Speakers

Allen, Jan Meisels

Jan Meisels Allen

Jan Meisels Allen is President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley & Ventura County (JGSCV), and the chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee (PRAMC).

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Fred Moss
Jan Meisels Allen
Janet A. Alpert, FNGS

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.

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Society Management
Sponsored by Records Preservation and Access Committee

Alpert, Janet A., FNGS

Jan Alpert

Janet Alpert, FNGS, is the Chair of RPAC, former NGS president and NGS board member. She is the Chair of the NGS Conference committee, and a speaker at local, state, and national conferences.

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Fred Moss
Jan Meisels Allen
Janet A. Alpert, FNGS

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

Baird, Brandon, AG

Brandon Baird

Brandon Baird works at the Family History Library on the Latin America research team, assisting patrons with French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese ancestry.

Johannes or Johan: Learning How to Read Latin in Catholic Church Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Brandon Baird, AG

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.

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Ethnicity/Nationality
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Barcomb, Kristin Brooks

Kristin Barcomb

KB Barcomb specializes in WWI and WWII genealogical research. A retired Army officer, she is passionate about sharing the many nuances and details discoverable in service and war-era records.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Maximizing Internet Archive

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kristin Brooks Barcomb

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.

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Technology

Grandpa Was a Tail-gunner: Researching Army Air Corps Ancestors

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kristin Brooks Barcomb

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.

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Military

The Men & Women of the YMCA and How They Impacted WWI

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kristin Brooks Barcomb

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.

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Military

Bergheimer, Kelli, MSM

Kelli Bergheimer

Kelli Bergheimer owns Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with blog and online store. Kelli is the facilitator of Genetics, Genealogy and You.

Understanding Your DNA Health Reports

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kelli Bergheimer, MSM

Do you have a health report from 23 & Me or Promethease? Learn how to analyze and talk to your doctor about your risk factors.

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DNA

Understanding Inheritance Patterns: Y, mt, at, X-DNA

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kelli Bergheimer, MSM

Use autosomal-DNA, Y-DNA, mt-DNA, and X-DNA inheritance patterns to help you do targeted testing.

Show Description
DNA

Berryhill, Kelsey

Kelsey Berryhill

Kelsey Berryhill is a Reference Archivist at the Missouri State Archives. She has a bachelor’s in anthropology and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

Mayhem, Murder and Moonshine: Using State and Federal Penitentiary Records for Genealogy

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kelsey Berryhill

Utilizing Missouri State and Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary Records, learn how these non-traditional record groups can be used as genealogical sources.

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Midwest
Sponsored by Missouri State Archives

Brophy, Michael

Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He was featured on Who Do You Think You Are?

The Orphan Train Movement: Ohio, the Midwest, and Beyond

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael Brophy

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.

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Midwest

Shamrocks in Cyberspace: Irish Genealogy Databases

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael Brophy

Information about our Irish ancestors is exploding on the internet. The best websites for Irish research are explored and analyzed.

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Ethnicity/Nationality

Forensic Genealogy: Law & Order Meets Family History

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael Brophy

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.

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DNA

Adoption Research in the MidWest: History, Genealogy, Legacy

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael Brophy

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.

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Midwest

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.

Latest Developments in Company Tools for DNA

Friday, September 4th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Angie Bush

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.

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Workshop

Tips and Techniques for Writing about Your DNA Matches

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Angie Bush

It can be challenging to include DNA test results in conclusions. Learn some techniques to incorporate all of the evidence into a genealogical conclusion.

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DNA

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

Thursday, September 3rd 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Angie Bush

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

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Workshop

Cassara, Michael

Michael Cassara

Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in New York City. Specializing in Italian research, he blogs at DigiRoots.net and can be found online at @DigiRoots.

