If you are into history, particularly genealogy, then you don't want to miss the genealogy symposium in Halletsville on May 19th. This should prove to be a great help in finding  and using historical information you are looking for.

The Friench Simpson Memorial Library in Hallettsville invites the public to participate in the Sixth Annual 3S (Solutions, Support, Success) Genealogy Symposium at 9:15 a.m. May 19. Rox Ann Johnson and Regena Williamson will present "What's New about What's Old: Lavaca County TXGenWeb Project." They are co-coordinators of the project.

Johnson, a native of Willow Springs in Fayette County, is the author of "The Pagel Cemetery at Willow Springs, Its Origins and Place in the Community." Williamson, of Sheridan, is working on the book "Cheetham Cemetery in Colorado County." With decades of experience in genealogy research, they will talk about using historical materials in new and innovative ways. Holly Heinsohn, a professional genealogist and instructor at Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria, will discuss "Publishing Using Historic Sources" at 10:45 a.m. Heinsohn has published several articles of historical significance and a recent book, "Historical Narratives of Lavaca County: Evidence of a Bygone Era Vol. 1."

During the lunch break participants may visit the Lavaca County Records Retention Facility at the County Annex for demonstrations on preserving historic records.

From 1:30-3 p.m. the group will get a sneak peek at the new Lavaca County Historical Museum.

The symposium is free. Forms are available at the library for early registration, and the first 50 early registrants will receive a special gift, according to the Victoria Advocate. Participants may also register at 8:30 a.m. on May 19.