Speakers

Abbott, Deborah A., PhD

Deborah A. Abbott

Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) and an FGS Board of Directors member.

A Tale of Ancestral Families: Two Paths, One Outcome

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Char McCargo Bah
Deborah A. Abbott, PhD

Join two family historians as they discuss how they independently researched each other’s family before they met, and learn how two divergent paths merged into one shared heritage and friendship.

Show Description
Excellence in Action

Allen, Jan Meisels

Jan Allen

Jan is chair of the IAJGS PRAMC, represents IAJGS on RPAC, and is president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County, California.

RPAC Works with Congress, NAPHSIS, and Federal Agencies to Keep Records Accessible

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Frederick E. Moss, JD, LLM
Jan Meisels Allen
Janet A. Alpert, FNGS

If state laws are restricting your access to vital records, attend this session to find out what genealogists can do to stop or amend the Model Vital Statistics Act. There is presently legislation under consideration in Washington state, Texas, and Maine. We will be discussing those states and possibly more.

Show Description
America's Resources
Sponsored by Records Preservation and Access Committee

Alpert, Janet A., FNGS

Janet A. Alpert

Janet A. Alpert, FNGS, is chair of RPAC, an NGS board member, and previous president of NGS.

RPAC Works with Congress, NAPHSIS, and Federal Agencies to Keep Records Accessible

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Frederick E. Moss, JD, LLM
Jan Meisels Allen
Janet A. Alpert, FNGS

If state laws are restricting your access to vital records, attend this session to find out what genealogists can do to stop or amend the Model Vital Statistics Act. There is presently legislation under consideration in Washington state, Texas, and Maine. We will be discussing those states and possibly more.

Show Description
America's Resources
Sponsored by Records Preservation and Access Committee

Anderson, Leslie, MSLS

Leslie Anderson

Leslie Anderson, a reference librarian at Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections Branch, won the 2013 NGS Family History Writing Contest. Her publications include Alexandria and Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. She contributes to genealogical publications and lectures at conferences.

The ‘Free Negro’ Dilemma in Virginia: Records for Blacks and Whites

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Leslie Anderson, MSLS

Since the seventeenth century, legislation that protected “a way of life” made little distinction between free and enslaved Virginians of African descent. Documents related to citizenship, taxes, freedom of movement, employment and other activities of daily life provide valuable information between the census years.

Show Description
Mid-Atlantic Region Methodologies & Repositories

Michael Shiner’s Diary: A Black Man Looks at Nineteenth-Century Washington, DC

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Leslie Anderson, MSLS

Slave-born Michael Shiner worked in the Washington Navy Yard since childhood. His diary (1813-1866) described presidential visits, industrial accidents, epidemics, fires, and the construction of national monuments. His observations about neighbors and his working-class neighborhood offer insight into civic culture and community genealogy.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Atkinson, Gordon

Gordon Atkinson

Gordon Atkinson, Senior Director at Fold3 and Newspapers.com, enjoys making historical documents more accessible via the Internet.

Getting to Know Fold3: The Web’s Premier Collection of Original Military Records

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Gordon Atkinson

Learn how to use Fold3 to find original military records. Discover documents, stories, and photos that detail the lives of those who served.

Show Description
In America's Service
Sponsored by Ancestry

Auman, Karen, PhD, CG

Karen Auman

Karen Auman is Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University, where she teaches in the family history bachelor’s degree program. Her historical research is on Germans in colonial America and in the US South.

Germans in Colonial America: Pennsylvania and the US South

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Karen Auman, PhD, CG
The Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture

A large number of Americans have some German ancestry. Understanding when and why they came, their religions, settlement, and family patterns can help you come to know your ancestors better and guide your research. This session will give an overview of colonial Germans and discuss records they created.

Show Description
Colonial History & Settlement

Beginning to Use DNA to Solve Genealogical Problems

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Karen Auman, PhD, CG

Many people get their DNA results back but are not sure what to do with them. Using case studies and examples, this class will address some basic steps even a non-expert can do to pair DNA with your other documentary research to get results.

Show Description
DNA Foundation
Sponsored by Family Tree DNA

Bah, Char McCargo

Char McCargo Bah

Char McCargo Bah, author of Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom, freelance writer for the Alexandria Gazette Packet Newspaper, former City of Alexandria, Virginia’s Genealogist from 2008-2014, 2014 Alexandria, Virginia’s Living Legend, and former Virginia Genealogical Society Board Member.

Using the Virginia State Historical Society Manuscript Collection to Research Your Family

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Char McCargo Bah

This lecture will cover several types of manuscripts that are located at the Virginia Historical Society. These manuscripts will include plantation records, diaries, birth and death records as well as other personal papers of southern families. The personal papers are a window into the history and lives of these people.

Show Description
Mid-Atlantic Region Methodologies & Repositories

A Tale of Ancestral Families: Two Paths, One Outcome

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Char McCargo Bah
Deborah A. Abbott, PhD

Join two family historians as they discuss how they independently researched each other’s family before they met, and learn how two divergent paths merged into one shared heritage and friendship.

Show Description
Excellence in Action

Baldwin, Jen

Jen Baldwin

Jen Baldwin writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of genealogy topics. She is the Data Acquisition Manager, North America for Findmypast, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

Chasing the Elusive Religions

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Jen Baldwin

Finding records for minority religions can be challenging—but not impossible. Explore opportunity through gaps in traditional religious records with a focused effort. Examples from the Moravian religion will be utilized.

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Social & Cultural Community

Baltimore’s Enslaved Catholics: Sacramental Registers

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Jen Baldwin

The Archdiocese of Baltimore Sacramental Registers tell an incredibly important part of the American Catholic story, and that includes life events of the enslaved and free black population. Explore these records, found only on Findmypast.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by Findmypast

Registers, Newspapers, the Enslaved and More: Showcasing Essential Catholic Records

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Jen Baldwin

The records created by the Roman Catholic church can be some of the most essential materials in your research. Dive deep into the Catholic Heritage Archive on Findmypast to explore sacramental registers, church censuses, records of the enslaved, newspapers, and more.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America
Sponsored by Findmypast

Beidler, James M.

James Beidler

James M. Beidler is the author of several commercially published books; writes the “Roots & Branches” weekly genealogy column/blog; is a columnist for German Life magazine; and is research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists, a leading paid research genealogy firm.

Zeitung Sightings: German-Language Newspapers from Around the Globe

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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James M. Beidler

Newspapers and other periodicals are likely to contain information about your German-speaking ancestors. Learn about this underutilized record group, now coming into its own with the digitization of many historical newspapers in the language both in America and Europe.

Show Description
Circle the Globe

Context as a Genealogy Problem Solver

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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James M. Beidler

Sometimes the key to successful genealogy is taking the blinders off and appreciating the context of a particular record or document. Broadening your search can help make up for weathered tombstones and difficult-to-decipher handwriting—as well as giving you more background data that leads to more information about your ancestors.

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In a Flash

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Luncheon: Henry Müller’s Verrückte Welt: Records That Will Help You, Too

Thursday, August 22nd 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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James M. Beidler

He may not be your ancestor, but the large variety of documents about Henry Müller’s life throughout Europe, Canada, and the US are ones you can also use when seeking your ancestor. The talk highlights major records series and the MAGS guides and databases that can help you.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Salad: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, cucumbers, carrots over a bed of mixed greens

Fruit Tart

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

Courthouse Research in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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James M. Beidler

Whether it’s commonly known records such as wills and deeds or less-used documents such as divorces or “Miscellaneous Deeds,” Pennsylvania’s county courthouses hold the solutions to many genealogical problems. This lecture describes the types of records available there.

Show Description
Mid-Atlantic Region

Bennett, Bernice Alexander

Bernice Bennett

Author, genealogist, nationally recognized guest speaker, storyteller, and producer-host of Research at the National Archives and Beyond Blogtalkradio program, Bernice is the first recipient of the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passages Ida B. Wells Service Award for dedication to broadcast stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent.

Searching for the Living and Connecting with the Slave Owner’s Descendant

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Bernice Alexander Bennett

This session will describe and discuss research strategies to connect with living and possible slave owner’s descendants. In addition, a case study will illustrate how various resources can be used to accomplish your research goal.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Exploring the Testimonies of Former Slaves in the Southern Claims Commission Records

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Bernice Alexander Bennett

This session will explore the Southern Claims Commission Records that were created based upon losses in twelve states after the Civil War. The claimant’s testimony included a list of losses and witnesses to support those losses. These records produced eyewitness testimonies from former slaves, free people of color, family members, and neighbors. Freedmen provide details about their lives and knowledge of their former enslavers.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Burroughs, Tony, FUGA

Tony Burroughs

Author of Black Roots & guest expert on PBS, BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and Who Do You Think You Are?

How Harriet Tubman Can Help Genealogists

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Tony Burroughs, FUGA

Harriet Tubman freed dozens of enslaved people from bondage. Studying her complex life reveals many lessons to help African American researchers become better genealogists.

Show Description
Excellence in Action

African Americans in the Civil War

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Tony Burroughs, FUGA

Learn strategies to uncover ancestors who served in the Civil War and then examine their Civil War and post-war records. In addition to traditional Union Army service, African Americans served in the Navy, the Confederacy, and many assisted the war effort.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

I’m Stuck—Brick-wall Case Studies

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Tony Burroughs, FUGA

These are two case studies that solve problems with names. One is on finding a lady with no name. The other is solving a problem of a freed person with one surname and a slave owner with a different surname.

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Communities & Techniques

Bush, Angie

Angie Bush

Angie Bush is the Region 1 Director for NGS and heads its Genetic Genealogy Committee. She specializes in using genetic evidence to answer questions of kinship and identity.

Third Party Tools the Pros Use

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Angie Bush

The tools used by the pros to make sense of DNA results are always changing. Which will help you to make sense of your results?

Show Description
DNA in Practice

Direct-Line DNA Tests for Genealogy

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Angie Bush

For many years, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests were the only kind of DNA testing available for genealogists. Due to the popularity of autosomal testing, they are sometimes forgotten about. However, these tests are great tools for genealogists because they follow a specific inheritance pathway, and can be used to target specific questions of relationship. Learn how to use these tests in your research and how to compliment your autosomal test results by using direct line testing.

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DNA Methods

Using DNA Matches to Extend Your Family Tree

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Angie Bush

Your DNA matches are more than just a list of people who have tested with the same company you did. They often hold the key to verifying and extending your family tree.

Show Description
DNA Foundation

Christmas, Shannon S., MCP

Shannon Christmas

Shannon Christmas is a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador; an administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown, Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes, and Macon autosomal DNA projects; and a genetic genealogy instructor at The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.

Get More from Your DNA with GEDmatch

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Shannon S. Christmas, MCP

Learn how to use genetic genealogy’s most popular tool to demolish brick walls and extend your family tree.

Show Description
DNA Methods

Cloud, Janine

Janine Cloud

Janine Cloud found her niche with FamilyTreeDNA in 2011, where she built and manages the Group Projects team. Also an administrator for the Cloud DNA Project, Janine is a fifth-generation Texan and a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.

Native American Ancestry and DNA Testing

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Janine Cloud

Many people take a commercial DNA test specifically to confirm their family stories about having Native American ancestry, but often do not get the validation they seek. This talk looks at the ways DNA tests can reveal the probability of ancestors indigenous to the Americas – or not.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America
Sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA

Getting Your Results Is Just the Beginning

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Janine Cloud

Now that you have your results, what should you do with them? We will cover the tools and genetic reports offered by Family Tree DNA.

