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17th Annual Family History Fair

“Telling Family Stories”
“through Multimedia, Oral & Written Histories, Heirlooms, etc.”

~ Presented by ~

There is no charge for this!

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration begins: 8:30 am


  • “Strategies to 'Kickstart' Your Research” – Have you been researching for years and reached a brick wall? Have you just started and gathered all the easy information but aren’t sure where to go next? Discover new techniques and re-discover tried and true methods. Teri’s presentation takes a fresh look at research strategies to get your research moving.
  • “Uncovering Female Ancestors” – Females are some of the most difficult ancestors to trace because laws, customs, and society conspired to hide them from public view. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t find them. We just need to know where to look and how to interpret the clues. Learn how to find the women in your family tree through a variety of records–their own and the records of the men in their lives.

A 6th generation Texan, Teri E. Flack is a genealogy and historical researcher, consultant, and lecturer who has been researching family history for over 35 years. She serves on the board of directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies as Vice President for Administration. Teri chairs the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee and for her work in records preservation and access, Teri was elected as Fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society. Teri serves on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, a state-level board dedicated to the preservation and use of Texas’ documentary heritage. As a volunteer archivist at the Texas State Archives, Teri is currently processing over 1,100 volumes and 300 cubic feet of Galveston County records and creating finding aids to make them accessible to the public. She has a Masters Degree in History and an MBA.

Bring Sack Lunch or *Order Catered Box Lunch in Advance – Water is provided


  • “Conducting Oral History Interviews before it's too late” - Tips on interviewing techniques, digital equipment both audio and video. View Burkett’s video interviews with locals born in 1920s and 30s--Hispanics, Native Americans and members of pioneer families. Deborah Burkett, author and chairman of oral history--Cherokee County Historical Commission, email: debbietroup7@yahoo.com

  • “East Texas Piney Woods Spunky Women 1850s - 1950s” - Researching, scanning photos, interviewing descendants and publishing a book. Deborah Burkett, author

  • “FamilySearch" - (2 sessions) First session gets you started and second adds additional skills – Web Freeman

  • “How to Use Land Records” - Get started on using land records to enhance your research – Andy Leath

  • "Beginning Genealogy" - Tips and Tricks to get you started or keep you going – Scott Fitzgerald

  • "Using Texas Courthouse Records" - Learn how to use existing records to update your research – Scott Fitzgerald

  • "The Power of Mobile" - Updates from RootsTech 2017 (rootstech.org) for Family History on the Go – Rochell McWhorter

Also, there will be displays of “Tell Us About” Student Competition and Other Genealogy Displays of Interest


1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 509-8322

For more information:
For Questions or Information: Contact the FH Fair Committee at: TylerFamilyHistoryFair@yahoo.com



 Family History Fair Flyer

Family History Fair Registration and Lunch Order Form


Additional Research Information:

Slave Narratives of Smith County

During the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 project, Smith County residents, Freely Coleman, Emma Taylor and Willis Woodson, shared their stories of their early years of slavery. Visit the following links to read their narratives.


The East Texas Research Center, R. W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas offers African American Oral Histories. Follow this link to http://www.sfasu.edu/heritagecenter/422.asp.


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