Webinar Abstract: We gather lots of information, data, and evidence as we research our ancestors. The difficulty lies in analyzing the information, correlating and comparing it to data gathered from multiple sources, evaluating the evidence, and ultimately concluding what it all means. Organizing data using timelines, chronologies, charts, tables, and other assemblages can help us visualize the evidence to make it easier to analyze and evaluate. We can discover gaps and missing information, see how pieces of the puzzle fit together (or don’t), and uncover new paths for research.
Presenter: Teri E. Flack is a 6th generation Texan who began her family history quest over 50 years ago when she asked her paternal grandmother to tell her everything she knew about the Flacks and Fenleys. It turns out most of her father’s family started out in the south with stops in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana before landing in Texas. So, it’s no surprise Teri specializes in research in the southern states. Although she had to be content with researching in fits and starts while she worked for the state of Texas, once she retired in 2009, Teri turned her attention full-time to genealogy, and to supplement her understanding of history, she returned to graduate school at Texas State University and obtained a Master’s degree in Public History in 2012. Her current volunteer efforts focus on preserving records and ensuring their accessibility to researchers. She is a fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society, chairing the society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee. She is a volunteer archivist for the Texas State Archives currently processing Galveston County records and creating finding aids to make them accessible to the public. Teri loves to teach. She serves on the faculty of the Texas Institute for Genealogical Research (TIGR) and has presented to national and state conferences as well as local societies. Her recorded webinars for Family Tree Webinars include the 5-part “Researching Texas” series and webinars on research strategies, organizing research data, and organizing files.
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