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16 Mar 2017 - Annette B Lyttle
Find Your Family Stories in Free Online Newspapers
  • Webinar Abstract: Beyond birth, death and marriage notices, historic newspapers can provide information that brings your ancestors and their world to life. Many of these newspapers are available on line at no cost. Learn how to find and use these valuable resources in your family history research.
  • Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a number of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. Annette is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state, and local societies.
  • Websitehttp://heritagedetective.com
  • Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/annettelyttle
 

16 Feb 2017 - Janis Minor Forté
Slave Tags: Researching a Southern Legal System that Mandated the Tagging of Slaves and Free People
  • Webinar Abstract: Researching slave tags: the southern 1767 to 1867 governmental system of mandating the licensing and labeling of human souls.
  • Presenter: Janis is an experienced genealogist, writer and lecturer who presents at national, state and local conferences. Recently, she presented lectures at the Ill. State Genealogical Society Conference, the NGS Conference in St. Charles and Roots Tech 2015 in Salt Lake City. In Oct. 2014, she was the keynote lecture at the Wisconsin Historical Society conference. Prior, she was honored to be the presenter of the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture at the FGS Conference in San Antonio, Texas. She has also keynoted at several society events. Her presentation specialties include methodology, problem solving and skill building techniques for beginners to advanced researchers. A track coordinator and lecturer for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), she is skilled in both on-site and on-line. A member of several national, state and local societies, in 2013, Janis received the first place award in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Excellence in Writing Competition. She authored, ‘Oral History? Prove it!’ published in the “Family Chronicle” magazine. Her article, ‘What Legacy for David Henry Driver?”, describes an approach to untangling the records of a conflicted ancestor, was the cover story of a “Illinois State Genealogical Society Journal”. In 2009 – 2011, she chaired the publication committee of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago’s “30th Anniversary Our Heritage Family Stories”. This 386 page hard cover heritage book is a fully indexed compilation of genealogies, family stories, pedigree charts and family group sheets. It is shelved in several county libraries, major genealogy libraries and archives as well as the Library of Congress and is digitized at FamilySearch.org. Janis is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration.

9 Jan 2017 – George G. Morgan
  • Webinar Abstract: Obituaries are miniature biographies published when a person dies. They are just one of at least three possible death notices that you may encounter, and each can provide clues to your research for the deceased and the family. The writers were compelled to compress as much information into a small amount of text. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and discover clues. This webinar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or suggested, identifying record types that may be available, and determining where those records might be located and how to access them.
  • Presenter: George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the U.S., Canada, England, on cruise ships, and webinars. He is the co-host of the longest running genealogical podcast, The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe. His company also produces the Genealogy Connection podcast. He also provides individual consulting as one of the coaches of genealogyDOTcoach at http://genealogy.coach. George is the prolific award-winning author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was released in January 2015. He was won writing awards from the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. He co-authored the book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, which has been a runaway bestseller in the genealogical community. He is a regular writer for the Association of Professional Genealogists QuarterlyFamily Tree MagazineInternet Genealogy, and Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle). He is chair of a committee of the Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library, involved in promoting the Florida History and Genealogy Library and recruiting volunteers for digitization and indexing projects. That library has one of the finest genealogical collections in the Southeastern U.S.

15 Dec 2016 – Melissa Barker
Organize Your Research: Paper and Computer Files
  • Webinar Abstract: Are you knee deep in piles of papers? Do you have a hard time finding digitized records on your computer? Let’s Get Organized! This presentation will give tried and true methods of organization for your paper records and computer records. Following these simple methods will help you be more organized and let you spend more time on actual genealogy research.
  • Presenter:  Melissa Barker is a Certified Archival Records manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist where she lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine “FORUM”.  She has been researching her own family history for the past 26 years. 
     
