Wednesday, September 2nd
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
FGS: Celebrating the Past and the Future
David will share his memories of FGS’s greatest accomplishments as well as provide a peek into the exciting future of FGS as it prepares to merge with theNational Genealogical Society.
A Journey to “Roots Less Traveled”
Join us for a screening and behind the scenes peek of “Roots Less Traveled,” a series co-produced by Ancestry®. Follow their journey as relatives set out on an adventure to solve mysteries in their family tree, strengthening bonds along the way. Jenn Utley will then talk with the host and family members about their experience.
Strategies of “The Genetic Detective”
The star of ABC’s new series “The Genetic Detective” shares her strategies in using DNA analysis and family tree reconstruction to find living relatives.
Building a Respectable Genealogy, One Documented Biography at a Time
Recording bare-bones data is unsatisfying, and producing a narrative genealogy seems overwhelming. An example shows how creating biographies can make genealogies manageable, interesting, and meaningful.
What’s New at FamilySearch?
Come learn about the newest features on the FamilySearch website and on the Research Wiki, including Guided Research.
Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Research
For many, researching before 1870 is a hurdle in African American research. Learn about sources and strategies to trace ancestors back into the Antebellum Era.
Quarantined! Genealogy, The Law & Public Health
From the Plague to tuberculosis, the law worked to protect the public from epidemics. Learn how public health records can add to any family’s history.
The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology
Sharpen your online search skills with this proven Google search methodology updated for 2020 that is guaranteed to improve your genealogical searching with Google.
Thursday, September 3rd
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Using the “What Are the Odds?” (WATO) Tool
This tool uses calculations to help determine relationships to their DNA matches. Learn how to set up hypotheses and interpret data from this tool.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Using Google’s My Maps As a Planning & Analysis Tool
Learn to use Google’s MyMaps as a research and analysis tool including how to create custom maps, tips for genealogical applications, and real-life examples.
Friday, September 4th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Latest Developments in Company Tools for DNA
This workshop will provide hands-on experience with using the latest company-based tools from Ancestry, MyHeritage and 23andMe to help genealogists make sense of their DNA matches.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
What the Heck Does That Say?
Deciphering the handwriting in old documents can be difficult, but with a few good strategies, even the most challenging penmanship can be overcome.
Tuesday, September 15th
8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
When is a Lutheran not a Lutheran? The (German) Evangelical Synod
Nineteenth-century German immigrants established Evangelical Synod congregations wherever they settled. This lecture will review the denomination’s history and offer tips for researching congregational records.
Butter, Beeves, and Bowel Obstructions: Using Missouri’s Federal Census Non-Population Schedules
Get an overview of the non-population schedules of the Federal Census, including the Missouri agricultural, industrial, and mortality schedules for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.
Genealogy Research in Kansas City
Kansas City is home to several major repositories. From steamboats to wagon trails to jazz and sports, opportunities for historic and specialized research abound.
Reconstructing the Past: Understanding Military Record Loss
Military research is not without challenges. Several events have destroyed key records, but also provide opportunities to discover new ways to document an ancestor’s service.
More Than a Program: Society Event Planning Discussion
Successful events help societies give their members benefits and increase revenues and the volunteer base for projects. Join us to share in an interactive discussion.
Fold 3, Find A Grave & Newspapers
Review the highlights and updates to Ancestry’s additional sites: Fold3, Find A Grave, and Newspapers.
DNA Done? Now Find those 20th & 21st Century Relative Connections
DNA results are in but who are these people? Locate 20 and 21st-century relatives via indexes, databases, people finders, with tips on record restrictions.
Irish Land Records
Learn what land records exist for Irish research, 17th Century to the present. Understand why they were created, how to access, use and interpret.
Naturalization: The Path to Citizenship
Did your ancestor become a citizen? This lecture explores the history of the laws and the process involved. Learn how to find the resulting records.
The Orphan Train Movement: Ohio, the Midwest, and Beyond
From 1854 and 1929, children were transported from New York to the Midwest in search of a new home. Explore their history, genealogy, and legacy.
When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn A Proved Conclusion?
