March 22 (Saturday): 9:30 - 4:30 - Spring Seminar
The Dallas Genealogical Society invites you to join us for a one‐day workshop featuring Laura G. Prescott, a professional researcher, writer, and speaker.
Laura is past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a consultant for Fold3.com. Her specialties include the use of manuscripts in genealogical research, genealogy on the internet, online military records, and merging history with genealogy.
Her articles have appeared in Ancestry, New England Ancestors, Genealogical Computing, NGS NewsMagazine, and Digital Genealogist.
Laura will be speaking on the following topics.
- Playing Hide-and-Seek with Ancestors in City Directories - Explore the history and growth of city directories, discover their value to genealogists researching urban and suburban families, and learn tricks and tips in using them to trace family migrations, address changes, careers, and events.
- Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective - Match historical events to an ancestor's life, or synchronize one ancestor's events to another's through timelines. Literally the outlines of our ancestors' lives, timelines lead us to solutions and surprises.
- Treasures Within the Ivory Tower: Finding Family In Academic Archives - College and university libraries are historical repositories for their communities and their special collections are overlooked resources. Your ancestors did not have to attend a college for you to find them through this unique town-and-gown connection. Learn where to look, what you can find, and the most efficient techniques to get the information you seek.
- The Rest of the Story: Using Manuscripts to Create a Family History - Tap into great repositories of historical treasure! Discover where to find information about your ancestors in special collections and why manuscripts and artifacts are essential to building your family's story.
Schedule and Location
This event will be held at the Dallas Public Library: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library 1515 Young Street Dallas, TX (Directions, Web page)
- Registration: 9:30 a.m.
- Workshop: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Lunch: NOT PROVIDED due to renovations being performed at the library. The lunch break will be 90 minutes and you will be provided with a list of local restaurants. Limited space will be available at the library on a first come - first seated basis for those who may want to bring a lunch.
- Parking: $1.50 (Discounted fee)
- On or before March 10:
- $40 (Member)
- $50 (Non-Member)
- After March 10:
- $50 (Member)
- $60 (Non-Member)
- DGS Members and Non-Member Account Holders: To register for this event online (with a credit card), please follow the steps outlined below:
- Click on the Membership tab at the top of this page
- Click on Account Manager (in the menu on the left)
- Enter your Login Name and Password and click on the Log In button
- A pull-down menu (default value: "What would you like to do?") will be displayed on the right side of the page. Select Upcoming Events
- This event should be listed... click on Register and follow the instructions
- Individuals who are not DGS members and have never attended a DGS lecture, institute or other event
- You may still register online for the Fall Lecture. Click here to create a non-member account and then follow the directions for Member and Non-Member Account Holders above.
About Our Speaker
Laura graduated with a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College in 1980. She spent 7 years at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has served as the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and worked as a consultant for Fold3.com before starting her own research business.
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, she has lived in New England for over thirty-five years.