Military Records: Building Blocks in our Family Stories; Probing into US Probate Records; Spanish Sessions: Preguntas Frecuentes del Árbol Familiar; ¿Cómo Encontrar Tesoros Ocultos en Family Search?; El Folleto “Mi Familia: Historias que nos Unen” RootsTech Videos: Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry; Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.org; What's New in Family Tree for 2016 (Also available at RootsTech.org) No charge to attend, Pre-registration is requested For more information: http://www.greatfamilysearch.com greatfamilysearch@gmail.com

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Oct
12
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS October 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our October Meeting.

"Questions on DNA”

Presented by -

Carl Oehmann

Carl will be speaking about DNA.  If you have any questions or suggestions for topics you would like Carl to cover about DNA, please let us know and we will pass the information on to him.  Carl would like to have his program be on what we would like to know, not a generic DNA program. 

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Spoons Cafe in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the meeting.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

All visitors are welcome!

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Collin County Genealogy Society: October General Meeting

Black and White Southern Families in Plantation Records"

Plantation Records can offer great insight into many Southern families. This resource documents families' personal and business correspondence, conditions of plantation life including the elusive names of slaves and descriptions of slave relationships, among much more. Learn about the abundance of genealogical information found in plantation records and how to research the collection.

Speaker Ari Wilkins in a graduate of LSU and has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. In addition, Ari has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the American Library Association, and a multitude of local societies. She has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research. 

LOCATION, DATE, AND TIME

"Black and White Southern Families in Plantation Records" presented by Ari WilkinsW. O. Haggard Library (First Floor Meeting Room)2501 Coit Road

Plano, Texas 75075

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 pm

 

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Sep
14
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS September 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our September Meeting.

"Legislation Impact on Vital Records”

Presented by -

FRED MOSS

Fred will be discussing the impact of legislation on vital records.  This affects all Genealogists, so come and learn more about what is happening.

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Spoons Cafe in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the meeting.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

All visitors are welcome!

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Jul
13
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS July 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our July Meeting.

"Google Earth and Genealogy”

presented by Mike McKee.

Learn how to use Google Earth to tell your ancestor's journey to the present.  

Mike will show us how to use the free Google Earth program to track the migration of your ancestor's and place images and documents into a virtual tour that can be shared on websites, blogs or as a presentation at your next family reunion.

This will be a wonderful program for all of us who are trying to organize our records for presentation and for those of us who just want to make their family histories more visually interesting.

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at The Celt on the square in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the meeting.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

All visitors are welcome!

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Jun
8
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS June 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our June Meeting

Thursday June 8th at the Roy and Helen Hall Library in downtown McKinney 

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at The Celt on the square in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the meeting.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

All visitors are welcome!

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Collin County Rural Heritage Fair

The Collin County Farm Museum, Myers Park and Event Center

7117 County Road 166, McKinney, Texas 75071

972-548-4792

he Collin County Farm Museum proudly presents the annual Collin County Rural Heritage Fair.  People from around the county will join us for a free family-friendly celebration of our rural heritage.  The fair will boast craft stations for kids, demonstration areas for adult educational programs, farm heritage activities and shopping for handcrafted arts and crafts.

Free admission

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May
11
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS May 2017 Meeting

Please join us for our May Meeting Featuring a presentation by

Sharon Wolf

Researching your Scottish Genealogy

Please join us Thursday May 11th at the Roy and Helen Hall Library in downtown McKinney for a command performance by Sharon Wolf.  Sharon will guide us through our Scottish research. 

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Square Burger on the square in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the presentation.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

All visitors are welcome!

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Apr
13
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS April Meeting

Please join us for our April Meeting Featuring a presentation by

Deborah Kilgore

curator, Collin County History Museum

Tending Freedom's Lamp

Collin County Women during the Great War

This presentation will cover three areas where Collin County women were active in their support for the war: 

Organization, rationing and morale.

Deborah Kilgore is a highly acclaimed researcher and historian having done extensive research on the textile mills and migrant camps of Texas.  She has presented at thirteen history conferences across the United States

Deborah has invited us to a special tour of the History Museum at 4:00 before the meeting.

