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.