We are excited to announce that the Caprock Genealogy Conference will return Saturday, April 13th, 2024. For those of you who attended our first conference, you will be excited to know that Kelvin Myers will be our speaker at the 2024 conference.
A fifth generation Texan and professional genealogist since 1990 and an avid researcher-historian since 1979, Kelvin is a frequent speaker to many genealogical societies and family associations throughout the US. He was employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library. Now, he works as a forensic genealogist, working with attorneys, banks, and energy companies, identifying missing or unknown heirs to estates and oil and gas leases.
Our committee members from the Amarillo Genealogical Society (Amarillo, TX), the Hi Plains Genealogical Society (Plainview, TX) and the South Plains Genealogical Society (Lubbock, TX) are all working hard to put together our best conference ever. We invite all of our past attendees, including new ones, to join us in April 2024 for an opportunity to discover surprises in your family.
— 2023 Caprock Conference Committee Members
*REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2024.*
WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2024
TIME: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
WHERE: Plainview Country Club Conference Center, 2902 W 4th ST #7502, Plainview, TX 79072
- Tax Records or Why Did Scarlett Make a Dress of Her Mother's Drapes?: For most genealogists a tax list is merely a substitute for a missing census, but there are many other uses for a tax list. You can determine when an ancestor comes of age, estimate the time of death of an ancestor, or maybe identify a nameless wife. Learn what your ancestor’s social standing was in the community. Maybe you can determine the short stay of a family in a county between decennial censuses, as well as give positive clues to the location of land owned in that county. Also learn where to find these tax lists and how to access them.
- Can A Dead Man Sign a Deed?: His tombstone says he died in 1928 his name is on a deed in 1932, did a dead man sign a deed? When given conflicting evidence how do you resolve the issue at hand? This lecture will look at the five-point formula of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and how it helps resolve conflicting evidence with a fascinating case study.
- How Great Thou Art! How Great They Are! Church Records: Underused and underutilized this vast group of records can be a challenge to the "un-churched." Determining the denomination in which your ancestor was a part can be the biggest challenge. The second challenge is to find those records. With these two things accomplished, many genealogical questions can be answered.
- The Hand That Rocked the Cradle Could Rule the World: Half the people on your pedigree chart are female and may be the most difficult to identify. Identifying female ancestors is a challenge for all genealogists. She changes her name when she gets married and identifying her parents may be time consuming. With the basic knowledge of sources created about and by women, and how to locate these sources, finding the females in your family may not be so hard after all.