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HCGS Hosts Special Zoom Program on April 15 by Texas State Genealogical Society, ‘Underutilized Research Sources’ by Pat Gordon

Although the Society is always seeking new members, you don’t have to be a member of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society to take advantage of their great educational ZOOM programs, like the one planned for 7pm Central on April 15, 2021 on ‘Underutilized Sources’ by Pat Gordon. Register in advance to access the ZOOM program by clicking HERE:

Our program will be:“Underutilized Resources,” by Pat GordonTopic Description: Genealogists are taught to search for records where their ancestors lived. However, repositories around the country may have been recipients of special collections containing information about your ancestors as they migrated and settled in other areas. By broadening your search you may uncover a wealth of information in unexpected places. In this presentation, Pat discusses often overlooked and underutilized resources such as university archives and repositories, which may house records from areas far beyond their influence. She discusses Texas Tech, University of Texas Arlington, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Commerce, and many others and shows how to research at those sites.

About the Speaker: Pat Gordon served two terms as president and one as vice president of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society. She was an original faculty member at Angelina College Genealogy Conference, where she frequently presented all-day lectures on Thursday and hour-long lectures on Friday and Saturday. She has also presented all day seminars at Odessa, Texas, and Norman, Oklahoma, as well as society lectures at Fort Worth, Mid-Cities, Grand Prairie, Plano, and Tyler, to name a few.     She is a retired journalism lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she still teaches an online writing class. She is also a former newspaper reporter with The Dallas Morning News. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from University of Texas at Arlington and a M.S. in Media Studies from Texas Christian University.     Pat recently published a laminated quick tip sheet on Masonic Research and is working on other topics. She can be reached at [email protected] or 817-293-3398.     Pat likes going beyond the names of ancestors to discover what their lives were like during the time period they lived in. Vacations are often spent in university and public libraries, cemeteries, and courthouses where she searches for glimpses into their personal lives.

You can reach the Hopkins County Genealogical Society through the Genealogical Research Library, located inside the Public Library in Sulphur Springs at 611 North Davis Street, by phone at 903-885-8523 or online at It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am til 5pm. When utilizing the Research Library you will be asked to wear a mask and follow CDC guidelines.

Author: Enola Gay

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