Show Description
DNA Foundation
Sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA

Colletta, John Philip, PhD, FUGA

John Philip Colletta

NGS conference lecturer, banquet and keynote speaker since 1988; faculty member of IGHR, SLIG, and BU’s family history program; author of articles, manuals on passenger arrival records and Italian research, and a narrative family history; professor of the Great Course, “Discovering Your Roots.”

Philip Reid, Enslaved and Free: Tracing Families of Color in the District of Columbia

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA

In 1860 close to one out of every four residents of the District of Columbia was a man, woman or child of African descent. Of these people of color, about three-quarters were born free, the others were born into lifelong servitude. Discovering their stories poses peculiar challenges… but may result in a surprise ending. Two families whose legal status changed from chattel property to free citizens demonstrate a variety of public records for identifying and tracing nineteenth-century people of color in the District of Columbia.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Carl Ludwig Richter: “Non-Genealogical” Records Portray a Nineteenth-Century Immigrant to Washington, DC

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA

Myriad small, specialized repositories across the country hold original records containing information about our ancestors. We don’t know about them until an ancestor’s work or creed or social activity leads us to one. This lecture encourages family historians to explore small, specialized collections for the personal details of their ancestors’ lives by telling the story of Carl Ludwig Richter.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Combs-Bennett, Shannon D., QG

Shannon Combs-Bennett

Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award-winning author, lecturer, and researcher based out of Northern Virginia. She speaks and writes on a variety of topics from methodology to genetics.

Researching at the Naval Heritage and History Command

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Shannon D. Combs-Bennett, QG

Do you have ancestors who served in the United States Navy? The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is an archive which focuses on the history of the US Navy and could hold your ancestor’s information. Learn what resources (print and digital) it has and how to search onsite or online.

Show Description
In America's Service

House and Land Histories for Genealogical Purposes

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Shannon D. Combs-Bennett, QG

Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. The places they settled, and the land they tilled, are filled with information about them. You merely need to know how to find it. Using Shuter’s Hill Plantation in Alexandria, Virginia, as the example I will demonstrate how a house and land history can add genealogical information to your research.

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Communities & Techniques

Cowan, Crista

Crista Cowan

Employed at Ancestry.com since 2004, Crista’s involvement in family history, however, reaches back to childhood. A popular teacher at genealogy events around the world, she’s known as The Barefoot Genealogist and has 300+ videos available on the Ancestry YouTube channel.

Integrating AncestryDNA Evidence with Your Family Tree

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Crista Cowan

Your AncestryDNA Matches are just another piece of evidence (like a census record or a will) that can help you continue to make family history discoveries. We will explore the new tools available on Ancestry to help you integrate this AncestryDNA evidence into your online family tree.

Show Description
DNA in Practice
Sponsored by Ancestry

Tips for Success from Ancestry’s Social Media Team

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Crista Cowan

Ancestry has 3 million+ subscribers and millions more who use the free resources on the site. Ancestry also manages social media properties across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and more with millions of followers/subscribers. We will provide concrete strategies to successfully grow your online influence and, in turn, strengthen your society.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by Ancestry

Darby, Luana, MLIS, AG

Luana Darby

Luana M. Darby, MLIS, AG, owner of Lineages by Luana, is a professional genealogist and consultant, specializing in Palatine German research. She worked as an in-house genealogist for BYU-TV’s series Relative Race in seasons 3 & 4 and is the chair of the NGS 2020 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

NGS Luncheon: The Echoes of our Ancestors

Wednesday, August 21st 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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Luana Darby, MLIS, AG

The echoes of our ancestors resonate within us. Their voices, beliefs, cultures, choices, experiences, and traditions still influence the people that we are today. Come see how one genealogist uses those “puzzle pieces” from the past to make amazing connections in her own family.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Watercress, Frisee Lettuce and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Grilled Marinated Chicken and Sherry Vinaigrette

Classic Apple Tart with a Whiskey Sauce

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by National Genealogical Society

Davis, Jennifer A.

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis, Director of Development and Membership at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Fundraising on a Shoestring

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Jennifer A. Davis

Take a look at fundraising best practices and how to adapt them to work for an organization that has limited resources. Learn more about prioritizing your needs and recognizing resources that you may already have as well as looking at ways of motivating volunteers to be part of the fundraising process.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Deiss, Jonathan Webb

Jonathan Deiss Webb

Jonathan Webb Deiss sits on the Board of Directors of Reclaim the Records, is currently a Staff Genealogist for The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, and was NARA’s first Citizen-Archivist. He is also an independent researcher.

How to Use the Veterans Administration Master Index (Prior Wars)

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Brooke Schreier Ganz
Jonathan Webb Deiss

We will discuss how Reclaim the Records and FamilySearch.org acquired the VA Master Index (Prior Wars) from the National Archives, and how to utilize it for genealogical, military and historical research.

Show Description
In America's Service
Sponsored by Reclaim the Records

Desmarais, Catherine B. W., CG

Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, is a Board-certified genealogist, author, educator, and the owner of Stone House Historical Research. She is a past Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists and frequent lecturer at national genealogical institutes.

Finding Families: The Genealogist’s Role in MIA/POW Repatriation

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG

The Department of Defense still actively searches for and recovers unaccounted-for service members from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and other conflicts. Learn about the mission and the role of the genealogist in finding next-of-kin and family DNA donors to help the military repatriate remains. Resources, methodology, and case examples will be shared.

Show Description
In America's Service

A Vermont Home for a Maryland Man: Assembling Indirect Evidence

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG

Analyzing, correlating, and assembling common and lesser-known records builds a persuasive case for a Maryland man’s 1816 Vermont birthplace and kinship. Studying his ties to his “neighbors”—those associates who shared geographic, vocational, political and religious proximity—brought him home. His story can help you build your ancestor’s story.

Show Description
Mid-Atlantic Region

Who Fathered Jacob and William Northamer? Pennsylvania Tax Records Help Determine Kinship

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG

When no known document specifies parentage, researchers must make the most of what survives. Multiple authors drew erroneous conclusions about Jacob and William Northamer of Pennsylvania’s Chester and Lancaster Counties. Analyzing and correlating tax records revealed hidden parallels of residency and occupation that provided critical evidence for these men’s paternity.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Diamond, Lara

Lara Diamond

Experienced Jewish/Eastern European genealogist who is passionate about dispelling the rumor that “everything was destroyed.” She blogs about her personal finds and available resources at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.

Success in—and in Spite of—Endogamy

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Lara Diamond

Genetic genealogy is daunting for those whose ancestors come from endogamous populations. Identifying actual relatives from the mass of genetic distantly-related family can be frustrating. Drawing on case studies, this lecture explains how you can have success in such a situation.

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Excellence in Action

Beyond Vital Records—Additional Sources to Trace Eastern European Ancestry

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Lara Diamond

European borders were fluid, so one family’s records may be in many languages and multiple archives. This talk examines one family that lived in the area spanning the Ukraine/Romanian border but which has been Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Soviet Union and Ukraine. Multiple record sources were used to reconstruct this family.

Show Description
Women's Studies

Jewish Genealogy – Where to Start and What’s Available

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Lara Diamond

This session gives a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the United States and Europe and will cover basic knowledge critical to researching one’s Jewish roots.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Donakey, Edgie

 

Edgie Donakey

Ed is VP of Strategic Relations and Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch. A board member at FGS and other non- and for-profit institutions, he presents globally, training boards and coaching executives. He researches genealogy primarily in the Southern US.

Giving Back—Expressing Appreciation to Sponsors and Benefiting Society Members

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Edgie Donakey

Societies thrive and support their members when management considers the future. Sponsors can benefit societies and events, but when the society or event gives back to the sponsor, both sides win. We will address ways to strengthen relationships and therefore sponsorships by planning and executing over a multi-year period.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Drinkwater, Peter

 

Peter Drinkwater

Peter Drinkwater has been working on genealogy websites for the past 18 years and is currently the general manager of Find A Grave.

Being Part of the Find A Grave Community

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Peter Drinkwater

With the help of an amazing community of volunteers, Find A Grave has become the world’s largest collection of gravesite information. Come learn how the community works together to build this valuable resource and what you can do to participate.

Show Description
America's Resources
Sponsored by Ancestry

Dudek, Debra M.

Debra M. Dubek

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

The Hunter of Tallulah—The Truth and Legend of an Indian War Ancestor

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Debra M. Dudek

Adam P. Vandiver was small of stature but his exploits measured to giant proportions. Vandiver was an extreme mountain man, veteran of the War of 1812 Indian Wars, and boasted to have over 30 children with three wives, though albeit, not at the same time. In a story pieced together by historical and genealogical records, you can learn how to sort fact from fiction when researching a larger-than-life ancestor.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Debra M. Dudek

Women were essential to the success of America’s troops in World War I. This lecture will outline a plan to locate and use a variety of local, state, and national records to discover the stories of female ancestors serving in military and volunteer roles.

Show Description
In America's Service

Spies Among Us: Tracing WWI Era Ancestors through FBI and American Protective League Records

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Debra M. Dudek

Learn how a mass collective of middle class private citizens helped the FBI collect information on non-US citizens during the Great War, and how to track down the files these investigations left behind.

Show Description
In America's Service

Earl, Daniel A., MS

Dan is the vice president of the Michigan Genealogical Council and serves on the board of directors for many other genealogical societies

A Million Ways to Die in the Colonies: Death in Colonial America

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Daniel A. Earl, MS

The customs and practices of our colonial ancestors differed significantly from our current practices. This lecture examines the history of death and dying in colonial America.

Show Description
Colonial History & Settlement

AncestARRRS! Atlantic Piracy and Your Ancestor

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Daniel A. Earl, MS

Were your ancestors pirates? Even if they weren’t, the lives of everyday people along the Atlantic Coast were affected by piracy. This lecture explores not just the affect of piracy but also the records pirates left behind.

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Social & Cultural Community

Building Your Bench: Involving Young People In Your Society

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Daniel A. Earl, MS

Is your society aging? Who will take over in 5, 10, or 20 years? This lecture looks at how societies can involve young people as part of a long-term strategic plan to build your bench and keep your society thriving.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by Virtual Genealogical Association

In a Flash! Session: A Good Speaker is Hard to Find: Quality Programming on a Budget

Saturday, August 24th 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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Daniel A. Earl, MS

Societies have limited program budgets. This lecture will look at several ways that societies can save on their program budget while still delivering a quality program.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by Virtual Genealogical Association

Ernst, Elizabeth, MLS

Elizabeth Ernst

Elizabeth J. Ernst, MLS, is the Catalog Librarian at the DAR Library in Washington, DC. She received her BA in history from James Madison University, and her MLS from the University of Maryland. She also has been an avid genealogist since the age of 11.

DNA and Lineage Societies

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Elizabeth Ernst, MLS

An overview of DNA and how lineage societies use (or don’t use) this newest tool in the genealogist’s toolbox. Besides looking at current policies in place, we will touch on the implications of DNA results on lineage societies as well as what the future might bring.

Show Description
DNA in Practice
Sponsored by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

FGS Leadership

Ask FGS! Panel with FGS Leaders

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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FGS Leadership

Topics to be discussed include getting the most out of your membership, being a better delegate, and other society questions. Meet some of the new leaders of FGS and have a chance to get advice on society management topics.

Show Description
Society Management

Flack, Teri E., MA, MBA, FTxSGS

Teri Flack

Teri E. Flack, is a genealogy and historical researcher and lecturer; chair, TxSGS RPAC; former officer, FGS; national co-chair, FGS 2014 Conference; member, Texas State Historical Resource Advisory Board; and volunteer archivist, Texas State Archives.