Digital Organization for Everyone

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael Cassara

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

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Technology

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael Cassara

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

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Technology

Cloud, Janine

Janine Cloud

Janine Cloud began working at FamilyTreeDNA in 2011 where she created the Group Projects team she now manages. She is also the event coordinator, as well as presenting talks at conferences, as well as numerous local organizations. Janine is a fifth-generation Texan and a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.

Targeted testing to solve genealogical puzzles

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Janine Cloud

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.

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Technology
Sponsored by Family Tree DNA

Cooke, Lisa Louise

Lisa Louise Cooke

International speaker, author, and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast (available at genealogygems.com) and all podcasting apps, Lisa is also a columnist and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

Solving Unidentified Photo Album Cases

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Lisa Louise Cooke

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.

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Professional

Genealogists & Societies Need These Free & Awesome Apps

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Lisa Louise Cooke

Learn creative ways to share your message effectively! These apps are perfect both for genealogists sharing family history, and societies seeking to create engagement.

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Society Management

The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Lisa Louise Cooke

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

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Live!

Cowan, Crista

Crista Cowan

Christa Cowan has been 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.

ThruLines and other AncestryDNA tools

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Crista Cowan

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.

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Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry

What’s New on Ancestry

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Crista Cowan

An overview of the new and exciting tools and features Ancestry has developed to help you with your family trees and your DNA.

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Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry

Getting the Most Out of Ancestry

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Crista Cowan

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.

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Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry

Davidson, Kathryn

Fold 3, Find A Grave & Newspapers

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Kathryn Davidson

Review the highlights and updates to Ancestry’s additional sites: Fold3, Find A Grave, and Newspapers.

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Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry

Dougan, John

John Dougan

John Dougan, Missouri State Archivist and immediate past-president of the Council of State Archivists, is the chief administrator for the Secretary of State’s Records and Archives Division. In this position, he is responsible for preserving and providing access to all Missouri’s state and local government records. Best known for his work to provide online access to genealogical records, John’s leadership has led to the development of award-winning Missouri State Archives, Missouri Digital Heritage and Shelby County Tennessee Archives websites.

What Probate Inventories Tell Us About Missouri Frontier Life

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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John Dougan

As Missouri became a state 200 years ago, what items were common on the homestead and how were they used.

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Midwest
Sponsored by Missouri State Archives

Earl, Daniel

Daniel Earl

Dan has been doing family history for over thirty years and serves on the board for numerous genealogical societies.

Social Media Basics for Genealogical Societies

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Daniel Earl

Is your society social media savvy? If not, you need to be. Stop missing potential members and learn how to use social media.

Show Description
Society Management

Signed, Sealed & Delivered: Mail Order Brides in the American MidWest

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Daniel Earl

This lecture looks at mail order brides and matrimonial newspapers from the turn of the last century, focusing on the Midwestern US.

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Midwest

Everett, Joseph B., MLS, AG

Joseph B. Everett

Joe is the BYU Genealogy Librarian and has worked at FamilySearch and Ancestry.com. He has degrees in Genealogy, Russian, and Library Science and is accredited in German and Russian research.

There’s a Map for That: Digital Resources for Mapping Your Family History

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG

Maps are important tools for genealogists and help bring ancestors to life. Learn about some great online map resources and how to use them.

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Technology
Sponsored by BYU

Who Moved My Microfilm? Thriving with Research in a Post-Microfilm Era

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG

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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding
Sponsored by BYU

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG

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

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Technology
Sponsored by BYU

Foulk, Beth

Beth Foulk

Foulk has been turning her research discoveries into teachable moments since 2008. Her focus is Early American Colonial and Pioneer history and genealogy.

Jayhawkers & Border Ruffians: The Migrant Groups of Bleeding Kansas

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Beth Foulk

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.

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Midwest

Kansas Settlers: The Pursuit of Land before 1900

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Beth Foulk

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.

