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The Bastrop Advertiser has been digitally reproduced and is now available online at the Portal to Texas History website. The 1854-1975 issues are currently available and later years are being added. With the paper on the web, patrons can now search remotely for their information. Searches can be done by keyword or date. Funding for this project was provided by the Tocker Foundation.





Have you always wondered about your family history? Or perhaps you have started your research but need a recharge?

Bastrop County Genealogical Society

2nd Saturday of each month

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Maynard Conference Room


There are no fees or membership requirements. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more about their family history and/or wants to improve their research skills.  Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a "seasoned" researcher, you will always learn something at our meetings.


April 08: Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: The Other Ports

Frustrated that you can't find your ancestors in New York Passenger Lists? Perhaps your immigrant ancestor arrived at another location. In this webinar learn how to locate and search for passenger lists for Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Galveston, as well as other minor ports.


May 13: Brick Wall Tips and Hints

Everyone needs a little help and encouragement to jump-start the research, especially on hard-to-solve cases. In this session you will learn tips that will help every genealogist look at their research challenges in a fresh way. This webinar will bring you the momentum you need to get your family history research back on track.


June 10: Verifying Information, You Find Online

During this session we will discuss challenging genealogical puzzles we search anywhere for clues that can help us. That can include online trees and other information with unknown sources. Let's learn how to verify the information as true or not.


July 08: Unraveling DNA Segment Data

DNA segment data can provide important insights into DNA matches but what exactly is it and how do you use it? This video explains what segment data is, how, and where you can access it, how companies display it and what you can do with it to aid your DNA research.


August 12: Specialized Lineage Societies - More Than Just DAR,

Dames, and Mayflower

There are over 200 lineage societies that exist today - more than the commonly known societies. Perhaps you have an ancestor that was accused of witchcraft? A founder of a town? A colonial tradesman? British royalty? There is a society for all of these and many more. Let's listen and learn how to find those in our family lineage.


September 09: Genealogy and DNA

A very basic intrduction to DNA and how it can be used in combination with traditional genealogical research. Together we will examine the answer to questions like: "Why should you test your DNA?" and "How do I get started with DNA?"


October 14: Reel'Em in with Cousin Bait - 10 Ways to Connect

with Family

"Cousin Bait" helps connect with others who may have information about your family. Learn the best ways to share so others can find you.


November 11: What's Next When You Are Told Those Records

Were "Burnt Up"

My Dad's WWII records disappeared with the Archives fire. Many other fires have taken valuable information from us. However, bad news about records can often be overcome with persistence and flexibility. Put on your own discovery hat and create your treasure maps to lead you to the answer.


December 09: Preserving Your Ancestor's Textiles and

Handmade Treasures

Learn from an archivist the best practices to preserving your ancestor's textiles and handmade items. Everything from Grandma's quilt, that old Christening gown, your Dad's letterman jacket and military uniforms. These textiles and handmade items need special care and consideration when it comes to preservation and storage.





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