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2013 Spring Seminar

The Dallas Genealogical Society invites you to join us on Saturday, March 16, 2013, for “Records, Research & Stories”, a one-day workshop featuring Paula Stuart-Warren, a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher.


Paula works full time in the area of genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1988, passing the every-five-year renewal assessments by the national Board for Certification of Genealogists. She is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and strives to keep up-to-date by participating in national and local conferences, reading the publications of many genealogical and historical organizations and individuals both off and online.



  • Tho' They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records -So many researchers put up artificial brick walls because their ancestors weren’t land owners, were perennial renters staying one step ahead of the bill collector, or didn’t leave behind a ten page will listing all the children. Various records and sources for tracking these ancestors down will be discussed. Visuals will demonstrate the extensive information which may be found. Examples span many states and time periods and both private organizations and government agencies at many levels.
  • Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log -If you hired someone to do research for you, wouldn’t you want to know what they checked? Was it books, volumes, files, or microfilm and was it at the courthouse, library, or elsewhere? Did they search an index or view the records page by page? Did they find useful details or nothing pertinent? Now think about your own research ventures. Are you noting the same details about your quest? Reporting to yourself on the analysis and research is not as daunting a task as some researchers think. As an added benefit, this self-reporting makes it easier when you eventually write your award-winning family history
  • Stuck? Have You Tried...? Have You Overlooked...? -Your answer may be “out there.” This session covers techniques and resources that offer help in overcoming that proverbial “brick wall” in family history research. Reviewing, presenting, sharing, broadening, redoing, correcting, comparing, looking at “new” sources, and other ideas will be presented along with some true success stories. Genealogical problem solving involves the creative use of sources that many genealogists and historians neglect to use or don’t know how to use. The answer may be closer than you think.
  • A Baker's Dozen: Easy Ways to Begin Writing Your Family History -Anyone can write! Learn ways to get your family history in print without a lot of strain. It’s not as daunting a task as you might think. Sharing and preserving the family stories, both the joyous times and the tough times, can enhance your understanding of yourself and the greater family. Visuals will demonstrate the “Baker’s Dozen” and a handout will point you to further ideas and help in both print and online formats.


Schedule and Location

This event will be held at the Dallas Public Library: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young Street Dallas, TX (DirectionsWeb page)

  • Registration: 9:30 a.m.
  • Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 
  • Parking: $2.00 (Discounted fee)

Registration Fees

  • Member: $50
  • Non-Member: $60
  • Lunch: $10 (Turkey Sandwich, Ham Sandwich or Salad)
  • Lunch or syllabus not guaranteed for walk-ins



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About Our Speaker

Paula Stuart‐Warren works full time in the area of genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She has been a Board‐ certified genealogist since 1988, passing the every‐ five‐year renewal assessments by the national Board for Certification of Genealogists.


Paula has served two years as a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists; six years as a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society; and on the Program Committees for the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conferences, and currently serves on the FGS Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee. She is currently co‐chair of the FGS 2013 Conference to be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has lectured at NGS and FGS national level conferences since the early 1990s.


She has written for Ancestry Magazine, FGS Forum, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, and is co‐editor of FGS Conference News Blog and Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica. Her articles and lectures focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analyzing records, Midwest, and Native Americans.


Her presentations are lively, yet professional and educational. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s American Genealogy Records and Resources week‐long intermediate course, which includes classroom instruction and one‐on‐one assistance in the Family History Library. She has coordinated courses and taught at other multi‐date institutes.

Dallas Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446
1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)