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Midwest

Garner, LaDonna, MA

LaDonna Garner

LaDonna Garner, M.A., is a historic consultant and professional genealogist in Southeast Missouri. Current projects regard forgotten communities and cemetery preservation for a greater understanding of people, places, and cultural heritage.

Patches ‘n Pieces: Researching Documents for Rural Missouri African Americans

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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LaDonna Garner, MA

Patch together evidence to prove African American ancestors existed in rural Missouri by understanding the records encountered, stitched with local history as footprints.

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Midwest

The Dusty Register: Researching Missouri Courthouse Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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LaDonna Garner, MA

Missouri courthouses are rich in genealogical resources but are often underused. Maximize your research with county registers and records in the Show Me State.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

Useful Maps & Apps for Genealogy Research

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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LaDonna Garner, MA

Explore several underused historical map collections and no cost mapping applications that aid the trail of your ancestors.

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Technology

Restructuring Society for a Healthy, Active Membership

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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LaDonna Garner, MA

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

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Society Management

Gillespie, Patti

Patti Gillespie

Patti Gillespie stays busy in and out of Texas with presentations and client research. She lives in Decatur, TX with her husband and rescue dog.

Military Pension Records: Vital Records in Disguise!

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-349
Patti Gillespie

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.

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Military

Census Sense: Clues and Conundrums for Intermediate

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Patti Gillespie

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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

Local Sources Lead to Ancestral Answers

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-239
Patti Gillespie

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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

Hedgecock, Laura

Laura Hedgecock

Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, and speaker who’s passionate about helping others tell their family stories. She serves as President of GeneaBloggers and offers tips and resources at TreasureChestofMemories.com.

Practical Tools for Family History Writers

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-242
Laura Hedgecock

Learn about software, apps, and websites which help family historians find context, develop ancestor and personal story ideas, and hone their writing skills.

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Professional

Simple Strategies to Improve Your Web Design

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Elizabeth M. O'Neal
Laura Hedgecock

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

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Society Management

Hill, Richard

Richard Hill

Richard Hill, the first adoptee to identify his birth family through genetic genealogy DNA tests, is a popular DNA speaker and the author of two books on DNA testing.

Y-Chromosome Insights & Strategies

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-345
Richard Hill

Learn all about Y-DNA tests and see how testing the right males can break through genealogical brick walls in your family tree.

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DNA

Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T -237
Richard Hill

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.

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DNA

Finding Family with DNA Testing

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Richard Hill

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.

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DNA

Holl, Scott, MA, MLIS

Scott Holl

Scott Holl is manager of History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library and archivist at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

When is a Lutheran not a Lutheran? The (German) Evangelical Synod

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Scott Holl, MA, MLIS

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.

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Ethnicity/Nationality

Of Non-Noble Lineage: Deutsches Geschlechterbuch as a German genealogical resource

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Scott Holl, MA, MLIS

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.

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Ethnicity/Nationality

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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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.

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Ethnicity/Nationality

Horowitz, Daniel

Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz, as genealogy expert at MyHeritage, 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).

Genealogy on the Go: The MyHeritage Mobile App

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Daniel Horowitz

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.

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Technology
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Finding Your Relatives on MyHeritage Effortlessly

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Daniel Horowitz

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.

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Technology
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Jones, Karen Mauer, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Karen Mauer Jones

Karen Mauer Jones is an author, lecturer, professional genealogist, and former editor of NYG&B Record. She has served on the boards of APG and FGS.

Writing for Publication in Scholarly Genealogical Journals

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Submitting articles for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals is discussed, including the submission process, common mistakes, and working with an editor.

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Professional

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

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

Tom Jones

Tom, award-winning genealogical author and life-long researcher, is a well-known speaker at genealogy conferences, institutes, and local seminars. He wrote the popular textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation.

When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn A Proved Conclusion?

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Even thorough research can overlook relevant sources. What happens when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion?

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Professional

Building a Respectable Genealogy, One Documented Biography at a Time

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
F-330
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

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.

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Live!