  • Blog address: A Genealogist In The Archives http://agenealogistinthearchives.blogspot.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissa.barker.564/
 

17 Nov 2016 – Diana Crisman Smith
Using Civil War Pension Records: Case Studies
  • Webinar Abstract: The U.S. Civil War involved most of the families in the country at that time. It was a traumatic era in our history, but the records created from the pension files can provide a wealth of information. Case studies of actual pension files will show examples of the data in the files and how to analyze the information to develop a plan to further research.
  • Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith is Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Treasurer, Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Treasurer, Florida State Genealogical Society, and Past District Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). She served more than 20 years as a lay librarian at the Westlake (OH) Family History Center. She has written for numerous genealogical publications and is also the author of “Chapter 4: Scandinavia” in The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe (2013). She is an instructor for FamilyTree University online courses (Land Records, Scandinavian Genealogy, US Military Records, and Researching Civil War Ancestors). She also wrote the Danish Foundation of the History and Research for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies online program. She has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) for more than twenty years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical endeavors after concluding a career in software consulting.
  • Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/275523692299321602

5 Nov 2016 – Society Management Webinar Series
 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Tradition and Technology: Finding Your Society's Balance
•    Webinar Abstract: Explore a variety of techniques to assist your society in finding stable ground within the fast-paced world of technology.
•    Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) and also serves the genealogical community as President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.
•    Website: www.djoshuataylor.com 
•    Twitter: @DJoshuaTaylor
•    Facebook: facebook.com/DJoshuaTaylor
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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Deena Coutant
Communicating on a Shoestring Budget: Cost Effective Solutions for Societies
•    Webinar Abstract: This presentation will introduce an arsenal of free or low-cost communication tools that can be employed by genealogical societies to boost communication effectiveness and polish the professional image of the organization. Where multiple communication options exist, the pros and cons of using a particular toolset will be weighed. Examples of practical genealogical application of these tools will illustrate how they could be used in various scenarios such as event planning or fundraising. The range of topics to be covered include: Email, Voice, Events, Calendars, Surveys, File Sharing, Online Meetings, Video, Chat, Social Media, Websites, and Tool Integration.
•    Presenter: Deena Coutant is passionate about creating family legacies that connect the past, present and future generations, through stories, photos or by uncovering the DNA of those ancestors who were previously lost to history. As a full-time professional researcher, genetic genealogist and photo organizer, she provides strategies to help her clients successfully discover, celebrate, share and properly preserve their families’ memories, leveraging modern technology to bring them from the obsolescence of the past into the digital age. She shares her expertise as an author of numerous guides, a frequent national speaker, and a volunteer for non-profits in education and communication roles. Deena combined her experience in marketing, human resources, and project management to offer a unique blend of expertise through her company, DigiDeena Family Heritage Solutions. She provides services including family history research, photo organization and digitization, and DNA results interpretation. Deena currently resides in colorful Colorado with her family and dogs.
•    Website: http://www.digideena.com
•    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DigiDeenaConsulting 
•    Twitter: @DigiDeena
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1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Rorey Cathcart
WordPress for Your Society: No Blogging Required
•    Webinar Abstract: WordPress is an amazingly powerful and flexible tool for bringing your society website into the 21st century. Learn the basics and see examples of how other societies are using the platform. Consider advanced options for integrated society management. Easy to use and incredibly dynamic, take a look at the possibilities to see if WordPress is right for you!
•    Presenter: Rorey Cathcart is a lecturer and professional genealogist at The Who Hunter LLC based in Charleston. Research specialties include South Carolina, Southern States and Irish Heritage. She has a special interest in advocating for Social Genealogy and using technology, whether it is to improve the research process or society management. Rorey was a "Genealogy Roadshow on PBS" research team member for seasons 2 & 3. Currently serving as a Director and Education Chair for Federation of Genealogical Societies.
•    Website: www.whohunter.com
•    Twitter: @Rorey Cathcart
•    Facebook: Rorey Cathcart
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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Organizing and Carrying Out a Society Project
•    Webinar Abstract: Whether big or small, a society project can be a daunting task. This presentation is designed to help the society officers and volunteers manage a society-wide project from start to completion. We will explore selecting a project, budgeting the finances, committee and individual responsibilities, timelines and due dates, and record keeping. A case study will be discussed.
•    Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM, is a lecturer, instructor, consultant and trip leader. Raised in Mobile, AL, Ann has been researching her family since 1980 from Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany. She is the Vice-President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and has been an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000. As Education Chairman of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL, Ann developed and has taught the Beginning and the Intermediate Genealogy Courses since 1995. She is also the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976. She has studied at the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C.; the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has also been a faculty member of the IGHR.
•    Website: http://cannstaley.com/
 