Even thorough research can overlook relevant sources. What happens when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion?
Building Membership: Becoming a More Inclusive Society
Is your society struggling with membership? Are you fairly homogeneous but want to be more inclusive? This session offers tips for successfully growing your society.
British and Irish Non-conformist & Quaker Records on Findmypast records
This presentation highlights the exclusive British and Irish Non-conformist and Quaker records available on Findmypast.
Blasting the Myth: Mitochondrial DNA Evidence Is Useful for Genealogy
This lecture blasts the myth that mtDNA tests don’t have practical application for research. Errors in mtDNA interpretation are explored. Practical application examples are illustrated.
Of Delinquents and Common Scolds: Women, Children and Criminal Justice
The crimes only women could commit. The things that landed kids in jail. All creating records for genealogists to use in our family histories.
General Land Office Website: Essential for Midwest Research
Many think this website is nearly complete—far from it. Patents, maps, and tract books are being added. Learn how to find your ancestor’s land.
Military District of Ohio & Federal Bounty Land Records
Ohio was settled in part by land warrants obtained by service to the Revolutionary. Discussion involves finding federal records for bounty-land.
Writing for Publication in Scholarly Genealogical Journals
Submitting articles for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals is discussed, including the submission process, common mistakes, and working with an editor.
Low-Cost No-Cost Tech Upgrades for Genealogy Societies
Is your society slowed down by older technology used for administrative and membership tasks? Do you fear upgrading due to cost or lack of tech knowledge? In this overview of free and low-cost web-based apps, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about upgrading. Programs reviewed include Google Drive, Trello, Slack, and more!
A Genealogist’s Guide to Maximizing Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a powerhouse for family history researchers. This session focuses on how to get the most out of its tools and content.
Solving 18th Century Genealogical Dilemmas with Autosomal DNA
Autosomal DNA analysis is critical for genealogical problems utilizing the Genealogical Proof Standard. It can identify ancestors when the paper trail is meager or non-existent.
Clues in Missouri Migration
Many westward migrants stopped a short time or stayed for several generations in Missouri. Where did they come from and where did they go?
Grandpa Was a Tail-gunner: Researching Army Air Corps Ancestors
Learn ways to overcome an absence of personnel records to identify an ancestor’s unit(s) and discover details about his or her individual WWII experience.
Baker’s Dozen Steps to Writing Research Reports as You Go
Become an efficient researcher who can record and analyze results in a report that enhances the research process no matter who the recipient is.
Shamrocks in Cyberspace: Irish Genealogy Databases
Information about our Irish ancestors is exploding on the internet. The best websites for Irish research are explored and analyzed.
Patches ‘n Pieces: Researching Documents for Rural Missouri African Americans
Patch together evidence to prove African American ancestors existed in rural Missouri by understanding the records encountered, stitched with local history as footprints.
Finding Your Ancestors in Military Bounty Land Applications
Many bounty land records rival pension records in their value. Find these records and locate bounty land, including state bounty land using online tools.
Friedrich Christian Eiler: Proving Identity with Scant Clues
Not all our ancestors were exemplary citizens. With one data point, which was wrong, we piece together the less than exemplary life of Friedrich Eiler.
Social Media Basics for Genealogical Societies
Is your society social media savvy? If not, you need to be. Stop missing potential members and learn how to use social media.
Genealogy on the Go: The MyHeritage Mobile App
The MyHeritage free mobile app puts your family history at your fingertips: access and enhance your family tree, find relatives, make discoveries, and interview relatives.
Y-Chromosome Insights & Strategies
Learn all about Y-DNA tests and see how testing the right males can break through genealogical brick walls in your family tree.
Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records
Learn about civil registration records in England and Wales and how you can access the index to these records and procure the certificates.
The Dusty Register: Researching Missouri Courthouse Records
Missouri courthouses are rich in genealogical resources but are often underused. Maximize your research with county registers and records in the Show Me State.
Mayhem, Murder and Moonshine: Using State and Federal Penitentiary Records for Genealogy
Utilizing Missouri State and Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary Records, learn how these non-traditional record groups can be used as genealogical sources.
Military Pension Records: Vital Records in Disguise!