Five Proven Techniques to Finding Your Ancestors’ European Origin

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

Koford, Rebecca Whitman, CG, CGL

Rebecca Koford

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

Military District of Ohio & Federal Bounty Land Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

Ohio was settled in part by land warrants obtained by service to the Revolutionary. Discussion involves finding federal records for bounty-land.

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Military

Missing— Presumed Dead: A Case Study of a Civil War Soldier’s Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

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.

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Military

Lacopo, Michael D., DVM

Michael Lacopo

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, with specialties in German research, Mid-Atlantic American research, genetic genealogy, social history, and advanced problem-solving.

Solving 18th Century Genealogical Dilemmas with Autosomal DNA

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

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.

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DNA

I Am Poor, Obscure, Plain, and Little. Researching the Invisible Ancestor

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

If your ancestors had little money, did not buy and sell land, leave wills or probates, or purchase gravestones, how do you find them?

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

Magnificent, Magical, Mesmerizing Manuscript Collections

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

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!

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Methodology/Skillbuilding

Using Y-DNA Testing for Advanced Problem Solving

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

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!

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DNA

Lambert, David Allen

David Allen Lambert

David is the Chief Genealogist of NEHGS, having worked there since 1993. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author and co-host of Extreme Genes Family History Radio Show and Podcast.

Researching Veterans of Colonial Wars and Conflicts

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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David Allen Lambert

Discover the primary and secondary sources to uncover details about your ancestors who served in Colonial American wars and conflicts before 1775.

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Military
Sponsored by NEHGS

Lovelace, Janice, Ph.D

Janice Lovelace

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI) and author of the National Genealogical Society’s online continuing education course on African American genealogy.

Building Membership: Becoming a More Inclusive Society

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Janice Lovelace, Ph.D

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.

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Society Management

Dawes Act Allotment Land for Native American Freedman in Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-231
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D

Do you have Native American Freedmen ancestors in Oklahoma? Did they get Dawes Act allotment land? Find the records of their land.

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Midwest

Buffalo Soldiers in the Western Frontier

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Janice Lovelace, Ph.D

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

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Military

Lyttle, Annette Burke

Annette Burke Lyttle

Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist whose lecture specialties include research methods, military and other record groups, migration, Quakers, and finding and telling our ancestors’ stories.

Exodusters: 19th Century Freedmen’s Colonies in Kansas

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Annette Burke Lyttle

After the Civil War, many Freedmen moved to homesteading colonies in Kansas. Learn about this important chapter in the history of American migration.

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Midwest

Why, When, Where, How & Who: Hiring A Professional Genealogist

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-206
Annette Burke Lyttle

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.

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Professional

Finding the Stories of Military Women in WWI

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-241
Annette Burke Lyttle

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.

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Military

MacEntee, Thomas

Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.

Low-Cost No-Cost Tech Upgrades for Genealogy Societies

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Thomas MacEntee

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!

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Society Management

Mansfield, Michael, MSLIS

Mike Mansfield is the Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage and has been professionally active in the genealogy domain for the last 20 years.

Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-346
Michael Mansfield, MSLIS

Learn about civil registration records in England and Wales and how you can access the index to these records and procure the certificates.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Using City Directories to Advance Your Research

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-438
Michael Mansfield, MSLIS

Learn about an incredible new collection of U.S. City Directories at MyHeritage and how these materials can help you advance your research.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by MyHeritage

Norway Research: It has Never Been Better

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-238
Michael Mansfield, MSLIS

Learn about an important set of new content collections recently produced and published in cooperation with the National Archives of Norway.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality
Sponsored by MyHeritage

McComb, Melanie

Melanie McComb

Melanie is a staff genealogist for American Ancestors. She is also an international lecturer with expertise in New England, Prince Edward Ireland, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media, and military records. She is also a blogger known as The Shamrock Genealogist.

