Welcome to the Cedar Hill Genealogy Society web site. We are a growing group of genealogists and family historians organized to help each other and our guests discover their family’s heritage. We meet monthly in the Cedar Hill Library, 225 Cedar Street, Cedar Hill, TX Admission is always free. Our meetings begin at 6:30 PM with a social half-hour with snacks and our program about some aspect of family history research starts at 7:00 PM.
Check out our BLOG page for articles from your fellow genealogists who describe how they solved a research problem. Click on the “Follow” icon at the lower right of your screen and we’ll send you an email when ever we add a new post.
We encourage you to email us using the “Contact Us” form with your questions. We can even set up a meet to personally work with you on your family tree.
Our July Program will be Thursday the 12th at 6:30 pm. Our Members will Present:
Breaking Through Brick Walls — What to do when you can’t go any further with your family History search.
Everybody has one. That ancestor you can’t find—you know he exists, but he seems to have eluded the census taker or just didn’t want to be found. It’s almost like you’ve hit a hit a brick wall.
During this meeting, three of our most experienced researchers will show with real life examples of how they got around brick walls submitted by some of our members. The methods range from sneaky and ingenious to just plain grinding through all their sources.
Sometimes the spelling of a name was so badly mangled that it was indexed unrecognizable. Other times the indexer just plain missed the entry.
The censuses did not always count everybody, so we’ll show you what other documents to check of your ancestor.
Sadly. We may not always be successful, but we’ll give you a number of things to try.