Military pensions often provide amazing records of birth, death, and marriage. Pre-WWI pensions demonstrate the detail and impact on each serviceman’s family tree.
Don’t Underutilize Adobe Acrobat Pro
Many users underestimate Adobe Acrobat Pro by only creating simple PDF documents. Learn to master all the powerful features to produce excellent professional publications.
Enter the Digital Age: Design An Exceptional Society Website
Successful societies need to have a presence on the web. Learn how to create a professional-looking, user-friendly website to attract and keep members.
There’s a Map for That: Digital Resources for Mapping Your Family History
Maps are important tools for genealogists and help bring ancestors to life. Learn about some great online map resources and how to use them.
Understanding Your DNA Health Reports
Do you have a health report from 23 & Me or Promethease? Learn how to analyze and talk to your doctor about your risk factors.
Horse Thieves, Sabbath Breakers and Disobedient Children: Early Missouri Laws
The laws our ancestors lived by tell the story of earlier times, and Missouri laws tell of Blue Laws, wild animals, and children needing humbling.
What Probate Inventories Tell Us About Missouri Frontier Life
As Missouri became a state 200 years ago, what items were common on the homestead and how were they used.
Missing— Presumed Dead: A Case Study of a Civil War Soldier’s Records
Following one Civil War soldier, we shape his story, record by record. His story is dramatized with federal and non-federal records and contextual social history.
Who Moved My Microfilm? Thriving with Research in a Post-Microfilm Era
Gain some historical perspective on this sea change in family history and tips for what to do when there is no camera icon on FamilySearch.
Getting the most from the British Newspaper Archive
The BNA is a online collection of over 30 million newspaper pages, including titles from across the British Empire. Learn search tips and hear advice.
Read the Tabloids: German Church Records
German church records sometimes deliver extra information, competing with our modern tabloids. This talk is an entertaining learning experience, providing insights into our ancestors’ societies.
Government Documents: Territorial Papers of the United States and American State Papers
Petitions and other interactions with the government provide significant family information. Examples from the Midwest will demonstrate the genealogical relevance and uniqueness of these publications.
Courting Missouri: The Courts of the Show-Me State
Understanding the roles of Missouri’s trial and appeals courts and the records our ancestors left there is crucial to finding clues to family history.
Civil War Prisoner of War Records
POW records from during the Civil War and after can be an interesting resource. Learn what records exist in and outside of the CMSR.
ThruLines and other AncestryDNA tools
Learn more about AncestryDNA’s features such as ThruLines and improved matching tools that will power your research and make it easier to discover your story.
Researching Midwestern & Plains States Native American Connections
Many Indians in these states are well-documented and connected. Learn the resources, repositories, and methodology to determine tribes and find extensive records.
Exodusters: 19th Century Freedmen’s Colonies in Kansas
After the Civil War, many Freedmen moved to homesteading colonies in Kansas. Learn about this important chapter in the history of American migration.
Researching Veterans of Colonial Wars and Conflicts
Discover the primary and secondary sources to uncover details about your ancestors who served in Colonial American wars and conflicts before 1775.
What’s New on Ancestry
An overview of the new and exciting tools and features Ancestry has developed to help you with your family trees and your DNA.
Forensic Genealogy: Law & Order Meets Family History
Forensic genealogy is an emerging field involving cases with legal ramifications. Explore this area of heir research, adoption, citizenship and immigration casework and military repatriation.
Of Non-Noble Lineage: Deutsches Geschlechterbuch as a German genealogical resource
Deutsches Geschlecterbuch’s 221 volumes offer information for more than 4000 non-noble German families. Their standardized format makes the data accessible to the non-German speaker.
Perches & Rods: Introducing U.S. Land Records
Documents created by the survey and sale of land are a treasure trove of genealogical information. Explore the history and the use of these records.
Signed, Sealed & Delivered: Mail Order Brides in the American MidWest
This lecture looks at mail order brides and matrimonial newspapers from the turn of the last century, focusing on the Midwestern US.
Military Draft Records and the Selective Service System
The local militia provided for the common defense, bringing families together in crisis; evolving into national acts for men to serve under arms during war.
