Lectures

I really enjoy sharing the elements of genealogy research with others! All of my lectures can be presented virtually via webinar and in person when it is safe to gather again in groups. Below is a sampling of lecture topics. I am always developing new presentations and would be happy to discuss creating a program that fits the needs and interests of your group. If your genealogical society, library or group is interested in a lecture, please contact me to discuss topics, fees and availability. To see where I will be speaking in 2021, check out the list of Upcoming Lectures.

USING HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Before Facebook and Twitter, the local paper was the place to get the scoop on your neighbors. Historical newspapers are indispensable to genealogy research and learning about your ancestors and their community. This program will highlight the importance of this resource as well as the range of details that can be discovered, including how and where to access digitized newspapers, plus search techniques and tips.

Genealogical Timelines for Organization, analysis & problem solving

In researching our family, we gather extensive amounts of records and information to be compiled. Timelines are a tool that allows us to organize our data, and to visually identify patterns, gaps, themes, and relationships. This program will provide examples of genealogical timelines (migration patterns, research gaps, specific record type, historical perspective, etc.) as well as suggestions on creating timelines in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Finding Female Ancestors

Researching the women in our family can be problematic. Our female ancestors left very few records making it challenging to determine a maiden name or family of origin. This program will cover strategies and record groups that can advance your research and help to uncover female ancestors as well as learn more about their lives.

military records for genealogical research

Records created about military service are an important resource in our genealogical research, providing valuable details about our ancestors and families. This program will provide an overview of U.S. military records for both veterans and for those ancestors who did not serve in the military. Emphasis will be on a survey of military resources available and where to search for records .

familysearch.org: getting the most of a free genealogy resource

One of the largest free genealogy websites, FamilySearch.org contains a massive global collection of records and resources. This program will tour the site as well as provide search tips and techniques for navigation of the main components (searching and browsing records, digital library, research wiki, and family trees).

INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY: DISCOVERING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Interested in researching your family history, but don’t know where to begin? Have you searched for your family but need some instruction on how to proceed? This program offers an overview of key genealogy records and resources, as well as tips and techniques for getting started on discovering your family stories.