Coming Up

Our September meeting is Thursday the 14th at 6:30pm.  Our program will be

Finding Secret Data in FamilySearch

Presented by Kelly & Zella Grieve

How to use FamilySearch.org.  Gives us the basics with tips to use more advanced levels of searching a variety of records on this well-respected genealogy website. The speaker will also explain the website’s tabs and their uses.

Our October meeting is Thursday the 12th at 6:30pm.  Our program will be

FINDING GERMAN ANCESTORS: Their Information Is Not All on the Internet

Presented by Bernard Meisner

Locating records about your family in Germany starts by determining their home town through an exhaustive search of U.S. records, as most German records are maintained at the local level (town or parish). Also, due to wars and boundary changes your family’s records may now be located in another state or country. In this presentation, Bernard will demonstrate the use of finding aids to identify where civil and church records might be located, and online resources for correspondence and reading/interpreting German printing and handwriting.

Over seventeen percent of Americans claim to have German ancestry.  Those of us who do not will find our September program applies to research in the rest of Europe, as well.

Bernard is an amateur genealogist and popular lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Bernard Meisnermetroplex. He began researching his family over 25 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from those experiences, including his mistakes. Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all of his great-great grandparents and several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents in Ireland and Germany. He is the president and social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, and is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Bernard is retired from the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters where he was the Chief of the Science & Training Branch. He is certified as a consulting meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society and holds a teaching certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the Universities of Texas, Oklahoma and St. Thomas (Houston). Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Hawaii.

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