All Aboard! Locating Railroad Crew Members in Your Family Tree

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-434
Melanie McComb

This lecture will explore how to find records in various archives for your railroad crew ancestors.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding
Sponsored by NEHGS

McKee, Mary

Mary McKee

Mary McKee 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.

British and Irish Non-conformist & Quaker Records on Findmypast records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-316
Mary McKee

This presentation highlights the exclusive British and Irish Non-conformist and Quaker records available on Findmypast.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by Findmypast

Getting the most from the British Newspaper Archive

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-407
Mary McKee

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.

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by Findmypast

Getting Started with FindMyPast

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-433
Mary McKee

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.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality
Sponsored by Findmypast

Navigating the GDPR

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-251
Mary McKee

Develop a better understanding of the European General Data Protection Regulation and what it means for societies and record repositories outside of Europe.

Show Description
Society Management
Sponsored by Findmypast

McMillin, Teresa Steinkamp, CG

Teresa McMillin

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866, specializes in German research. She created courses for Ancestry Academy and Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Naturalization: The Path to Citizenship

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-311
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Read the Tabloids: German Church Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-409
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

So You’ve Found Your Town of Origin: Now What?

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-202
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

McRae, Sherman

Sherman McRae

Sherman McRae’s journey toward discovering his family story began when he searched the 1940 census and found his grandmother listed as a child living with her young parents and paternal grandparents. That initial discovery set him on the path to tracing his great-grandfather’s lineage through various archival records and then to the field of genetic genealogy. He currently works as a Group Project Liaison for FamilyTreeDNA.

Reconnecting: Using DNA testing to find family scattered by slavery

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-132
Sherman McRae

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

Miller, Christina

Butter, Beeves, and Bowel Obstructions: Using Missouri’s Federal Census Non-Population Schedules

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-303
Christina Miller

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.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding
Sponsored by Missouri State Archives

Milner, Paul, FUGA, MDiv

Paul Milner

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.

Irish Land Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-310
Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv

Learn what land records exist for Irish research, 17th Century to the present. Understand why they were created, how to access, use and interpret.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-229
Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv

England’s probate records can be complicated. Learn simple processes to identify the appropriate courts to search and what you are likely to find.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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

Mitts, Char

Char Mitts is the owner, principal researcher, and lecturer for C & J Genealogical Services and President of the Johnson County Genealogical Society. She has been its president for over 5 years, and on its board before that. Char has been doing genealogy since 1975 and has been a Temple and Family History Consultant for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for over 35 years.

A Society for Today’s World

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-435
Char Mitts

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.

Show Description
Midwest
Sponsored by Johnson County Genealogical Society

Moore, CeCe

CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is a professional genetic genealogist who is best known for her work as the DNA expert on the new ABC series “The Genetic Detective” and the PBS television series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Strategies of “The Genetic Detective”

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
CeCe Moore

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.

Show Description
Live!

Morelli, Jill, CG

Jill Morelli

Jill Morelli, CG® lectures nationwide, writes and takes clients based on her Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors with a focus on intermediate and advanced methodologies, and unique record sets.

Friedrich Christian Eiler: Proving Identity with Scant Clues

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-342
Jill Morelli, CG

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.

Show Description
Professional

Whether the Weather and Its Impact on Our Ancestors

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-247
Jill Morelli, CG

Weather has affected our ancestors whether they are farmers or urban residents. Local, regional and worldwide impacts of the weather will be reviewed.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Dissecting a Civil War Pension Packet—Union and Confederate

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-126
Jill Morelli, CG

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

Moss, Fred

Fred Moss

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

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-138
Fred Moss
Jan Meisels Allen
Janet A. Alpert, FNGS

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

Muhn, Judy Nimer

Judy Nimer Muhn

Judy is an international speaker, workshop leader, and nonprofit expert. Researching her genealogy since 12, she specializes in French-Canadian, Native, Michigan, and Canadian research through her Lineage Journeys work.

