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Society General Meeting

Saturday, January 9, 201, 2:00 p.m.

Tyler Public Library—Taylor Auditorium

Speaker: Paula Perkins

Program: "Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929"

Between 1850 and 1930, over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coasts on trains. Some were young enough that they lost knowledge of their families, ages, and even their names. In many cases siblings were separated. Paula will explain the origins of the Orphan Trains and how to research your ancestors if they were riders on one of the Orphan Trains. She will tell us about organizations to websites that can help you do research as well as the DNA projects that may help connect your family even if the research has not.

Bio of Paula Perkins:

Paula is a proud 6th generation native Texan, involved in family history research for over 30 years, and a Professional Genealogical Consultant, Lecturer, and Instructor of genealogy classes. Currently employed as Assistant Head of Access & Delivery Services & Multimedia Supervision for the Eugene McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas

Organizations: Texas State Genealogical Society District 10 Representative; Collin County Genealogical Society- 2nd Vice-President of Membership, Past President, Admin-istrator of the Orphan Train & DNA Projects; Co-Administrator of the Perkins and Cook DNA Surname Projects; Served on the Texas Heritage Online users group with the Univer-sity of North Texas and the Texas State Library. Previously served as Executive Vice-President Lectures/Fundraising Dallas Genealogical Society, Peters Colony Historical Society President, Executive Vice-President Clayton Library Friends and appointed multi-ple terms to Collin County Historical Commission serving on the Cemetery & Historical Marker Committees.

Editor of Collin County Genealogical Society’s eNewsletter. Authored several articles in genealogical & historical journals. TXGenWeb website creator and Coordinator. Suc-cessfully accomplished research in northern, southern, and national U.S. reposito-ries. Adjunct Instructor Genealogical Houston Community College, Past Coordinator and Presenter for Dallas, Texas local PBS station community outreach program in conjunction with PBS series “Ancestors”.


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