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Genealogy conference wraps up a week of research events in Lufkin

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

16 years ago Angelina County dedicated one day to genealogy now the conference has transformed into a three day event.

"Everything that we are, is based on what we've learned in our lifetime and what are ancestors have passed on to us," said Debbie Parker Wayne, Certified Genealogist.

With eight speakers and 24 different sessions the conference offered tips on searching for your ancestors, through census records, birth, marriage and death records and even cemetery locations.

"We have DNA, we have land records, we have courthouse records, we have cemetery records almost anything that would have to do with genealogy and genealogy covers everything," said Trevie Beverly, Conference Coordinator.

Conference coordinator Trevie Beverly started researching her family history in the 9th grade. 30 years later has been able to trace her family all the way back to the 1600's.

 Beverly encourages those just starting out to take advantage of every possible resource.

 "A lot of what is on the internet is absolutely wonderful but nothing takes the place of a good library or the archives," said Beverly.

For those who've hit a brick wall experts were on hand to offer a different perspective.

"We use the less used records more often things like tax records and things like that people wouldn't have thought of if they're newer to genealogy we can send people off to look at those kinds of records," said Wayne.

The journey into history starts with you and once you look into the past, you can look forward to the future.    

"If we don't know where we came from we don't know where we're going," said Wayne.

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