Lauri Jean is a professional genealogist in Kansas City and a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists. She currently serves as APG’s Heartland Chapter treasurer and volunteers at the Platte City Family History Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in written story telling.
She began researching her ancestors as a teenager. She researches in the United States, Canada, and Scandinavia, specializing in the Midwest and Sweden. She has been giving genealogy presentations for 15 years.
Researching Kansas Ancestors – Lauri Jean Swett; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced; (Friday at 11:30 AM & Saturday at 2:00 PM)
Whether your ancestors came to Kansas to stay, they spent a generation or two, or were just passing through, their footprints can be found in Kansas’ records. Our ancestors came for many reasons including the issue of slavery, the trails west, the Homestead Act, and the railroads. They came from states to the east and multiple foreign countries. Learn the nuances of researching in the Sunflower State.
Researching Scandinavian Ancestors – Lauri Jean Swett; Basic, Intermediate;(Friday at 3:15 PM)
Researching Scandinavian ancestors can be rewarding and challenging. We start in U.S. records to identify our ancestor’s birthplace. We persevere when our ancestor hides in passenger lists. We use the multiple research aides available to locate the records and understand what they say.
Rounding Out an Ancestor's Story with State Census Records – Lauri Jean Swett; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced; (Friday at 12:45 PM & Saturday at 11:30 AM)
Census records place an ancestor in a specific place and time, provide identifying information, and point out relatives and neighbors. Multiple states conducted censuses on a regular basis. Learn how to find and use these records to round out an ancestor’s story.