20 Oct 2016 – Pam Vestal
Pits I Have Fallen In and How to Avoid Them.
  • Webinar Abstract: The best thing about making mistakes is the opportunity to learn from them. I’ve made my share of genealogical mistakes over the years, but I’ve learned that most of them have resulted from faulty assumptions. In this talk, we’ll examine eight commonly-held but incorrect assumptions and consider some strategies and resources to help head off errors before they happen.
  • Presenter: Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist, writer, and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. She lectures throughout the western United States, and her work has been published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. When she isn’t giving presentations or researching on behalf of her clients, she offers private training to those seeking to improve their research skills.
  • Websitewww.generationsgen.com

15 Sep 2016 – Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD
Desperation, Displacement, Determination and Deuteronomy: Colonial Germans and what we can learn about them
  • Webinar Abstract: Our early Germanic ancestors' desperation led them to board ships for a three-month journey into the unknown. What factors drove them from Europe? How did walled towns, guilds, and social status determine who emigrated? Once here, how did their religion determine what records may exist for them and those to whom they might be related? We'll explore these topics and discuss existing records and where they are located.
  • Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist, author, educator, and CEO of Ancestor Tracks. She started researching in 1976, long before the internet revolution. She gradually uncovered her ancestry which includes a young English separatist couple who came into Puritan New England in 1638 with the rest of their church; a 17-year-old British lad who sold himself into bondage for five years in 1722 and made the trek into Maryland Colony alone; a 14-year-old German girl who immigrated into the Colony of Pennsylvania with her family in 1738; an Irish middle-aged widower who sailed into Baltimore harbor with his brother and two children in 1765 and settled in Kentucky about 1790; plus countless other fascinating ancestors who have stories to tell. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, NEHGS, and several regional and state genealogical societies. She specializes in Pennsylvania research, federal land records, and ferreting out early German ancestors. She maintains the website athttp://ancestortracks.com on which she posts 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers.
  • Websitehttp://ancestortracks.com

18 Aug 2016 – Jane Neff Rollins
From Chernorudka to Chicago – Lessons Learned From Tracing One Family’s Immigration Pathway
  • Webinar Abstract: Using case studies, this talk shows step-by-step how to determine how your family members trekked from their ancestral towns Eastern Europe to new homes in the land of opportunity.
    - Identifying your ancestral town
    - Lessons learned from Uncle Abe’s passport, passenger lists, oral history, microfilm and online sources
    - Birds of passage: immigrants who returned to Europe for other relatives
    - From Russia to Baltimore to Russia – the great-aunt who gave birth in a Ukrainian jail
    - Evading the European draft – immigration just before World War I
    - The final step of immigration – becoming a U.S. citizen 
  • Presenter: Jane Neff Rollins is professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, translating Russian documents, and breaking down brick walls. Jane began researching her family history in 1993, when genealogy research required going to the Family History Library in person, and hand scrolling microfilm. The first time she saw hear great-grandfather on the 1900 census, she cried. Since then, she has done research in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, and Jerusalem. Jane has translated 19th century Russian documents into English for clients and online databases. Jane hung out her shingle as a professional genealogist in 2013. She has spoken at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Society’s annual conference (2012, Paris, France; 2013, Boston; 2014, Salt Lake City; and 2015, Jerusalem, Israel), the Genealogy Jamboree in 2016, and to local genealogy societies throughout Southern California. David Laskin, author of 'The Family,' and other award-winning books, called her presentation on 'Sensitive Subjects: What to Reveal, What to Conceal' “spellbinding.” Jane is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Association, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and JGSLA.
  • Websitewww.sherlockcombsgenealogy.com

21 Jul 2016 – Thomas MacEntee
Metadata for Digital Images
  • Webinar Abstract: Metadata helps identify aspects of digital files such as scanned photographs including size, date taken, etc. Learn how to add or edit metadata and use it to your advantage in your genealogy research. Once an image is scanned, you can do more than just send the image to friends and family. Learn how to work with the metadata embedded in the file to add captions, information about people in the photo, when the photo was taken and more!
  • Presenter: Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.
  • Website: http://hidefgen.com and http://hackgenealogy.com
  • Blog address: http://www.geneabloggers.com and http://hackgenealogy.com/category/blog/
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  • Facebook: http://facebook.com/tmacentee
  • Twitter: @geneabloggers

