‘Tricks For Reading Old Handwriting’ program to be presented by Liberty County Genealogical Society

The Liberty County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m., in the DAR Meeting Room behind the historic Cleveland-Partlow House on Grand Avenue in Liberty.

February’s program will be an hour-long webinar titled “Tricks For Reading Old Handwriting” from D. Joshua Taylor, a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer and researcher.

“In genealogy we encounter many handwritten materials, from deeds to personal family letters and diaries.  Understanding and reading those records can often solve family riddles but deciphering the words behind fancy flourishes and sweeping script can be a pain.  You may never become totally fluent in a particular style of handwriting, but you can learn enough to discover data and reveal names,” Taylor said.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to draw important information out of hard-to-read handwriting. 

In other news from the LCGS, new officers have been picked for the 2019-2020 year. They are Linda Jamison, president; Kathy Franssen, vice-president; Susan Allison, secretary, and Betty Reeves, treasurer. 

New members are invited as LCGS begins the year with many great programs, workshops and webinars on the “how-to” of genealogical research, discovering your family history and ancestors.

Other workshops and programs planned for the coming months include: “What Else Can the Census Tell Me?,” “Using Historical Maps to Solve Genealogical Problems,” “I Seek Dead People: Tricks for Researching an Ancestor’s Passing,” “Finding Your Female Ancestors,” and “Following the Evidence (with a case study),” and “State Research in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, etc.”

LCGS will sponsor an all-day workshop in May, titled “Research Like a Pro” with lunch included.  For more information, please call Linda at 936-334-5813 or email: linda4aud@imsday.com.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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