Program Schedule

Wednesday, September 2nd

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Using Technology to Stay Abreast in Genealogy

T-217

Genealogy and learning evolved over the last decade. But some phenomenal, quality online learning is available as close as your laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

Show Description
Technology

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Finding Family with DNA Testing

W-102

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.

Show Description
DNA

Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine

W-103
Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv

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.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

Five Proven Techniques to Finding Your Ancestors’ European Origin

W-104
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Any of five kinds of searches can overcome the three major challenges in finding American immigrants in European records.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Bicentennial Missouri Where It Started: Looking At Pre-Statehood Missouri Records

W-105

Our early ancestors settled in or migrated through the land now defined as Missouri. Overcome the challenges of ferreting Missouri pre-statehood records using actual documents.

Show Description
Midwest

Native American Wars During & After the Civil War

W-106
Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

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 Description
Military

Show Me the CarFax: The Purposes of Genealogical Documentation

W-107

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.”

Show Description
Professional

Simple Strategies to Improve Your Web Design

W-108

Maximize your site’s reach. Learn how to tweak your society website or blog to make it more professional and visitor-friendly.

Show Description
Society Management

You CAN Take It With You: Mobile Technology for Genealogy!

W-109

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!

Show Description
Technology

Getting the Most Out of Ancestry

W-110

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.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry

Using the “What Are the Odds?” (WATO) Tool

W-111

This tool uses calculations to help determine relationships to their DNA matches. Learn how to set up hypotheses and interpret data from this tool.

Show Description
Workshop

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Overcoming DNA Overwhelm—Organizing Your DNA Matches

W-112

Over 26 million people have DNA tested. Most have thousands of matches. Learn some things you can do to overcome DNA overwhelm.

Show Description
DNA

Missouri and the WPA Slave Narratives

W-113

Explore the Missouri WPA Slave Narratives, the rich genealogical details provided by former slaves and the research potential that the interviews offer.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

Illegitimacy, Desertion & Divorce: Using Indirect Evidence to identify Nicholas Mauer

W-114
Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Utilizing indirect evidence, comparative timelines, and historical context we will prove that the Nicholas Mauer of Germany, Indiana, and Minnesota is the same man.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Researching Official Records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

W-115

Get an orientation of records in the church library—including official church records, periodicals, personal papers and photographs—and how to search these collections.

Show Description
Midwest
Sponsored by Family History Department

Buffalo Soldiers in the Western Frontier

W-116

Post Civil War, Black soldiers were stationed in the West to assist new settlers. What was life like for these “Buffalo Soldiers?”

Show Description
Military

DNA Evidence and the Genealogical Proof Standard

W-117
Karen Stanbary, CG, MA, LCSW

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.

Show Description
Professional

Five Projects Your Society Can Start Today – CANCELED

W-118

Projects boost society health by building relationships, identifying volunteers and prospective board members, and growing membership. Try these five project ideas with your group.

Show Description
Society Management

The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology

W-119

Sharpen your online search skills with this proven Google search methodology updated for 2020 that is guaranteed to improve your genealogical searching with Google.

Show Description
Technology

Finding Your Relatives on MyHeritage Effortlessly

W-120

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.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by MyHeritage

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Being the Voice for your Society

W-121

For generations, societies have made an impact on the genealogical community. Their voices can continue to influence genealogy into the future.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding
Sponsored by FGS

Being the Voice for your Society

W-121

For generations, societies have made an impact on the genealogical community. Their voices can continue to influence genealogy into the future.

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by FGS

Why Genealogy Matters to Public Libraries

W-141

Public libraries should care about genealogy as a pursuit of library ideals. Hear about the why and how of creating genealogical collections in the public library setting.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality
Sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library

Why Genealogy Matters to Public Libraries

W-141

Public libraries should care about genealogy as a pursuit of library ideals. Hear about the why and how of creating genealogical collections in the public library setting.

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library

The MyHeritage Top 10: New Collections, Website Functionality, and DNA Tools

W-142

This luncheon session will provide an overview of the most notable new collections, website functionality, and DNA tools.

Show Description
Luncheon
Sponsored by MyHeritage

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Digital Organization for Everyone

T-235

As genealogists, we are constantly seeking better ways to organize our treasures. Make sense of your electronic chaos, and get organized, digitally!

Show Description
Technology

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Using Y-DNA Testing for Advanced Problem Solving

W-122

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!

Show Description
DNA

Researching Indigenous People: First Nation, Native, Indian

W-123

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.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

What Organizations Did Your Ancestors Join? Oh, the Records That Exist!

W-124
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

They did join (rich, poor, city, rural) and the records are vast. Examples of records, finding aids, and locations of these records are shared.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Adoption Research in the MidWest: History, Genealogy, Legacy

W-125

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.

Show Description
Midwest

Dissecting a Civil War Pension Packet—Union and Confederate

W-126

Learn about the history of these records, typical contents and the impact of the law for both Confederate and Union pension packets.

Show Description
Military

BCG Certification Seminar (Part 1)

W-127
Karen Stanbary, CG, MA, LCSW
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

In this 2-hour interactive forum, current associates share various pathways to certification and how to begin the process.

Show Description
Professional
Sponsored by BCG

Restructuring Society for a Healthy, Active Membership

W-128

Is your society waning? Restructuring the group may encourage and motivate growth in membership and volunteers.

Show Description
Society Management

Image Mining: Tips for Locating Digital Records on Major Websites and Beyond

W-129

Learn how to more effectively navigate major genealogy sites and other online resources to find digital images you didn’t know were online.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by BYU

Using Ebay, Etsy, and Other Sites to Find Family History Treasures

W-130

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.

Show Description
Technology

Using Google’s My Maps As a Planning & Analysis Tool – CANCELED

W-131

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.

Show Description
Workshop

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Reconnecting: Using DNA testing to find family scattered by slavery

W-132

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.

Show Description
DNA
Sponsored by Family Tree DNA

Jumping the Pond: Discovering Your German Ancestor’s Place of Origin – CANCELED

W-133
Scott Holl, MA, MLIS

Finding the ancestral place origin is essential research progress. This lecture will review sources and methods for discovering this oft-elusive piece of data.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

Smooth Sailing – Discovering Ship Passenger Lists

W-134
Dana A. Palmer, CG, CGL

Learn how to be successful finding your ancestors in ship passenger records.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Kansas Settlers: The Pursuit of Land before 1900

W-135

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.

Show Description
Midwest

Records of Forts and Posts

W-136
Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

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.

Show Description
Military

BCG Certification Seminar (Part 2)

W-137
Karen Stanbary, CG, MA, LCSW
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

In this 2-hour interactive forum, current associates share various pathways to certification and how to begin the process.

Show Description
Professional
Sponsored by BCG

Making a Difference: Working with Your State Archivist and Vital Record Officers

W-138

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.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by Records Preservation and Access Committee

Facebook Groups: *Now* I’m a Believer!

W-139

In our social media age, Facebook Groups offer an exciting way for family historians to connect with relatives near and far, known and unknown.

Show Description
Technology

Finding Stories: Turning Names & Dates Into an Impactful Family History

W-140

Learn about several strategies for weaving the details you discover in records into an impactful family history.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry