Education

All presentations are suitable for beginning and intermediate level researchers. Each is one hour in length, includes handouts and a Q&A section, and I bring my own projector and laptop to in-person presentations.  All topics are also available as a webinar if the sponsoring organization has the software to make that possible.

Be A Good Ancestor – While you may feel there’s nothing important or noteworthy about your life, sometime within the next 100 years, someone who is researching their own history is going to want to know more about you. We’ll look at a few ways to leave them something to find.
Census Reports Lead To… – Eleven clues found in the census and the twenty-seven other sources you might use to confirm what is in the census report.
DNA Results as a Research Option – Whether you’ve taken or are still considering a DNA test to determine your kinship with someone or trace your lineage, knowing how to work with the results you receive is crucial! Receiving the result is one thing, understanding them and using them as a research tool are totally different things.
Ellis Island – It’s history, other inspection sites, and a history of immigration to our country. The History of Ellis Island 1630-2012. Who was processed at Ellis Island and what did that involve? How did the Legislation of Immigration affect Ellis Island?
Focusing Your Research – You don’t have to be a professional to work like one. Discover how organization, questions, and knowledge of records can help you become a better genealogist and researcher.
Immigration & Naturalization – an introduction to the paperwork and push/pull of your ancestors’ decision to emigrate and/or to become a US Citizen. Discussion of the regulations, processes, and paperwork used in dealing with the millions of people who left their homes to re-establish themselves in this country.
Introduction to Genealogy – Topics include basic genealogical forms, where to research,  tracking your research, and  questions to ask living relatives
Published Genealogies – Family Histories come in many styles. Review the top three to understand how to organize or read a published genealogy and find the many clues it may hold for your family history.
Sharing Your Research Results – Today’s technologies give us many ways to share results without writing a full book. Let’s discuss creative ways to share even small discoveries that might interest your living family members.
Using the Internet for Genealogy – Both subscription and free websites for finding ancestors and understanding the times in which they lived.
Working with Census Reports – The purpose of the census, the instructions and methods for the enumerators, and the hidden gems you find when reading the entire page and putting your ancestors’ information into historical context.
Writing Your Autobiography – Your words express the emotions of your life. Putting them ‘on paper’ helps paint a picture of you that no camera can duplicate.