Classes, Meetings, Seminars

There are many genealogy and family history related meetings, seminars and conferences that take place locally throughout the year. We will be posting those we know about and if you have others, please let us know so we can post them. We are also posting local genealogical meetings. Unless otherwise noted, these meetings are free and open to the public!!

Collin County Genealogy Society

We have a DNA Interest Group that meets on the first Tuesday of each month. We have a Legacy Users Group that meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. And we are adding a Microsoft OneNote for Genealogy User Group that will meet on the third Monday of each month.

All monthly meetings (see below) are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room of the Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano, Texas. For further information see their website:

9 January 2019: Hidden Genealogical Treasures in Revolutionary War Pensions. Presenter: Julie Avedikian

13 Feb 2019: Mysterious Relatives. Presented by Ari Wilkins, Genealogist and Library Associate at Dallas Public Library

Cross Timbers Genealogical Society

Except for the month of September, Cross Timbers Genealogical Society meets the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Landmark Bank, 1112 E California St, Gainesville, Texas. You can find more information on U.S. Gen Web:

Dallas Genealogical Society

The Dallas Genealogical Society holds several different meetings and classes at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street in Dallas. Please see their website for more information on the society: .

Dallas Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group meets the 3rd Thursday at 6:00 pm on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. For further information contact Mic Barnette

13 April 2019, Spring seminar at the Dallas Public Library. .

Denison, Grayson County, TX, Genealogical Society

The Denison, Grayson County, TX, Genealogical Society meets the last Wednesday of each month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Grayson County Frontier Village, 111 Rc Vaughan Rd, Denison, TX 75020. You can find more information on Facebook:

Denton County Genealogical Society

Meetings are the second Thursday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton. For more information please see their website at . They can also be found on Facebook.

10 January 2019: Round Table Discussion

14 February 2019: Uncovering St. Johns. Presenters: Emily Lockwood Bowles and Micah Crittenden

14 March 2019: : I’ve Got—Or I’m Getting—My DNA Report: Now What Do I Do? (Beginner). Presenter: Patti Gillespie

11 April 2019: How to Save Your Research from Destruction & Ensure It’s Future Survival. Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke

9 May 2019: DCGS Member Super Round Table Discussion (and Annual Business Meeting)

Emily Fowler Library

502 Oakland Street, Denton

Fridays, 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, and 4/19, (Saturdays), 9:30 a.m.: Genealogy Meet Up. Place to ask questions, share your knowledge, learn from others.

2/16 (Saturday), 3 p.m.: What's So Special about Special Collections? Registration requested. Call the Genealogy Dept. (940) 349-8742 to register.

3/16 (Saturday), 3 p.m.: I've Got My Ancestry DNA Report: Evaluating My Test Results for Connections. Understand your DNA report at a higher level. Class will discuss DNA Ethnicity Report, DNA Circles and the DNA story.

4/20 (Saturday), 3 p.m.: Save Your Memories (Legacy Lab). Learn more about the new digital conversion equipment in the Legacy Lab that can be used to preserve your family history by converting your photos, home videos and paper documents to digital format.

Genealogy Friends of the Plano Library

Join them for their free monthly seminar held in the Program Room at Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano, 10:30-12:30. Check their website for more information They can be contacted at or 972-836-9436.

19 January 2019: Researching Land Records. Presenter: Barbara Coakley

16 February 2019: Digital Newspaper Sites. Presenter: Stacy Davis

16 March 2019: Names. Presenter: Carol Beck

13 April 2019: Courthouse Research. Presenter: Pat Gordon (note day is earlier due to voting)

18 May 2019: Westward Ho - Migration Routes of the US. Presenter: Judy Knight

15 June 2019: Dating Old Photographs. Presenter: Betsy Mills

20 July 2019: Techniques & Strategies for More Effective Online Searching. Presenter: Bernard Meisner

17 August 2019: BYU Family History Technology Lab. Presenter: Debra Hatfield

28 September 2019: All Day Workshop - DNA. Presenter: Debbie Parker Wayne

26 October 2019: Genealogy Panel

16 November 2019: What's New on Presenter: Lynell Moss

21 December 2019: Show and Tell

Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society

14 January 2019, 6:30 p.m., Mesquite Main Library, 300 W. Grubb Drive, Mesquite, Texas. Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929. Presenter: Paula Perkins . You can find more information at

North Collin County Genealogy Society

Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt Street, McKinney. Please see their website for more information: .

5 February 2019, 6:30 p.m. (Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library), Local History Presentation (Black History Month). Presenter: Deborah Kilgore