I Am Poor, Obscure, Plain, and Little. Researching the Invisible Ancestor
If your ancestors had little money, did not buy and sell land, leave wills or probates, or purchase gravestones, how do you find them?
Targeted testing to solve genealogical puzzles
Learn which type of DNA test is best for solving genealogical problems, identify the best candidates to test and tips on how to find them.
Tips and Techniques for Writing about Your DNA Matches
It can be challenging to include DNA test results in conclusions. Learn some techniques to incorporate all of the evidence into a genealogical conclusion.
Getting Started with FindMyPast
Learn tips and strategies for navigating Findmypast’s vast record collection, the latest additions to the extensive record collection and the latest family tree features.
All Aboard! Locating Railroad Crew Members in Your Family Tree
This lecture will explore how to find records in various archives for your railroad crew ancestors.
A Society for Today’s World
Societies have changed: communication, education, outreach and partnerships. Learn how the Johnson County (Kansas) Genealogical Society has grown, evolved and is looking toward the future.
Find Your World War I Connection
Learn about the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and how to use the Museum and Memorial archive to further your genealogical research.
Census Sense: Clues and Conundrums for Intermediate
Learn about the use of federal census headings and codes, alternate federal censuses, and state censuses. The value of a research timeline is also demonstrated.
Using City Directories to Advance Your Research
Learn about an incredible new collection of U.S. City Directories at MyHeritage and how these materials can help you advance your research.
Born A Slave: Rediscovering the African-American Heritage of Arthur Jackson
Jackson, whose family has been identified as Caucasian for five generations, shares his experience that revealed his great-great-grandfather was born a slave.
Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test
Learn all about the ethnicity estimates included with many DNA tests and see how seven testing companies report the ethnicity percentages for the same person.
So You’ve Found Your Town of Origin: Now What?
If you’ve found the name of your ancestor’s German town of origin, but are new to researching in German records, this will get you started.
Christian Research: Baptists, Lutherans and Methodists
This will cover church records for the Christian denominations of Baptists, Lutherans and Methodists.
Missouri Units in the Civil War
Missouri unit organizations during the Civil War are the most complex of any state. This was especially true for Confederate organizations, like the State Guard.
The Men & Women of the YMCA and How They Impacted WWI
Learn how 35,000 volunteers and 26,000 American YMCA employees contributed to the war effort here and abroad. Discover records and resources that tell their story.
Why, When, Where, How & Who: Hiring A Professional Genealogist
Sometimes we need help to break through brick walls, find elusive records, or determine our next research steps. Learn how to hire a professional genealogist.
Fund Raising for Genealogical Societies
Learn about unique opportunities supporting genealogy society meetings, special projects, and indexing work. Learn from a fundraising expert about ways to fund your society’s work.
Common Sense & Budget Minded Tips for Preserving and Organizing Photo Archives
You can tame even the most unruly photo collection by following the advice in this lecture. Weeding, preserving, and filing won’t seem so overwhelming.
DNA—A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Toolbox
DNA test results are much more than ethnicity reports. We explore the practical applicability of DNA tests to everyday genealogical problems in unexpected ways.
Home on the Range: U.S. Federal Land Records
The U.S. Government sold land to thousands of citizens. Learn about the laws, the survey system, and records created by the sale of Federal Land.
Researching Nebraska: Honestly, It’s Not for Everyone
This presentation will cover how and where to research your Nebraska ancestors.
How to Find Volunteers & Keep Them!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any society. This lecture gives societies tips and ideas for ways to locate volunteers, motivate them, and keep them engaged.
Understanding Inheritance Patterns: Y, mt, at, X-DNA
Use autosomal-DNA, Y-DNA, mt-DNA, and X-DNA inheritance patterns to help you do targeted testing.
Missouri Research from a Distance
Missouri records and information are available via the Internet: find federal land sales, births, deaths, probate files, court cases, military service, maps and newspaper records.
Show Me More Soldier Records: Accessing State & Local Adjutant General Files
Military service was much different in the past than it is today. Documentation found in state and local records often fill in the gaps.
