Rockwall County Genealogical Society
2008-2013 Meetings, Projects, and Events

Scheduled Meetings
Held the third Thursday of the month from 6:00pm-8:00pm unless otherwise noted.

April 18,2013 "British Migrations to the American Colonies" by Don Raney

Plus Don
will also give a short session on genealogical DNA testing.
March 21,2013 Genealogy workshop.

Webinar "Military Records: Civil War", Bring any questions or things of interest you would like to share with the group.
February 21,2013 Genealogy workshop.

Webinar "Thinking Creatively About Research Problems", Wrap up Bi-Laws, Discuss ideas for flyers locations for increased Society membership, Get input on interests for the Society and meetings.
January 17,2013 We will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary at Luigi's Italian Restaurant! Please come join us at 6:30 pm for dinner and social time. If you have any special memories, crazy stories, etc. that you would like to share, please feel free. Also if you have any old pictures that would be of interest to the group, please bring those as well.
January 10,2013 Our annual visit by retired Dallas Central Library Genealogy Section's Lloyd Bockstruck moved to January due to a scheduling conflict. Topic to be "What to do when you hit a brick wall in your research." This is the only meeting of the year that will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
   
December, 2012 Holiday Break, no meeting
November 8, 2012 Genealogy workshop.

We are going to spend our evening Thursday going over some Society business and discussing what we want to do for 2013 with regards to meeting speakers and other activities.
October 11, 2012 "The Heralds Visitations, an Often Overlooked Genealogical Resource" by David B. Appleton

David has been researching and teaching about heraldry for more than a quarter of a century. This on-going interest has taken him all across the United States and Canada and to Europe on numerous occasions to participate in and speak at congresses and symposia on the subject. He is a long-time member of the American Heraldry Society, the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, The Heraldry Society (England), The Heraldry Society of Scotland, the American College of Heraldry, and the International Association of Amateur Heralds. He regularly participates in a number of heraldry, lineage and genealogy-related on-line groups, and is a member of three lineage societies (the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Blaisdell Family National Association, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War). In addition to his illustrated lectures and presentations, he has written several books and numerous articles for a variety of publications on the topic of heraldry.
September 13, 2012 "1940 is Here: Now What?" by Lisa McKinney

Lisa has spoken on the topic of the 1940 Census to the East Texas Genealogical Society and the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society. In addition, she writes the "Ask the Ancestors" column that appears in the Rockwall Enterprise Success, which is sent by mail to every household and business in Rockwall County on the first and third Fridays of each month.
June-August, 2012 Summer break, no meetings
May 10, 2012 Genealogy workshop. Bring all the questions you've been needing to ask.
April 12, 2012 "Susannah Dickinson, Messenger of the Alamo" by Marynell Bryant
March 8, 2012 "Footnote.com & NARA Digitized Records" by Judy Knight
February 9, 2012 "Separating Online Fact From Fiction" by Betsy Mills
January 12,2012 Our annual visit by retired Dallas Central Library Genealogy Section's Lloyd Bockstruck moved to January due to a scheduling conflict. Topic to be "Revolutionary War Era Family Research."
   
December, 2011 Holiday Break, no meeting
November 10, 2011 "How to Find Your Ancestor's Maiden Name" by Don Raney

By law and by custom, the individual identity of your female ancestor before 1900 is very often hidden within her husband’s identity. Women were not allowed to own property in their own name, sign a deed, leave a will, vote or participate in government. Men owned the property, paid the taxes, left wills and their surname was carried into the next generation by the children. As a result, your female ancestors are often neglected in genealogies and family histories and they are listed with only a first name. Discovering the maiden name of your female ancestor is often difficult and challenging but not impossible. Don will speak on strategies tol guide you in your search for your maternal ancestors.

