May Meeting of WAGS – Featuring ETSU’s Archives of Appalachia

The Watauga Association of Genealogists will meet at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Millard Street, on Tuesday May 6th at 6:30 p.m.   Our speaker for the May meeting will be Laura Smith who will present a program on the “Archives of Appalachia”, located at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Laura Smith is the Education & Outreach Archivist at ETSU’s Archives of Appalachia. Her professional interests include archival education, community outreach, and collection management.  For additional information, please contact Allen Burdette, 423 610-7109 or visit our web site at

Webinars Offerings USCIS

This may be of interest to some of you:

USCIS History, Library, and Genealogy Webinars
Beginning in March 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will  offer webinars designed for beginning and advanced historical and genealogical researchers. Webinars are an easy and free way to learn about the USCIS History, Library, and Genealogy programs and services from agency historians, librarians, and program representatives. Visit our History and Genealogy Webinars page for more details and schedule information. You can learn more about the USCIS History and Genealogy Program at

Roots Tech Live Sessions

Thanks to Betty Jane Hylton and Denise Olsen’s blog for sharing the Roots Tech Live Stream Session Schedule.

You may want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about genealogy! Enjoy!

By Denise Olsen:

At 10:30 am this morning (Eastern Time), RootsTech kicks off it’s biggest conference yet. This is a unique conference in that it looks at genealogical research and storytelling from a technical perspective. This conference provides lots of inspirational and how to information on the digital tools that can help make your research, writing and production efforts easier.

You don’t have to make the trip to Salt Lake City to participate. An impressive number of the presentations will be broadcast live on the Web and the course materials for all the sessions are available for anyone to download. The live broadcasts can be viewed on the RootsTech home page ( and you’ll find the recorded presentations at with a link to the syllabus material there too.  Here’s the schedule of sessions being broadcast live. This list doesn’t include the daily keynote speakers which begins at 8:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. our time). Today’s keynote is best-selling author Ree Drummond, also know as The Pioneer Woman. Note that times listed are Mountain Time (two hours earlier than Eastern Time).

Thursday, February 6

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next by Ron Tanner

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc

Friday, February 7

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero by David Adelman

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.comby Crista Cowen

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider

Saturday, February 8

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by Josh Taylor

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble

Don’t worry if you aren’t able to watch a presentation live – like those presented during Saturday’s SGES meeting. Recordings of each broadcast presentation are also posted to the site at the end of each day. Right now, you can even view last year’s live broadcasts on the video page. (I’m not sure if they’s remain there once this year’s programs are posted.)


Using Genealogy Resources at the Johnson City Public Library



Hints to Help You Find Your Ancestors

A one hour instructional session on genealogy resources will be offered on January 23rd at 6:00 P.M. in Johnson City Public Library’s Computer Center. The session will feature HeritageQuest,, and FamilySearch, and will focus on strategies for using these collections to complement each other. The instructional session will explore the differences between these resources and examine ways to develop a research plan, integrating them for the most effective results.

FamilySearch is Johnson City Public Library’s newest genealogy resource that allows library patrons to order microfilm online and view it using the library’s microfilm reader. Loan periods are usually for three months and there is a nominal charge paid to FamilySearch for this service. Details about using FamilySearch will be covered in the session.

This session is free and open to everyone who is interested. Participants are encouraged to bring their library cards. For more information contact the library at 423-434-4454.