Solving Unidentified Photo Album Cases
Through exciting case studies, you’ll discover how to use free tech tools, careful analysis, and ingenuity to potentially turn your unmarked photos into identified treasures.
Useful Maps & Apps for Genealogy Research
Explore several underused historical map collections and no cost mapping applications that aid the trail of your ancestors.
Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System
England’s probate records can be complicated. Learn simple processes to identify the appropriate courts to search and what you are likely to find.
Magnificent, Magical, Mesmerizing Manuscript Collections
Genealogists grossly underutilize manuscripts. This lecture will help you locate them, understand what information they can yield, and use them to break down brick walls!
Dawes Act Allotment Land for Native American Freedman in Oklahoma
Do you have Native American Freedmen ancestors in Oklahoma? Did they get Dawes Act allotment land? Find the records of their land.
Deeds Not Words: Researching the Merchant Marines
Without the sacrifice and dedication of the Merchant Marines, officially formed in 1936, our wars of the twentieth century could have turned out quite different.
Genealogists & Societies Need These Free & Awesome Apps
Learn creative ways to share your message effectively! These apps are perfect both for genealogists sharing family history, and societies seeking to create engagement.
Digital Organization for Everyone
As genealogists, we are constantly seeking better ways to organize our treasures. Make sense of your electronic chaos, and get organized, digitally!
Norway Research: It has Never Been Better
Learn about an important set of new content collections recently produced and published in cooperation with the National Archives of Norway.
Local Sources Lead to Ancestral Answers
Finding long distance local documents from home is a methodology for both online and offline efforts. Enjoy 4 stories of research success using these tips.
Finding the Stories of Military Women in WWI
Thousands of women served in and with the military in the Great War. Learn how to uncover their stories in official records and other resources.
Practical Tools for Family History Writers
Learn about software, apps, and websites which help family historians find context, develop ancestor and personal story ideas, and hone their writing skills.
Memories: Compiling a Genealogical Society Anniversary Booklet
Compiling and sharing your society’s history is vital. How to prepare, involve others, a content checklist, ways to distribute, and use it for society marketing.
Illinois Case Studies: Integration of DNA & Documentary Evidence
Case examples demonstrate research strategies integrating evidence from documentary and genetic sources to prove genetic relationship conclusions.
Johannes or Johan: Learning How to Read Latin in Catholic Church Records
Learn how to extract genealogical information from Catholic Church records. Also learn how to translate a name from Latin to the language of the country.
Whether the Weather and Its Impact on Our Ancestors
Weather has affected our ancestors whether they are farmers or urban residents. Local, regional and worldwide impacts of the weather will be reviewed.
Jayhawkers & Border Ruffians: The Migrant Groups of Bleeding Kansas
New England and Missouri migrants entered Kansas to discuss slavery. Learn why and how they got to Kansas and the records that tell their stories.
Resources for Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor Online
Find out about what valuable genealogical resources are available to bring your War of 1812 ancestor’s service to life.
Skills to Grow Your Genealogy Business
Do you have the genealogy and business skills to start or grow your genealogy business? What skills are they? Let’s explore ways to improve them.
Navigating the GDPR
Develop a better understanding of the European General Data Protection Regulation and what it means for societies and record repositories outside of Europe.
Finding Family with DNA Testing
See how DNA tests find and reunite lost relatives, from the first adoptee success story through the positive and negative consequences of today’s huge databases.
Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
Examine migration patterns from Ireland to the US and Canada, including the Scots-Irish looking at the push and pull factors, and how to find origin.
Five Proven Techniques to Finding Your Ancestors’ European Origin
Any of five kinds of searches can overcome the three major challenges in finding American immigrants in European records.
Native American Wars During & After the Civil War
After the Civil War federal policy gave the Native Americans two choices; assimilate or live peacefully on reservations. Some thought there was a third choice.
Show Me the CarFax: The Purposes of Genealogical Documentation
Like buying a used car using “Carfax,” good genealogy needs documentation. Otherwise, we may end up with a “lemon” or “crash” into a “brick wall.”
Simple Strategies to Improve Your Web Design
Maximize your site’s reach. Learn how to tweak your society website or blog to make it more professional and visitor-friendly.
