Discovering Your Family and Their Roots

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On September 10, those who have registered for the seminar will receive a link to view the prerecorded on-demand sessions and a link to register for the live session with Mark on Saturday, September 17. These links will be sent to the email you use for paying your registration fee.

On Demand Sessions (accessible from September 10 - September 30):
  • Research in the South and Everywhere Else: Review, Prepare and Plan – Major concepts to consider with your family research project include migration, settlement patterns, religion, land, and geography. Learn how to find available resources and develop a strategy to find ancestors.
  • Expanding & Exploring Details from Published Local Histories – Using the basic tools of family history research, discover additional family information with these records and writings. Learn the importance of analyzing the information that you find and realizing how important collateral/cluster line research is in helping to move you toward success in the genealogical process.
  • A Death in the Family – Discover the myriad of documents uncovered through the death of an individual. We will look at the basics and dig through more complicated estates with a hands-on approach. Uncover intestate divisions, insolvent estates, and contested wills while learning what you need to know.
  • Railroads & Stage Routes Throughout the South and Beyond – Although railroads began to appear in the 1830s; the transcontinental rail was not completed until 1869. Stagecoaches and commercial wagons continued to traverse this country with freight and passengers, until automobiles & trucks followed improved roads in the 20th century. Finding timetables, railroad maps, more travelers’ guides, and postal contractors’ records should make these modes of transporta on and their pathways more useful.
  • Spending a Day with Criminal Court Records – Prepare to Use Court Records by learning the basics, understanding the terminology and organization of the Courts, and then get your hands dirty as we work together through a criminal court case. Develop a richer understanding of court records and develop a strategy for discovering the rich information contained in these oft hidden briefs.
Live Sessions (accessible September 18 - September 30):
  • Is Your Family Tree Broken? – Feeling trapped with nowhere to go? Bad, weak or missing evidence all contribute to misleading research. Review your research findings, sharpen your techniques, evaluate your sources, and map a new course.
  • Defining Potential Migration Routes & Crucial Steps to the West – We often use maps to help us understand location & surroundings; to show geographic boundaries and elements; to show Industrial Development & Land Use; and more. See how some old trail maps and manuscripts can lead us to understanding travel to the west and the steps more clearly.
Registration opens August 1! 
Early bird registration (ending September 1) is $10 for members and $30 for non-members. September 2 through September 8, registration is $15 for members and $40 for non-members. Join SAGHS or renew your membership now and save!
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About Mark Lowe: 
J. Mark Lowe, FUGA, describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee, just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border.
Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years. He serves as the Course Coordinator for “Research in the South” at IGHR (Georgia Genealogical Society), presents webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and also directs southern courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). He has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed.
Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild SPEAK!, The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly, and other society publications. Mark is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.