2016 Annual Genealogy Workshop

Register now through April 2nd to be guaranteed lunch. We hope to see you there.

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The 14th annual workshop will be Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, 2016. Friday's classes will be at the library at 210 Court Street and Saturday's classes will be at the Capitol Theater at 211 N 3rd Street.

This year's speaker is Billie Stone Fogarty.  A professional genealogist and former history teacher with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, Billie now devotes her time to infecting others with her love for history up close and personal – family history! She lectures regularly and teaches genealogy each semester in adult continuing education courses. She is author of Guidebook to Researching My Family Tree.

She served the Genealogical Speakers Guild as President, Oklahoma Genealogical Society as a member of the Board of Directors, Oklahoma Historical Society as a member of the Board of Directors, Federation of Genealogical Societies as a Delegate, and is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (Board of Directors 2009-2010, 2012-) Natiional Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and National Genealogical Society. She completed Advanced Military Research III at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research in 2008, Advanced Military Research II in 2011 and National Institute on Genealogical Research in 2001 and 2007. She completed Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum 2012, Forensic Genealogy in 2013, and Advanced Methodology in 2014. Billie completed the CAFG Institute on Forensic Genealogy and Advanced Forensic Genealogy in 2014. She served the Oklahoma Genealogical Society as President from 2002-2009.

Her genealogical pursuits have taken her to county court houses, local libraries and state archives in dozens of states and to most of the major genealogical repositories and archives across America. She has participated in numerous national conferences and learning opportunities. She belongs to several local genealogy societies and lineage groups and works closely with a variety of groups devoted to making genealogy and family history more accessible to others.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 8, 2016
Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St. Burlington, IA
9AM Registration
10AM Beginner's Genealogy Workshop (No Charge)
NOON Lunch on your own
1PM Self-Publishing Your Family History with Russ Fry (No Charge)
3PM TBA (No Charge)
Evening Lecture with Billie Stone Fogarty
6:30PM Doors Open
7PM Presentation with Dessert Bar
Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love and Marriage in Early America

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Capitol Theater, 211 N. 3rd St. Burlington, IA
8AM Registration
9AM-3PM Workshop
Salute to Veterans: Researching Our Ancestors' Military Service
Land Runs, Lotteries, & Homesteading: Settlement American Style
Proving That Native American Family Legend
Courthouse Research: Finding the Mother Lode

Des Moines County Genealogical Society (DMCGS)
The Des Moines County Genealogical Society was formed in 1973 to foster the preservation and utilization of historical and genealogical records found in Des Moines County. The society’s goals included helping those with Des Moines County roots to trace their heritage, as well as to preserve the genealogical and history records of the county.

The DMCGS meets on the first Tuesday of each month in a meeting room at the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. These gatherings provide the opportunity to listen to and converse with informative speakers on genealogical topics and to share research successes and pitfalls.

Reference Materials
DMCGS also sponsors a collection of genealogical reference materials at the Burlington Public Library. These collections include published materials, indexes to local resources, cemetery readings, and many other local records.

For more information, visit the Des Moines County Genealogical Society