16 Jun 2016 – Lisa Alzo, MFA
Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research
  • Webinar Abstract: Curious about your East European roots but don’t know where to begin? This session will show you how to “jumpstart your genealogy!” Learn the basics of how to investigate your family’s history using both traditional and online sources. Discover which records to tap into to identify your ancestral village, and how history impacts genealogical research. Tips for contacting possible relatives and writing to foreign archives, as well as strategies for overcoming the most common pitfalls and problems will also be discussed.
  • Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and the Family Tree Guide to Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy, and numerous magazine articles. Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences and webinars. An avid genealogist for over 25 years, Lisa blogs at The Accidental Genealogist http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com
  • Websitehttp://www.lisaalzo.com
  • Blog address: The Accidental Genealogist http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisaalzo/
  • Twitter: @lisaalzo

 
19 May 2016 – Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
  • Webinar Abstract: Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are free third-party tools that allow test-takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators and the identification of genetic cousins.  Together we’ll explore some of these tools and learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff
  • Presenter: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in NewsweekNew ScientistWired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers. Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.
  • Websitehttp://thegeneticgenealogist.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbettinger
  • Twitterhttps://twitter.com/blaine_5

21 Apr 2016 – Beth Watson Foulk
Problem Solving with Timelines
  • Webinar Abstract: 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. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.
  • Presenter: Beth Foulk learned the love of genealogy from her father and for decades she has pursued this passion in a constant question for family history and stories. She shares this joy of learning through her speaking opportunities. Her focus is Early American Genealogy - anything after the Civil War is simply too modern. She has had the pleasure of speaking to local, regional and national audiences for more than seven years. She is a member of the Genealogy Speakers Guild and Association of Professional Genealogists.
  • Websitewww.genealogydecoded.com
  • Facebook: facebook/beth.foulk
  • Twitter: @Beth Foulk
  • LinkedInwww.linkedin.com/in/bethfoulk

17 Mar 2016 – Janis Minor Forte, BS, MA
They’re Not on the Census: Using Non-Traditional Sources to Identify Slave Owners
  • Webinar Abstract: Researching enslaved African Americans prior to 1865 is a difficult but not impossible task. Identifying slave holders, reconstructing family units and finding missing kin are all primary research goals for those developing family histories. Using methodology as an approach to problem solving, this webinar explores strategies to identify slave ownership. Following, attendees will be able to identify a variety of new research sources that will increase the probability of slave owner identification, reconstruct slave families as well as identify missing and unknown kin. With these new skills, the participant will be able to re-evaluate prior research for accuracy and completeness. They will also be able to complete a Verification of Documentation of Vital Records form to assure they have secured valuable documents. These additional tools and skills will improve the quality and accuracy of the research and will enable the attendee in adding context and content to the life of their ancestors.
  • Presenter: Janis Minor Forté is an experienced genealogist, writer and lecturer who presents at national, state and local conferences. Recently, she presented lectures at the Ill. State Genealogical Society Conference, the NGS Conference in St. Charles and Roots Tech 2015 in Salt Lake City. In Oct. 2014, she was the keynote lecture at the Wisconsin Historical Society conference. Prior, she was honored to be the presenter of the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture at the FGS Conference in San Antonio, Texas. She has also keynoted at several society events. Her presentation specialties include methodology, problem solving and skill building techniques for beginners to advanced researchers. A track coordinator and lecturer for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), she is skilled in both on-site and on-line. A member of several national, state and local societies, in 2013, Janis received the first place award in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Excellence in Writing Competition. She authored, ‘Oral History? Prove it!’ published in the “Family Chronicle” magazine. Her article, ‘What Legacy for David Henry Driver?”, describes an approach to untangling the records of a conflicted ancestor, was the cover story of a “Illinois State Genealogical Society Journal”. In 2009 – 2011, she chaired the publication committee of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago’s “30th Anniversary Our Heritage Family Stories”. This 386 page hard cover heritage book is a fully indexed compilation of genealogies, family stories, pedigree charts and family group sheets. It is shelved in several county libraries, major genealogy libraries and archives as well as the Library of Congress and is digitized at FamilySearch.org. Janis is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration.
  • Email: fortejm@yahoo.com

