Conference

AGS Fall Conference 2023

Saturday, October 14, 2023. This year, our Fall Conference is free to attend and virtual, hosted on Zoom.

Speakers

Saturday morning, October 14 — Paula Stuart-Warren focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American genealogical research. Topics:

  • Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
  • The U.S. National Archives: The Nations Attic

Saturday afternoon, October 14Lori Thornton is a professional genealogist specializing in southern states and religious records. Topics:

  • Deep South Roots: Alabama and Mississippi Ancestors
  • North Carolina Research from The Comfort of Home

Location

This year, the conference will be virtual, hosted on Zoom at no charge.

Flyer

Here is the conference flyer. Feel free to send it to your friends.

Registration

Preregistration is required to attend. Admission is free. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/mcy8nycp

Another option is to attend a Watch Party in your town. We are encouraging organizations around the state (or outside the state) to hold watch parties and invite the public. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other family history enthusiasts. We hope to have a list of available Watch Parties soon.

Watch Parties

You may prefer to watch the conference in the company of other genealogy enthusiasts. Here is the list of Watch Parties open to the public.

LocationWatch Party Details
Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library
315 W Oak Ave
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansas
Irene Goble, President, irenegoble@yahoo.com
Debbie Powers. Membership. gravedgr@grnco.net
Nancy Matthews. Newsletter/Publications. gscca@suddenlink.net
Cabot Public Library
909 W Main St.
Cabot, AR 72023
Cabot Public Library
(855) 572-6657 ext. 01
Check back later for additional Watch Parties.

Would your organization like to sponsor a Watch Party? A great opportunity to socialize while enjoying the conference. All you need is a computer to run the Zoom session, a big screen for everyone to watch, speakers or PA sound system, and a microphone to allow the audience to ask questions. A camera is encouraged, but not required. Contact webmaster@argensoc.org to make arrangements or to ask questions.

Schedule

Saturday, October 14, 2023
9:00 am — Conference starts
9:15 am — Paula Stuart-Warren: Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
10:30 am — Paula Stuart-Warren: The U.S. National Archives: The Nations Attic
11:30 am — Lunch break
12:15 pm — AGS Annual Meeting
1:15 pm — Lori Thornton: Deep South Roots: Alabama and Mississippi Ancestors
2:30 pm — Lori Thornton: North Carolina Research from The Comfort of Home
3:30 pm — Closing Remarks

Paula Stuart-Warren Bio

Paula Stuart-Warren is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She has spent extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, libraries, state archives, historical societies, and the U.S. National Archives. She is currently a coordinator and instructor for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has presented courses for Research Write Connect Academy, Ancestry Academy, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Texas Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree University, and continues to present virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988. She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada, including her children’s paternal connections to Northwest Arkansas. She currently has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

Lori Thornton Bio

Lori Thornton is a professional genealogist specializing in southern states, (especially North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi) and in religious records.  She speaks on genealogical topics at local, regional, and national events.  Lori earned a Master of Religious Education degree in 1990 from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary.  She earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky in 1994.  During the academic year, she works as a librarian at a liberal arts university. Lori authored “Research in Mississippi” in the National Genealogical Society’s “Research in the States” series. For more information, see Lori’s website.