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FREE Genealogy Event - Oct. 20th

Newton County History Center Hosts FREE Genealogy Event

Friday, October 20th staring with the first speaker at 10:00 a.m. and the last speaker ending at 4:20. The event is In Person OR Online.

The programs are provided by the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT), a state-wide initiative to connect libraries/genealogical societies and provide educational and research opportunities that is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library. Co-sponsors include the Central Texas Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

This is the perfect opportunity to hear speakers we would not have access to otherwise. See the flyer for the details. Terri is happy to help you register if QR scanning is not possible for you. Call her at 409-379-2109


Newton County Genealogy Event

One full day of great information!

Friday, October 20th, 2023 * 10:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

At the Newton County History Center * 213 E. Court St. * Newton, Texas

FREE! Sessions are consecutive with 10 minutes breaks in between.

Bring sack lunch and snacks. Water provided.

Six Speakers.

10:00 AM- 10:50 AM Linking the Generations with Court and Land Records

Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist (Sponsored by the Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society)

It’s the single biggest issue genealogists face: how do we connect one generation to the next with reliable evidence? Vital records are excellent documentation, but they often don’t exist for the time and place we’re researching. We must make sure we’re not simply putting people into family lines because they share the same names. Using court and land records, we can often find the evidence needed to link the generations accurately.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Visiting the Hill College Texas Heritage Museum

John Versluis, Dean of the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College

This presentation will showcase the Hill College, Texas Heritage Museum with an overview of the Museum’s Galleries and Collection Division and highlight the holdings in the Museum’s Historical Research Center Division. This center is nationally recognized as a Civil War Repository with an extensive collection of maps, photos, and microfilm. Also available is an archive that contains files of soldiers’ letters, diaries, and unpublished manuscripts from all Texas wars.

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Genealogy Basics: Start Searching for Your Ancestors Today

Irene B. Walters, Librarian, Family History Research Center at the Clayton Library Campus

Need info on the names, dates, and places your family lived? Interested in finding out how to track down your family stories? Come learn the basics you need to get started! Discover the tools available, starting with home sources and continuing with the types of created records that are useful for genealogical research and where they can be found. Also covered will be ways to stay organized by utilizing paper charts and forms or computer software.

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Tame the Chaos Tiger: Organize Your Records and Research

Susan Ball, President TxSGS

How many times are the solutions to our brick walls found in records we already have? This presentation starts with taming the physical chaos caused by lack of organization and continues with taming the research chaos caused by poorly defined and overlooked research. Explore templates for organizational tools to help organize information and form a research plan.

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM Uncover Your Family’s Story Using the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)

Elizabeth Hodges, MA, MSLIS, Senior Librarian in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Recently made free to the public, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals and is produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center. Learn how to make PERSI your new favorite tool in your family history toolbox!

3:30 PM – 4:20 PM Placing Your DNA Matches on Your Tree

Ryan Russell, Genetic Genealogist, Open Door Genetics

When you take a DNA test, you'll receive a match list of mostly strangers. Who are these people, and how are you connected? This session discusses strategies for identifying your DNA matches and determining your common ancestors. Whether your goal is to collect more information about your ancestors or break through brick walls on your tree, gaining a better understanding of your DNA matches can lead to new discoveries.

Pre-register for Planning Purposes

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Questions? Terri Woods, Newton County Historical Clerk

(409) 379-2109 or


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