Genealogy Presentations

I’m happy to give one of my existing presentations or to discuss customizing a special genealogy or history talk for your group.

CURRENT PRESENTATIONS:

Research Methods

Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist

How do you know if the facts you’ve uncovered are correct? How do you avoid attaching somebody else’s ancestors to your family tree? This introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard will get your research moving in the right direction from the beginning and help you avoid errors and frustration.

Timelines: A Path to Your Next Research Steps

So you’ve done all this research – now what? How do you figure out what you have and what to look for next? Learn how timelines enable you to organize your information, evaluate your evidence, analyze research results for accuracy, and identify next steps.

How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game

Research is more effective and productive if we take a little time to make a plan before we dive in. Learn the steps and techniques of research planning that will save you time and frustration and can even help you break down brick walls.

Prospecting for Family History in Unexpected Places

Many records of genealogical value are hiding in places we might not think to look for them. How do we discover those hiding places? Like a prospector searching for the mother lode, we can employ a search strategy to help us uncover a gold mine of information in unexpected places.

Reconstructing Our Family Stories

Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace

Our ancestors should be more alive to us than names and dates on a chart. Follow the amazing life of William Crout, Civil War veteran, hotel owner, rancher, and local character, and learn how it’s possible to reconstruct life stories in surprising detail with resources available online.

Reconstructing the Lives of Our Farming Ancestors

It’s a rare family tree that doesn’t contain at least some farm families. What was daily life like for our farming ancestors? Learn how genealogical records and social history resources can help us answer that question in four different centuries of American history.

What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?

Social history is the history of ordinary people and how they lived their daily lives. It seeks to fill in the rich details of the past. Learn how social history can both improve your research skills and help you better understand and tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest

Business owners, land speculators, and communities wishing to grow all turned to various forms of advertising to entice people to migrate to the Midwestern territories and states. This presentation will examine how newspaper advertising, pamphlets, gazetteers, and books were aimed at prospective migrants from the eastern parts of the U.S. and prospective immigrants from Europe to get them to come and work, buy land, and settle in these sparsely-populated frontier areas.  We’ll look at what kinds of messages these ads used in order to make hard work and pioneer living seem attractive.

Blacksmiths and Their Contribution the Midwestern Development

For centuries blacksmiths, who worked with iron and other metals, were indispensable community members. They made a huge variety of products, from swords and armor to cooking pots and hinges, from nails, tools, and farm implements to horseshoes, wagon axles, and fire tongs. Every community in North America used to have its own blacksmith. Learn what life was like for our ancestors who followed this trade.

“Use Lots More Apples”: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Sources

Vintage cookbooks can be an excellent source of genealogical information and social history that can fill in and add depth to the lives of our ancestors, especially our women ancestors. Learn how to find and use these fascinating resources.

Writing Our Family Stories

Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share

Genealogists love facts – the rest of the world loves stories. Does the idea of trying to tell the stories of your ancestors seem like too big a job? Two simple principles can get you started writing your family stories: look at what the facts imply and “take small bites.”

How to Blog Your Family Stories the Easy Way

We have so many stories that could be lost forever if we don’t share them. But writing these stories can seem like an overwhelming task. How do we even start? Learn how to share these stories with family and friends the easy way, by blogging them in manageable chunks.

Resources

Find Your Family History in Free Online Newspapers

Newspapers can be a bonanza for genealogical information and family stories, but accessing them can often be costly or require travel. Learn how to find free online newspaper archives, both U. S. and international, that can advance your research and help you flesh out your family stories.

Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More

Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died without a will—or those who didn’t even have to die at all to make an appearance in a probate action.

Bounty Land: It’s Complicated…

Bounty land was offered as compensation for soldiers who fought in the Revolution, War of 1812, and Mexican War, but it was complicated. Learn about the laws, all the people who got involved, and where to find the records.

