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Schedule and Session Descriptions

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA
Mark Lowe is a full-time professional genealogist, author and lecturer and has been researching families for more than 55 years.  Mark grew up in Tennessee with extensive family roots in Kentucky.  He has travelled extensively in both states and enjoys sharing his love of genealogy with others.  As a researcher and lecturer, Mark enjoys working with Genealogical groups and professional organizations.  He is a former President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former Vice President and Secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  Mr. Lowe  lives in Robertson County, Tennessee which lies in Northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border.  With family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps him to resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records.
Saturday, 25 September 2021
All times in the Central time zone.
9:00 am
Opening remarks and  introduction of the speaker.
9:15 am – 10:30 am
Tennessee, the Road to the West
Learn about the wonderful records that exist for genealogists researching Tennessee. Record types and examples will be discussed and presented. Case studies will be included for further discussion.
10:30 am – 10:45 am  Break
10:45 am – 12 (noon)

Mapping, Atlases & Documenting Paths of Families
Using a combination of modern technology and historic maps, we might view the historic land and pathways in a more understanding way. Combining narrative text and stories with maps, deeds, photographs, and historic narrative content should help us build more knowledge about our ancestors and their travelling companions. This will include a demonstration of ArcGIS and Story Maps.
Noon – 1:00 pm  Lunch. For those attending at the OGS library, you may leave to eat out or bring a bag lunch to eat in the library.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Discover and Make Your Own "Magic Genealogy Box"
Learn how certain online sites and books should be placed within your reach, and how these records will improve your daily genealogical search activities.
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Documenting the "Right" Family While Staying on Track
Learn simple techniques for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments, including the basics of documentation and why it is an important family research tool.
3:45 pm 
Conference wrap up