2016 Calendar of Events

If you would like to be considered as a speaker to give a genealogy or history oriented presentation at one of our monthly events, please contact Jim Johnson at jjohnson747@suddenlink.net

Date Speaker Program

We strive to offer educational programs that are genealogical or historically oriented. Frequently, in addition to our monthly featured program, we provide a short (usually 15-20 minutes) 'hornbook' session by an Education Committee member that focuses on a genealogy research topic, plus a 'Bits and Pieces' segment that details interesting genealogy news, tips, and research sources.
January 9 Peggy LaCour, Education Committee Member and Lise' Taylor, Supervisor of the Broadmoor Library Genealogy Department Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "If it had been a Snake. . ."

Lise' Taylor will discuss how to view past editions of The Genie using Shreve Memorial Library's Overdrive program.
February 13 Erica Hubbard, Director of Library Services at Houston Community College and host of The Original Red River Sankofa Project "Challenges of African American Genealogy"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Do I Need a Flip-Pal Scanner?” and “What Genealogy Use is the Website YouTube?”
April 9 Leigh Scott Lewis, LSUS Graduate Student and Middle School History Teacher "Orphan Trains - Mass Transplanting of Orphaned and/or Abandoned Children"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Introduction to Dropbox" (a valuable tool for storing photos and documents)
May 14 Tarah Thomas, Library Technician and Genealogist "Identifying and Dating Old Photographs"

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "Writing Your Family History."
June 11 Lisa Louise Cooke, Owner and Producer of Genealogy Gems, Nationally Known Author and Speaker This event was rescheduled from March 12.

Spring Special Event; Topics:

1. Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries
2. How to Reopen & Work a Genealogical Cold Case
3. Ways to Enhance our Genealogy Research with Old Maps
4. The Great Google Earth Genealogy Game Show

Note: Location will be at the new St Jude Catholic Church Community Center, 4700 Palmetto Rd, Benton, LA (St Jude is located north of Airline Drive between Bossier City and Benton)

July 9 Education Committee Members plus Others Genealogy Expo: Demonstration of various genealogy related tools and techniques, (i.e. Facebook, RootsMagic software, online newspaper searches, and military research methods).
August 13 Diane L Giannini,CGSM, Certified Genealogist and Lecturer. Proprietor of Ancestry Sleuths . All day seminar: Topics

(1) Confirming Family Stories Using Special Collections

(2) I Have Found a Document Now What? (Analysis of records and ideas to move research forward)

(3) Mapping Your Genealogy – Tracing Ancestors From Place to Place

(4) Finding the Impossible – Case Study of the Lost Courthouse (How to locate significant records in order to locate something important and addresses the importance of collaborating with others)

Location: Pearce Activity Hall at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport.

Cost $40 (includes lunch).

September 10 Eric Gipson, Community Relations, Forest Park Funeral Home and Cemeteries "Fascinating Burials at Forest Park Cemeteries"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Census Overview: 1790 - 1870"
October 8 Leonard Gresens, Investments Advisor, Historian and Collector "Old Tokens and Other Nostalgia of Shreveport"

Each collection item has an interesting story. Leonard has researched each token in his extensive collection and will reveal some interesting history about the use of tokens and the area merchants that issued them.

Hornbook session presented by Jim Johnson "How to Get the Most Out of the 1880 - 1940 Census Records"
November 12 Education Committee "Maps 101 and Genealogy"

"Introduction to Maps" by Glenda Bernard,
"Gazetteers & Atlases" by Peggy LaCour,
"Bureau of Land Management and Family Maps" by Jim Johnson, and
"Migration Trails" by Sonja Webb)
November 12 Members of ALTGA, GENCOM and Broadmoor Genealogy Dept GEN Expo: Demonstration of genealogy websites, techniques and research methods, (i.e. Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Findagrave.com, Finding African American Ancestors, Dating Old Photos, Military Research and more). Location: Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Capt Shreve Drive, Shreveport; Hours: 9:30 - 1:30

Note: Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association meeting will be begin at 1:00 pm at the Randle T. Moore Center.
December 10 Peggy LaCour Annual Meeting and Installment of Officers; "Genealogy Jeopardy" hosted by Peggy LaCour
Note: Monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Avenue Shreveport Louisiana (Fairfield Avenue at Kings Highway). Other events are located as noted.