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Obituaries & Funeral Planning: Facts vs. Fiction
Monday, April 15
Obituaries & Funeral Planning: Facts vs. Fiction  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Delve into the creation of obituaries with the experts from Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. They'll walk us through the art of crafting meaningful tributes and explain their role in preserving memories and honoring loved ones. You'll also learn the practical aspects of end-of-life planning, from funeral arrangements to estate considerations, empowering you to make informed decisions ahead of time and easing the burden on your loved ones during difficult moments.
 
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
 


Thursday, April 18
CTGS Board of Directors Monthly Meeting  (Other Events)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
1600 Lake Air Drive


Monday, April 22
Southeastern U.S. Research Special Interest Group  (Other Events)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Have Southern Heritage? Then this is a great group to join if you have ancestors who lived in the 12 southeastern states: the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia & Kentucky. 
 
Group members will offer support in your search efforts when you are locating and analyzing documents for your research. Currently we are looking at migration trails in the south.   We also discuss helpful books in the library & websites to search for records. 
 
The Southeastern U.S. Research Group meets the 4th Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the small conference room next to the genealogy center. For information, contact Gina AndreSee y'all there! 


Field Trip to the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens
Monday, April 22
Field Trip to the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens  (Monthly CTGS Meetings)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Earle Harrison House & Pape Gardens, 1901 N. 5th St. Waco, Texas
Please join us! The Central Texas Genealogical Society is meeting at the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens!
 
Step back in time during a guided tour at the Earle Harrison House and Pape Gardens. These families were influential in the early years of McLennan County's history.  We will learn how this two-story Greek Revival house was moved from its original location to where it sits now. The house has been furnished with items from the time period, including some items that belonged to the Harrison family.  Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the past and uncover the stories that shaped our community! 
 
Earle Harrison House & Pape Gardens 
1901 N. 5th St. Waco, Texas
Click here for Google Map
 


Wednesday, April 24
Genealogy Center Orientation  (Other Events)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
5301 Bosque Blvd. # 275, Waco, Texas 76710
Are you interested in the Genealogy Center but not sure where or how to start?
 
Come on a guided tour! Discover the more than 35,000 records, databases, microfilm, and other resources available to help uncover your family history. The knowledgeable Genealogy Center staff will share hidden gems from the collection and tips to insure you don't miss any valuable information.
 
Whether you're just getting started or you're an experienced genealogist, come see how the library can help you reach your goals!
 



Monday, May 6
German Research Special Interest Group  (Other Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Central Texas is home to many German researchers.  Members help each other identify sources of information to learn about their German ancestors including finding where they lived in Germany, when and where they immigrated, and learning about their lives in America. Tips on intrepreting German handwritten records are very helpful.  
 
Members enjoy celebrating each others successes and sharing the family stories learned from research. The German Interest Group meets the 1st Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the large conference room.  For information, contact Jane Williamson.


Lone Star Family Trails live podcast
Monday, May 13
Lone Star Family Trails live podcast  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center

Join Podcast Host Ron Barnett for the first-ever live stream of the Lone Star Family Trails Podcast! This podcast, provided by the Texas State Genealogical Society, is dedicated to helping you discover the valuable Texas resources that can help preserve your ancestor’s story. In this episode, Ron will sit down with Jelain Chubb, State Archivist for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, who'll share tips and tricks for finding genealogical gems in their collection. Attend in person at the West Waco Library or watch it live from the link at www.ctgs.org

This event is co-sponsored by Central Texas Genealogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society, and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.



Monday, May 13
McLennan County Cemetery Special Interest Group  (Other Events)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
This group is sponsored by the Waco McLennan County Library and led by Genealogy Supervisor Bill Buckner.  The mission of this group is to maintain an inventory of all cemeteries in McLennan County using proper techniques and the latest technology. 
 
Group members are active in the research of cemeteries and searching for those that are undocumented.  This group meets the 2nd Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the small conference room next to the genealogy center.  Contact Bill Buckner for more information.


Exploring Roots Through Writing: A Journey Through Generations
Monday, May 20
Exploring Roots Through Writing: A Journey Through Generations  (Monthly CTGS Meetings)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Join author Kimberly Nixon as she shares her experience crafting a compelling narrative based on her family's history in her new book. Through her presentation, Nixon delves into the meticulous research, creative writing process, and the intricacies of publishing. At the heart of her discussion lies her latest book, Rock Bottom Rising (book 2 in the Rock Bottom series). Set against the backdrop of rural Tennessee during the tumultuous 1930s and 1940s, the novel follows the gripping saga of Ruby, a woman burdened by a shocking felony conviction and the harsh realities of life as a single mother. Nixon weaves a rich tapestry of historical facts with her grandmother’s life story, bringing to life the challenges of the Great Depression, World War II, and life in Tennessee. 
 

The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Central Texas Genealogical Society meeting.

You can also attend virtually via Zoom (details coming soon)




Genealogy Tech Tools: Utilizing Google Chrome Extensions
Monday, June 10
Genealogy Tech Tools: Utilizing Google Chrome Extensions  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Genealogy Librarian, Hannah Kubacak, will share tips to elevate your online research with free Google Chrome extensions. You'll discover a range of tools that go beyond the basics, empowering you to save time and enhance the effectiveness of your genealogical searches. These tools can streamline the research process and lead to new discoveries. Don't miss this opportunity to navigate the ever-expanding landscape of online genealogy to make your research more efficient and rewarding. 
 
