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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Alabama: June 26th - 28th, 2008 Conference

NOTE from DearMYRTLE (who is playing catch-up with her email!): The following notice came in from our friend Angela Broyles. Please address your inquiries to her attention.

Family History & Genealogy Conference - June 26th - 28th, 2008 Florence, Alabama

Breaking Through the Brick Walls of Genealogy

First United Methodist Church
415 N. Seminary St
Florence, Alabama

· Start with a Standard of Excellence
· Building Stronger Researchers
· Teaching – Teachers Historical Truth

The search for a comprehensive Genealogy conference in the Southeast will come to an end on June 26th through 28th at Bluewater Publication's Family History and Genealogy Conference in Florence Alabama!

Looking for the missing link in family history? Look no further! History, especially family history, is too important to be neglected!

Have you ever wanted to find out how to use the records & old newspapers available at the local library to learn more about your family history?

If you are an advanced genealogist looking for new ways to utilize the library or a beginner who has no idea where to start, then this event is for you!

Why should you attend this event?

• With subjects ranging from Southern Family History, to American Indians and African Americans, this will be a wide-ranging event! Hosted in North Alabama, this conference is home to a variety of rich and hard-to-research heritages.

• At Bluewater's Family History & Genealogy Conference, not only will you have access to speakers who are experts in the field of research via archives, you will be surrounded by fellow family history researchers.

• This conference will be attended by numerous genealogists from around the country. Sharing with you possible missing links. Bring their prized discoveries to share. This will be a rare opportunity to network with other history lovers. You may find that missing link; or you may help someone else find theirs!

• Are you an educator? Learn how to convey the importance of Family History to your students and building a love for history into the life of your young students. Get fresh ideas to take back to your classroom and check with your school, you could possibly receive professional credit for attending the History Conference.

• Having problems researching your Native American heritage? Learn from Rose Johnson-Tsosie, the person whom the LDS Church recognizes as "the" American Indian expert in the field of American Indian genealogy. Ms. Johnson-Tsosie is the lead mission of the Native American research at the Family Research Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She will be the Keynote Speaker for this event. Her wealth of knowledge, in addition to other workshops that will be available, will help you grow as a genealogist and history teacher/researcher!

• Interested in researching African American History? You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from Lee Freeman, head of the Department of Genealogy and Family Research at the Florence Lauderdale Public Library and expert on African American history, as he walks you through the varied steps involved in tracing African American heritage.

This a preliminary schedule.

We will be adding workshops over the next 2 weeks. Please watch the website for updates.

Thursday, June 26, 2008
8:30 Registration

Locate & Research: On-Line Records & Much More
Rose Johnson-Tsosie, a full-blood Navajo, author and speaker will share her knowledge on researching genealogy records via, books, films, internet, etc. She is a specialist in American Indian genealogy at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Writing your own history is rewarding
Researching within your own family records
Preparing your records to become a Book of Remembrance
Where to locate lost ancestors... library, computer; and where in Lauderdale County
The Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world... what's behind the doors? Accessing the Records via the Internet.

10:00 Workshops
-BEGINNING GENEALOGY Part I First hour by Dr. Darrell Russel
-Genealogy 101 in Computer Research – Saturday is a follow-up Lab to this class you must pre-register to attend because of limited sitting. By: Rose Johnson-Tsosie

11:00 Workshops
-BEGINNING GENEALOGY Part I - Second hour by Dr. Darrell Russel
-The "How to Work through a Genealogy Brick Wall" Avoiding pitfalls through discovering Mama's last name. By Pat Mahan

1:30 Workshops
-Honoring WWW II Veterans Arthur W. Wolde, Sr.Mr. Wolde will be sharing his experiences from the second world war, were he served 451st Medical Company as an ambulance driver. Everything from driving the ambulance ashore during the assault on Normandy to being on Omaha Beach, then his most famous story is being interviewed by Ernest Hemingway. Mr. Wolde is also author of Ambulance #11, which is the story of his WWII service.

-Navajo Ways & Traditions: Excellent for the Teachers & Students. By: Rose Johnson-Tsosie full blood Navajo

2:30 Workshops
-Honoring WWW II Veterans - Dr. RusselDr. Russel, at 22 years old, was taken to Posen, Poland at the permanent ground forces P.O.W. camp and at Stalag near Berlin. For months he struggled to stay alive while his family was receiving mail marked "Missing in Action". You can't miss hearing his story!

3:30 Workshops
Over Coming Genealogical hurdles in African-Americans research. By: Lee Freeman

Friday, June 27, 2008

-Locating & Sharing Your Research By: Rose Johnson-Tsosie

10:00 Workshops
-BEGINNING GENEALOGY Part II First hour by Dr. Darrell Russel
-The "How to Work through a Genealogy Brick Wall" Avoiding pitfalls through discovering Mama's last name. By: Pat Mahan

11:00 Workshops
-BEGINNING GENEALOGY Part II Second hour by Dr. Darrell Russel

2:00 Workshops
-The Cherokee Nation in North Alabama, 1780 to Removal Trails and maps. By: Ralph Lamar Marshall
-Using the Newspaper to Fill the Gaps in Your Family History. By: Lee Freeman

3:30 Workshops
-Getting to Know Your Celtic & American Indian Heritage – Great for Teachers By: TBA

Hampton Inn Downtown 256-767-8282
Hampton Inn Florence Blvd. 256-764-8888

Historical Walking Tours
  • Historical Tour From Coby Hall to Pope's Tavern
    By: Billy Ray Warren
    Friday, June 27, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Florence City Cemetery Walking Tour
    By: Harry Wallace
    Friday, June 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Forks of Cypress Tour
    By: Harry Wallace
    Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
    If possible bring lawn chair


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