Seeing the Patterns: Organize, Visualize, and Evaluate the Evidence

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA, FTxSGS

The research process involves gathering information, data, and evidence from multiple sources. Organizing and visualizing data using timelines, charts, and tables helps you compare, correlate, analyze, and evaluate evidence. Seeing the patterns disclosed by evidence solves research questions, reveals gaps and missing information, and uncovers new paths for research.

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Communities & Techniques

Mining a Goldmine: Research in Courthouse Records

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA, FTxSGS

There’s a goldmine in records waiting in courthouse records. Records that establish births, marriages, and deaths when vital records don’t exist. Records that can solve your thorniest problems if you know how to interpret what they’re telling you. Discover how to mine these records for every nugget of information.

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America's Resources

Disease, Disaster, & Hard Times Altered Our Ancestors’ Lives

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA, FTxSGS

Calamity often altered the course of our ancestors’ lives. Identifying these catastrophic events may help you track a disappearing ancestor, solve a family mystery, or flesh out a family skeleton.

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Communities & Techniques

Fleming, Daniel

Daniel Fleming

Daniel is the Project Manager for the General Land Office Records Automation System, a project to digitize the original GLO survey and land conveyance records. These records date back to the establishment of the Public Land Survey System in 1785 and are the basis for the boundaries and land status in the 30 PLSS states in the West. The records are served to the public online and are digitally archived for long term preservation.

Original Records at the General Land Office

Friday, August 23rd 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Daniel Fleming

Learn about Bureau of Land Management General Land Office resources that are not available online such as tract books and patents for private land claims.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by Bureau of Land Management

Fogarty, Billie Stone, MEd

Billie Stone Fogarty

Currently serving as president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Billie has served the genealogical community in many capacities including president of Genealogical Speakers Guild and Oklahoma Genealogical Society. She lectures and teaches on a wide range of genealogical topics.

Using Quaker Records for a Colonial New Jersey Family

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd

Although a minor religion today in terms of membership, the Quaker faith was the fifth largest religion during the latter part of the 1600s and early part of the 1700s and many of our ancestors were recorded in their records.

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Colonial History & Settlement

When, Why, and How to Fire a Volunteer

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd

Volunteers are always wonderful…except when they are not! Learn when it is time to remove a volunteer for the sake of the society and why. Then learn how to remove them tactfully.

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Society Management

Using DNA to Unravel an Unknown Parentage from 1865

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd

Illegitimacy in 1865 brings some unique challenges to the researcher. This case study shares how DNA impacts the search in a step-by-step approach to unraveling the mystery.

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The Tapestry of America

APG Luncheon: Forty Years of APG: Glancing Back, Looking Forward

Thursday, August 22nd 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd
David McDonald, DMin, CG

APG celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2019. Hear from the organization’s president and vice president as they review our past and reveal plans and hopes for APG’s future.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Salad: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, cucumbers, carrots over a bed of mixed greens

Fruit Tart

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

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Luncheon
Sponsored by Association of Professional Genealogists

Fulton, Lindsay

Lindsay Fulton

Lindsay Fulton joined NEHGS in 2012, first a member of the Research Services team, and then a Genealogist in the Library. She has been the Director of Research Services since 2016. In addition to helping constituents with their research, Lindsay has also authored Portable Genealogists on the topics of Applying to Lineage Societies and the United States Federal Census. She received an MA from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Verifying Your Mayflower, Lineage

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Lindsay Fulton

Today, an estimated 35 million people can trace their ancestry to a passenger of the Mayflower. NEHGS Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton will highlight key strategies and resources for getting started in verifying your connection to a Mayflower passenger(s)—from generations 1 to 10+!

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Colonial History & Settlement
Sponsored by American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Ganz, Brooke Schreier

Brooke Ganz

Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder and president of Reclaim The Records, a non-profit organization of genealogists, historians, and journalists that uses Freedom of Information laws to acquire and freely publish previously-unavailable genealogical records from government agencies, archives, and libraries.

How to Use the Veterans Administration Master Index (Prior Wars)

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Brooke Schreier Ganz
Jonathan Webb Deiss

We will discuss how Reclaim the Records and FamilySearch.org acquired the VA Master Index (Prior Wars) from the National Archives, and how to utilize it for genealogical, military and historical research.

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In America's Service
Sponsored by Reclaim the Records

Reclaim the Records

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Brooke Schreier Ganz

Tired of being told by government archives, libraries, and agencies that the genealogical records you want are “unavailable”? We were too, so we figured out how to do something about it. Learn how to use state and federal Freedom of Information laws to successfully reclaim copies of previously inaccessible archival records!

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In a Flash
Sponsored by Reclaim the Records

Garrett-Nelson, LaBrenda, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

Board-certified since 2015, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in 2016. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer, and is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing.

BCG Luncheon: Into the Brave New World of DNA

Saturday, August 24th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

How I came to accept the utility of genetic genealogy, and why you will, too.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Chicken Caesar salad | Parmesan cheese and rustic croutons with our signature Caesar dressing

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

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Luncheon
Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists

BCG Certification Seminar

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Angela Packer McGhie, CG
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

In this interactive forum, current associates share various pathways to certification and how to begin the process.

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Elevate Your Skills
Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists

Greene, Colleen Robledo, MLIS

Colleen Greene

Colleen Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian, web developer, and college educator with 22 years of genealogy experience. Her teaching focuses on methodology; Mexican and Hispanic research; emerging technologies; repositories and archives; and society marketing and communications.

Genealogy Inclusion: Creating Accessible Digital Content for Your Members, Researchers, and Clients

Friday, August 23rd 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

Being an inclusive community means attempting to meet the needs of all genealogists, such as those with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments, or learning disabilities. Make sure that your valued website, blog, ebooks, videos, presentations, syllabi, and reports provide equal access and opportunity to those facing these challenges.

Ticket $25 (Advance Purchase Required)

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Workshop

An Overview of Researching Hispanic Ancestry

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

This overview explains Hispanic genealogy concepts, immigration to and migration within the United States, researching the homeland, and key reference tools for anyone doing Hispanic research. Even non-Spanish speakers can be successful.

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Social & Cultural Community

A Discussion About Diversity & Inclusion: Society Membership, Education, Outreach, and Collaboration

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Linda Harms Okazaki

Staying relevant can be a struggle for societies. We strive to continue meeting the needs of our traditional members while also attracting new ones. Genealogists represent many different cultural groups. Let’s talk about the need for and ways to become more culturally diverse in our education, outreach, and partnership efforts.

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Society Management

Perspectives on Societies & Inclusivity: A Community Dialogue

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Linda Harms Okazaki

Societies need to shift their thinking and take a wider viewpoint towards diversity and inclusion. It’s about more than “checking off the boxes” for certain groups, backgrounds, etc., when it seems convenient. A panel of genealogy community members will share their perspectives, and engage the audience in a dialog.

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Society Management

Heger, Kenneth W., PhD

Ken Heger

Kenneth W. Heger, PhD is on the faculty of the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. Previously, he worked at the National Archives and Records Administration for 32 years. He is president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1865-1900

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Kenneth W. Heger, PhD

This lecture discusses the veterans’ homes the Federal government established after the Civil War. It explains where they were located, what services they provided veterans, and how to find documents & veterans’ names. Pensioners from the Mexican War through the Spanish-American War are documented among the records.

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In America's Service

The University of Maryland’s Global Journeys Project

Thursday, August 22nd 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Kenneth W. Heger, PhD

Not all American veterans stayed in the United States after their service. Learn about records documenting migration of American pensioners overseas through the University of Maryland College of Information Studies archival and digital curation project. The documents cover 1865-1914.

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In a Flash

State Department Consular Correspondence, 1800-1917

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Kenneth W. Heger, PhD

Introduces you to State Department correspondence to and from American consulates. Learn how the records are arranged, the topics they cover, the kinds of documents included, and how to access them.

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In America's Service

Hoffman, Debra A.

Debra Hoffman

Specializing in Maryland and German research, Debra A. Hoffman is a professional genealogist and owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. She earned a certificate in Family History from BYU. Debra is the Assistant Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records.

History & Records of the German Aid Societies (PA, SC, MD, NY)

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Debra A. Hoffman

German Aid societies helped German-speaking immigrants address grievances and acclimate to their new home in the United States. Learn about the social and economic factors that led to the founding of these societies as well as the history of the four major societies and the types of records available to researchers.

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Mid-Atlantic Region Methodologies & Repositories

Columbia Institution: Its History & Records

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Debra A. Hoffman

Government institutions and their documents can provide genealogically significant information. Founded in 1857 by an Act of Congress, the Columbia Institution in Washington, DC, illustrates the rich material that can be found. The history and records of this iconic institution that attracted national and international students will be covered.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

Horowitz, Daniel

Daniel Horowitz

As genealogy expert at MyHeritage, he provides key contributions, liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing around the world. Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, Daniel holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

Recording Health in Family History Research

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Daniel Horowitz

The Health Family Tree is a subset of your genealogical tree automatically created to conveniently annotate health conditions of your close biological relatives, available only to MyHeritage site managers. Learn how to take advantage of this valuable resource to save time and have accurate information when visiting your healthcare provider.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by MyHeritage

DNA Testing: From Taking the Test to Understanding the Results

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Daniel Horowitz

A MyHeritage DNA test can reveal valuable family history information and tell you more about your origins. The DNA Matching service enables you to connect with relatives you never knew, and the ethnicity estimate displays what percentage of your DNA comes from different places around the world.

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DNA Methods
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Advanced Features on MyHeritage You Need to Know About

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Daniel Horowitz

MyHeritage offers great technology to help you find relatives and records, but are you taking full advantage of this website? Learn the best lesser-known features to maximize your time and effort to discover your family history: Statistics, PedigreeMap, Events, Enhanced Record Viewer, Tree Consistency Checker, and Do-it-Yourself Historical Record Fixes.

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Communities & Techniques
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Johnson, Ahmed

Ahmed Johnson

A Library of Congress employee for nearly 30 years, Ahmed works in the Local History and Genealogy reading room as Reference Librarian and African American Genealogy Specialist. He has lectured at national, state, and local conferences promoting the collections and services available at the Library of Congress, including African American genealogical sources.

Journey Into Your Past: African American Genealogy at the Library of Congress

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Ahmed Johnson

Explore stories of generations past by searching Library of Congress records and online resources. African American history is documented in multiple formats, including digitized oral histories, newspapers, maps, and photographs. This presentation provides an overview of materials available and includes a case study of a former slave and his life after emancipation.

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Mid-Atlantic Region
Sponsored by Library of Congress

Jones, Karen Mauer, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Karen Mauer Jones

Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA, is an author, lecturer, professional genealogist, and former editor of The NYG&B Record. She served on boards of APG (as Regional VP and Director) and FGS (as Director; VP Administration; National Conference Chair, 1997 Dallas).

New York Land: Patroonships, Manors, Patents, Rent Wars, and Land Companies

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Land records in New York have changed with ruling governments, laws, migration, and immigration. This lecture examines these changes, the records, and the implications for research.

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Mid-Atlantic Region Methodologies & Repositories

“Dutch” New Netherland and New York: A Lesson in Flexibility

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

This lecture explores an extreme example of identifying individuals in an area where many cultures are colliding. Even those with English ancestors in New York will come away with new appreciation of flexible thinking in genealogical research, but this understanding is vital to tracing New Netherland people.

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The Tapestry of America

Jones, Thomas W., PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Thomas W. Jones

Tom is an award-winning author, editor, educator, and researcher focusing on methods for challenging genealogical problems. He coordinates courses at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG, and speaks often for local, state, and national genealogical societies. He co-edited NGSQ in 2003-18.

The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

This case study explains how missing, erroneous, and altered records and an undocumented migration were overcome to identify the parents of a Virginia orphan named Jones. The example demonstrates genealogical research and reasoning principles others can use to solve their own common-surname, parentage, and place-of-origin problems.