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
 


GEDmatch.com: Taking Your DNA Results to the Next Level!
Monday, June 24
GEDmatch.com: Taking Your DNA Results to the Next Level!  (Monthly CTGS Meetings)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
There is much to learn from your DNA data, but you must take additional steps to make it happen. GEDmatch is a website that allows users to share their DNA information with other DNA testers, to explore genetic genealogy, perform DNA match comparisons and much more! Patti Huff Smith will share her expertise in navigating the tools available to us through GEDmatch. Explore the latest features, including how to download and utilize raw DNA results, compare DNA with others, identify potential relatives, and investigate adoptee searches. We will discusses the free tools available, the advanced features accessible with a membership, and the platform's opt-in policy for law enforcement use in solving cold cases and violent crimes.
 
The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Central Texas Genealogical Society meeting.
 
You can also attend virtually via Zoom (details coming soon)
 



Mining Genealogical Evidence From State Legislative Records
Monday, July 15
Mining Genealogical Evidence From State Legislative Records  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Uncover your family history by tapping into the wealth of information housed within state legislative archives. Learn how to maximize search tools and sort through information to extract genealogical details not found in other sources. Bill Buckner will share the secrets to discovering new information in this unique resource!
 
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
 


Boston and the 250th Anniversary of
Monday, July 22
Boston and the 250th Anniversary of "This Destruction of Tea"!  (Monthly CTGS Meetings)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
 
 
The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Central Texas Genealogical Society meeting.
 
You can also attend virtually via Zoom (details coming soon)
 



Who, What, Where & When? Identifying People and Places in Photographs
Monday, August 5
Who, What, Where & When? Identifying People and Places in Photographs  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Photographs hold many clues that help to identify the time period and people pictured, even when they've been passed through generations without documentation. Learning to identify the apparel, hairstyles, props, and type of photograph will help you narrow down who might be in the photograph. Paula Perkins will share several tools that will guide you to learn more about the photographer and the time period and even reveal the names of your ancestors! 
 
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
 


Open House
Monday, August 26
Open House  (Monthly CTGS Meetings)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
You're invited to join us at our fun come-and-go event, where we'll be celebrating our passion for genealogy and family heritage.

Bring your FRIENDS and neighbors to embark on this exciting journey together!

Learn more about the history of our genealogy society, proudly serving since 1958. Explore your ancestry with various special interest groups for DNA analysis, German heritage, and Southeastern United States Genealogy. Discover projects showcased by the library, and don't miss the enlightening tour of our treasure trove – the genealogy center!
 
Learn about the intriguing programs we have in store for the Genealogy Lock-In happening on Friday, October 18th. Mark your calendars and don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to delve deeper into your family's past.

Treat yourself to refreshments as you mingle with fellow genealogy enthusiasts. Plus, all non-member guests will receive a warm welcome bag filled with surprises!

Exciting news for our members: Bring the most guests to the event, and you could win an exciting prize! Make sure your guests sign in to be eligible for the competition.
 



Hey Google, Help Me Find My Family’s Records
Monday, September 9
Hey Google, Help Me Find My Family’s Records  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Learn the art of unlocking ancestral records using powerful free Google tools! Angela Granger will guide you through the intricacies of using Google’s Newspaper, Book, and Patent databases to mine historical records for family stories. She'll also show us how to harness the potential of Google Image search. Join us for an enriching experience and discover how to utilize these resources effectively to open new avenues in your quest to discover your heritage.
 
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
 


Tracing Your Italian Ancestors
Monday, September 23
Tracing Your Italian Ancestors  (Monthly CTGS Meetings)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Brian Bivona will shed light on how to trace your Italian ancestors from immigration back to their Italian homelands. Learn tips for navigating language barriers for documents written in Italian or Latin. Explore resources for discovering your Italian roots through church records, tax lists, vital records, and more!
 

The public is welcome to join us for this monthly Central Texas Genealogical Society meeting.

You can also attend virtually via Zoom (details coming soon).




What I Learned From Planning My Family Reunion
Monday, October 7
What I Learned From Planning My Family Reunion  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
October is Family History Month! Join us for an exciting exploration of genealogy and family reunion planning with Sherri Ahmadzadeh. Sherri will share her experiences coordinating a successful family reunion, including useful resources and ways to help make your reunion meaningful and rewarding. Come gain knowledge and inspiration to connect with your family's roots and create new memories.
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.
 



Roots to Recipes: Exploring the Links between Food and Family
Monday, November 4
Roots to Recipes: Exploring the Links between Food and Family  (Brown Bag Programs)
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Join Chef Sheri L. Raleigh from Cast Iron Skillet Culinaire for an insightful exploration into the links between family history and food. Discover how historical context has influenced ingredients and flavors, connecting generations through the culinary threads of our past. Explore the importance of preserving cherished recipes by unraveling the captivating stories behind meals passed down through generations. Guests are invited to bring a copy of a family recipe for a recipe swap. 
Bring your lunch - we'll provide the drinks!
 
This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.