Kingsland Genealogical Society offers seminar on digging up family roots


KINGSLAND — With more and more genealogical resources popping up online, folks researching their family, or even history in general, need to develop skills and strategies to ford the wide-ranging Internet.

Left on your own, it could be a difficult skill to foster, let alone master. Fortunately, the Kingsland Genealogical Society of the Highland Lakes is offering a three-day seminar Jan. 8-10 just for that purpose.

“We’ll cover some of the basics, but we’ll also get a little more in depth than we did last year,” society member Shirley Shaw said. The society held a previous workshop that gave genealogy researchers a taste of how to maneuver around the Internet and find online resources.

The seminar will be held at the Texas Tech University at Highland Lakes campus, 109 Steve Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls. By tapping the TTU-Highland Lakes facility, Shaw said it allows the attendees to use computers as they learn.

“If they simply hear somebody say, ‘Do this’ or ‘Do that,’ it probably doesn’t make much of an impact,” Shaw said. “But with the computers right there, they will be able to try things out.”

While the society has a limited number of seats because of computer space, Shaw said people who bring their own laptops would allow the seminar to accept more students.

Along with learning how to better use online resources, Shaw said attendees also will learn how to properly document their sources.

“Documenting what they find and where they found it and making the proper citations are extremely important,” she said.

Once people start gathering genealogy information, they can get the overwhelmed just by the sheer amount they collect. So, the society also offers attendees a chance to learn about software that helps them organize their material.

Registration for the event is $30. Contact Shaw at (830) 385-7070 or for more information or to register.

The society itself is another great resource when it comes to genealogical research. While it does bear the name “Kingsland,” officials said the society isn’t limited to the community but welcomes people from all areas. The only requirement is an interest in genealogy or family research.

The Kingsland Genealogical Society of the Highland Lakes meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the meeting room of the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 Polk St.