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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 216
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    Tips for Navigating Rhode Island Records

    by Diane Maclean Boumenot

    Many Americans have roots in Rhode Island, and there are some unique sources available to trace Rhode Island’s colonial families. The post-Revolutionary War period was a time of industrialization and enormous change. The immigrants to Rhode Island in the later 1800’s left completely different clues. Let’s review the best tips for breaking through to your ancestor’s Rhode Island story.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Thursday, June 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 129
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    Black Holes of Genealogy

    by James L. Douthat

    Come listen to James L. Douthat, Tennessee historian and genealogist, present a program on exploring those "Black Holes."  As genealogists, we all have an ancestor who disappears, but we know where they are living at that time period.  This is a real study of geography in the Southern States.  Once the colonists started moving westward, boundaries were moved constantly.  This program will explore some of the greater changes in state's boundaries.


    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, June 18, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Remote
    • 207
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    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot:  A Juneteenth Celebration!

    by Teresa Hill Mays


    What is Juneteenth and why is it a celebrated national holiday?  Join a discussion regarding General Order Number 3, troop and contraband movement, Tennessee’s emancipation, and slave release. Additionally, a glimpse at what freedom looked like in the surrounding states.  



    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Saturday, June 25, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 208
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                            Let's Discuss It!                                                                                                               

     Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending   in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    County Corner-TN County Locality Guide: Bedford County

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring .a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other


    • Thursday, July 07, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 210
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    Royal Lineage Societies

    Many of our ancestors came from England and other counties that have royal lines. Examples of these lineage societies are Baronial Order of Magna Charta & Military Order of the Crusades, Charlemagne, Order of the Merovingian Dynasty and others. Come learn more about these groups and what is required for membership. 

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, July 09, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 203
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    TNGS THIRD QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    Please join us for the Third Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive an overview of what is going on with our Society, upcoming programs and events.

    Our speaker after the membership meeting will be Tyler L. Boyd. 

    Known for casting the deciding vote in the Tennessee legislature to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Harry T. Burn went on to serve in Tennessee government in various capacities for many years. In addition to chronicling Burn's life and career, Tyler L. Boyd, Burn's great-grandnephew, will discuss the influence of Burn's mother, Febb E. Burn, on his tie-breaking vote. Family photos and stories passed down about Burn's ancestors going back to the American Revolution will also feature in this presentation about how one family can change history.


    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, July 16, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Remote
    • 171
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    Putting it All Together:  Making Sense of all the Research You've Done

    by Robyn N. Smith

     

    If you are like most genealogists, over the years you've amassed a mountain of documents, binders, and files.  You want to tell the story of your family, but don't know where or how to begin.  

    Robyn will share examples of the kinds of tables and tools she uses to organize, analyze, and properly cite all those records you have already collected.  Get better organized.  Understand what records you already have.  Get rid of all those papers.  Cite your sources with ease.  Finally -- put it all together!

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 224
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                            Let's Discuss It!                                                                                                               

     Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending   in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    TN County Locality Guide: Sequatchie County

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other


    • Tuesday, July 26, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 220
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    How Do I Know that My Sources are Good and My Research is Accurate?

    by Kim Richardson

    What makes a source a "good" source? How do you know it's reliable? How do you evaluate your research to know that it is solid? Are you using good research plans? Documenting your findings well? Or do you just feel lost? Overwhelmed? Don't know what to do next? Let's discuss finding information, using it as good evidence, and how to document as you go.


    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Tuesday, August 09, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • GoToWebinar
    • 244
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    Just How Many Times Did John Marry? A Case Study Using Correlation by Nancy Walczyk

    Marriage records, census records, newspaper articles and other sources contain multiple references to a man of the same name, in the same place, married to different women. Do they all refer to the same person? Correlation of information from these sources helps answer the question. This presentation will be a detailed look at how the evidence was assembled.

    Nancy Walczyk is the Director of Research for Tennessee Genealogical Society since 2016 and has done multiple presentations for our society. She has been researching her family for over twenty years(which, sadly, contains no Tennessee ancestors).

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, August 13, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 231
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    Breathing New Life into Your Boring Ancestors

    By Melissa Barker


    There is no such thing as a boring ancestor! Many genealogists will say they have boring ancestors because they can't find records or information for them. Learn from a seasoned genealogist and archivist how to locate records and information to bring those boring ancestors back to life! 

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Wednesday, August 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 232
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    Researching New Jersey Ancestors, 1750 - 1850

    By Melissa Johnson


    Researching in New Jersey requires understanding the state's geography, and how recording practices changed from the proprietary period, to the colonial period, through to statehood. Learn about the state's history and how to effectively research NJ ancestors at repositories on-site and online. 


    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToMeeting Remote
    • 16
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    Writing Your Family History SIG

    Facilitator - Carla Maitland

    Join us for four workshops this year in our GoToMeeting platform as we meet together, face-to-face, and discuss, share, and critique each other’s family history writing. Whether you choose journals, blogs, newsletters, books, or some other form of writing, we can all use the input of others. These sessions will be led by a facilitator, who will not directly teach, but who will guide the discussions, ensuring the involvement of everyone. Bring your pen, pencil, computer or whatever you use to write, and join the sessions with ideas to share with others as well!