Migration

The Marriage of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest

The Erie Canal revolutionized 19th-century travel and offered our ancestors a high-speed route from the eastern United States to the Midwest. It made settlement of the Old Northwest Territories economically possible by providing an efficient means of exporting agricultural products to the markets and ports of the east. But it was also one of the most challenging and fascinating projects ever undertaken in America.

Exodusters: The Exodus of Freed Slaves to Kansas in the 1870s

The South was not an easy place for Freedmen after the Civil War, and many moved to colonies in Kansas for a new start. Learn about this important chapter in the history of Kansas and of African Americans.

The National Road: America’s First Federal Highway

Built between 1811 and 1837, the National Road was the first federally-funded highway in America. It allowed thousands of people to settle in the Midwest.

Genealogical Education

Free Online Genealogical Education

Ongoing education is critical for our success as genealogists. There’s just too much to learn for us ever to say we’re done with our educations. Fortunately for our budgets, we have many wonderful online choices that don’t cost us anything but a little of our time. In this presentation, we’ll cover free webinars, hangouts, podcasts and videos that can sharpen our skills and broaden our horizons.

Your Education Plan for Going Pro

How do you prepare to become a professional genealogist? What are the best education programs to give you the biggest bang for your buck and to prepare you to take clients and run your own genealogy business. Learn to put together an education plan that will get you to your goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Quakers

Our Quaker Ancestors: Their History and the Records They Left

Quakers were among the earliest settlers on the east coast of North America and as they moved west, they were often the earliest settlers in newly-opened territory. Learn about the history of these pioneering Americans and the rich records they left behind. (This presentation can be tailored to focus on Quakers in particular locations.)

Slavery, Quakers, and the Underground Railroad

Quakers’ relationship with slavery evolved. Early Quakers kept slaves, but later Quakers felt slavery was incompatible with their beliefs, actively working to overthrow slavery. Learn about this fascinating chapter in our ancestors’ lives.

Midwestern Research

Miners, Lumbermen, Farmers, and More: Finding Your Michigan Roots

Michigan was settled by people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and if you have ancestors who lived in Michigan there are a number of online and repository resources for finding the records they left and learning about their lives in the Wolverine State. Information applicable to other Midwestern areas.

Military Research

Beyond the Records – Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Ancestor

Over three million Americans were in uniform during the Civil War. It’s becoming easier to find the facts of our ancestors’ service, but how do we reconstruct their experiences? This presentation will show you how to fill in the blanks between the facts, allowing you to tell your ancestors’ stories.

What Did You Do in the War, Granny? Women in the Army in World War II

Over 150,000 women served in the Army in World War II. Women’s military service in this time period helped change expectations and perceptions about women’s role outside the home. Learn about their pioneering wartime service and how to find records for the women in your family who served.

Colorado Research

Miners, Cattlemen, Merchants, and More: Finding Colorado Immigrants and Settlers

Colorado was settled by people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and if you have ancestors who lived in Colorado there are a number of online and repository resources for finding the records they left and learning about their lives in the Centennial State. Presentation includes some colorful case studies.

MY LEGACY FAMILY TREE WEBINARS

COLORADO ROOTS

“Miners, Cattlemen, Merchants & More: Find Your Colorado Roots”

QUAKERS

“North Carolina Quakers: Their History and the Records They Left”

MIDWEST

“How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

RESEARCH METHODS

“Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist”

“Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS:

2 November 2018 (release date) – Legacy Family Tree Webinars – “Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

3 November 2018 – Iroquois County Genealogical Society Annual Meeting, Watseka, IL – “Prospecting for Family History in Unexpected Places”

10 November 2018 – Central Florida Family History Conference, Orlando – 4 presentations

  • “Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”
  • “Our Quaker Ancestors: Their History and the Records They Left”
  • “Miners, Lumbermen, Farmers, and More:  Finding Your Michigan Roots”
  • “What Did You Do in the War, Granny? Women in the Army in World War II”

13 November 2018 – Indian River Genealogical Society, Vero Beach, FL – “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