Donald Raney is a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He has been a frequent speaker at many genealogical society meetings in East Texas, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. On the national level, Mr. Raney has presented sessions at GENTECH, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Angelina College Genealogy Conference and The Genealogical Institute of Texas. He is a life member of the San Jacinto Descendants and past director of GENTECH and the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Computer Interest Group. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Raney graduated from SMU with a BS in Civil Engineering and completed a long professional career with Lone Star Gas Company before retiring in 1997 as Chief Engineer. He is currently teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy courses in at Richland College.
Don published the book “Martin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844” in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his GGG Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas.
October 13, 2011 "Documentation in Genealogical Research" by Janet Paulos Khashab

Janet Paulos Khashab is a third generation American of Anglo/Mexican descent. Her father was born in San Antonio, Texas but grew up in Dallas. He married her English mother while serving in World War II in England where Janet was born. After a brief family reunion in Dallas, Janet and her parents spent five years where her father worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Mexico as an interpreter. Her family returned to the Dallas area before she was seven but her Spanish language skills did not survive the transplant causing her to relearn them as an adult. Janet graduated from Garland High School and then from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She taught English as a Foreign Language to university students for eight years and then worked at various university libraries as a research assistant for thirteen years before taking an early retirement. She has been tracing her Hispanic and English roots since 1998 and received her accreditation from the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists® in Mexican research in 2009. She was President of the Dallas Genealogical Society 2010-2011 and had previously served two years as Vice President for Education in the same organization. She also served four years as secretary of HOGAR de Dallas (Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research).
September 8, 2011 "Genealogy 1 (Introduction)" by Tom Crowe

Tom Crowe is an amateur genealogist with approximately 30 years experience, he is also a speaker with a series of Genealogy sessions that he's presented to over a dozen general public groups including the Eastfield Seniorfest, Sons of the American Revolution, as well as many teacher retiree meetings.
June-August, 2011 Summer break, no meetings
May 12, 2011 Genealogy workshop. Bring all the questions you've been needing to ask.
April 14, 2011 "Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor" by Don Raney

Donald Raney is a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He has been a frequent speaker at many genealogical society meetings in East Texas, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. On the national level, Mr. Raney has presented sessions at GENTECH, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Angelina College Genealogy Conference and The Genealogical Institute of Texas. He is a life member of the San Jacinto Descendants and past director of GENTECH and the Dallas Genealogical Society’s Computer Interest Group. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Raney graduated from SMU with a BS in Civil Engineering and completed a long professional career with Lone Star Gas Company before retiring in 1997 as Chief Engineer. He is currently teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy courses in at Richland College.
Don published the book “Martin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844” in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his GGG Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas.

March 10, 2011 "Organizing your Tons of Documents" by Barbara Lancaster Tsirigotis

Born and reared in East Texas, Barb grew up surrounded by three generations of family members.  She was exposed to the stories of her grandparents and their siblings coming to Texas in a covered wagon, moving from county to county, the heavy rains that caused the caisson bearing her great grandfather to get stuck in mud at the cemetery, great uncle John who killed his brother, and cousins Karl and Hugh Farr who played with the Sons of the Pioneers.  In 1985, a friend introduced her to genealogy; and, it quickly became her passion. Since that time she has helped friends and extended family look into their family history.  As a learning experience, she took on these challenges for a son-in-law who wanted to know if he had any Confederate soldiers in his family; for a family friend who had no idea where her late husband and his family originally came from; and, for a cousin who thought his late brother was illegitimate, he was.

Barb has combed through and published the old records of the Delta County Courthouse.  In addition she has published two books on her own families (Bishop & Lancaster) and a historical abstract of Hunt County land records.  

She enjoys traveling and takes along her research notes whenever she leaves home, stating, You never know when you might come across a library or cemetery. Cemeteries are one of her favorite places to research.  Barb has compiled rules, tips and clues on researching in cemeteries and is ready to share them with other researchers.

