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Gen(ealogy)Talks are less formal, genealogy-related presentations that take place at the GFO library several months per year, generally on the third Saturday at 2 p.m. GenTalks are FREE and open to the public, so, member or not, check out our Calendar page and come spend an hour or so with us!

Upcoming GenTalks:

Genealogical Timelines & Research Checklists

January 16, 2 p.m. (online)

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Presenter: Laurel Smith

Learn what GFO members CAN access RIGHT NOW from home -- and how to do so. We'll also go over what's changed as the GFO adds new resources to its website each month.

Learn to tap databases from your home:

  • Fold3
  • HistoryGeo
  • American Ancestors

Learn how to use Member Lookups to access resources in the GFO Library:

  • Personal Research Assistance
  • Books
  • Periodicals
  • Microfilms
  • Fiche
  • And more!

Join Laurel Smith via Zoom to learn how to make best use of these resources from the safety of your home.


Making Molehills out of Mountains: Organizing Your Research

February 20, 2 p.m. (online)

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Presenter: Cari Taplin, C.G.

Do you LOVE the research part of genealogy but DREAD the next step of data-entry and organizing your findings? You are NOT ALONE! Organization allows you to better utilize research time. Learn methods for organizing documents and notes, building a better research log, and time management tips.

  • The Importance of Being Organized
  • Methods for Organizing Files (will demonstrate both paper and digital)
  • What to include in any system
  • Processing Systems – What do you do when you find a new record?
  • Time Management Tips for Genealogists

Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies.

The handouts for some of our more recent GenTalks can be found on our Handouts page.