18 Feb 2016 - Donna M. Moughty
Family History - From a Pile of Pieces to a Puzzle Picture
  • Webinar Abstract: You’ve started your family history, but the pieces don’t seem to fit and the jigsaw puzzle isn’t revealing a picture as you’d hoped? Sometimes it’s just a matter of turning a piece in another direction or fitting it into a different place in the picture. This lecture will show you how take that pile of pieces that don’t seem to fit and turn them into a finished product. At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will understand how to evaluate information, analyze documents, create a source citation and develop a research plan. This lecture works for both the beginner as well as experienced genealogists.
  • Presenter: Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, and the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute – Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and served as chair of the Professional Management Conference from 2005 - 2008, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna researches in Ireland each year and takes a group to Ireland in October to research.
  • Web addresswww.moughty.com
  • Blog addresswww.moughty.com
  • Twitter: @DMoughty
  • Facebook: DonnaMoughtyGenealogy

21 Jan 2016 – Nancy Waters Lauer
Your Ancestor Was … Occupations of Our Ancestors
  1. Webinar Abstract: So you have found the occupation of your ancestor, now what? Ancestral occupations can give clues to who our ancestors were, how they lived, where they lived, and most importantly, give them individual identity and personality. The sources that identify occupations are numerous. Church records, city directories, census records, wills, and land records are just a few that may list professions. Once you know how your ancestor earned a living, what’s next? This is where the inquisitive personality of a genealogist proves most valuable. The time spent researching can prove very rewarding. There is much we can discover about our families from their occupations and allow them to live again so that future generations can come to understand their heritage.
  2. Presenter: Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience throughout the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia area. She has presented at national and regional conferences including NGS, FGS, and Rootstech. The 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence was awarded to Nancy’s first book, and she earned the 2007 National Genealogical Society Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History for her second book. This book also earned the 2007 Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award, for best genealogy of a Maryland family. Nancy is the current Managing Editor for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal and is an instructor for continuing education at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, teaching Microsoft Office applications. She is a certified Microsoft Professional and member of multiple genealogical and historical societies.
  3. Web addresshttp://www.nwlauer.com

 
17 Dec 2015 - Warren Bittner
On Mountain or Prairie: Treasures in Federal Land Records
  • Webinar Abstract: Learn how to find federal land case files and see the treasures they contain. Follow a farmer in Kansas who does not appear to own land.
  • Presenter: Warren Bittner, CG, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer. He is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University and his master’s thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria. Warren was a winner of the National Genealogical Society 2011 Writing Contest, with his article “Without Land, Occupation, Rights, or Marriage Privilege: The Büttner Family from Bavaria to New York.” This article was also awarded the National Genealogical Society, Award for Excellence, 2012 which is presented annually for an outstanding article published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. He has coordinated German research tracks at the The Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories. 

19 Nov 2015 - Kathryn Lake Hogan, PLCGS
Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
  • Webinar Abstract: When you can't find your ancestor's birth, marriage or death registration, or their name on a ship list or immigration record at Ellis Island, then it's time to consider your ancestor may have been in Canada. Whether your ancestor was here for a day or for many years, he/she left behind records. Discover eight reasons why your American or immigrant ancestor actually may have there. Learn how and where to find the Canadian or provincial records that will help you fill in the missing pieces of your ancestor's life.
  • Presenter: Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author and educator. She is the driving force behind her family history business, LOOKING4ANCESTORS. Kathryn has earned the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. With over 15 years of experience, Kathryn has not only made genealogy her passion, she has also dedicated herself to helping others discover the joys of family history. Her webinars and presentations featuring Canadian family history topics appeal to family historians from around the world.
  • Web addresshttp://www.looking4ancestors.com
 
24 Oct 2015 - Society Management Special Event 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
Drew Smith
Beyond the Simple Website: 5 Technologies for Putting the "Social" into "Society"
  • Webinar Abstract: Your society's website is only a first step in successful communication.  The modern hi-tech world requires that you investigate and use additional online tools in order to hold on to current members, to attract prospective members, and to let the local community know what you are accomplishing. The objective of this webinar is to help the attendee become aware of five popular and free online tools that any society can use to strengthen communication between the society and its members, to showcase the society and its activities to prospective members, and to make the public aware of the positive impact the society's activities are having within the local community and beyond.  The function and benefits of each tool will be presented, including how to assess its impact. Facebook: a way for the society to reach an enormous audience, keeping current members up to date and attracting new members. Twitter: a way to get small bits of information out quickly to the public with links to more information. