Certified genealogist Mark Lowe

Certified genealogist Mark Lowe will lead workshops on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

Contributed by Association of Professional Genealogists

CARTERVILLE — A professional genealogist will share strategies on using property records to trace family history at an upcoming workshop in Carterville.

Mark Lowe, a certified genealogist, will speak at the 2017 Family History Conference and Book Fair at John A. Logan College from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. This annual event is hosted by the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.

He's a past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a former vice president and secretary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. His work has appeared in The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly.

His genealogy profile page says he specializes in land records, land platting and court records, as well as African-American, Baptist, Methodist, migration and Moravians research. He also specializes in genealogy in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee, particularly Memphis and Nashville.

The workshops being presented are "Tennessee, the Road to the West," in which he will discuss the records that exist for researching Tennessee; "Land Barons or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions," in which he will discuss following the land — using property records and learning how to trace a specific property and family line; "Finding Your Landless Ancestors;" and "Over the Mountain, Across the Plains: Using Electronic Records to Trace Our Ancestors."

Those interested in attending the conference can contact Jackie Lyell at gssi@ilgssi.org.



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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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