You CAN Take It With You: Mobile Technology for Genealogy!
Utilizing cell phones, tablets and laptops in genealogy is quicker when using mobile apps, social media groups and membership organizations. Don’t lug heavy notebooks!
Getting the Most Out of Ancestry
Explore the major areas of the Ancestry.com website and see some favorite tools for advancing your family history research, including some you can access for free.
Illegitimacy, Desertion & Divorce: Using Indirect Evidence to identify Nicholas Mauer
Utilizing indirect evidence, comparative timelines, and historical context we will prove that the Nicholas Mauer of Germany, Indiana, and Minnesota is the same man.
Buffalo Soldiers in the Western Frontier
Post Civil War, Black soldiers were stationed in the West to assist new settlers. What was life like for these “Buffalo Soldiers?”
DNA Evidence and the Genealogical Proof Standard
This lecture summarizes and provides practical examples of the new and modified DNA-related standards within the context of the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
Finding Your Relatives on MyHeritage Effortlessly
MyHeritage helps find relatives effortlessly, grow your tree and enrich it with photos, extend your family tree and reveal long-lost relatives, and searches the archives.
Using Y-DNA Testing for Advanced Problem Solving
How can Y-DNA testing bring success to genealogical research? How do you interpret those confusing results? Learn how to make Y-DNA testing work for you!
Researching Indigenous People: First Nation, Native, Indian
Researching indigenous peoples of the U.S. and Canada utilizes unique record groups & strategies. Learn about records, spiritual and family concepts from a Native woman’s experience.
What Organizations Did Your Ancestors Join? Oh, the Records That Exist!
They did join (rich, poor, city, rural) and the records are vast. Examples of records, finding aids, and locations of these records are shared.
Adoption Research in the MidWest: History, Genealogy, Legacy
Adoption research requires special research methodologies and often runs into roadblocks due to current law and privacy concerns. Historic context is presented with research tips.
Dissecting a Civil War Pension Packet—Union and Confederate
Learn about the history of these records, typical contents and the impact of the law for both Confederate and Union pension packets.
Restructuring Society for a Healthy, Active Membership
Is your society waning? Restructuring the group may encourage and motivate growth in membership and volunteers.
Image Mining: Tips for Locating Digital Records on Major Websites and Beyond
Learn how to more effectively navigate major genealogy sites and other online resources to find digital images you didn’t know were online.
Using Ebay, Etsy, and Other Sites to Find Family History Treasures
Learn how to locate family heirlooms using effective search strategies and how to use popular sales and auction sites as a family history research tool.
Reconnecting: Using DNA testing to find family scattered by slavery
Sherman McRae, great-great-grandson of a man born into slavery, discusses how DNA testing is a powerful tool to complement archival information in compiling one’s story.
Jumping the Pond: Discovering Your German Ancestor’s Place of Origin
Finding the ancestral place origin is essential research progress. This lecture will review sources and methods for discovering this oft-elusive piece of data.
Smooth Sailing – Discovering Ship Passenger Lists
Learn how to be successful finding your ancestors in ship passenger records.
Kansas Settlers: The Pursuit of Land before 1900
The land battle was a conflict between Native Americans, railroad barons, pioneer-squatters, Homesteaders, Civil War Veterans, jayhawkers and more. The story plays out in the records.
Records of Forts and Posts
Army forts and posts record-keeping fall into three periods: before 1821, and before and after WWI. National Archives record groups deal with these records.
Making a Difference: Working with Your State Archivist and Vital Record Officers
Learn best practices for working with state archivists, state vital records officers, and county clerks to improve access to vital records and other public records.
Facebook Groups: *Now* I’m a Believer!
In our social media age, Facebook Groups offer an exciting way for family historians to connect with relatives near and far, known and unknown.
Finding Stories: Turning Names & Dates Into an Impactful Family History
Learn about several strategies for weaving the details you discover in records into an impactful family history.
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Improving Your Genealogical Society: Ideas for Greater Success
Maintaining a growing membership can be challenging in a digital world. Learn how your society can be successful too!