2017 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 14 Sarah (Sally) Hamer, Writer and Instructor at LSUS "Legacy Writing" (Telling your life story) See Poster

Hornbook session presented by Peggy LaCour: "Family History Writing Challenge."
February 11 Chandra Lester, Family Historian "My Heritage Quilt" (designed using Ms. Lester's family history research) See flyer.
March 11 Mike and Mark Mangham, Owners of Twin Blend Photography "Capturing History from the Ground and the Air"

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Chronicling America"
April 1 Caroline M. Pointer, Professional Genealogist, Freelance Writer, Lecturer, and Founder of 4yourfamilystory.com/blog All Day Seminar Topics:
  1. Power Your Research with a Research Plan
  2. Did You Really Look Everywhere Online?
  3. Research Success is Built on a Line: the Research Timeline
  4. 10 Tech Tools to Help You Collaborate with Family for Your Research

Cost - $40 (includes lunch).

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)
May 13 Tarah Thomas, Library Technician and Genealogist "Strategies for Researching Acadian - Cajun - Creole Ancestors"

Hornbook session: "Shape of Shreveport" - a documentary video which highlights city history.
June 10 Jackson Sibley, Local Historian "Plantations Along the Upper Red River - 1839 - Present Day"

Hornbook session presented by Glenda Bernard: “Everybody has a Story”
July 8 Various Members Family Artifact 'Show 'n Tell'
August 12 Cari Taplin, CGSM, Certified Genealogist and Lecturer. Proprietor of www.genealogypants.com All Day Seminar - Topics
  1. Using Lists to Find Proof (Examining censuses, tax lists, directories, petitions, and other lists as a tool for proving the identity of our ancestors)
  2. Using Church Records to Find Ancestral Origins
  3. Canadian Migration Patterns into the U.S. (Examining some of those migration patterns and the documents they created)
  4. From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research With Maps

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

Cost $40 (includes lunch).
September 9 Sarah (Sally) Hamer, Writer and Instructor at LSUS "Battling the Basics of Writing Memoirs" (This presentation will give you the basics to get you started in writing a family memoir, such as basic guidelines, structure, plot, characterization, and a dozen more)

Hornbook Session presented by Glenda Bernard: "Researching at the Louisiana State Archives." This presentation will highlight some positive changes at the archives.
October 14 Thaddeus Pardue “Researching the Sanderlins” (Revealing family secrets and some very surprising findings)

Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "Planning a Trip to the Cemetery"
November 4 Various ALTGA will conduct a workshop at the Claiborne Parish Library, 909 Edgewood Drive, Homer, Louisiana from 12:30 – 300pm.


“Finding your Ancestors in Military Records” – Jim Johnson;

“Reminiscing About Growing Up in Homer” – Margarett Ford;

“Researching at the Family History Library (Salt Lake City)’’ - Mary Ann Heinsohn

“Researching Courthouse Records” – Peggy LaCour;

“Panel Discussion (Q&A)”
November 11 Jim Jones, Genetic Genealogist “Fundamentals of DNA and Genetics from A to Z”
(How DNA testing can offer clues to help with your family history).
December 9 Hornbook session presented by Sonja Webb: "How to Properly Label Pictures"
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.