Fund Raising for Genealogical Societies

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-207
Judy Nimer Muhn

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.

Show Description
Society Management

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-109
Judy Nimer Muhn

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

Researching Indigenous People: First Nation, Native, Indian

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-123
Judy Nimer Muhn

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

O'Neal, Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M O'Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of topics. She currently serves as the FGS Webmaster. Her passion is using technology and social media to enrich the experience of genealogy research and family history storytelling.

Resources for Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor Online

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-249
Elizabeth M. O'Neal

Find out about what valuable genealogical resources are available to bring your War of 1812 ancestor’s service to life.

Show Description
Military

Simple Strategies to Improve Your Web Design

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-108
Elizabeth M. O'Neal
Laura Hedgecock

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

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-130
Elizabeth M. O'Neal

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

Palmer, Dana A., CG, CGL

Dana Palmer

Dana Palmer, CG, is a teacher, lecturer, author, and professional genealogist. Her expertise focuses on Midwestern (Ohio) Research, family books, photo editing, and lineage societies.

Enter the Digital Age: Design An Exceptional Society Website

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-351
Dana A. Palmer, CG, CGL

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.

Show Description
Society Management

Improving Your Genealogical Society: Ideas for Greater Success

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
T-224
Dana A. Palmer, CG, CGL

Maintaining a growing membership can be challenging in a digital world. Learn how your society can be successful too!

Show Description
Society Management

Smooth Sailing – Discovering Ship Passenger Lists

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-134
Dana A. Palmer, CG, CGL

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

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Petersen, Stacie

Stacie Petersen

Stacie Petersen is the Exhibitions Manager and Registrar at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. The Museum and Memorial began collecting artifacts in 1920 and holds the most comprehensive collection of Great War artifacts in the world. Under Petersen’s guidance, the Museum and Memorial has begun to digitize and provide resources online with over 40,000 object records currently available. These records have been accessed over 1.5 million times in nearly 170 countries.

Find Your World War I Connection

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-436
Stacie Petersen

Learn about the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and how to use the Museum and Memorial archive to further your genealogical research.

Show Description
Military
Sponsored by WWI Museum

Powell, Elissa Scalise, CG, CGL

Elissa Powell

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, is a western Pennsylvania researcher, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) co-director; IGHR course coordinator for “Professional Genealogy,” and 2017 APG Professional Achievement Award winner.

More Than a Program: Society Event Planning Discussion

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-307
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

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.

Show Description
Society Management

Baker’s Dozen Steps to Writing Research Reports as You Go

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-333
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Become an efficient researcher who can record and analyze results in a report that enhances the research process no matter who the recipient is.

Show Description
Professional

Show Me the CarFax: The Purposes of Genealogical Documentation

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-107
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

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

Reeder, Daniel

Daniel Reeder is a Research Analyst at the Missouri State Archives. He also serves as the eVolunteer Coordinator, overseeing the Missouri State Archives’ indexing projects.

Show Me More Soldier Records: Accessing State & Local Adjutant General Files

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-222
Daniel Reeder

Military service was much different in the past than it is today. Documentation found in state and local records often fill in the gaps.

Show Description
Military
Sponsored by Missouri State Archives

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

David Rencher

David Rencher 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.

FGS: Celebrating the Past and the Future

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
David E. Rencher, CG, AG, FIGRS, FUGA, FASG

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.

Show Description
Live!

Russell, Judy G., JD, CG, CGL

Judy Russell

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist, uses her law degree to provide expert guidance through the murky territory where law, history, and genealogy come together. Contact her at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.

Of Delinquents and Common Scolds: Women, Children and Criminal Justice

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-320
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The crimes only women could commit. The things that landed kids in jail. All creating records for genealogists to use in our family histories.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Horse Thieves, Sabbath Breakers and Disobedient Children: Early Missouri Laws

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-403
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

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.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Courting Missouri: The Courts of the Show-Me State

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-411
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

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.