Memberships
Irving Genealogical Society
               United Daughters of the Confederacy
Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
   Texas State Genealogical Society
Wayne County TN Historical Society
     Fannin County TX Genealogical Society
February 10, 2011 "Funeral Practices in 18th and 19th Century America" by Carol Taylor

Carol is active in the Hunt County Historical Commission where she served as chairman for twelve years and led the 150th Anniversary Celebration for the creation of Hunt County.  She is Manager of the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville.  She is a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Carol completed the NGS American Genealogy, A Basic Course.  She has attended two national genealogical conferences and several week-long sessions of the Institute of Genealogical Studies twice.
January 13, 2011 Genealogy workshop, member Candy Petersen providing mini workshop on research and documentation tips.
We will also have idea discussions regarding future workshops and the possibility of having future meetings at the Rockwall library.
   
December, 2010 Holiday Break, no meeting
November 11, 2010 "The Huguenots" by Lloyd Bockstruck

Our annual visit by retired Dallas Central Library Genealogy Section's Lloyd Bockstruck.
October 14, 2010 Meeting canceled due to member/speaker scheduling conflicts
September 9, 2010 "Research in the Texas Land Records" by Don Raney

Don Raney has been an active genealogist for over 25 years. He has been a frequent speaker at many genealogical society meetings in East Texas, Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. On the national level, Mr. Raney has presented sessions at GENTECH, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Genealogical Institute of Texas. He is currently teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy courses at Richland College.
August 12, 2010 Genealogy workshop, member Nancy Freitas has provided a story to share on the Zollner Hobo Ranch, with a show and tell handmade table using parts of the barn from the ranch.
July 8, 2010 Bad weather, meeting canceled
June 10, 2010 "Portal to Texas History" by Tara Carlisle

Tara Carlisle is project development librarian in the Digital Projects Unit at UNT and is responsible for coordinating digitization projects for the Portal to Texas History.

May 13, 2010 "Unlocking the Pre-1850 Census" by Carol Taylor

Carol is active in the Hunt County Historical Commission where she served as chairman for eleven years and led the 150th Anniversary Celebration for the creation of Hunt County.  She is Manager of the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville.  She is a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Carol completed the NGS American Genealogy, A Basic Course.  She has attended two national genealogical conferences and several week-long sessions of the Institute of Genealogical Studies twice.
April 8, 2010 Meeting canceled due to member/speaker scheduling conflicts
March 11, 2010 Genealogy workshop. Bring all the questions you've been needing to ask.
   
December 2009 - February 2010 Winter break, no meetings
November 12, 2009 "Hereditary Societies" by Lloyd Bockstruck

Our annual visit by retired Dallas Central Library Genealogy Section's Lloyd Bockstruck.
October 8, 2009
Was Grandpa "His Brother's Keeper?" by John Sellers

A study of the Masonic Fraternity and what records may be valuable for genealogists. A short study of the history and development in the United States. Records and their access will be reviewed. Terminology and recognizing symbols of the fraternity will be discussed. Using records for proof of residence and possible death dates will be reviewed.

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John A. Sellers is a fifth generation native to Hopkins County, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University, with a degree in advertising/public relations and received his teaching certificate in history from Texas A & M, Commerce.

He has been doing genealogical research since 1985. His favorite area of research is in the courthouse. He has visited courthouses in several southern states and has conducted extensive research in Texas and Louisiana. He is active member of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and served thirteen years on the executive board and as President, 1997-1998. He was a speaker at the FGS National Conference in 1997 and 2004, and NGS in 1994. He has been the featured speaker for over 50 all day seminars located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. He was the featured speaker at the DRT Genealogical Conference at the Alamo in 2002 and 2003, and the Louisiana Historical and Genealogical Seminar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007. He has been a faculty member for Angelina College Genealogy Conference, since 1999 in Lufkin and was a featured speaker at Dallas Texas Summer Institute, 2006 John has given several programs at both local and regional conferences. He has completed both Genealogy as a Profession, and Advanced Methodology courses at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Samford University. John, was a lecturer at the Institute of Genealogical Research, Samford University, 2009 and has been invited to return in 2010. He compiled an addendum to the 1850 Census of Hopkins County. John is currently serving as 1st Vice President of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society .

