Showing posts with label Chaparral Genealogical Society. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chaparral Genealogical Society. Show all posts

Monday, July 30, 2012

Chaparral Genealogical Society July 2012 Meeting Recap

On Saturday, I went to the July meeting of the Chaparral Genealogical Society. My pal Caroline Pointer was there, too. We were well behaved. I promise.

The business part of the meeting was pretty short. It was announced that the group has 97 members. There was some good news concerning the relocation of the society library and possibly the meetings, too. I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to share, since it's not technically public, but the news was very encouraging. Stay tuned for more details.

Celeste Graves was our speaker. Her talk was called "Magnolia Memories" in reference to Magnolia, Texas.  I don't think Ms. Celeste would mind me telling you that she's 93 years old, though she looks much younger than that. She brought along a presentation full of photos and she added information from her own memory for each one. 

This was one of the better talks of the year. It was so nice to hear about the local history from someone who has lived in the area for over 90 years. She named all the buildings in the photos and told stories of some of the people, too. Good stuff.

After the meeting was over, a party of 16 headed over to a local Mexican restaurant for a meal and conversation. We talked about genealogy and the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics.

The next meeting of the Chaparral Genealogical Society is Saturday, August 25 at 10am, on the 2nd floor of Amegy Bank (use the elevator), 28201 Business 249 in Tomball, Texas. I don't remember the name of the speaker but he will be talking about the history of the Texas flag. Let me know if you're going and I'll save you a seat. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Presentation on Genealogy Blogs at Chaparral

Yesterday was the February meeting of the Chaparral Genealogical Society and I was the speaker.

I was asked to talk about blogs, since I'm the bloggiest member on their membership roll.

My presentation started at the very beginning with "a blog is..." and went from there. I showed some different types of genealogy blogs and gave reasons why the audience should read blogs. At the halfway point in the presentation, I discussed how to write a blog. The process is very much like writing an email, so I stressed that point.

I incorporated photos of my own ancestors into the presentation. Each Power Point slide that was text only (instead of a screen capture of a blog page) had a family photo on it. For each one I briefly explained who the people were in each photo.

The presentation ended with a blogging success story of my own. I shared about a cousin who found me through my blog, the information we shared and the bond we built.

In the final ah-ha moment, I revealed to the audience that all of the ancestor photos in my presentation were given to me by cousins who found me through my blog, and without my blog I wouldn't have these pictures of my ancestors. The group was impressed and I think I really showed them the value of genealogy blogs.

Overall, I think the presentation went well. Nobody fell asleep, people asked questions at the end and the feedback was positive. I've decided to put this presentation in my toolbox and use it again sometime with another group.

The next Chaparral Genealogical Society meeting is March 24. Linda Jameson/Jamison is going to talk about newspaper research. Everyone is welcome to attend.

P.S. Special thanks to my son for being my slide clicker during the presentation. He did great!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Yours Truly Speaking at the Chaparral Genealogical Society

The Chaparral Genealogical Society will have it's next meeting on February 25 in Tomball, Texas. If you're in the area, please join me there.

Aside from the usual business meeting and social time, they will also have me an amazing, incredible speaker who will discuss the value of blogs in genealogy research.

I... I mean the amazing, incredible speaker will begin at the beginning by answering "What is a blog?" then going from there. By the end of the meeting, you will at least be reading genealogy blogs if not thinking about writing your own. The amazing, incredible speaker is very influential that way...or so I've heard.

So please join me the amazing, incredible guest speaker at the Chaparral Genealogical Society's February meeting. You do not have to be a member. You can come as my guest.

They usually have cookies or doughnut holes there. That alone is reason to go.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chaparral Genealogical Society Christmas Party

Earlier this month, the Chaparral Genealogical Society had its annual Christmas party. Since I am a new member, this was my first time there. My son came with me.

The event was held in the community room of a local park. It was semi-catered. The star of the show was chicken and dumplings. Members also brought side dishes.

The white dish at the bottom of this photo
held blueberry cheesecake. It was SO GOOD!

During the meal, we took turns introducing ourselves, talking about our given names and where we were from. Most everyone was local, but there were a few out-of-staters.  We also played a silly quick game that led to two people winning a little pocket money. The rest of us had a lot of laughs.

Next up was that game where everyone brings a present and you can take presents from others. You know the one...

Gifts for the exchange. Photo credit: my son

Since this was my first society party with this group, I didn't know the drill. Everyone brought Christmas gifts. I brought a genealogy gift. And I forgot to wrap it spectacularly.

My present is the small, flat, green square one. 
Not much to look at among all these big gift bags.

The person that drew my present number didn't look too thrilled when handed the gift. Someone in the crowd correctly identified the shape as a CD, but the recipient wasn't swayed.

Until he opened it, read the front, read the back and realized that good things do come in small packages.

It was a Google for Genealogists webinar led by Thomas MacEntee for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Whew! My gift was a hit. Nobody likes to be the one who brought the dud gift.

Speaking of hit gifts, my son got this one and loved it.

A chihuahua that sings ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?
and dances when you press its paw.

The party wound down after the gift exchange. There were some door prizes. I won one. My son won one. And our tablemate (and sometimes blog reader) Larry won one. I think we were a pretty lucky table!

I had fun at the party and I'm pretty sure my son did, too. 

If you're in the Houston area, consider coming to the next meeting of the Chaparral Genealogical Society on January 28, 2012. Address and other details are here

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Visit with Emily Croom at the Chaparral Genealogical Society

This past Saturday, I attended the Chaparral Genealogical Society meeting for November, 2011.

Emily Croom was the guest speaker. She's a bit of a local legend around here. She is also the author of Unpuzzling Your PastThe Genealogist's Companion and SourcebookThe Sleuth Book for Genealogists, and more (all are affiliate links).

The subject of Croom's talk was maternal lines. She offered suggestions for searching for females and gave us the encouragement to do so. She made her session even more entertaining by weaving her own maternal ancestor research challenges into the discussion.

During the break, I met a new member named Linda. We got to talking and it turns out she's big in the local DAR scene. She shared with me about the different DAR chapters around here and their different personalities. She was a treasure trove of information. I'm so glad I talked to her.

I also sat next to Barbara, the recently retired librarian who ran the big genealogy library in Conroe. She had lots of nice things to say about the new librarian there. Barbara is also the first speaker for Chaparral in 2012.

After the meeting, I went out to lunch with some of the members. This is a standing invitation, but this was the first time I was actually free, so I went. I am so glad I did. The conversation and food were great.

Chaparral Genealogical Society is having a party in December instead of their traditional meeting. Everyone is welcome, but if you're going to eat lunch, you need to RSVP by November 22. If you just want to socialize, come on down. They're having a small gift exchange (less than $10), too. Contact the society for details and directions.

The first meeting of the year will be January 28, 2012 at Amegy Bank in Tomball. Barbara Franz will be talking about the disposition of your research, heirlooms and genealogical records.