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Excellence in Action

The Advance of Research Habits over Recent Decades—And the Downside

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
The Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture

The Internet, other technological advances, indexing projects, and DNA testing have revolutionized how genealogists conduct research. Have they also promoted counterproductive research habits?

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Communities & Techniques
Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund

Proving a Negative, Genealogically Speaking

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Without proving negatives, support for genealogical conclusions might be incomplete. Although difficult, such proof is feasible. Assembled jigsaw-puzzle pieces, revealing a missing piece’s shape and content, can identify pieces belonging elsewhere. Similarly, assembled genealogical evidence can reveal absent information’s content, confirm non-events, non-identities, and non-relationships, and lead to acceptable conclusions.

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Elevate Your Skills

Genealogy Standards, Second Edition—Overview of the Changes

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Karen Stanbary, LCSW, MA, CG
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

This lecture summarizes the process undertaken by BCG to create new and modified DNA-specific standards. It provides an outline of the new standards with emphasis on how they help genealogists meet the Genealogical Proof Standard for conclusions about genetic relationships.

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Elevate Your Skills

Jones, Violetta Sharps

Violetta Sharps Jones is a local historian, genealogist, and board member for the Lakeland Community Heritage Project (LCHP) in College Park, Maryland. She is one of the authors of Lakeland: African Americans in College Park and has ancestral ties in the area going back several generations.

The Archaeology, Genealogy, and DNA Analysis of the Simon Hill Cemetery

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Julie Schablitsky, PhD
Violetta Sharps Jones

In 2017, archaeologists were tasked with the removal and identification of almost 150 unmarked burials from an African American Baptist Cemetery in Prince George’s County, Maryland. An intensive investigation involving historical research and DNA analysis was used to try and identify a mystery lady, buried around 1938. Through this story, attendees will learn how researchers found the names of the people who were buried at the cemetery and linked the mystery lady to living descendants.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

Kluskens, Claire Prechtel, JD

Claire Kluskens

Claire Kluskens, a National Archives and Records Administration staff member since 1992, is a senior projects and reference archivist specializing in records of high genealogical value. She manages digital imaging projects and completed over 330 NARA microfilm publications.

Pension Fraud: Thieves, Scoundrels, Impostors, and the Lure of Free Money

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Claire Prechtel Kluskens, JD

Civil War and later pension laws helped veterans and their families, but also provided opportunities for desperate family members, thieves, scoundrels, and impostors to attempt to obtain money from pensioners or the government under false pretenses. Learn more from pension files and the Bureau of Pensions’ Law Division Case Files.

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America's Resources
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

Confederate Slave Payroll Records

Friday, August 23rd 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Claire Prechtel Kluskens, JD

During the Civil War, the Confederate States required many slave owners to provide male slaves to work at military fortifications, entrenchments, river obstruction projects, nitre works, harness shops, and other locations. Payroll records identify enslaved persons, slave owners, place of military employment, amounts paid to slave owners, and other information.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, & More

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Claire Prechtel Kluskens, JD

During 1861-1865, thousands of civilians followed the roving armies of the American Civil War—working as teamsters, laundresses, nurses, sutlers, and in the South—slave laborers. This lecture will show how to find information about Union civilian personnel as well as Confederate slave labor.

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In America's Service
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

War of 1812 Military Service, Bounty Land, and Pension Records

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Claire Prechtel Kluskens, JD

This lecture will show how to research War of 1812 military service, bounty land, and pension files, and other less well-known records, for both Regular Army and volunteer soldiers.

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Excellence in Action
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

Koford, Rebecca Whitman, CG, CGL

Rebecca Korford

Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives. She is the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Indirect Evidence: Finding What Was Not Written

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

This lecture will discuss how an understanding of indirect evidence is such a valuable instrument in your methodology tool-kit. We will use case studies to examine methods and sources that can help us build a case to finding ancestral relationships.

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Elevate Your Skills

Maryland State Archives Website Decoded

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

Knowledge is power, especially when navigating an unfamiliar website. This lecture will introduce you to using the Maryland State Archives website for genealogical resources and to find a few hidden gems as well.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

Lacopo, Michael D., DVM

Michael Lacopo

A self-described “all-American mutt,” Dr. Lacopo’s research skills cover a broad range of topics with a focus on genetic genealogy, social history, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the eighteenth-century emigration to Pennsylvania, and more.

Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Utilizing mitochondrial DNA testing in genealogy garners a lot of negative advice. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox. This case study will show you how pairing good research and DNA testing can be the perfect marriage.

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Women's Studies

Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn’t “add up,” it’s time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many Internet family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.

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Excellence in Action

I am Poor, Obscure, Plain, and Little. Researching the Invisible Ancestors

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

If your ancestors had little money, they did not buy and sell land, they did not leave wills or probates, they did not purchase stones for graves. How do you find them? This lecture will show you how!

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The Tapestry of America

Lambert, David Allen

David Allen Lambert

David is the Chief Genealogist of NEHGS in Boston. He is an international speaker, author, and blogger.

Adopting the Regiment: Learn More About Your Ancestor’s Military Service

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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David Allen Lambert

Learn more about your ancestor’s military service by learning the story of those they served with. Use this technique to learn more about ancestors service from the 17th-20th century.

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In America's Service
Sponsored by American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Lewis, Megan, MLS

Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis started working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1998. She spent 12 years conducting research on individuals working for the Museum’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center. In 2010 she moved to the Museum’s Library and Archives as a reference librarian. She has a BA in history, a Masters of Library Science and completed a post-masters certificate in the curation and management of digital assets.

Library and Digital Resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Megan Lewis, MLS

Genealogical resources at USHMM extend beyond archives. This presentation focuses on using digital and library resources. Our library contains 115,000+ volumes including titles on specific communities and victim groups. Digital resources include name indices, testimonies, and photographs. Researchers can access increasing numbers of library and digital resources from home.

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America's Resources
Sponsored by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Little, Barbara Vines, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS

former president of NGS and VGS, former Virginia track course coordinator at IGHR and SLIG, is editor of the NGS Research in the States series and the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and a Library of Virginia board member.

Identifying Woman: The Ultimate Brick Wall

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS

Like the poor, women appear infrequently in the records. And when they do, their identity is often hidden behind the name of their husband. This lecture will look at the documents that provide clues to their identity and the research techniques that most often prove successful in uncovering their origins.

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Women's Studies

Research in Virginia’s Burned Counties

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS

Record loss whether to fire, flood, or the ravages of time creates problems for the researcher. However, all is never lost. There are surviving records; you just need to know where to look.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

On the Frontiers of Freedom: The Baptists in the South

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS

One of the earliest groups to chafe under the British rule, the Baptists created a wealth of records useful to the genealogist.

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Social & Cultural Community

Loos-Noji, Pamela, PhD

After a few years of teaching medieval art, she turned to genealogy. The focus of her own family research is in New England, England, and Germany. Her husband’s family history took her to the West Coast, Hawaii, and to a long project on the records of the Japanese-American internment held at the National Archives. She is a member of several societies, lectures locally, and works as a genealogist at the NSDAR.

The DAR Library: A Washington Gem for Genealogy Research

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Pamela Loos-Noji, PhD

An overview of the holdings of and the special resources available at the DAR Library in Washington, DC.

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Societies & Organizations
Sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution

Lovelace, Janice, PhD

Janice Lovelace

Janice Lovelace, PhD, a genealogical researcher and lecturer, is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI) and author of the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective.

Special Collection Repositories: Finding Women’s Stories and Voices

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Janice Lovelace, PhD

What can you find in special collections at libraries and archives? Learn more about the lives of your women ancestors by digging into special collections of diaries, letters, manuscripts, and photographic material generated by women. Look beyond your ancestral locality—papers may end up anywhere!

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Women's Studies

The (Underground) Railroad Runs Through Here

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Janice Lovelace, PhD

How was the Washington, DC, area involved in the Underground Railroad? Do you have ancestors that might have been involved? How do you find records of those who were involved?

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Mid-Atlantic Region

Fighting for Freedom – the Black Experience in the U.S. Revolutionary War

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Janice Lovelace, PhD
The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture

Nearly 10,000 people (mostly men) of African ancestry fought in the Revolutionary War on both sides of the conflict – hoping that freedom from slavery would come with the end of the eight year war. What records exist and how can genealogists discover them?

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In America's Service

Lyttle, Annette Burke

Annette Burke Lyttle speaks on genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels. She loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has pursued genealogical education at SLIG and GRIP and is a ProGen grad.

GSG/ISFHWE Luncheon: Kissing Cousins: Writing and Presenting Two Sides of the Same Coin

Saturday, August 24th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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Annette Burke Lyttle

Quality genealogical writing and excellent presentations may seem like second cousins once removed—two related, but different, work products. In reality, they are downright incestuous. Explore the close kinship between writing and speaking and how techniques for improving one can help you improve the other.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

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Chicken Caesar salad | Parmesan cheese and rustic croutons with our signature Caesar dressing

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

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Luncheon
Sponsored by Genealogical Speakers Guild/International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

Mannix, Mary K., MA, MLS

Mary is the Maryland Room Manager at Frederick County Public Libraries in Maryland. She regularly presents on a variety of genealogy topics to both information professionals and the general public. Presently, she is a genealogy instructor at Frederick Community College.

Researching the People of Western Maryland

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
F-303
Mary K. Mannix, MA, MLS

“Western Maryland,” which today consists of six separate counties, several of which would not be considered “western” by most, developed later than the rest of the state. Thousands of people, especially “Germans,” migrated through. Develop an understanding of the region’s history, along with the sources and institutions for genealogy research.

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Mid-Atlantic Region Methodologies & Repositories

David Nathanson Slavery Research Collection: Enslaved and Bondsman Related Newspaper Items

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-223
Mary K. Mannix, MA, MLS

For over five years, a Frederick County Public Library volunteer searched microfilm of five newspapers, 1802-1864, for items, in particular advertisements, relating to African-Americans. The collection and database he created is useful for a wide variety of studies relating to the nineteenth century and its people, both enslaved and free.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

Mansfield, Mike, MSLIS

Mike Mansfield is the Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage. Previously Mike worked for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and has been professionally active in the genealogy and family history domain for the last 20 years. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science and Library and Information Science.

MyHeritage Luncheon: The Evolution of Genealogy—Past, Present, and Future

Wednesday, August 21st 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
W-142
Mike Mansfield, MSLIS

The work we do as genealogists is ever evolving. Technology in many forms, a broadly connected world, digital records, and DNA are just a few of the trends that are propelling us towards the future. Change in the domain will continue but we can embrace it with confidence and optimism.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Watercress, Frisee Lettuce and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Grilled Marinated Chicken and Sherry Vinaigrette

Classic Apple Tart with a Whiskey Sauce

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Matthews Jr., Lopez D., PhD

Lopez Matthews is the Digital Production Librarian for the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and the Howard University Libraries. He is also an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and Coppin State University.

Digitizing the Black Experience: The Digital Program of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and the Howard University Libraries

Thursday, August 22nd 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
T-265
Lopez D. Matthews Jr., PhD

This presentation will discuss the strengths and challenges of developing the Digital Production Center of the Howard University Libraries and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center including issues related to copyright and digital preservation. We will also discuss genealogical resources available at MSRC.

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In a Flash

McDonald, David, DMin, CG

A frequent lecturer at national conferences and institutes, Dave’s primary research focus is on immigration and church records, with strong interest in the Midwest.