Show Description
Midwest

Quarantined! Genealogy, The Law & Public Health

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
T-220
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

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.

Show Description
Live!

Sayre, Pamela Boyer, CG, FUGA

Pamela Sayre

Pam Boyer Sayre is a professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer who has coordinated and taught at IGHR, GRIP, and SLIG. She is the former NGS director of education/publications and former board member of NGS and FGS.

Clues in Missouri Migration

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-331
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

Many westward migrants stopped a short time or stayed for several generations in Missouri. Where did they come from and where did they go?

Show Description
Midwest

Don’t Underutilize Adobe Acrobat Pro

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-350
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

Many users underestimate Adobe Acrobat Pro by only creating simple PDF documents. Learn to master all the powerful features to produce excellent professional publications.

Show Description
Professional

Missouri Research from a Distance

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-221
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

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 Description
Midwest

Sayre, Richard, CG, CGL, FUGA

Richard Sayre

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, has expertise in the areas of National Archives, Irish research, land records, government documents, federal land law, military records and urban research. He coordinates and teaches courses at national institutes.

General Land Office Website: Essential for Midwest Research

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-321
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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.

Show Description
Midwest

Finding Your Ancestors in Military Bounty Land Applications

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-341
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Many bounty land records rival pension records in their value. Find these records and locate bounty land, including state bounty land using online tools.

Show Description
Military

Government Documents: Territorial Papers of the United States and American State Papers

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-410
Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Scott, Craig R., MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Scott

Craig Scott is a researcher for over thirty years, specializing in problem-solving, military records, Quaker records, and publishing. He is President & CEO, Heritage Books, Inc.

Civil War Prisoner of War Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-412
Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

POW records from during the Civil War and after can be an interesting resource. Learn what records exist in and outside of the CMSR.

Show Description
Military

Missouri Units in the Civil War

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-204
Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

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.

Show Description
Midwest

Native American Wars During & After the Civil War

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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

Records of Forts and Posts

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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

Sparrow, Beth E.

Beth Sparrow

Beth Sparrow has been researching for over 15 years, has been a professional for 7, and currently serves as NSGS President and APG representative. She has small group speaking experience.

Christian Research: Baptists, Lutherans and Methodists

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-203
Beth E. Sparrow

This will cover church records for the Christian denominations of Baptists, Lutherans and Methodists.

Show Description
Methodology/Skillbuilding

Researching Nebraska: Honestly, It’s Not for Everyone

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-213
Beth E. Sparrow

This presentation will cover how and where to research your Nebraska ancestors.

Show Description
Midwest
Sponsored by Nebraska State Genealogical Society

Stanbary, Karen, CG, MA, LCSW

Karen Stanbary

Karen Stanbary 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.

Blasting the Myth: Mitochondrial DNA Evidence Is Useful for Genealogy

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-318
Karen Stanbary, CG, MA, LCSW

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.

Show Description
DNA

DNA—A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Toolbox

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-210
Karen Stanbary, CG, MA, LCSW

DNA test results are much more than ethnicity reports. We explore the practical applicability of DNA tests to everyday genealogical problems in unexpected ways.

Show Description
DNA

Illinois Case Studies: Integration of DNA & Documentary Evidence

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-245
Karen Stanbary, CG, MA, LCSW

Case examples demonstrate research strategies integrating evidence from documentary and genetic sources to prove genetic relationship conclusions.

Show Description
DNA

DNA Evidence and the Genealogical Proof Standard

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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

Strauss, Michael L., AG

Michael Strauss

Michael L. Strauss, AG® is a forensic investigator and qualified expert witness in court, and lectures nationally. He is a faculty member of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP.

Reconstructing the Past: Understanding Military Record Loss

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-305
Michael L. Strauss, AG

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.

Show Description
Military

Military Draft Records and the Selective Service System

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-429
Michael L. Strauss, AG

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.