He is an AVP- Director of Marketing with City National Bank of Sulphur Springs.
September 10, 2009 Meeting in the Rockwall County Library Genealogy room, getting better acquainted with our library resources.
August 13, 2009 Genealogical Workshop, bring your hard to figure out issues and we'll put the collective heads together and try to get you on track.
July 9, 2009

"War of 1812 Records and Resources" by Marynell Bryant

Marynell is a professional researcher & lecturer, Editor and publisher of a family surname publication, Rainey Times, for 22 years, Administrator for the national Rainey/Raney DNA Surname project, President of Texas State Genealogical Society, third term, Librarian for Hopkins County Genealogical Society Research Library, Past President of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, 3 years, Member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, United Daughters of the Confederacy

June 11, 2009

"Interlibrary Loan Resources for Genealogists" by Judy Knight

Learn how to take advantage of little known resources, and what is available beyond the normal interlibrary loan program.

May 14, 2009 "Using Libraries Online" by Tami Glatz

Finding Hidden Treasure in Online Library Websites.

Tami brings her excitement and infectious enthusiasm for genealogical research to all her lectures. Her presentations are based on sound genealogical standards and principles, as set forth by both BCG and APG. Covering much, much more than the usual suspects (ie,Ancestry, Rootsweb, FamilySearch), if its out there on the internet, she will show you ways to find it.
April 9, 2009 "Reconstruction Texas" by Carol Taylor

Reconstruction Texas and what our ancestors went through during that time in North Texas
which made that time period so difficult for everyone.  It was a time of horror for everyone concerned. Covers the period from the spring of 1865 until the summer of 1869, focusing on Cullen Montgomery Baker, Ben Bickerstaff and Bob Lee.

Carol is active in the Hunt County Historical Commission where she served as chairman for ten years and led the 150th Anniversary Celebration for the creation of Hunt County.  She is Manager of the Northeast Texas History and Genealogy Center at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville.  She is a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Carol completed the NGS American Genealogy, A Basic Course.  She has attended two national genealogical conferences and several week-long sessions of the Institute of Genealogical Studies twice.

March 12, 2009 "footnote.com, A complete presentation of this excellent genealogical resource site" by Judy Knight

North Texas area genealogical speaker and teacher with over 30 years experience researching family history.

Teacher of Genealogy at Tarrant Community College, Southeast Campus
President of Historic W.V.S. Allen Cemetery Association
Past President of Mid Cities Genealogical Society in Euless, Texas
Past District 11 Representative of Texas State Genealogical Society

   
December 2008 - February 2009 Winter Break, no meeting.
November 13, 2008

"Researching Tax Records" by Lloyd Bockstruck

Our annual visit by Lloyd Bockstruck. Lloyd has been with the Dallas (TX) Public Library since 1973 and currently serves as the Supervisor of the Genealogy Section. From 1969 to 1971 he served in the Missionary Journeyman Program of the Southern Baptist Convention with assignment to the Baptist Mission of East Africa where he served as teacher and librarian in the Mombassa (Kenya) Baptist High School. He has been on the faculty of IGHR since 1974 and was the first recipient of the Institute's Outstanding Alumni Award.

