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May 2002

Release Date: May 03, 2002

Friends of ASU Library to Sponsor Genealogical Workshop June 8

The Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection will host a daylong genealogical workshop Saturday, June 8, on the campus of Angelo State University for individuals interested in researching their family histories.

Featured speakers will include Bill Welge, director of the archives and manuscripts division for the Oklahoma Historical Society, and Concho Valley genealogists Carolyn Moody of Eden and Dr. Ray Dawson of San Angelo. Ross McSwain, San Angelo Standard-Times Out Yonder columnist, will provide the luncheon address.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. June 8. Advance reservations are required and the cost is $35 per person. The registration fee includes lunch and a notebook of lecture material. All sessions will be in the West Texas Collection, located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont on the Angelo State University campus.

Individuals interested in additional information or in registering should contact the Friends organization at the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection at ASU, 325-942-2164, Box 11013, ASU Station, San Angelo, TX 76909.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with concurrent sessions by Moody and Dawson. They will repeat their programs at 10:30 a.m. Moody, who has been involved in genealogical research for more than 25 years, will speak on "Documentation, the Whys and Wherefores." Dawson, a retired ASU physics professor who has done extensive family research, will speak on the "Role of the Personal Computer in Genealogical Research."

McSwain's luncheon address will be on "Grandma, Did You Know Moses?" Welge, who is an authority on Native American genealogy and most particularly Oklahoma's five civilized tribes, will talk at 1 p.m. on "Native American Genealogy, Especially the Cherokee and Choctaw Tribes." The final presentation will be at 3:15 p.m. with Suzanne Campbell, head of the West Texas Collection, discussing genealogical resources available in the collection.

The workshop will conclude with a discussion and question-and-answer session from 4-5:30 p.m. Participants with individual genealogical problems or successes will be able to discuss them with other genealogists and program participants.

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