Show Description
Military

Deeds Not Words: Researching the Merchant Marines

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-232
Michael L. Strauss, AG

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.

Show Description
Military

Stuart-Warren, Paula, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Paula Stuart-Warren

Paula Stuart-Warren is a Genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant on unusual resources, manuscripts, analysis, methodology, Native Americans, and railroad records. She is an instructor at institutes, seminars, and conferences nationwide, and a former board member and volunteer for genealogical organizations.

DNA Done? Now Find those 20th & 21st Century Relative Connections

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-309
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

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.

Show Description
DNA

Researching Midwestern & Plains States Native American Connections

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-417
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Many Indians in these states are well-documented and connected. Learn the resources, repositories, and methodology to determine tribes and find extensive records.

Show Description
Ethnicity/Nationality

Memories: Compiling a Genealogical Society Anniversary Booklet

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-243
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

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.

Show Description
Society Management

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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

Swett, Lauri Jean

Lauri Jean Swett

Lauri Jean is a presenter, researcher, writer and volunteer, member of APG, ProGen alumni, and past FHC director. She researches ancestors in the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia.

Genealogy Research in Kansas City

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
F-304
Lauri Jean Swett

Kansas City is home to several major repositories. From steamboats to wagon trails to jazz and sports, opportunities for historic and specialized research abound.

Show Description
Midwest

Skills to Grow Your Genealogy Business

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-250
Lauri Jean Swett

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.

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Professional

Szucs, Juliana

Juliana Szucs

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

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

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
W-140
Juliana Szucs

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

Show Description
Technology
Sponsored by Ancestry

Tanner, Ron

Ron Tanner

Ron Tanner is the Portfolio Director for FamilySearch.org in the Family History Department leading a team with responsibilities for Family Tree, Search, Hinting, Memories, Mobile, Temple, Homepage, and other companion products. Ron has been at FamilySearch for 12 years and presents a Facebook live presentation twice a month to answer any FamilySearch questions.

What’s New at FamilySearch?

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
F-335
Ron Tanner

Come learn about the newest features on the FamilySearch website and on the Research Wiki, including Guided Research.

Show Description
Live!
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Taplin, Cari A., CG

Cari Taplin

Cari A. Taplin, CG® is the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services.

How to Find Volunteers & Keep Them!

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
T-216
Cari A. Taplin, CG

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.

Show Description
Society Management

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

Thursday, September 3rd 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W-131
Cari A. Taplin, CG

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

Taylor, Beth, CG

Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor works as a US/Canada Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her specialties include DNA, Quakers, land records, probate records, and more.

Perches & Rods: Introducing U.S. Land Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
S-427
Beth Taylor, CG

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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Home on the Range: U.S. Federal Land Records

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Beth Taylor, CG

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.

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Methodology/Skillbuilding
Sponsored by FamilySearch

Taylor, Maureen, MA, MLS

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation, and family history research. Follow her on social media and podcast platforms as The Photo Detective.

Common Sense & Budget Minded Tips for Preserving and Organizing Photo Archives

Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Maureen Taylor, MA, MLS

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.

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Technology

Utley, Jenn

Jenn Utley is a producer, known for Roots Less Traveled (2020) and Long Lost Family (2015). She has also worked as the research coordinator for the series Who Do You Think You Are.

A Journey to “Roots Less Traveled”

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Jenn Utley

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.

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Live!
Sponsored by Ancestry

Vestal, Pam

What the Heck Does That Say?

Friday, September 4th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pam Vestal

Deciphering the handwriting in old documents can be difficult, but with a few good strategies, even the most challenging penmanship can be overcome.

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Workshop

Wilkins, Ari

Ari Wilkins

Ari Wilkins is a genealogy professional and staff member at Dallas Public Library. Researching for the past 20 years, she specializes in African American research.

Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Research

Wednesday, September 2nd 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Ari Wilkins

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.

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Live!