Monday, October 17, 2011

Upcoming Event : Putting Together A Genealogical Lineage, October 24

So, you've been doing your family history a while and you've compiled some great information, perhaps to the point where you think that you have "finished" portions of it.  If so, it's time to put your family line to the test.

Celebrate Family History Month, October 24, 2011, 7 p.m., at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur, with the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) when they present "Putting Together a Genealogical Lineage," a program given by Toni Benson, local history librarian for the Van Buren District Library.  

A lecture designed to make us stop, dissect, and analyze the pieces of our genealogical puzzle to make sure that they do, indeed, fit together, this is an important topic for researchers of all levels of experience.

"Putting together a formal lineage is a method that we should all use to determine if our family data is accurate and complete," says Benson.  "Even if you have no plans to publish or apply to a lineage society, this structured approach to genealogy is a must do." 
 The lecture will include a demonstration of the step-by-step process for compiling a family lineage and some of the best research tools, online and off.  There will also be handouts and a question & answer period, as well as some discussion about the process of applying to various patriotic and military lineage societies. 

"Many of us think our genealogy is complete," added Benson.  "Washing your family line through this process will highlight those areas that need additional work and point out inconsistencies."   

Mrs. Benson has been a genealogist for 29 years and has compiled dozens of accepted genealogical lineages including ten of her own as part of her 25-year membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.   She has also assisted many prospective DAR, SAR, and Mayflower Society members with their lineage applications, as well as those who have applied for a VBRGS Pioneer Certificate

Immediately preceding this program will be a Family History Essentials mini-class, entitled "Genealogy Magazines as a Research Tool," beginning at 6:15 p.m.  Contact VBRGS with any questions.

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