Churches in the Potomac/Chesapeake Region Before 1800

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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David McDonald, DMin, CG

Certain colonial-era churches were quasi-governmental in function. An examination of Christian traditions in the region and the types of records potentially available for researchers.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

The Second Great Awakening: Thawing the Frozen Chosen in The Early Nineteenth Century

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
S-417
David McDonald, DMin, CG

The early years of the republic were characterized by unsettled and divergent religious impluses. The Second Great Awakening saw a grand expansion of evangelical sects and denominations, separate from European customs.

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Excellence in Action

Transcription & Record Analysis: Extracting Data from Handwritten Materials

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
T-270
David McDonald, DMin, CG

This workshop will cover record transcription, abstraction, and extraction skills for advancing genealogists. Dealing with period handwriting, poor record preservation, and spilled ink are all challenges we face when working with documents. Examining the records, transcription exercises, abstraction practice, and developing research strategies will all be covered.

Ticket $30 (Advance Purchase Required)

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Workshop

APG Luncheon: Forty Years of APG: Glancing Back, Looking Forward

Thursday, August 22nd 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
T-281
Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd
David McDonald, DMin, CG

APG celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2019. Hear from the organization’s president and vice president as they review our past and reveal plans and hopes for APG’s future.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Salad: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, cucumbers, carrots over a bed of mixed greens

Fruit Tart

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by Association of Professional Genealogists

McGhie, Angela Packer, CG

Angela Packer McGhie

Angela Packer McGhie, CG is a course coordinator at IGHR and SLIG, and instructor at GRIP and Gen-Fed. She serves as a trustee for the BCG and the BCG Education Fund, and on the board of the ProGen Study Program.

Patents, Surveys, and Indexes: Land Resources for Genealogists at BLM

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
F-305
Angela Packer McGhie, CG

The Bureau of Land Management provides resources and millions of digitized records for researching federal land transactions. These records can connect families to the land their ancestors worked hard to obtain.

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Treasures of DC

Strategies for Using Pre-1850 Census Records

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
F-334
Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Confused by the tick marks on the 1790 to 1840 census schedules? These records are valuable to genealogists, but require a different approach than other census records. Come learn strategies for getting the most out of the pre-1850 census records.

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America's Resources

Beyond Population: Researching in the Special Census Schedules

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S-404
Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Have you used the veteran, agricultural, slave, mortality, or manufacturing census schedules? These records are becoming increasingly accessible and can enhance your research.

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America's Resources

Resolving Conflicting Evidence to Identify the Mother of William Dalton—Part I

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-427
Angela Packer McGhie, CG

This case study illustrates the twists and turns of researching records in four countries and the methodology used to resolve conflicting evidence in order to identify the mother of William Dalton of Rochester, New York.

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Communities & Techniques

BCG Certification Seminar

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
T-240
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

In this interactive forum, current associates share various pathways to certification and how to begin the process.

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Elevate Your Skills
Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists

McKee, Mary

Mary McKee

Mary McKee has worked at Findmypast as a data content specialist since 2014. During that time, she has presented lectures and talks at a variety of history and genealogy conferences. She has a passion for history and research, particularly Irish Women’s History.

Your British and Irish Suffragist Ancestors

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
S-424
Mary McKee

In British and Irish history, the names Pankhurst, Sheehy-Skeffington, and Fawcett are synonymous with the suffrage movement, but we must not overlook the people who participated in demonstrations and riots to achieve female suffrage. This talk will explore the records of the suffrage movement from The National Archives in London, reports of suffrage demonstrations in the British and Irish newspapers, and identify other sources.

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Circle the Globe
Sponsored by Findmypast

Ireland Poverty Relief Loans

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
T-262
Mary McKee

In Ireland in the nineteenth century, the Irish Reproductive Loan fund was created to advance the working poor of West Ireland. This talk looks at the records held by The National Archives at Kew and digitized by Findmypast which tell the stories of thousands of Irish men and women. Thousands signed up for the loans; however, not all completed payments due to starvation, death, and migration.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by Findmypast

Researching LGBT Ancestors

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W-124
Mary McKee

For social, religious, and legal reasons, most homosexuals throughout history concealed their sexuality from the wider world. This talk will explore both traditional and non-traditional record categories to help you uncover truth about your ancestors. A variety of sources and repositories will be discussed including the Carpenter Library in London, Irish Queer Archive, Irish and British criminal records, and much more.

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Social & Cultural Community

Miller, Susan R.

Sue Miller is the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Director of Programs; editor of the New York Researcher; a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer; and a national and regional genealogical-program presenter.

Robust Repository Tours: Running Volunteer or Staff-led Expeditions

Friday, August 23rd 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Susan R. Miller

Most societies would like to run tours of their facility or local and regional repositories. Learn many of the factors that lead to successful and income positive programs.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Finding Ancestors in New York City Vital Records: 1800s-early-1900s

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
S-422
Susan R. Miller

Locating vital records is key. With New York City having a separate system from the state, knowledge of available resources makes searching more efficient. Discover the indexes to New York City Municipal Archives vital records, find which indexes contain what years and record groups, and see best practices in action.

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Social & Cultural Community
Sponsored by New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

A Nibble of New Netherland and New Amsterdam

Thursday, August 22nd 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
T-263
Susan R. Miller

Develop an understanding of New Netherland, which claimed territory from the Delaware to the Connecticut rivers. Learn about sources to delve into the culture and historical events which produced our New York/mid-Atlantic society. Current translations and access to images of original New Netherland documents will be discussed.

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In a Flash

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Elizabeth Shown Mills

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, has reconstructed the lives of poor, black, and elusive women for four decades—creating innovative strategies to prove identity and kinships. Her publications include Forgotten People: Cane River’s Creoles, the lead chapter of Louisiana Women, Evidence Explained, and Isle of Canes.

GPS + FAN + DNA: The Problem-Solver’s Great Trifecta

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
F-309
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Can you really “prove” a female line when, for four straight generations, no document identifies parents or siblings? This session demonstrates how to: combine three powerful tools to build a case, deal with the mass of data the FAN generates, and reduce that wealth of information to a single proof argument.

Show Description
Women's Studies

Poor? Black? Female? Enslaved? Southern Research Strategies: Philomene of Cane River (Nineteenth Century)

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
T-214
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Using real characters from two historical novels – Mills’s Isle of Canes and Lalita Tademy’s Cane River – this session teaches us how to identify and track history’s poorest women. Part 1: Philomene of Cane River (Nineteenth Century).

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America's Resources

Poor? Black? Female? Enslaved? Southern Research Strategies: Coincoin of Isle of Canes (Eighteenth Century)

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-224
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Using real characters from two historical novels – Mills’s Isle of Canes and Lalita Tademy’s Cane River – this session teaches us how to identify and track history’s poorest women. Part 2: Coincoin of Isle of Canes (Eighteenth Century).

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America's Resources

Milner, Paul, MDiv, FUGA

Paul Milner, a native of northern England is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught week-long English and Scottish research tracks at IGHR, SLIG, and the British Institute. He is the author of six publications.

England’s Quarter Sessions Records

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-433
Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA

The Quarter Sessions Courts operated from the fourteenth to late twentieth centuries, serving both a judicial and administrative function within the counties creating voluminous records. Learn to access published and original records. Ancestors from all levels of society are to be found here, justices, criminals, badgers, publicans, parish officers, etc.

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Circle the Globe

Identifying and Using the Correct County, Diocesan and Specialized Archive in England

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-222
Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA

Learn why different records for the same location end up in different archives and why changing archive re-organization has made the situation even more complicated. Identify the online and print resources to identify the correct archive to meet your research need, and how to access the records.

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Communities & Techniques

Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
T-241
Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA

Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes, catalogs, and access original records on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.

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Excellence in Action

Mitchell, Anne Gillespie

Anne is a Product Manager at Ancestry working on Ancestry Library, K12, and RootsWeb. She has been a faculty member at SLIG and TIGR. She has lectured for more than a decade on genealogy topics focusing on southern research, Civil War, cluster genealogy, and online search techniques. Anne has developed multiple courses for Ancestry Academy and written and produced many of the short videos on the site.

Cluster, Huddle or Flock: Strategies for Research Problems

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
W-102
Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Everyone has brick walls in their genealogy research. People who appear to have been dropped out of the sky. Women whose maiden names seem to be unknowable. Cluster research will give you new avenues to break down those brick walls by researching their family members, their neighbors and anyone and everyone they were associated with. Explore methodologies that will help you uncover additional information about your family.

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Communities & Techniques
Sponsored by Ancestry

Morelli, Jill, CG

Jill Morelli, CG, lectures, writes and takes clients, focusing on her Midwestern, German, and Scandinavian research. She began an online course demystifying the portfolio process for all who are interested in obtaining certification. She is president of the Seattle GS.

Finding Treasures in Academic Libraries

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
F-311
Jill Morelli, CG

Town libraries and courthouses are usually the first places where we conduct onsite research, but we might feel intimidated to make that next move. We will discuss academic libraries and their archives, and the differences between them, preparation for your visit and what you may find.

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Excellence in Action

The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-426
Jill Morelli, CG

Puzzled by the Genealogical Proof Standard? Let’s take a light-hearted journey, learn what the GPS is, and how to apply it to our work. Our work as genealogists is more similar to that of the famous detective than we might even imagine. Who knew that Sherlock Holmes followed the GPS?

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Excellence in Action

Moving or, Perhaps, Dragging Your Society Into the 21st Century

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
T-207
Jill Morelli, CG

“We don’t do it that way!” This phrase may be the single biggest roadblock to society leadership who wish to move their society into the 21st century. We will discuss the problem, how it affects a society, both positively and negatively, and what can be done to overcome the issue.

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Society Management

Morgan III, James R.

James R. Morgan III is a graduate of the Howard University in Washington, DC, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and African American History in 2011. He has a vast knowledge of African American fraternalism and is the Grand Historian of the Prince Hall Masons of Washington, DC.

Finding Our Fathers: African American Fraternalism and Genealogy

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
W-117
James R. Morgan III

This presentation highlights the ability and importance of African American fraternal records and organizational history in assisting researchers to chronicle family, community, and state history.

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Societies & Organizations

Moss, Frederick E., JD, LLM

Fred is legal advisor for FGS, represents FGS on RPAC, is a former law school associate dean, and Colonel (retired) Judge Advocate General Corps.

RPAC Works with Congress, NAPHSIS, and Federal Agencies to Keep Records Accessible

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
T-244
Frederick E. Moss, JD, LLM
Jan Meisels Allen
Janet A. Alpert, FNGS

If state laws are restricting your access to vital records, attend this session to find out what genealogists can do to stop or amend the Model Vital Statistics Act. There is presently legislation under consideration in Washington state, Texas, and Maine. We will be discussing those states and possibly more.

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America's Resources
Sponsored by Records Preservation and Access Committee

Murphy, Ric

Ric Murphy is currently the National Vice President for History for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. As an educator, historian, much sought after speaker, and award-winning author, he focuses on African American history and topics, with a focus on the Commemoration of the first documented Africans in English North America.

Meet the 20 and Odd and Hear Their Story

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
T-201
Ric Murphy

They came as unknown individuals destined to be enslaved, but persevered and ended as wealthy land owners, procurers of English headrights, respected officers in the colonial government …now meet for the first time the first documented Africans in English North America and hear their remarkable story.

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Excellence in Action

AAHGS Luncheon: 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America

Wednesday, August 21st 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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Ric Murphy

In 2019, Americans are celebrating an important milestone in American history, the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. Their unique historic journey documents a fascinating story of colonialism, piracy, and personal accomplishments that has evaded history until now.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Watercress, Frisee Lettuce and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Grilled Marinated Chicken and Sherry Vinaigrette

Classic Apple Tart with a Whiskey Sauce

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

Okazaki, Linda Harms

Linda Harms Okazaki

Linda Harms Okazaki currently serves as past president of the California Genealogical Society. An active member of the genealogical community in California and beyond, she is passionate about teaching people of all ages and ethnicities to research their family histories.

