Genealogy (Family History) Open House

Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, 12 September 2015

1 – 4 PM

Hosted by:

Twin Oaks Ward

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

2083 Wesley Chapel Road

Decatur, GA  30035




1:00 PM                                Opening Remarks and Introduction         Chapel

1:15 – 2:00 PM                   Concurrent Classes

2:15 – 3:00 PM                   Concurrent Classes

3:15 – 4:00 PM                   Concurrent Classes



1. HOW DO I GET STARTED?                                              



Presenter: Emma Davis Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton is a genealogical and historical researcher who specializes in researching African-American ancestors.   She is President of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) Metro Atlanta Chapter, a board member of the Georgia Genealogical Society, Vice President of the Friends of the National Archives (Atlanta), and a member of the National Genealogical Society, the South Carolina Genealogical Society, and the Florida Genealogical Society.  Emma has given presentations at the acclaimed Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Birmingham, AL), national genealogy conferences, genealogy societies, and at many venues in her local community.  A retired Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army), she received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.



4. INDEXING (A way to make records searchable online)                                                              

Presenter: Katie Whipple                                                                                                           

Katie has been directly involved in family history work since 2011, when her husband introduced her to Family Search Indexing (FSI).  Since then, Katie has indexed thousands of names to make them available online for researchers.  Her experience with indexing prompted her to start searching out the vital records of her own ancestors.  She has been actively researching her ancestors ever since.  Katie has two toddlers and is a members of the Smyrna Ward.



Presenter: Ryan Rowberry

Ryan teaches Property Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, and Anglo-American Legal History in the College of Law at Georgia State University, with a concentration on cultural heritage, historic preservation, and natural resources law. He holds a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University, a M.Sc. in Comparative Education Policy and a M.St. in Medieval British History from Oxford University in England, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He was a United States Supreme Court Fellow, and taught and lectured at Peking University in Beijing, China.  Ryan is married, has two small children, and is a member of the Twin Oaks Ward.