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Spoons Cafe on the square in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the presentation.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

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Mar
9
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS March Meeting

Join us to hear,

Barbara Brixey Wylie

speak about:

Identifying Norman's Mother -- Overcoming Hazy Memories and Conflicting Records:

She was never with a parent or sibling when the census taker came.  Vital records are missing, wrong, or in conflict with other data.  Her papa's probate didn't name his children.  This case study demonstrates how a determined researcher can succeed despite these bumps in the road.

Barbara Brixey Wylie has been a professional genealogist for two decades. Her speaking experience includes local, regional and national audiences, including the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Spoons Cafe on the square in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the presentation.

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

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Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

NCCGS February meeting

Larry McCarthy will present:  Unmasking Twin's Jim

Our speaker for February, Larry McCarthy tells us the intriguing tale of Jim as he appears from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckelberry Finn. Larry will connect his ancestors in association with John Quarles and Samuel Clemens.  This presentation will include the Quarles Migration Path from slavery through emancipation.  Documented evidence will be provided.

Larry is an inspirational speaker with a provocative link to Samuel Clemens.

If possible please join us for a casual dinner at Spoons on the square in downtown McKinney.  We meet at 5:00pm for a light dinner, visit and then go to the library just 3 blocks away.  If you are not able to join us for dinner we hope to see you at the Library at 6:45 for the presentation.

 

First Floor Dulaney Room

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St. McKinney, Texas 75069

 

 

 

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Jan
12
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS January Meeting

The Generation Project 

Presented by Sharon Wolf 

Please join us to learn what the Generation Project is and how it helps those who have questions about their family history investigate their own identities by embarking on a journey to uncover the lives and stories of their ancestors. What secrets run in your blood? 

Join us for dinner at Spoons on the Square in McKinney at 5:00pm, after dinner we can walk or drive 3 blocks to the Library for the meeting.  If you are unable to join us for dinner please join us at 6:45pm at the:

 

Dulaney Room on the first floor of the

Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library

101 E Hunt St, McKinney, Tx 75069

 

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Nov
25
to Nov 27

Home for the Holidays Collin County Christmas Past

Collin County Historical Society and Museum Presents

Museum on Tour Exhibit:  Collin County Christmas Past and Letters to Santa.

  This annual exhibit turns the museum into a charming wonderland of Christmas Past.  

Located in the Historic 1911 Post Office, Downtown McKinney

300 E. Virginia St. (at Chestnut St.) McKinney

972-542-9457, EXT 100

North Texas History Center

North Texas History Center

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Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Adoption Knowledge Affiliates

Changing the Face of Adoption

North Dallas Adoption Triad Support Group:  Because Adoption is not a one-time transaction, rather it is a profound event with impacts throughout the lifespan.

This is a free and open group for all people affected by adoption-adopted people, first parents, and adoptive parents.  Learn, Connect, Support.

11001 Midway Rd, Dallas 75229

Facilitated by Katy Perkins, LMSW_AP

info@kinsmanconsulting.com

214-945-4977

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Nov
10
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS November Program

Everyone has a Story Have you written yours? 

Presented by award winning Barbara Hadfield.  We all have more than just one life story and those stories deserve to be written and shared.  Barbara will share techniques for writing our life stories and memoirs and those of our ancestors.  

Barbara is a graduate of BYU. She is the first woman to receive the BYU outstanding Young Alumni Award as well as the Mary Egging Award. She has published numerous newspaper and magazine articles and two books, including a personal memoir Life with a Crazy Grandma—a Family’s Outlandish Encounter with Alzheimer’s.

Please join us for dinner at Spoons on the Square in McKinney at 5:00pm, after dinner we can walk or drive 3 blocks to the Library for the meeting.  If you are unable to join us for dinner please join us at 6:45pm at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, main floor meeting room.  101 E. Hunt McKinney, Texas

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Oct
23
to Oct 30

Salt Lake City Research Trip


Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society

"Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society members are invited on a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  The Family History Library is a treasure trove for the genealogist.  Everyone should make the journey at least once in pursuit of their ancestors.  We hope you decide to join us on our trip.  For further information on the research trip, call Pat Stone at 214-762-7484 or visit our website." - Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society

 Mesquite Historical & Genealogical Society

Family History Library, Salt Lake City

Family History Library, Salt Lake City

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Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

16th. Annual Genealogy Lock-in

Annual Genealogy Lock-in

directions to - Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

directions to - Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library

In celebration of October as Family History Month, the McKinney Public Library will be joining the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library in its 16th Annual Genealogy Lock-in.  This state-wide initiative to provide educational and research opportunities for family historians takes place on October 21 from noon-10:40 pm.  This is the 6th year that the Waco-McLennan County Library has spearheaded the collaborative effort to organize, provide and share programs remotely with libraries and genealogy societies across the state of Texas.