WWII Internment Camps in the United States

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
F-327
Linda Harms Okazaki

After Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, thousands of Japanese and Japanese Americans were incarcerated in “Internment Camps.” German, Italians, and Latin Americans were also interned. The various sites of confinement and the records created will be examined, covering the period of time immediately preceding World War II through resettlement and redress.

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Social & Cultural Community

An Asian American Family from 1902-1992

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-225
Linda Harms Okazaki

The experience of Asian immigrants to the United States and their descendants is a part of American history. This case study highlights the abundance of both conventional and ethnic-specific federal and local records available to the genealogist.

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The Tapestry of America

A Discussion About Diversity & Inclusion: Society Membership, Education, Outreach, and Collaboration

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
W-110
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Linda Harms Okazaki

Staying relevant can be a struggle for societies. We strive to continue meeting the needs of our traditional members while also attracting new ones. Genealogists represent many different cultural groups. Let’s talk about the need for and ways to become more culturally diverse in our education, outreach, and partnership efforts.

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Society Management

Perspectives on Societies & Inclusivity: A Community Dialogue

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W-119
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Linda Harms Okazaki

Societies need to shift their thinking and take a wider viewpoint towards diversity and inclusion. It’s about more than “checking off the boxes” for certain groups, backgrounds, etc., when it seems convenient. A panel of genealogy community members will share their perspectives, and engage the audience in a dialog.

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Society Management

Patch, Nathaniel, MA

Nathaniel Patch is an archivist in the Reference Branch at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, where he is on the Navy and Marine Corps Reference Team. He has a BA in history and an MA degree in naval history with an emphasis on submarine warfare.

Know Your Records: World War I Naval Records in Genealogical Research

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
T-260
Nathaniel Patch, MA

A brief introduction to using Navy records to research officers and sailors who served in World War I using a variety of record series including Bureau of Navigation, the Office of Naval Records and Library, and the Chief of Naval Operations to flush out their stories.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

Know Your Records: World War I Marine Records in Genealogical Research

Thursday, August 22nd 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
T-261
Nathaniel Patch, MA

A brief introduction to using Marine Corps and related records to research officers and Marines who served in World War I using record series in the records of the US Marine Corps and American Expeditionary Forces to flush out their stories.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

Pironti, Eileen Curley

Eileen Curley Pironti

Eileen Curley Pironti, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press at NEHGS, has lectured at NEHGS events in the New England area and Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has written several magazine articles pertaining to Irish history and research.

Using Bank Records to Break through your Brick Wall

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
S-420
Eileen Curley Pironti

Bank records are often overlooked when conducting genealogical research. Using examples from the Emigrant Savings Bank and Freedman’s Bank collections, I will illustrate how these wonderfully detailed records may help you unlock a wealth of information about your ancestor.

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America's Resources
Sponsored by American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Raymond, Robert, MS

Robert Raymond

Robert is a FamilySearch deputy CGO, and a former director of the National Genealogical Society. He is a popular speaker and writer. Robert is a genealogical technologist with nearly 40 years of experience in technology and genealogy.

Adding Documents, Sources, and Citations to FamilySearch Family Tree

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S-402
Robert Raymond, MS

Learn how to add sources to FamilySearch Family Tree from FamilySearch.org historical records, elsewhere online, digitized files, and offline sources.

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Communities & Techniques
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Advanced Search Techniques

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
T-202
Robert Raymond, MS

Learn hints and techniques used by advanced users of Ancestry, FamilySearch, Google, Internet Archive, Find a Grave, NARA, online newspapers, and free online book websites.

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Communities & Techniques
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Reed, Lisa

Lisa Reed is an accomplished genealogist who gives presentations to help YOU! She is a doctoral student at TAMU-Commerce, interpreting public history. Lisa has presented genealogy lectures in New England, Arkansas, and Texas. She also is pursuing BCG Certification.

Boldly She Stepped Out

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-431
Lisa Reed

Whether you were a female servant or a privileged pastor’s daughter, the mid-1800s offered women a unique enticement to come to America. An early form of “target marketing” promised jobs and land to men, obviously, but also specifically to women. And the women boldly came.

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Social & Cultural Community

What Else the CCC Built

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-238
Lisa Reed

The Civilian Conservation Corps is well-known for reforestation and building parks and bridges. Less known is that the CCC was involved in building up its Corps member through a formal education program. Fancher Younger, teacher of “CCC boys,” offers a good case to learn how to research this area.

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In America's Service

Reed, Thom, MBA

Thom Reed

Thom Reed is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch International. His area of emphasis is African American records, research, and experiences. He also manages relationships with community, genealogical and historical organizations for people of African descent. Prior to working for FamilySearch, Reed spent more than 10 years as a marketing, communications, and business development professional in the consumer-packaged goods, healthcare and technology industries. He currently serves on the national Board of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) as the Vice President for Genealogy.

FamilySearch Luncheon: FamilySearch is Making it R.O.A.R. in 2019

Saturday, August 24th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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Thom Reed, MBA

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first documented Africans in English North America. In support of this milestone in American history, FamilySearch International is launching an initiative titled, “Reclaiming Our African Roots” (R.O.A.R.). Learn about the objective of R.O.A.R. and FamilySearch’s efforts with the African diaspora.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Chicken Caesar salad | Parmesan cheese and rustic croutons with our signature Caesar dressing

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Rencher, David E., AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed as the Director of the Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He is past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (1997-2000) and currently serves as Vice-President of Development for FGS.

Irish Census and Census Substitutes

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

This session explains the scope of what records survived and focuses on what can be done to mitigate the loss rather than focusing on the loss itself. This will broaden the researcher’s perspective of what constitutes a census record and how the various name lists can be used to leverage their maximum potential.

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Social & Cultural Community
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Irish Estate, Land & Property Records

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

Prior to parish registers, estate, land and property records are the next best record to identify generational links and family information for land owners and tenants. This session arms participants with the tools necessary to examine these invaluable records.

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Circle the Globe
Sponsored by FamilySearch

From Ulster to Virginia and the Carolinas

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-233
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

This session focuses on the migration of Ulster Scots from Northern Ireland, particularly their migration into Virginia and the Carolinas and the social history and background that surrounded their exodus from the old world to the new.

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Mid-Atlantic Region
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Richard, Diane L., MEng, MBA

Professional genealogist, author, and lecturer, she targets on tools, tips, and techniques for effective genealogy research; focuses on southern and African-American records and associated migration paths; has authored over 300+ articles for international genealogy magazines; is a genealogy journal editor, and a member of APG and GSG.

Digital Library on American Slavery and Friends — Invaluable to African-American Research

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA

Let’s explore the Digital Library on American Slavery (slave petitions, runaway slave advertisements, bills of sale, and the transatlantic slave trade database) and complimentary independent projects exploring these same record types. All are rich resources for exploring those who had been enslaved. We’ll discuss Archivegrid; an invaluable gateway to slavery records.

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America's Resources

Seafaring Ancestors—Early Nineteenth-Century Port Records That Document Mariners

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
F-346
Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA

Seafaring folk can be challenging to document in the early nineteenth century. Select federal customs, local port, community private ledgers (merchants and facilitators), area newspaper, and other records do survive for many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mid-Atlantic and southern ports. We’ll follow the money to identify those mobile and invaluable mariner ancestors.

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The Tapestry of America

The Heyday of Insuring Slaves and What That Means for Genealogists

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-236
Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA

Sometimes slaves were insured and detailed records were kept. Through these records we can learn about specific slaves (by name), owners, and geography. We’ll explore slave insurance registries, policies, newspaper articles, court suits, and more, and get you excited about these often-overlooked records created by what once was a lucrative business!

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The Tapestry of America

Richter, Jude, PhD

Jude Richter

Research and Reference Specialist, Survivors and Victims Resource Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Finding Your Family in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum‘s Archival Holdings

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Jude Richter, PhD

With holdings from forty countries, USHMM has valuable records documenting survivors and victims of Nazi persecution. The International Tracing Service (ITS) collection alone has records of about 17.5 million Jewish and non-Jewish persons. Other collections may contain helpful information for researchers interested in interwar Galicia and Ukraine.

Show Description
America's Resources
Sponsored by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Rollins, Jane Neff

Jane Neff Rollins

Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist with www.sherlockcombsgenealogy.com who specializes in ancestors from the former Russian Empire. An alumna of SLIG and ProGen, Jane speaks at regional, national and international conferences. Her writing has appeared in Crossroads and Roots-Key.

Spanish Flu Centennial: Researching How the 1918-19 Epidemic Affected Your Family

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
F-307
Jane Neff Rollins

The year 2019 marks 100 years since the end of the “Spanish Flu” epidemic. Up to 100 million people died worldwide, including soldiers serving during World War I. Learn how to determine how your nation, your community, and your family were affected by this pandemic.

Show Description
Social & Cultural Community

From Babel to Benefit: Translation Tips for Foreign-Language Documents

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S-443
Jane Neff Rollins

Whether your ancestors arrived in North America in 1630 or 1930, if they came from a non-English-speaking country, when you extend your research across the pond, you’ll be reading documents written in another language. Learn how to use multiple resources to translate such foreign-language documents or find a professional translator.

Show Description
Circle the Globe

American Warp, Jewish Weft: Weaving Jewish Sources Into Traditional Genealogy Research

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-231
Jane Neff Rollins

To meet the Genealogical Proof Standard, a Jewish genealogist must consult Jewish-specific as well as traditional genealogical sources to document kinship and incorporate social history. Examples of traditional genealogical records (vital records, censuses, newspapers, etc.) and Jewish-specific sources that may document the same or supplemental facts will be evaluated.

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Excellence in Action

Ruffner, Malissa, JD, MLS, CG

Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, CG, has been the director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) since 2015, and was the editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal from 2017 to 2019. She has worked for the Georgetown Memory Project since 2016.

The Georgetown Memory Project: The Genealogical Pursuit of Truth, Reconciliation & Reunion

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
F-336
Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, CG

Researchers for the Georgetown Memory Project have identified over 7,000 direct descendants of the 272 African Americans sold by Maryland Jesuits in 1838. This presentation will introduce the project, highlight Maryland sources, methodology, and challenges, and preview efforts to preserve the work for future generations.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Russell, Judy G., JD, CG, CGL

 

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law, history, and genealogy come together. Her award winning blog The Legal Genealogist is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.

From the 18th to the 21st: The Records of Prohibition

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
F-341
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The Eighteenth Amendment took effect in January 1920 and ushered in more than a decade of Prohibition until repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment in December 1933. In those few years, so many records were created of juice joints and bootleggers, revenuers and Untouchables—and a gold mine for researchers.

Show Description
Excellence in Action

“Death by Undue Means”: Coroners’ Records

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-234
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

From colonial times to today, death not attributable to natural causes required investigation. Learn more about coroners’ records and how to use them in genealogy.

Show Description
America's Resources

Courting the Nation’s Capital: The Courts of Washington, DC

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
W-103
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

A unique mix of municipal and federal, the courts of Washington, DC, handle everything from spitting on the sidewalk to the most significant federal matters. From their establishment in 1801 through the court reorganization of 1970, the courts of the Nation’s Capital have created documents of critical importance to genealogists.

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Mid-Atlantic Region

Sayre, Rick, CG, CGL, FUGA

Rick Sayre

President of BCG, his expertise includes records of the National Archives, Irish research, land records, government documents, federal land law, military records, and urban research. Rick coordinates and teaches in advanced courses at SLIG, GEN-FED, and GRIP.

