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Beginning African American Research: What’s Your Story?  Knowledge is Power!

Beginning African American Research: What’s Your Story?  Knowledge is Power!

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp

The prize of genealogical research is an opportunity to let your curiosity run wild while simultaneously engaging in discovery.  Some of us have grown up with oral stories about our ancestors, complete with photos, letters, and other prized resources.   But there are those whose family histories are more elusive, creating barriers to answers and complications because of half-truths, mysterious characters and – worst of all – silence and resistance by relatives to inquiries of the past.  This workshop is designed to provoke your curiosity about who you are, where you come from and upon whose shoulders you stand, with an overview of electronic tools available to researchers.  It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about how to acquire vital records, newspaper stories, estate records, wills, land deeds and a host of other resources essential to research and building your family tree.  The world of data and resources is BIG.  Come prepared to ask questions and embark on your own personal journey of “What’s Your Story.”

Caring for Heirloom Textiles and Dating Family Photographs  

Caring for Heirloom Textiles and Dating Family Photographs  

Erica White

Learn how to care for family heirlooms!  Whether you have a quilt, wedding dress, or antique doll, the “dos and don’ts” of textile conservation are the same.  Participants receive a list of resources and learn how to preserve textiles.  The second part of the session will review how to date family photographs based on the clothing.  A basic review of silhouettes and changing styles from 1830-1950 will help participants “read” a family photograph.  By the end of the session, attendees will be able to look at a photograph and roughly date it by decade.  This skill is particularly helpful when sorting mislabeled or unmarked family photographs.

Training with The Family History Guide   

Training with The Family History Guide

Bob Taylor

Discover your family history training potential with help from The Family History Guide.  You’ll explore the “Training” section of The Family History Guide website, including the following lessons. ­ Course Catalog: ­ Design your own family history courses quickly and effectively. ­ Training Individuals and Families: ­ Find out how to set learning goals for self and others, and monitor progress. ­ Training Consultants:­ Use The Family History Guide to accelerate your knowledge and progress as a consultant.  Tracker: Use powerful tracking tools to measure your own learning progress and that of others. Training Groups: Take notes, set skill levels, generate reports, and track family history learning in your organization.

Introduction to The Family History Guide  

Introduction to The Family History Guide

Bob Taylor

See the family history website everyone is talking about: ­ The Family History Guide (www.thefhguide.com).  Approved as a learning and training resource for FamilySearch, this free website brings you a world­ class learning system with Projects, Goals, Choices, and Steps to guide you.  Beginners will feel right at home with the Quick Start process and the “Computer Basics” and “Family History Basics” sections, while more experienced learners can explore links to key family history articles and videos, right where they are needed.

Not Just a Green Icon, A Person Who Lived and Loved   

Not Just a Green Icon, A Person Who Lived and Loved

Lauri Jean Swett

Church leaders have asked us to find our ancestors and take them to the temple.  They are not just a name and date on a piece of paper.  They are real people who lived, loved and died.  Learn 6 simple steps to complete.  Come!  Be surprised by how much information you can learn about an individual in 30 minutes or less.

Finding Playful and Stubborn Ancestors   

Finding Playful and Stubborn Ancestors

Lauri Jean Swett

We all have ancestors hiding in census and other records, but how do we find them?  What do we do when a simple search doesn’t work?  How do we successfully narrow down a thousand possibilities?  The only search result couldn’t possibly be my ancestor!  Or could it?  Come discover how to outwit your playful or just plain stubborn ancestors.

Census Analysis Workshop, Parts 1 and 2   

Census Analysis Workshop, Parts 1 and 2

Lauri Jean Swett

Census records can be a goldmine of genealogical information.  Are you getting every nugget? Part 1 will discuss how to dig deeper into each federal census record, including non-­population schedules.  Part 2 will introduce state censuses and discuss how to correlate multiple census records, including what to do when they disagree.

Searching for those Elusive Irish Ancestors  

Searching for those Elusive Irish Ancestors

Barbara Scanlon

Are you just starting to search for your Irish ancestors or are you having problems finding an elusive Irish ancestor?  Irish genealogy presents a need for unique research strategies.  This presentation will explain how to begin research in America and follow up with research tips for Ireland.  There will be examples of how Irish surnames and dates can present researching problems.  There are unique free Irish genealogy websites and these will be discussed.  Using DNA as another research tool will also be explained.  This presentation will be an excellent introduction on how to do Irish genealogy.

Missouri State Archives: Where History Begins   

Missouri State Archives: Where History Begins

Christina Miller

As the official repository for state government records, the Missouri State Archives holds an abundance of genealogical resources.  This session will provide you with an overview of the records available for research at the archives (over 65,000 reels of county records on microfilm in addition to the multitude of state records), as well as provide information on how to do distance research at the archives by using online databases or submitting research requests.