Presentations are designed for genealogy and historical society meetings or special all-day seminar sessions.

Each presentation is planned for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours in length.

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Across The Pond to Scotland

     The church, government and the wars all play a part in tracking of Scottish genealogy and their migration to other countries.  Included is the search for baptismal, marriage and death registers and the census records of Scotland.  The clans of Scotland, the structure of family and kinship, is important in discovering Scottish genealogy.

Citing Your Genealogical Sources

     Understand the function of citing sources.  Format Citations to the standards set.  Citing genealogy sources can improve your family history research.

Research the Newspapers

     Newspapers records include announcements, obituaries, anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, social columns filled with personal news of the daily experiences and lives of your family and their neighbors.  Learn how to access a variety of historical newspapers to see you ancestors as part of a larger community.

     FamilySearch is an impressive website and free for use.  Learn to search in millions of records across hundreds of collections and build a family tree to collaboration with others in building, sharing, managing, and preserving family histories online.

Family Tree Maker: Introduction

     Learn the basics of using Family Tree Maker 2014 software as if you had a personal tutor at your side.  Complete a case study to learn how to enter family details, cite sources, create ancestor and pedigree charts and save a family file.

Fundamentals of Genealogy

Starting your genealogy and learning all the sources available for your research.  Forms to use in recording your information and tips in filling them out.  Keeping your self organized by using a research notebook.  Learn about the "Research Cycle" and setting goals.

Genealogy Timelines

Timelines can aid your genealogy research in many ways.  Timelines create a personalized path through the past.  Help expose the gaps in your research.  Timelines can serve as an outline for writing your ancestor's story.

Immigration, Emigration, Naturalization and Passports

Your want to research your ancestor in Germany, Ireland or France? First you'll need to find when and where they came to the US.  Ports of Immigration lined the entire US coast line.  Use and emigrant record for genealogy research.  Learn the naturalization process.  What information is on the Passport Application.

Military and Land Records

Learn about compiled military service records, official military service records, bounty land warrants and military pension files.

Organizing Your Genealogy

Genealogy research requires organization.  You'll learn some tips on organizing and keeping your stuff safe.

Planning your Research and Prepare a Research Notebook

Plan your research using a research notebook that organizes your materials and guides your research efforts, either on line or on site at the Archives, a Genealogy Libraray or Courthouse

Research Techniques For Genealogist

A good research plan is a way to stay focused and keep your genealogy goals in sight. Discussion will include helpful hints for unpuzzling your family tree such as recording common surnames, nicknames, and spelling variations.  Multiple research options will be shared.

Supplemental Census Records

     The U.S. government also collected non-population, special supplemental censuses, collecting territorial data, agriculture, manufacturing, slave schedules, state, veterans, social statistics, and mortality (causes of death).  Learn to locate images of the censuses and how to email images or save images to USB flash or thumb drives.

Searching the Census

     The federal population census records (1790- 1940) are basic resources for genealogists to learn more about their ancestors.  Learn how to search by name and/or location at and FamilySearch and what microfilm rolls are available at the National Archives.  Discover family members, neighbors, occupations, education levels and much more.

The Story in Our Ancestor's Photos.

     Each photo has a story.  Answer the following questions to capture the story before the story is lost.  Why the Photo was taken? Where it was taken? When it was taken? Who is in the photo? Who took the photo? What reason or special event?  Sharing the stories will mean more to the next generation.

Take Your Research to the Cloud

     Learn how to use the Cloud to back up your genealogical records, to collaborate with family and to share your family history.  Several cloud services are shared with tips to avoid problems using cloud storage.

Using Photos and Stories in Your Family History

     Share your family history by pulling together the family stories, family photos and the information from records collected to create a more complete understanding of our ancestor's lives.  Using Photos and Stories in you Genealogy Software.

Vital Records: Birth, Marriage and Death

     Vital records are one of the best resources for building a family tree.   Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the information contained in vital records and where to locate them.  Learn to search examine and order copies of vital records available throught online state digital archives and county offices and what to use when vital records are not available.

Writing your Family History or a Ancestory Story

     Have you wanted to write your family history?  Let's explore that idea!  Where do I start? Should I write about me or one of my ancestors? Do I want to publish my story or just write for my family and the future generations?  What's available to help me?

County Histories
Learn about the American County Histories and how to use them in your research. When did county histories start.  Why use county histories. Learn what the personal, Historical and Cultural can help us in our genealogical research.

 Migration of Your Ancestors
People traveled the water ways, trails, to migrate across the United States.  Find out Who moved, the reasons why they moved.  Where did they come from? How did they migrate? Where did they go?  All these questions will be answered in this class.

Writing a Memoir
Learn the difference between a Memoir an autobiography or the Family History.

U S Census Workshops
 Part 1. We will cover all the census records and what to discover about your ancestor. How we can use the census records to write a story about your ancestor or just learn about his life. Homework is given after part 1.
Part II. We will spend time looking at the homework and discover what you have found about your ancestor.  Then take some time with the Supplemental Census and what can be found.

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