Blasting Brick Walls with Legislative Records

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
F-335
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

The legislative records of Congress, in many cases, provide evidence of kinship. To find this evidence that may only exist in a record of Congress, we need to understand their key records, to include published materials and the underlying archival materials held by the Center for Legislative Archives.

Show Description
Treasures of DC

Federal Land Laws and the Settlement of Early America

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S-411
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Learn about the laws enacted, the records created, and the genealogical information generated by the requirements of the various laws. The process to resolve early private land claims will be described. Understand how these laws led to westward expansion, especially to the Midwest. Learn about land companies and speculation.

Show Description
America's Resources

Vignettes of Immigrant Military Service

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-432
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Immigrants have always served in our armed forces since our founding days. Learn about the experiences of our immigrant ancestors as told in their military records such as pension files, service records, and regimental histories.

Show Description
In America's Service

Genealogy Standards, Second Edition—Overview of the Changes

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-230
Karen Stanbary, LCSW, MA, CG
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

This lecture summarizes the process undertaken by BCG to create new and modified DNA-specific standards. It provides an outline of the new standards with emphasis on how they help genealogists meet the Genealogical Proof Standard for conclusions about genetic relationships.

Show Description
Elevate Your Skills

BCG Certification Seminar

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
T-240
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

In this interactive forum, current associates share various pathways to certification and how to begin the process.

Show Description
Elevate Your Skills
Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists

Schablitsky, Julie, PhD

Julie Schablitsky, PhD, is the Maryland Department of Transportation’s chief archaeologist and leads their Cultural Resources Section. She also holds adjunct research positions with the University of Maryland and University of Oregon. Dr. Schablitsky specializes in the archaeology of transportation landscapes and African America. She has edited and authored many books, reports, and publications on her research, including: the Donner Party; War of 1812; John Paul Jones’ birthplace in Scotland; African American archaeology; archaeology and the media; and the DNA analysis of artifacts.

The Archaeology, Genealogy, and DNA Analysis of the Simon Hill Cemetery

Saturday, August 24th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
S-419
Julie Schablitsky, PhD
Violetta Sharps Jones

In 2017, archaeologists were tasked with the removal and identification of almost 150 unmarked burials from an African American Baptist Cemetery in Prince George’s County, Maryland. An intensive investigation involving historical research and DNA analysis was used to try and identify a mystery lady, buried around 1938. Through this story, attendees will learn how researchers found the names of the people who were buried at the cemetery and linked the mystery lady to living descendants.

Show Description
Mid-Atlantic Region

Smith, Gerald "Jerry" H., CG

Gerald Smith

Certified Genealogist specializing in Pennsylvania research. Course coordinator and faculty member at IGHR and SLIG; faculty member at GRIP.

Court of Quarter Sessions Research

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Gerald "Jerry" H. Smith, CG

Courts of Quarter Sessions derive from British heritage. Their broad administrative and criminal duties include ancestors as jurors, witnesses, surety, administrative officials, tavern keepers, criminals, illegitimate children, and in other roles. Duties concerning slaves and indentured servants have a special place in African-American research.

Show Description
America's Resources

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Land Records—Advanced

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-428
Gerald "Jerry" H. Smith, CG

Pennsylvania’s conveyance of land to the first private owners included programs that were specific to certain areas and created records specific to those areas. Military Donation and Depreciation Lands involved veterans. Individuals appear in mortgages and land dispute records. Land Office financial records can solve genealogical problems.

Show Description
Mid-Atlantic Region

USGS Resources for Genealogists

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
W-104
Gerald "Jerry" H. Smith, CG

United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides maps and other resources of use to genealogists. Learn how to determine what map you need and download it. Explore their on-line gazetteer, educational resources, historical maps, and historical Geographical Information System (GIS).

Show Description
America's Resources

Smith, Marian

Marian Smith recently retired after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She is an expert of United States immigration and nationality records whose presentations encourage genealogical researchers to explore lesser-known records at the National Archives.

A Matter of Utmost Importance to Myself: Letters from Immigrants to the Naturalization Service, ca. 1906-1940

Friday, August 23rd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
F-325
Marian Smith

Immigrants of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century had many questions about their status, citizenship, eligibility for benefits, and more, and they wrote letters detailing their histories and hopes. Learn about the US Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files available only at Archives I, the associated name index, and research strategies.

Show Description
Treasures of DC

Perspectives on Immigrant Research

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
F-345
Marian Smith
Rich Venezia
Zack Wilske

Immigrants of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century had many questions about their status, citizenship, eligibility for benefits, and more, and they wrote letters detailing their histories and hopes. Learn about the US Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files available only at Archives I, the associated name index, and research strategies.

Show Description
Treasures of DC
Sponsored by US Citizenship & Immigration Services

Southard, Diahan

 

Eighteen years in genetic genealogy has qualified Diahan Southard to instruct all levels of interest and her upbeat plain-English style will leave you motivated and encouraged.

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Choosing an Autosomal DNA Testing Company

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
T-219
Diahan Southard

With more and more companies joining the ranks of autosomal DNA testing, and without unlimited resources, how can you choose the best company to fit your needs? We will cover the five main autosomal DNA testing companies, as well as other smaller companies vying for your business.

Show Description
DNA Methods

DNA and Jack Sprat’s Wife (Who Couldn’t Eat Any Lean)

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
T-249
Diahan Southard

With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, women were catapulted into the limelight, no longer needing to rely so heavily on the men in their life to spit or swab. This lecture will focus on all things female from mtDNA, XDNA, and especially how to use the wives of your ancestors to help identify your autosomal DNA matches.

Show Description
DNA Methods

Speaker, Living DNA

Speaker to be announced.

Making the Most of Your DNA Matches with Living DNA

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
F-312
Living DNA Speaker

We will run through how to use the newest tools and show you how, from DNA information plus the gender and age of the people tested, we can rebuild your genetic family tree.

Show Description
DNA in Practice
Sponsored by Living DNA

The Power of DNA, Records, and Family Trees Combined Together

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S-441
Living DNA Speaker

This discussion is DNA-centric but pulls in the traditional tools. We see how one day we can simply take a DNA sample and be presented with the photographs of our ancestors.

Show Description
Social & Cultural Community
Sponsored by Living DNA

Stanbary, Karen, LCSW, MA, CG

Karen Stanbary

Karen Stanbary, CG, lectures nationally on using DNA test results for genealogical problem-solving, always within the framework of the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and chairs that organization’s DNA committee.

Spit and You Shall Find: atDNA Identifies a Charming Scoundrel

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
F-302
Karen Stanbary, LCSW, MA, CG

Karen describes her methodology to identify the biological father of her own dad’s maternal grandmother who was “adopted” in 1882. The bio father turns out to be quite the charming scoundrel.

Show Description
DNA in Practice

Using DNA to Confirm the Ancestral Line for William Dalton—Part 2

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S-437
Karen Stanbary, LCSW, MA, CG

DNA test results are integrated into the body of evidence testing and supporting the conclusion, resulting in a new hypothesis to extend the line back one more generation.

Show Description
Communities & Techniques

Genealogy Standards, Second Edition—Overview of the Changes

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-230
Karen Stanbary, LCSW, MA, CG
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

This lecture summarizes the process undertaken by BCG to create new and modified DNA-specific standards. It provides an outline of the new standards with emphasis on how they help genealogists meet the Genealogical Proof Standard for conclusions about genetic relationships.

Show Description
Elevate Your Skills

Sweany, James, MSLS

James Sweany has worked at the Library of Congress for almost 30 years. He has been responsible for developing the Library’s American Indian collections, particularly Native genealogical resources as head of the Local History & Genealogy Reference Services. Presently James is Assistant Chief of the Researcher and Reference Services Division.

Discover Your Family History in the Library of Congress

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
F-315
James Sweany, MSLS

Learn how the collections of the Library of Congress can help you find clues to build the historical context around your ancestor’s names, dates, and places. You will be oriented to the Library’s unique collections, the digital offerings, and learn how to do research in the world’s largest library.

Show Description
Treasures of DC
Sponsored by Library of Congress

Szucs, Juliana

Juliana has been working for Ancestry for more than 20 years and holds a certificate from Boston University’s Online Genealogical Research Program.

Hidden Treasures on Ancestry

Saturday, August 24th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
S-429
Juliana Szucs

Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates, and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search. From almshouse and agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at Ancestry.com. This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them and the wonderful clues in them that will lead to other records.

Show Description
America's Resources
Sponsored by Ancestry

Taplin, Cari A., CG

Cari A. Taplin, CG, is a native of Wood County and now Pflugerville, Texas. Cari is the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services.

Create an Attractive Education Plan for Your Society

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
T-217
Cari A. Taplin, CG

Most genealogical societies foster education in the field of genealogy. Having an education program outside of the monthly meeting can build membership, develop volunteer relationships, and give greater education opportunities to members. This lecture will share ideas on developing a strong education program for societies.

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Society Management

Unfamiliar Territory: Researching in a New (to you) Geographic Area

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-232
Cari A. Taplin, CG

Learn tips for beginning research in an unfamiliar geographic area through the example of the Scroggins and Dimick families in Southern Illinois.

Show Description
Communities & Techniques

Taylor, D. Joshua, MA, MLS

D. Joshua Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor, President of NYG&B and Past President, FGS.

Reverse Migration: Colonial Settlers Who Returned “Home”

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
F-320
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Historians estimate that one-third of colonial immigrants left the colonies. Explore the motivations, record sets, and general strategies for tracing those who returned home.

Show Description
Colonial History & Settlement

Key Player, Participant, or Partisan Follower: Discovering An Ancestor’s Political Leanings

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S-412
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

From America’s initial settlement to the early twentieth century, political parties have had a major impact in our ancestor’s lives—and have left behind incredible records waiting to be examined.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Coming Home: Finding Our Place in America’s Tapestry

Wednesday, August 21st 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
W-100
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Family history often reveals similarities and differences between individuals. Though many of our ancestors came from different lands, spoke different languages, and celebrated different traditions, their experiences weave a complex and diverse fabric that represents our collective past. As we begin our time together in the nation’s capital, we will explore the need to document, preserve, and celebrate the rich American tapestry unearthed through family history.

Show Description
Opening Session

Beyond the Applications: Treasures from America’s Lineage Societies

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
W-108
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

Hundreds of lineage societies have been formed over time, and many have created numerous resources for genealogists. Explore their records and other materials that can be essential clues for genealogical research.

Show Description
Societies & Organizations

A Discussion About Diversity & Inclusion: Society Membership, Education, Outreach, and Collaboration

Wednesday, August 21st 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
W-110
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Linda Harms Okazaki

Staying relevant can be a struggle for societies. We strive to continue meeting the needs of our traditional members while also attracting new ones. Genealogists represent many different cultural groups. Let’s talk about the need for and ways to become more culturally diverse in our education, outreach, and partnership efforts.

Show Description
Society Management

Perspectives on Societies & Inclusivity: A Community Dialogue

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W-119
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Linda Harms Okazaki

Societies need to shift their thinking and take a wider viewpoint towards diversity and inclusion. It’s about more than “checking off the boxes” for certain groups, backgrounds, etc., when it seems convenient. A panel of genealogy community members will share their perspectives, and engage the audience in a dialog.

Show Description
Society Management

Taylor, Maureen, MA

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, helps people rediscover their family history one picture at a time, and is passionate about getting folks to tell the story of their ancestors. Listen to her podcast, The Photo Detective on iTunes and Facebook.

