You’re probably aware of our amazing keynote speakers and their scheduled keynote presentations, but did you realize that they are teaching several classes in addition to their keynote? Be sure to check them out!
Juliana Szucs Smith – (ancestry.com) –
A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Research- (Juliana Szucs Smith – ancestry.com) Every so often our research gets in a rut. Here are some ideas to get that genealogical ox out of the ditch.
Coming to America: Finding Your Ancestor’s Arrival Record on Ancestry.com – (Juliana Scuzs Smith – ancestry.com)
Background on passenger arrival records as well as border crossings, and ways to identify your ancestors in these records.
Midwest Research on Ancestry.com –(Juliana Szucs Smith – ancestry.com)
An overview of Midwestern resources on Ancestry.com and how to find what’s available for your state. (Although this class uses many Midwestern examples, many of the things we discuss can apply to other regions.)
What’s Next: Getting the Most from Your Discoveries –Keynote Address (ancestry.com – Juliana Szucs Smith)
That record you just found may be holding the key to your next big find. Learn how to get every clue from the records you’ve found so that each new find helps guide you to another one.
Beth Foulk –
American Revolution Genealogy
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The War of Independence changed history; our history; our families’ history. It’s a story about which we want to know more. Did my ancestor help? …even a little? There’s much to be learned about our ancestors’ roles in this moment in history. In this class, we’ll discover where to start, what the best resources are, and how to tackle the research. So, let’s go in search of answers using the soldiers’ service and pension records and unit narratives.
The Best of Genealogy Book Websites
– (Beth Foulk) There are excellent free, published books online to aid your genealogy research. More than just “how to” books or lists of names, these books will add color, history, and context to your ancestor’s life. This class takes a tour of whole libraries and the books you’ll find online. Bring your family tree to life with online books.
The English Pioneers of Early America – (Beth Foulk)
Imagine leaving everything you and your family has known for generations for an unexplored, unfamiliar, possibly hostile “New World.” Who were these people of unbounded courage, faith, and resiliency who ultimately laid the foundation for the America as we know it? What stories they must tell! What do the records reveal of their immigration, voyage and settlements in America? We’ll look at what history has left us in passenger records and alternative sources – both primary and secondary – to peel back this riveting portion of our personal and national history.
Secrets of Ten Records Groups
– (Beth Foulk) Going just beyond the basics, this class explores ten record groups. This content-rich class reviews in detail census, cemetery, vital records, military, city directories, land, probate, and more records. The audience will learn: 1) what you need to know about the records, 2) what information you’ll find in them, 3) and where to find the records.
**SOLVING GENEALOGY PROBLEMS WITH TIMELINES – Keynote Address - Beg – (Beth Foulk)
When you create a personal timeline of an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. This class walks discusses how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.
Kathleen Brandt –
**Leaping Over Brickwalls: 10 Tips to Fast Forward. (Keynote Address) (Kathleen Brandt) – Based on a successful model to build ancestors’ life stories, this workshop offers 10 tips to effectively fast forward genealogy research. These techniques are applied when conducting celebrity and VIP client research for both NBC and PBS genealogy shows. Kathleen Brandt’s research can be seen on NBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Attendees will be given an overview of five (5) sets of records and research tips that will catapult their research.
Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do: Steps to Reconstructing Your Veteran’s File. (Kathleen Brandt) – This workshop gives the ABC’s of reconstructing your veteran’s military records. Details on the following tips for locating data will be provided. Here are a few guidelines:
A Access all the information you DO have on your Ancestor and where to find it.
B Battles, campaigns and awards/medals can be uncovered in the Adjutant General discharge records of each veteran. Injured veterans’ information may also be found at the VA.
C Collection of 19 million final pay vouchers hold a wealth of genealogical information on each veteran. These vouchers were not destroyed in the file.
Sharing Our Ancestors: Being Bold – Beg-Adv – (Kathleen Brandt)
“Let’s keep our ancestors alive through booklets, scrapbooking, storytelling, quilts and more. This workshop offers ten (10) easy ways to share your ancestors to family and friends to keep them wanting to know more. The presenter will share ideas and provide tips to meet every personality. Some ideas are rather unique, but great conversation starters. The goal is to ignite the love of ancestry with others. This lecture is offered to beginning to advanced genealogists.
Technology Toys for Genealogy Researchers
It’s All Portable!– Beg – (Kathleen Brandt) “Don’t leave home without your toys! Let’s share a few technology tools to have in order to make your visit to the homestead, cemetery, or library successful.”