    These sessions are currently scheduled for one Wednesday morning every three months at 10:00 a.m. (CST), and will last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours each session.

    Session 3 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

    Session 4 – Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.


    • Saturday, August 27, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 235
    Register

                            Let's Discuss It!                                                                                                               

     Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending   in Genealogy. Joe Burns will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    County Corner-TN County Locality Guide: Madison County

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other


    • Saturday, September 10, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 214
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    Early Migration to Tennessee and the Trails They Followed

    by J. Mark Lowe, FUGA

    Many factors contributed to the decision regarding the route an individual traveled to reach the western frontier. By locating the paths used by the families throughout the colonies & beyond, we can often predict original locations.  Combining narrative text and stories with maps, deeds, photographs, and historic narrative content should help us build more knowledge about our ancestors and their travelling companions.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, September 10, 2022
    • 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 218
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    Settlers’ Traveling by Rivers, Rails and Dusty Roads

    by J. Mark Lowe, FUGA 

    Steamboats, Stagecoaches and Railroads provided passenger transportation and freight movement across this State and beyond. The favored routes changed with time and technology. Timetables, railroad maps, travelers’ guides, and stage contract records should help us understand the travelers of the day.

       

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, September 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 220
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    Colonial Research in Maryland

    by Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS 


    A review of available, Maryland colonial records of genealogical value will be provided, including where to access those records.




    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 235
    Register

                            Let's Discuss It!                                                                                                               

     Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending   in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    County Corner-TN County Locality Guide: Davidson County

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other


    • Saturday, October 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 245
    Register

    TNGS FOURTH QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    Please join us for the Fourth Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive an overview of what is going on with our Society, upcoming programs and events.

    Tent Graves in Tennessee 

    by Linda Moss Mines

    Linda Moss Mines, Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will speak on the history of tent graves used in Upper, Middle Tennessee and Kentucky.  

    Linda Moss Mines also serves as the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Historian.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.

    • Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 225
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    When Genealogy Gets Creepy: Mourning Rituals, Photography, and Body Snatchers

    By Cheri Daniels

    As we seek out those dead ancestors, we sometimes stumble upon details that give us the creeps. Join us as we take a tour through the macabre side of genealogy - Elaborate mourning rituals with hair from the deceased, a graveyard quilt, spooky photographs, memento mori, and the lucrative business of body snatching in the 19th century!  

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Saturday, October 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 236
    Register

                            Let's Discuss It!                                                                                                               

     Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending   in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.

    County Corner-TN County Locality Guide: Loudon County

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other


    • Thursday, October 27, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 222
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    A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution, and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse

    By Daniel A. Gagnon

    Join Daniel A. Gagnon, author of A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution, and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse, for a discussion of his new biography of an innocent woman accused and executed for witchcraft in 1692. He’ll discuss Puritan Massachusetts, how the Nurse family's role in several disputes prior to the witch hunt was different than previously thought, as well as how Nurse's case helps answer the important question of whether the accusations of witchcraft were caused by mental illness or malicious intent.

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Saturday, October 29, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Broadcast
    • 213
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    The Grim Reaper

    by John Ware

    As it has been said, death is inevitable. This presentation describes the various sources that document death, where to find those records, and what you can derive from that data. The presentation discusses the various types of records of death, records surrounding cemeteries, locating and finding graves and how to care for gravestones. Finally, a brief review about other records that can substantiate death for your personal genealogical history. 

    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.
    • Thursday, November 03, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar Remote
    • 225
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    Crowdsourcing with Social Media to Overcome Brick Walls in Genealogy Research

    by Amie Bowser Tennant

     Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are not just for the teenagers anymore. These are just three of the many social media apps and websites that you need to utilize for your family history. Answers to brick walls are waiting! Using social media as a type of crowdsourcing will amaze you, so join us for this fun and informative topic.


    Access will be through GoToWebinar. Instructions and Connectivity Link will be forwarded via email to all registrants upon registration, six days prior and again 1 hour prior to the event. Making the connection is quick and easy only requiring a computer and Internet connectivity from wherever you chose to watch the event. Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.



    • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToMeeting Remote
    • 18
    Register

    Writing Your Family History SIG

    Facilitator - Carla Maitland

    Join us for four workshops this year in our GoToMeeting platform as we meet together, face-to-face, and discuss, share, and critique each other’s family history writing. Whether you choose journals, blogs, newsletters, books, or some other form of writing, we can all use the input of others. These sessions will be led by a facilitator, who will not directly teach, but who will guide the discussions, ensuring the involvement of everyone. Bring your pen, pencil, computer or whatever you use to write, and join the sessions with ideas to share with others as well!

    These sessions are currently scheduled for one Wednesday morning every three months at 10:00 a.m. (CST), and will last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours each session.

    Session 4 – Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.


    • Saturday, December 03, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GoToWebinar-Remote
    • 238
    Register