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The Lock-In is just over a week away! This is the seventh year we have participated in the Texas-Wide Lock-in. We’ve grown from 5 libraries to 29 libraries participating all across Texas. We are so excited about the event. The webinars will be from 11 am-9:30 pm. The Library will be open from 9 am-11 pm. This year we will have staff and volunteers available to help you with beginning genealogy, brick walls, using the large 17” x 28” scanner, and DNA research. We have a few genealogy and history groups attending so you can visit with them. No registration is required and supper is from 5-6 pm and on your own.

Here’s the line-up for the webinars:

11:00 – 11:50 am Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929

Paula Perkins

Texas was a vital part of this history. Research techniques and resources will be demonstrated.

Noon-1:30 pm Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History

LaToya Devezin, Community Archivist, Austin History Center

Learn a fresh approach and up-to-date information in this first-step Beginner’s class.

1:40 – 2:40 pm Discover Local History through a Regional Depository

Laura Saegert, Assistant Director for Archives, Archives & Information Services Division, TSLAC

The presentation will introduce you to the wonderful sources of information for your genealogical and historical work from The Regional Historical Resources Depository (RHRD) Program of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

2:50 – 3:50 pm My Texans during the Republic.

Sharon Farnsworth, Registrar for the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Learn how to track your generations back to your Ancestors during the Republic of Texas through birth and death certificates, census, and wills.

4:00 – 5:00 pm Connecting Your DNA Matches

Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide

There is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, and then working together to determine how you are related. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.

5:00-6:00 pm Dinner Break

6:00 – 7:00 pm Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor’s Background in the Old Fatherland

Dr. Miroslav Koudelka, Genealogy researcher and guide from the Czech Republic & TCGS charter member

This presentation will cover the strategies and sources (both online & in print) to trace your Moravian or Bohemian ancestry.

7:10 – 8:10 pm Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers

Lisa Louise Cooke, Family History Author, Speaker, & Producer, The Genealogy Gems Podcast

Learn the specialized approach and tech tools required to achieve success in locating newspapers, and uncovering the genealogical gems they contain about your family.

8:20 – 9:30 pm Discovering Your WWI Ancestor: Sources & Resources

Earl Pogue, Family Historian & Author

Discover what resources are available to identify and provide information about your ancestor that served in the Great War.


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Our digital collection, Collin County Images, has a new look! It can be seen much easier on a tablet, computer, or iPhone. It is setup to search a little easier, also. The timelines, access to the Library homepage, and our genealogy blog connections are located at the top right corner where the Menu is located or at the bottom of the page.

It still has the same URL – https://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org. Go have a look!

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All events are free and located at the Haggard Library in the Genealogy Center


Where in the World Are They?

How to locate your immigrant ancestors

Thursday           Sep 14 9:30-11am

 How to Join the DAR

Learn what it takes to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Get help researching your Revolutionary War ancestor

Saturday            Sep 23 10am

Genealogy 101

Learn how to start your family research and fill in your family tree

Thursday           Oct 5    9:30-11am

 Genealogy Databases: Part 1

Learn some strategies for searching Ancestry.com, as well as tricks to take home to use for your genealogy research

Wednesday       Oct 25  9:30-11am

Genealogy Databases: Part 2

Tips and tricks for searching FamilySearch and Fold3

Thursday           Oct 26  9:30-11am

Clues from Cemeteries

Learn the many ways to find the cemetery of your ancestor and the other family members hiding there

Wednesday       Nov 8   9:30-11am


Special Event:

Genealogy Lock-In

Spend the afternoon and evening researching at this 7th annual event featuring webinars, genealogy libraries from across Texas, one-on-one assistance, genealogy and history groups, and much more

Friday                 Oct 20  11am-11pm


Monthly Forums:

DNA Interest Group

Discuss and explore the use of DNA in genealogy research

Wednesdays     6:30-7:30pm

Sep 6 – Oct 4 – Nov 1 – Dec 6

Legacy Research

Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars and one-on-one help

Tuesdays            1:30-5pm

Sep 26 – Oct 24 – Nov 28

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The Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library is hosting a display by the John Cavet Chapter of the U. S. Daughters of 1812. The items will be on display for the month of August. Come to the lower level of the Haggard Library to see it.

A big thank you to a wonderful job done by Carol Tatum, Teena Humphris, Ora Jane Johnson, and Dorcas Helms!

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The Genealogy Center received a message from Proquest:

“On Saturday, 29 July 2017, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products. During this 9-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable.”

It will be unavailable from 2pm-11pm on July 29th.

Don’t worry it will be back on Sunday, July 30th.

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US Census Records – Learn how to search the US Census, 1790-1940, to find information about your ancestor

Haggard Wed Jun 21 9:30-11am

How to Join the DAR – Learn what it takes to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Get help researching your Revolutionary War ancestor

Haggard Sat Jun 24 10am-1pm


Brick Walls – Bring your “brick wall” & let us help you break it down

Haggard Wed Jul 19 9:30am-12pm

DNA for Beginners – Learn the basics of using DNA testing to help with genealogy research

Haggard Thu Aug 24 9:30-11am

Legacy Research –  Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars and one-on-one help

Haggard Tuesdays 1:30-5pm Jun 27 ● Jul 25 ● Aug 22

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The Genealogy Center is hosting webinars on the first Wednesday of each month this summer.

June 7, 1-2pm – US Church Records – Learn how to research US church records to find information about your ancestors.

July 5, 1-3:30pm – British Resources – Learn about British records & how to access them on Ancestry & FamilySearch.

August 2, 1-3:30pm – Irish Church Records – Find out what you can learn through Catholic & Protestant church records on FamilySearch.

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