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Monthly Meetings

Meeting Schedule


Meetings are the second Monday of the month at
7:00 PM, September - May.

7:00 pm ~ Featured Speaker
8:00 pm ~ Society Business Meeting

Guests are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about our group before joining our society.

        Currently, we are having Zoom meetings.

If you would like to attend as a guest, email us at:

9 October 2023

Presentation: Is Your Tree Broken?

Feeling trapped and nowhere to go?  Bad, weak, or missing evidence all contribute to misleading research.


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 J. Mark Lowe.

13 November 2023

PresentationSearch Vs. Research

Searching is just one step in the process of researching your family history.  A case study based on a family story from Chicago in the 1920’s demonstrates the research process from beginning to end – how to develop a research goal, plan the research, document results, and preserve your findings.

Presenter:  Barbara Coakley

Barbara’s interest in family history began over 30 years ago when an aunt sent an envelope of family papers.  Through the years she has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe visiting her ancestor’s homelands and doing research.  Barbara taught continuing education classes in Genealogy for Collin College from 2008 – 2022 and has done presentations for genealogical societies in the U.S. and the U.K.  Barbara is President of Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries

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Barbara Coakley

11  December 2023


Holiday Party     location: TBD

8 January 2024

Session 1


Presentation:  DNA, Use in Genealogy

 Beginner,                                                                                                   Learn the Basics of reading centimorgans and how they fit into your DNA                

Presenter:  Gale French

Gale French is a native Texan, He worked in the IBM Space Program at Nasa’s JSC for 26years as well as researching his family history for thirty years. 

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Gale French

12 February  2024

Session 2


Presentation: Y DNA, for Genealogy and Parentage


Y-DNA for Genealogy & Parentage

This class will introduce you to Y-DNA and how it’s used in genealogy. Y-DNA STR testing is the process of getting your Y-Chromosome results for comparing with other testers. This Y-DNA test offers males a clear path from you to a known or likely direct paternal ancestor(s). The course will also explain how women can use the test by recruiting a father, brother, cousin, or uncle to do the test.


Presenter:  Gale French

Gale French returns to present his intermediate class on the Y-DNA


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Gale French

11 March 2024


Presentation: World Cat is a great resource for locating unique, trustworthy materials that you often can't find anywhere except in a library.  And by connecting thousands of libraries' collections in one place, makes it easy for you to browse the world's libraries from one easy search box.

During the past 50+ years, thousands of libraries have entered information about millions of books, magazines, movies, songs, maps, genealogical records, research theses and so much more into WorldCat.  And not just the physical items you could find when you visit a library, but many kinds of digital content like open-source e-books, articles, downloadable audiobooks, and photos.  You can find article citations with links to full text, authoritative research materials, one-of-a-kind documents, and photos of local or historic significance, and digital versions of rare items that aren't generally available to the public.

Presenter:  Curt Witcher

Curt Witcher is truly passionate about local history and helping people find their stories.  Currently the manager of the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Curt says, "I just get excited about helping others find their families' stories."

Curt Witcher

8 April 2024


Presentation: A Pro's Tip: Use the Research Wiki

Online genealogical guide that lists websites and resources to help you find your ancestors from countries around the world.

Presenters: Danielle Batson, AG and Amber Larsen, AG FamilySearch

Danielle Batson s an Accredited Genealogist® in the U.S. Midwest States. She has worked for FamilySearch since 2000 and is the Content Manager for the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

Amber Larsen is an Accredited Genealogist® in the Denmark region. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family History - Genealogy with a Scandinavian emphasis, and currently works for FamilySearch developing content for the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

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Danielle Batson

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Amber Larsen

13 May 2024


Presentation: Google Your Way to Genealogy Gems

This class will help you learn to utilize Google as a research tool.

Presenter: Suz Bates

Suz Bates has been researching her family history for over 45 years. After a full career in education, she now combines teaching skills with extensive genealogy research experience and training in work as a presenter, researcher, and consultant. Suz presentation specialty is step by step instructions for various researching, archiving and technology skills for genealogists and family historians.

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                     Suz Bates

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