17 November 2018 – Pinellas Genealogy Society, Largo, FL  – 2 presentations:

  • “Our Quaker Ancestors: Their History and the Records They Left”
  • “‘The Marriage of the Waters’: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest”

12 January 2019 – Imperial Polk Genealogical Society, Lakeland, FL – “Our Quaker Ancestors: Their History and the Records They Left”

19 February 2019 – Tree Climbers Genealogical Society, Del Webb Spruce Creek, FL – “Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More”

2 March 2019 – Florida Genealogical Society Tampa, Tampa, FL – “What Did You Do in the War, Granny? Women in the Army in World War II”

3 March 2019 – Virtual Genealogical Association – “Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist”

20 March 2019 – Flagler County Genealogical Society, Palm Coast, FL – “Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

3-6 April 2019 – New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference, Manchester, NH – 2 presentations:

  • “Your Education Plan for Going Pro”
  • “Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist”

1-4 May 2019 – Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Mason, Ohio – 2 presentations:

  • “Turning Family History Facts Into Stories You Can Share”
  • “How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game”

7-11 May 2019 – National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Charles, MO – “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

15-17 June 2019 – International German Genealogy Conference, Sacramento, CA – 2 presentations:

  • “Timelines: A Path to Your Next Research Steps”
  • How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

16-19 October 2019 – Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference, Lincoln, NE – 4 presentations:

  • “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”
  • “Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist”
  • “Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share”
  • Reconstructing the Lives of Your Farming Ancestors”

17 December 2019 – South Bay Genealogical Society, Sun City Center, FL – “Timelines: A Path to Your Next Research Steps”

RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

13 September 2018 – Halifax Genealogical Society, Ormond Beach, FL – “How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game”

5 September 2018 – Minnesota Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More”

8 August 2018 – Legacy Family Tree Webinars – “Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist”

17 July 2018 – Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “‘The Marriage of the Waters’: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest”

10 July 2018 – Citrus County Genealogical Society, Lecanto, FL – “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

27 June 2018 – Georgia Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “A Week in the Life of a Farm Family”

14 June 2018 –  Savant Capital clients meeting, “Reconstructing a Life with Genealogy: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

1-3 June 2018 –  Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, California – 3 presentations:

  • “How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game”
  • “Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace”
  • “A Farm Family Moves West”

24 May 2018 – Marion County Genealogical Society, Ocala, FL – “Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

3-5 May 2018 – National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan – 3 presentations:

  • “From Nails to Plows: Blacksmiths and Their Contributions to Midwestern Development”
  • “Reconstructing the Lives of Your Farming Ancestors”
  • “Michigan Quakers: Their History and the Records They Left”

21 April 2018 – Kinseekers Genealogical Society, Leesburg, FL – “Turn Family History Facts Into Stories You Can Share”

17 April 2018 – South Bay Genealogical Society, Ruskin, Florida – “‘The Marriage of the Waters’: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest”

11 – 14 April 2018 – Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio – 2 presentations:

  • “The Life of an American Farm Family in Four Centuries”
  • “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

8 April 2018 – Genealogy Society of Southeast Volusia County, New Smyrna Beach, FL – “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

8 March 2018 – VGS German Genealogy SIG – “Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist”

17 February 2018 – Kinseekers Genealogical Society, Leesburg, Florida – “How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game”

13 January 2018 – Pasco County Genealogical Society, Dade City, Florida – “What is Social History and Why Should A Genealogist Care?”

9 January 2018 – Citrus County Genealogical Society, Lecanto, Florida – “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

14 December 2017 – Halifax Genealogical Society, Ormand Beach, Florida – “What is Social History and Why Should  a Genealogist Care?”

