Hopkins County Genealogical Society
Offers African-American Research Seminar
From Hopkins County Genealogical Society
Just in time for Black History Month, the Hopkins County Genealogical Society is offering a very informative and entertaining Genealogical Seminar, scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2013, at League Street Church of Christ. The seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue through 3:00 p.m. Cost for the program is $20.00 and includes lunch, if you register by January 31, 2013, but thereafter will be $25.00.
The seminar will feature speaker, Anna Guy-Burroughs of Fort Worth and the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. who will present three informative sessions to assist researchers. Anna is a professional researcher and speaker
who teaches monthly workshops at the Ella Mae Shamblee Library in Fort Worth. The 10:30 topic will be
“Who’s In Your Genes?” concentrating on basic research techniques, organization, family interviews and gathering
information. The two sessions following lunch will be “Getting the Most of US Census Records” and
“What’s In A Name?” These topics will provide tips about census research and African American naming patterns
that will help researchers document their ancestors. Seminar attendees will receive a large packet of useful handouts.
Special entertainment will be a presentation by The women of the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group of Linden, Texas are dedicated to preservation of the art of quilt making. They have combined their talents with history to give a dynamic presentation of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code. Their opening presentation will be at 9 a.m. The quilters will use narratives and
songs to bring history to life. The Underground Railroad, a vast network of people who helped fugitive slaves escape to the North and to Canada, was not run by any single organization or person. Rather, it consisted of many individuals -- many whites but predominently black -- who knew only of the local efforts to aid fugitives and not of the overall operation. Still, it effectively
moved hundreds of slaves northward each year -- according to one estimate, the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850.
This presentation will be especially interesting to any historian, quilter, or genealogist, who is searching for their family members who escaped to freedom.
9 a.m. --Underground Railroad Code
10:30 a.m. -- Who’s In Your Genes?
12 Noon -- Lunch provided by HCGS
1 p.m. -- Getting the Most out of the
2 p.m. -- What’s In a Name?
To register for this exciting program you may submit the form provided below and take avantage of the early registration discount!
Return this registration form to HCGS, PO Box 624, Sulphur Springs TX 75482-0624 or bring it by the HCGS
Research Library at 212 Main St in Sulphur Springs. Call 903--885-8523 for more information.
Name_______________________________________________________________ Registration Fee
Address_____________________________________________________________ $20 by Jan. 30
City, State, zip _______________________________________________________ includes lunch.
Phone _____________________ Email ___________________________________ $25 after Jan. 30