— Virtual Conference Notice —

2020 has certainly been a challenging year. Hopefully, the end of the pandemic is only a few short months away. Even though the vaccine is now being administered, we do not believe it will be safe to have a face-to-face conference in April of 2021. The safety of our attendees, speaker, and committee members is extremely important to us. So, once again, we will be hosting a virtual conference. We will also be going back to our original time frame of April.

We have hired another top caliber speaker and will once again have a professional administrator to assure the conference runs as smoothly in 2021 as it did in 2020. We hope that you understand that, although we are a non-profit, we still need to cover our costs. For that reason, the charge in 2021 will be the same as 2020.

We would, once again, like to thank all of you for attending our conferences over the past three years. We hope that those of you who attended last year’s Zoom conference enjoyed it and that you will join us again on April 17th, 2021.

2021 Caprock Genealogy Conference

April 17, 2021 | 9am - 4pm Central

Can’t attend the live sessions? Watch the recorded conference online for up to a month!

featuring Guest Speaker

Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed.

With more than 23 years as a professional genealogist, many years of teaching and lecturing, and over 40 years of genealogical research, Billie Stone Fogarty, has spent a lifetime helping others discover their family history.

Land Runs, Lotteries, & Homesteading in Oklahoma

From 1889 to 1895, seven land runs were held in the area now called Oklahoma. Several movies and many books have tried to tell the story because, although there had been previous rushes into land newly opened for settlement, nothing quite like these races had been seen before. Learn how it happened and the part the Homestead Act played in it.

Mining the SSDI and the Social Security Act for all they’re worth

With 111 million deaths listed in the Social Security Death Master File and over 450 million Social Security Numbers issued since 1936, this set of records is a valuable tool for genealogists. It is time to learn all that you can discover in these records and how to really “mine” that information.

Picking Cherries without Hitting the Pits: Using Other’s Research Wisely

We all like to find our family history neatly written and presented to us beautifully bound in burnished leather or more recently spelled out online in an impressive family tree traced back to Noah. But before we bake that cherry pie, we need to analyze the evidence to make sure we have not just hit a bowl of pits with information that is incomplete, inadequate, or just plain wrong!

Unlocking the Treasures in the National Archives

The National Archives has over 4 billion pieces of paper housed in more than 40 buildings which is enough to circle the earth more than 57 times if laid side by side. The pages written by, to, and about your family do not just fall on your head! Learn what to ask for and how to ask for the records of your family.

About Guest Speaker Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed.

With more than 23 years as a professional genealogist, many years of teaching and lecturing, and over 40 years of genealogical research, Billie Stone Fogarty, has spent a lifetime helping others discover their family history.

Her genealogical pursuits have taken her to numerous state archives and libraries, county court houses, and local libraries in dozens of states and to a great many of the major genealogical repositories across America.

She has also researched in England, Ireland, and Wales and participated in genealogy events in Australia. She has been involved in numerous national conferences and learning opportunities both as a learner and instructor including the National Institute on Genealogical Research (now called Genealogical Institute on Federal Records), Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Billie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (President 2016-2019, Board of Directors 2009-present), Genealogical Speakers Guild (President 2012-2016 & Board of Directors), Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Board of Trustees 2016-2019), National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies (Delegate), International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and Records Preservation and Access Committee state liaison. She is co-founder of an innovative learning retreat for professional genealogists called GenStock.

She belongs to several state and 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. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society many years, serving as President for seven terms, and is on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Historical Society, serving on the Executive Committee and as chair of the Research Committee.

Billie has lectured on genealogy topics in colleges and in a multitude of states and counties and by webinar and had a regular feature on a local television station about genealogy. She researched several seasons for the television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and has done contract work for Ancestry.com and the Public Defender’s Office of the U.S. District Court.

Whether searching for your ancestor who served in the American Revolution, or tracing your lineage to one of the Barons who forced King John to sign the Magna Charta, or tracking down that family legend of American Indian heritage, Billie is as excited about the discovery today as she was to peer at her first family genealogy book at the tender age of ten. Discover the surprises in your own family history with Billie’s help.

We hope to see you at the 2022 Conference!

Caprock Genealogy Conference Societies

AMARILLO Genealogical Society

HI-PLAINS (Plainview) Genealogical Society

SOUTH PLAINS Genealogical Society

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