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The Union County Genealogical Society will have the first meeting of the new year at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barton Library. John C. Head will be speaking concerning maps, cemeteries and cataloging markers. Guests are invited to attend.

Head was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. He spent three and a half years in the USAF, then settled in Shreveport, Louisiana, and lived in the area until 2012, when he moved to Athens, Louisiana. He moved to El Dorado in 2017.

Head began research in genealogy in 1979 starting with his family tree. He and his now deceased wife began publishing and printing genealogical material for sale around 1988. He attended all the major conferences and seminars in the area selling material and became friends with many fellow genealogy lovers.

He is an avid lover of old cemeteries. He published cemetery books on most of the parishes of North Louisiana and cataloged a majority of the Webster and Caddo parishes smaller cemeteries. He is an advocate of Find-A-Grave and inputs new material and makes corrections on the website. He is also a volunteer map editor for the National Map Corps with USGS, which is updating the USGS maps on public places, including cemeteries.

Head will bring samples of the materials that he uses to locate cemeteries and in cataloging the markers. In addition, he will show pictures of some unusual African-American tombstones and maps.

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