No Language Barrier: Immigrant Clues in Photographs

Friday, August 23rd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
F-316
Maureen Taylor, MA

In this lecture dive into ways to solve your immigrant photo mysteries looking at case studies using online and off-line sources.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

Building an Online Following: Posts that Get Engagement

Thursday, August 22nd 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
T-227
Maureen Taylor, MA

Building an online following on Facebook and Instagram can be fun or frustrating. Learn some techniques that tripled one non-profit’s engagement.

Show Description
Society Management

Who’s Little Joe: Photo Detecting 101

Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
T-246
Maureen Taylor, MA

A series of case studies explore how you can solve picture mysteries using different techniques.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America
Sponsored by Memoryweb

Thornton, Lori, MLIS

Lori Thornton

Lori Thornton is a librarian and professional genealogist specializing in Southern States and religious records. She authored Research in Mississippi in the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series.

National Youth Administration (NYA): the New Deal for Young People

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S-414
Lori Thornton, MLIS

The National Youth Administration trained young people for vocations during its duration. Learn about the program, its camps and centers, the jobs, its records, and its legacy.

Show Description
In America's Service

Federal Depository Libraries and Your Genealogical Research

Thursday, August 22nd 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
T-218
Lori Thornton, MLIS

Learn about the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and resources offered through participating libraries which may enhance your genealogical research. A wide variety of print and electronic government publications useful to genealogists will be examined.

Show Description
In America's Service

Vail, Claire

Claire Vail
Claire Vail has served as the Director of Creative and Digital Strategy for New England Historic Genealogical Society for four years. She has managed multiple digital projects for American Ancestors in that time, the latest of which is the GU272 website.

Building a Research Portal for Descendants of the Georgetown University Slaves

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
F-368
Claire Vail

In 1838, the Jesuits of Georgetown University sold 272 men, women, and children to Louisiana sugar cane plantations for financial gain. This presentation introduces a new website featuring a searchable database of genealogical records, oral histories of the descendants, and research tools created specifically for the GU272 descendants and their families.

Show Description
In a Flash
Sponsored by American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

American Ancestors by NEHGS Luncheon: Introducing AncesTREES

Wednesday, August 21st 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
W-141
Claire Vail

Join American Ancestors’ Director of Creative and Digital Strategy Claire Vail to learn about American AncesTREES—a new, FREE online genealogy tree experience on AmericanAncestors.org. American AncesTREES offers several unique tools and solutions—including cutting-edge DNA tools—to help you research, grow, and share your family history.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Watercress, Frisee Lettuce and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Grilled Marinated Chicken and Sherry Vinaigrette

Classic Apple Tart with a Whiskey Sauce

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Venezia, Rich

Rich Venezia

Rich Venezia is a genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer. A veteran of the Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) research team, he spoke at TEDx Pittsburgh (2017) and lectures nationwide. He lives in Pittsburgh and specializes in twentieth-century immigration research and records.

Military Records and Immigrant Ancestors

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
F-338
Rich Venezia

Draft cards, service records, pensions, registrations… when an immigrant ancestor fought for the American military or interacted with the Selective Service System, records left behind are numerous and enlightening. These records may not only reveal a place of origin, but could greatly help to contextualize an ancestor’s life and times.

Show Description
In America's Service

Perspectives on Immigrant Research

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
F-345
Marian Smith
Rich Venezia
Zack Wilske

Immigrants of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century had many questions about their status, citizenship, eligibility for benefits, and more, and they wrote letters detailing their histories and hopes. Learn about the US Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files available only at Archives I, the associated name index, and research strategies.

Show Description
Treasures of DC
Sponsored by US Citizenship & Immigration Services

When “I Do” Meant Losing Your Country and Other Citizenship and Immigration Law Peculiarities

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S-436
Rich Venezia

Immigration and naturalization law has constantly changed over the years, and sometimes, ancestors were caught in the crosshairs—both native-born citizens and immigrants alike.

Show Description
Excellence in Action

Wade, Billy

Beginning as an Archives Technician with the Still Picture Branch in July 2000 after studying history at Salisbury University, Billy has held four different positions within Still Pictures: Military Photography Specialist, Archivist in 2005, Subject Matter Expert Archivist, and Supervisory Archivist since 2016.

Performing Genealogical Research within the Still Picture Branch at NARA

Friday, August 23rd 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
F-360
Billy Wade

The lecture will look at the different techniques for researching your ancestors using the approximately 17 million photographs found within the Still Picture Branch at the National Archives and Records Administration at Archives II in College Park, Maryland.

Show Description
In a Flash
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration

Walton-Raji, Angela Y.

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster, and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast (africanrootspodcast.com) which is devoted to African American family history. She is also one of the founding members of AfriGeneas.com.

Basic Records for Native American Research

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
S-405
Angela Y. Walton-Raji

This session will explore the basic records for Native American genealogy. It will also feature the categories of the large databases, including the Dawes Rolls, Records of the Eastern Cherokees, and Mississippi Choctaws. Additional resources such as Native American School records will also be presented.

Show Description
The Tapestry of America

African-Native American Research: Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S-439
Angela Y. Walton-Raji

This session will examine the basic records of blended families from New England, to the Carolinas, the Deep South, and Indian Territory. Included will be Dawes Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes, military records, and large oral history collections.

Show Description
America's Resources

Weathers, Donna J.

Donna is an experienced researcher and public speaker, currently specializing in the history of the US Lifesaving Service Surfmen. Also an avid traveler, she has combined her love of genealogy and passion for helping others by offering personalized research-trip planning.

In a Flash! Session: Using Surveys: A Quick Guide to Asking the Right Questions

Saturday, August 24th 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
S-460
Donna J. Weathers

Web-based survey tools make it easy to solicit immediate feedback. But are you asking the right questions? Learn tips for building effective survey questions and strategies for using surveys, whether web-based or analog. The golden rule of surveys: don’t ask for information you don’t intend to use.

Show Description
Society Management

Records of the US Coast Guard: Beyond the Service Records

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
T-208
Donna J. Weathers

The Lighthouse Service, Revenue Cutter Service, and the Life Saving Service were predecessors to the US Coast Guard. We will explore the myriad of records which may reveal your ancestors’ stories. Not just for ocean coastlines, there were lighthouses along the Great Lakes and a lifesaving station on the Ohio!

Show Description
In America's Service

Volunteer Management: A Deep Dive Into Managing and Retaining Volunteers

Thursday, August 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
T-237
Donna J. Weathers

Volunteers are a vital component of every non-profit. A successful volunteer program requires enthusiasm, appreciation, and commitment to the volunteers as well as the organization’s mission. Learn practices and strategies for developing a successful volunteer program for libraries, societies, or special events.

Show Description
Society Management

Wertz, Frederick, MA

Frederick plans and executes all NYG&B digital engagement—including email newsletters, blog articles, social media, and video content—and directs the web development of all of the society’s digital resources, including the eLibrary. Frederick has worked in digital media and web development for the past eight years, with a variety of non-profit and commercial entities, both inside and outside the genealogy industry.

NYG&B Luncheon: Preserving the Preservation: 150 Years of Volunteers, Archivists, and Genealogists Saving History

Thursday, August 22nd 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
T-280
Frederick Wertz, MA

Since our earliest days, our community has recognized the importance of preserving records for future generations. We’ll explore stories from the past and present, examining notable men and women from the NYG&B’s history and look behind the scenes of the NYG&B’s preservation efforts in placing genealogical records online.

Ticket $39 (Advance Purchase Required)

Menu

Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Salad: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, cucumbers, carrots over a bed of mixed greens

Fruit Tart

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

White, Linda Crichlow, MS, MLS

Linda Crichlow White, native Washingtonian, attended West Virginia State College, BS; Howard University, MS; and Catholic University, earning a Masters in Library Science. She served as School Library Media Specialist in Montgomery County, MD. In retirement, she has worked on family history, using documents and images that she found in the homes of her mother and aunts. She speaks about local history and genealogy and volunteers at the National Museum of African American History and Culture—where there are some family objects on display. Since January 2019, she has been president of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, James Dent Walker Chapter, in Washington, DC.

Passing: Crossing Racial Borders

Wednesday, August 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
W-106
Linda Crichlow White, MS, MLS

Sometimes when researching ancestors, we see different races for the same people. This presentation will demonstrate through family case studies how some people chose to go “over to the other side.”

Show Description
Social & Cultural Community

Wilbrink, Deborah E., BJ

Deborah Wilbrink, BJ has ghostwritten or edited over 25 published personal memoirs or family histories for families, with a focus on writing entertaining as well as factual family history. A popular presenter in the Nashville TN area.

Using Photographs To Illustrate

Friday, August 23rd 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
F-361
Deborah E. Wilbrink, BJ

Learn creative uses and standard practices for making your photographs look beautiful and informative as illustrations. Useful for newsletters, website design, books—wherever you are illustrating.

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In a Flash

Save Your Family Story: Write Your Family History

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
F-381
Deborah E. Wilbrink, BJ

Get excited about saving and sharing your family history in a book form. This fun, participatory introduction presents six benefits of producing your own book, with how-to tips, and basic organization and publishing process information.

Ticket $30 (Advance Purchase Required)

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Workshop

Willson, Katherine R.

Katherine Willson

Katherine is an engaging and dynamic genealogy lecturer at local, regional, and national events; has taught all levels of genealogy classes in Michigan since 2001; and is a professional researcher for clients. She’s the president of the Virtual Genealogical Society and Michigan Genealogical Council, and is a director for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Community Project: Preserving Veterans’ Voices

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
F-348
Katherine R. Willson

Most US veterans are age 65 and older – who will preserve their stories before it’s too late? We will discuss the guidelines for creating a community-wide project with the joint assistance of local organizations to record veterans’ stories.

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In America's Service

Social Movements of the Nineteenth Century

Saturday, August 24th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
S-413
Katherine R. Willson

We will examine the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement, as well as movements favoring free public education, prison and asylum reform, and temperance. The inspiration behind these movements, records that may indicate involvement, and locating those records will also be addressed.

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Social & Cultural Community

Our Ancestors’ Experiences of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Financial Crises

Wednesday, August 21st 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W-123
Katherine R. Willson

Our ancestors were directly affected by bank failures, panics, recessions, and the Great Depression. Learn of the events leading up to these crises, their impact on day-to-day lives, and sources that can shed insight into the experiences of these times.

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The Tapestry of America

Wilske, Zack

Zack Wilske is the Senior Historian for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). His research interests include the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the development of federal immigration and nationality policies, and the uses of INS records for historians and genealogists. He speaks regularly at genealogy and academic conferences, has published articles on researching with INS records, and has served as the President of the Society for History in Federal Government (SHFG).

Perspectives on Immigrant Research

Friday, August 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Marian Smith
Rich Venezia
Zack Wilske

Immigrants of the late nineteenth/early twentieth century had many questions about their status, citizenship, eligibility for benefits, and more, and they wrote letters detailing their histories and hopes. Learn about the US Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files available only at Archives I, the associated name index, and research strategies.

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Treasures of DC
Sponsored by US Citizenship & Immigration Services

Focus on Immigration Records: INS Correspondence Files, 1906-1956

Friday, August 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
F-366
Zack Wilske

This session will introduce researchers to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) correspondence and case files now stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC. This rich set of records documents nearly every aspect of early twentieth-century immigration, including immigrant exclusion appeals and deportations.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Focus on Immigration Records: Ellis Island Letters Sent, 1903-1912

Friday, August 23rd 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
F-367
Zack Wilske

This session will introduce a little-known resource within Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) now at the National Archives in Washington, DC: Ellis Island Letters Sent. The letters document the immigration station during its busiest decade and include correspondence related to the admission, exclusion, and deportation of immigrants.

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In a Flash
Sponsored by US Citizenship and Immigration Services