Blazing the Family History Trail

Ann Roberts, TOTGS President and Mary Torres, Vice President attended the Texas State Genealogical Society 2013 Conference, “Blazing the Family History Trail,” in Round Rock, Texas, October 31 – November 2. The conference was co-hosted by the Williamson County Genealogical Society and was well attended by genealogists from throughout the state. The opening day, October 31, offered three tracks from which to choose: the Librarians, Family Search and Society Management. The second day featured 20 sessions with speakers who presented techniques for using a variety of resources to help in researching your family history. The speaker for Friday night’s banquet and annual awards ceremony was Robert Payne who performed “The Life and times of Judge Robert McAlpin Williamson, also known as ‘Three Legged Willie,” an early hero of the Texas revolution, in whose honor Williamson County was named. Mary Torres received a first place Columnist’s award for her column in the “Valley Morning Star, Harlingen Happenings.” On Saturday, the last day of the conference, Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, a nationally known genealogical author, editor, educator and researcher, presented four lectures focusing on genealogical methods and solutions to challenging research problems. The conference was complemented by a number of interesting exhibits and vendors.

L-R, Mary Torres, Vice President, TOTGS, accepting the First Place Columnists Award from Susan Kaufman, President, Texas State Genealogical Society.

L-R, Mary Torres, Vice President, TOTGS, accepting the First Place Columnists Award from Susan Kaufman, President, Texas State Genealogical Society.

L-R Mary Torres, Vice President, TOTGS, Ann Roberts, President, TOTGS visiting with John Wiley, President-Elect, Texas State Genealogical Society.

L-R Mary Torres, Vice President, TOTGS, Ann Roberts, President, TOTGS visiting with John Wiley, President-Elect, Texas State Genealogical Society.

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