Programming includes something for everyone:

  • Noon-1:30pm: Genealogy 101: How to Get Started in Locating Your Ancestors: a beginners' class for the novice family historian.

  • 1:40pm: Preservation Tips for Family Historians: Learn how to preserve your family documents/photos.

  • 2:50pm: Genealogical Resources of the Texas General Land Office: Learn about Texas land records.

  • 4:00pm: Introduction to Hispanic Genealogy Research: for those with Hispanic ancestry.

  • 6:10pm: DNA Testing: What is it, what do the results mean, and how do I understand it all? DNA is a hot topic, so don't miss out!

  • 7:30pm: Finding Your Slave Ancestors: will cover three distinct search strategies.

  • 8:40pm: Paying It Forward, Recording OUR stories for Future Ancestors: Learn how to use technology to record your story.

  • 9:40pm: Genealogy Mecca - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research: The final program for the evening includes an overview of the resources and services of one of the top national genealogical research libraries located in our backyard in Houston, Texas.

Also, the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be hosting an Ancestors Roadshow on-site in Waco and via Skype.  The Roadshow takes place from 3:30 pm-9:30pm and is an opportunity to enjoy a 15-minute consultation with a professional genealogist.  Address a specific genealogical "road block" or get general research information and expert advice.  Time slots are limited and appointments are limited to one per customer.

***Registration for the Roadshow opens October 17th.  To register, fill out a questionnaire at lonestarapg.com/roadshow_forms.htm and email the form to WMCLGenealogyCenter@wacotx.gov. You must be present at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library to be assigned a time slot.

To help those researching their ancestors during the event a select list of genealogical/historical resources will be available for look-ups by participating libraries.

For a complete list of programs and participating libraries, visit wacolibrary.org or ctgs.org.  Contact Susan Kusterbeck, Genealogy Librarian, at skusterbeck@mckinneytexas.org or 972.547.7343 with any questions about this program.

Registration for the Lock-In is not required but appreciated.  You can register at:  http://mckinneypubliclibrary.ticketleap.com/

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Oct
13
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS Meeting

Electronics and Genealogy

Mike McKee

Tips and tricks for using your smart phone, camera and portable  scanner for recording and documenting genealogical records.

Our speaker will be a NCCGS member, Mike McKee who will demonstrate how our everyday electronic devices can assist in our genealogical research.

Have you ever discovered a wonderful genealogical document but there is no scanner or copier in sight?  Have you been at a cemetery or memorial wishing you could quickly record some bit of information.

And don't forget those family photographs that a relative would like to have a copy of but you are unsure about just how to use your phone, camera or scanner to make the best copy to send electronically?

Bring your smart phones, cameras or portable scanners and Mike will show us how to use them while researching records and documents in and around the community and on the road.

Mike McKee is a graduate of Art Center College of Design,  Los Angeles and was a commercial photographer for 30 years.  For the past 16 years he has taught Communication Design at Collin College.

All visitors are welcome!

directions to the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library 101 East Hunt McKinney, Texas


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Sep
17
9:30 AM09:30

Sources & Methods for Family History Research - Curt B. Witcher


Dallas Genealogical Society

 

Fall Seminar

Curt Witcher

Curt Witcher

Sources & Methods for Family History Research

"Curt Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he manages The Genealogy Center.  He is former president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society.

His many Presentations at family history conferences and seminars across the county have offered ideas and strategies to help individuals find and tell their family stories.  We are very pleased to have him with us in Dallas!"

link to Dallas Genealogical Society Seminar page

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Sep
8
6:45 PM18:45

NCCGS Meeting


National Archives, Forth Worth

National Archives, Forth Worth

Aaron Holt will be our guest to tell us what's at the Archives.  Aaron will also give us some hints on researching at the Archives in Fort Worth and on the National Archives level.

Please come and enjoy the company of our fellow genealogist and learn more about the National Archives.

All visitors are welcome.

directions to the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library 101 East Hunt McKinney, Texas

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