17 November 2017 – Martin County Genealogical Society, Stuart, Florida – “Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist”

4 November 2017 – Houston Genealogical Forum, Houston, TX – 3 presentations:

  • “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”
  • “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate Evidence”
  • “Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

21 October 2017 – Pinellas Genealogy Society, Largo, Florida – “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

15 August 2017 – Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”

3 August 2017 – Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game”

2 August 2017 – Researching Family in Pennsylvania – Philadelphia – “Pennsylvania Quakers: Their History and the Records They Left”

26 July 2017 – The Villages Genealogical Society, The Villages, Florida – “Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William through the Wilds of Cyberspace”

21 June 2017 – Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Webinar Series – “Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share”

9-11 June 2017 – Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, California – 3 presentations:

  • “Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist”
  • “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors West”
  • “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

20 May 2017 – Kinseekers Genealogical Society, Leesburg, Florida – “Free Online Genealogical Education”

10-13 May 2017 – National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina – 2 presentations:

  • “A Week in the Life of a Farm Family”
  • “North Carolina Quakers: Their History and the Records They Left”

3 May 2017 – Minnesota Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

11 April 2017 – Citrus County Genealogical Society, Lecanto, Florida – “Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers”

18 April 2017 – Tree Climbers Genealogical Society, Del Webb Spruce Creek, Florida – “Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers”

16 March 2017 – Marion County Genealogical Society, Ocala, Florida – “Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist”

16 March 2017 – Florida State Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers”

18 February 2017 – Kinseekers Genealogical Society, Leesburg, Florida – “Find Your Family in Free Online Newspapers”

10 January 2017 – Citrus County Genealogical Society, Lecanto, Florida – “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Analyze, Organize, and Evaluate Evidence”

30 September-1 October 2016 – Minnesota North Star Genealogy Conference, Edina, Minnesota – 3 presentations:

  • “Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace”
  • “How Advertising Brought Our Ancestors to the Midwest”
  • “Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist”

4 August 2016 – Ontario Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

11 June 2016 – Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies  42nd Annual Conference,  Hays, Kansas – Featured Speaker – Theme: “Campfire Songs: Finding and Telling Your Ancestor’s Stories” – 5 presentations

  • “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”
  • “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate Evidence”
  • “Use Lots More Apples: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Sources”
  • “Prospecting for Family History in Unexpected Places”
  • “Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share”

3-5 June 2016 – Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, California – “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate Evidence” and “Find Your Family’s Story in Free Online Newspaper Archives”

16 May 2016 – Morgan County Genealogical Society, Brush, Colorado – “Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share”

4-7 May 2016 – National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate Evidence”

23 April 2016 – Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society, Denver, Colorado – “Use Lots More Apples: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Sources”

19 April 2016 – Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze & Evaluate Evidence”

5 April 2016 – Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado – “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”

20 February 2016 – Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society, Castle Rock, Colorado – “Miners, Ranchers, Merchants & More: Find Your Colorado Roots”

19 October 2015 – Morgan County Genealogical Society, Brush, Colorado – “Prospecting for Family History in Unexpected Places”

25-26 September 2015 – Minnesota North Star Family History Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota – 2 presentations:

  • “Beyond the Basic Records: Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Ancestor”
  • “A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate Evidence”

28-31 July 2015 – Brigham Young University Genealogy and Family History Conference, Provo, Utah – 4 presentations:

  • “Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share”
  • “Miners, Cattlemen, Merchants, and More: Finding Colorado Immigrants and Settlers”
  • “Beyond the Records – Putting  Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Ancestor”
  • “Prospecting  for Family History in Unexpected Places”

12 July 2015 – Rio Blanco County Historical Society, Meeker, Colorado – “James Lyttle and the Founding of the Meeker Herald” (customized local history presentation)

8 July 2015 – Longmont (Colorado) Genealogical Society – “Miners, Ranchers, Merchants & More: Find Your Colorado Roots”

18 May 2015 – Morgan County Genealogical Society, Brush, Colorado – “In the News: Using Free Online Newspaper Archives”

9 May 2015 – Southeastern Colorado Genealogical Society, Pueblo, Colorado – “Use Lots More Apples: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Resources”