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:

What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?

Social history—the history of ordinary people and how they lived their lives—can open doors to understanding our ancestors as people in their world. Learn how social history can improve your research skills and help you better understand and tell the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

Reconstructing a Life: Chasing Uncle William Through the Wilds of Cyberspace

Follow the amazing life of William Crout, pioneer, 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.

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.

Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist

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 start and help you avoid errors and frustration.

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.

Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share

Genealogists accumulate a lot of facts – but the rest of the world wants to hear 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.”

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.

A Path to Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate

So you’ve done all this research – now what? How do you figure out what you have and what to look for next? This presentation will show you how to organize a timeline that will enable you to evaluate your evidence, analyze your research for accuracy, and identify next steps.

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

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.

Miners, Ranchers, Merchants & More: Find Your Colorado Roots

Colorado was settled by people from a wide variety of backgrounds who came here for many different reasons. There are a number of online and repository resources for finding the records they left and learning about their lives in the Centennial State. Learn how to dig for their records and the stories of their contributions to the communities they created here. Even if you don’t have Colorado ancestors, you’ll come away with ideas for advancing your research.

Find Your Family’s Story in Free Online Newspaper Archives

Beyond birth, death and marriage notices, historic newspapers can provide information that brings your ancestors and their world to life. Many of these newspapers are available on line at no cost. Learn how to find and use these valuable resources.

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.

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.  Attendees will come away with an appreciation of how this particular spur to migration shaped the growth of the Midwestern region.

NEW PRESENTATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT:

  • How to Blog Your Family Stories the Easy Way
  • Miners, Lumbermen, Farmers, and More: Find Your Michigan Roots
  • Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More
  • “What Did You Do in the War, Granny?” Women in the Army in World War II
  • A Farm Family Moves West
  • Quakers: Their History and the Records They Left

SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS:

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?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 April 2018 – South Bay Genealogical Society, Ruskin, Florida – Presentation on the Erie Canal (in development)

RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

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”