Mr. Bockstruck is the author of many books including 'Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America'; 'Denizations and Naturalizations in the British Colonies in America, 1607-1775'; 'Naval Pensioners of the United States, 1800-1851'; 'Virginia's Colonial Soldiers; Genealogical Research in Texas; Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments'; and most recently 'Revolutionary War Pensions, Awarded by State Governments 1775-1874, the General and Federal Governments Prior to 1814, and by Private Acts of Congress to 1905.' Lloyd also wrote the 'Family Tree' weekly newspaper columns for the Dallas Morning News from 1991 to 1996, and has been a contributing staff writer for Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter for several years. In 1982 the National Genealogy Society recognized him with its Award of Merit, and was named a Fellow of the society in 1993. In 1989 the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him the History Award. In 1999 he was named the first recipient of the "Filby Prize for Genealogical Librarianship" offered by Scholarly Resources and the National Genealogical Society. In 2003 Mr. Bockstruck was recognized by the North East Texas Library System with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he was named an Honorary Member of the Hereditary Society Community. Active in numerous hereditary organizations, he has been the Librarian General of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution; and the Registrar of both the Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. A sought-after public speaker on a number of topics, Mr. Bockstruck is widely recognized as one of the nations leading authorities in regards to genealogical research on the American Revolution.

October 9, 2008 "Cemetery Research" by Barbara Tsirigotis
 
 You may know where your ancestors are buried, but there are far more clues in a cemetery than names on a tombstone.  Clues can be found in those buried nearby, in the material the tombstone is made of, and its artwork.

Barbara is a native Texan, she began researching her family history in the late 1980s.  As the years past, she became more & more passionate about her research, and focused on cemetery research. She learned that burial practices have changed over time and that much can be learned from a grave site, the grave stone, stone carvings, position of the grave and more. It is these hidden clues that bring out the Sherlock Holmes in genealogy researchers
September 11, 2008 First familiarization visit to the brand new Rockwall library, we will have a short meeting from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the genealogy room.
August 14, 2008 Genealogy workshop. Bring all the questions you've been needing to ask.
July 10, 2008 "PERILS, PARADOXES AND PITFALLS IN PROBATE RECORDS"  by   GLENN KINKADE
 
Probate records can be the most valuable records a genealogist can find: however, they can also be misunderstood, scattered in several places, and confusing.  This presentation will cover the probate process from the colonial period to the mid-19th century.  Participants will learn techniques in locating, reading, understanding and analyzing probate records.  Examples of unusual, humorous and misleading wills will be reviewed.
 
Glenn Kinkade is an experienced genealogical researcher, lecturer, author, and college instructor.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University.  After serving as an officer in the United States Air Force, he joined IBM in 1960 in Kansas City. Mo. In 1990 he retired from IBM in Dallas, Texas.  Since his retirement he has been an active volunteer in several community organizations.  His hobbies include travel, photography, and genealogy.  Glenn and his wife Ann live in Dallas land have two married sons.

June 12, 2008

"Was Your Grandmother a Relict?" by Barbara Wylie

What Do Those Old Words Mean?  If your ancestor had a "good sister," were his other sisters bad? How could a woman have a father-in-law if she never married? Some terms describing kinship, legal status and occupations don't mean now what they meant then.

 

Projects

Cemetery Headstone Transcription and Photography

Chisholm almost completed, only 22 more cemeteries to go. Once completed we will publish a book with the results.

Deed Books Transcription

A few of the over 30 deed abstract books have been completed.

Pioneer's of Rockwall Book

This will be a book with the names and stories of individuals obtained from the Pioneer Certificates project. These are Pioneers that created Rockwall County from 1900 and prior. RCGS member Mary Keene is heading this up and needs any assistance she can get, if you can help please email her at mhkeene @sbcglobal.net <-(remove space when emailing)

Historic Texas Cemetery Program

Need volunteers to submit cemeteries for this program.
Go to:  http://www.thc.state.tx.us/cemeteries/cemhtc.shtml

Nathan Butler Cemetery Restoration

Need headstones aligned, needs a fence. (NEED UPDATED STATUS)  A few years ago about a dozen headstones turned up missing, the rumor was they had been taken to be restored, if anybody knows were the missing headstones are please email jeff @txlowe.net <-(remove space when emailing)

 

Events

To be announced