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Hays Free Press * February 1 7, 201 6 COMMUNITY Page 5C 4 BY PAIGE LAMBERT After Lisa Chaftin's ad passed away few years ago, all she was left with was his old photos and stories of their ancestors. Rather than trying to piece it together on her own, she instead looked to professional help that originated not from a website or a frm, but from her local library. Chaftin was one of many who took part in the Dripping Springs Community Library's GenealogyWorkshop for Beginners Feb. 6. The over-capacity workshop taught ways to easily- and cheaply- discover a family's past. Wimbefley residents Cindy Foreman and Beverly Herring began the interactive genealogy group last year. Foreman said her love of genealogy began when she picked up scrapbooking. "I got back into scrapbooking and thought, 'who are these people?'" Foreman said. "I graduated from pictures, to genealogy, to teaching, and that's what I really enjoy." But there wasn't a forum for interactive teaching in Hays County. Herring said Other genealogy classes were mainly like lectures where people didn't get to practice what was taught. "If you do it while you're thinking about it, it's much easier to go home and do it yourself," Herring said. "It's a thing where they are going to learn it on their computer while they are doing it." Attention toward the group has snowballed over the past few months. PHOTO BY PAIGE LAMBERT Acting Out Continued from pg. 1C audition for anything. "Because it is a competitive industry you think whatever comes along is good," Garza said. %s you get older you realize this isn't what you want." She realized this more and more as she became frustrated with the industry in L.A. She was rejected for productions like "Spanglish," even though she's Mexican and bilingual. "They would always say to my manager, 'she doesn't look Latin enough,'" Garza said. "It would be frustrating to think, but I am Mexican and don't fit their stereotype." Out of the frustration, Garza created her own production company in 2006 and moved to Austin in 2012. She acted in numerous commercials and the HBO show "The Leftovers." Moving to Austin gave Garza the creative freedom to work on projects that held meaning for her. "There was still enough industry for me to not be gone from it but it wasn't in your face all the time," Garza said. Garza spent all of her time producing unique projects, such as the play "The Art Of Being," and met her fianc6 at a 48-hour filmmaking competition. Her passion for chasing her acting dreams transformed Residents follow along during the Interactive Genealogy Group class at the Dripping Springs Community Library. The interest group focused on how to delve into the past without spending a dime. The ladies have taught computer skills, the more free classes in San mature you are the less Marcos, Kyle and all over skill," Foreman said. "It's Hays County. easier for people like us Foreman said they who are in business and touched on topics such are on the computer all as record keeping, finding the time." records, DNA The ladies gave each testing, and participant a USB flash "You start doing all of it drive containing the developing without paidlessons and resources services such they use. From there, friendships as Ancestry.attendees can go back com. or prepare for the next often times it "Those session. develops into little flapping Each session delves leaves that into free sites such as everything ... they advertise and my- It's another on TE, and how to may be good verify records. way of ideas or While the group serves connecting they may be as a teaching mechanism, bad ideas," it's also an informal way people beyond Foreman to meet people with simi- Facebook." said. "We lar interests. want them Foreman said she and to do their Herring became fast - Cindy Foreman genealogy friends after meeting at a correctly." genealogical session. The "irou start developing Dripping Springs friendships oftentimes workshop was the firstit develops into every- of three, with the second thing," Foreman said. already filling up with "It's another way of con- reservations. The first necting people beyond workshop focused on Facebook." basic computer skills Most people who before jumping into attend the session are complicated websites, grandparents who want "Everyone has to pass along their family a different level of history, Herring said. into teaching at the in my life right now," Paramount and the Zach Garza said. "My fianc6 Theatre in Austin. Garza and I began talking said she wanted to show about the studio and aspiring actors that their two students actually dreams were tangible, said they wanted to keep Kylie Wray, a 12-year- working with me." old Austinite, said Garza The pair decided that helped her get over acting Kyle would be the perfect jitters and realize she place for a studio, since could act. it was close enough to While Wray isn't acting, Austin. she said she would want She said she hopes to take classes with Garza the studio becomes a again, resource for Kyle and "She wasn't just a that she can show more teacher," Wray said. "She students how to turn was just focused on me their acting dreams into being comfortable when a reality. I acted and in front of "I feel like I can show people." these kids that not only Garza quickly realized are your dreams tangible she needed to modify her but it's right down the acting career to fit her street," Garza said. "I new passion, which is have always been a big raising her son. believer that we are all "My son is my priority here to help each other." I'IXAS :",;'I',S'I I':~ II)1'~ ('1 ~,~,,%II"IEI)AI)VIRTI,~,IN(; NETWORK Publicize your engagements, weddings, anniversaries, new babies or birthdays to the Hays County community with an ad in the Hays Free Press. $105 ad includes text and photos. Get Involved! Take part in a clinical research trial and become part of the solution.You may be compensated for time and travel. To Order: Call this Newspaper at 1-800 749-4793 Today! 512-268-7862 or Chaftin's kids aren't interested in their family history yet, but she said she wants to have it collected, just in case. "I see an old photograph of a family member of mine, and I go, 'I want to know who they are, what they were about and where they were living,'" Chaftin said. "Some day I hope they will look at photos I've saved and think the same thing." 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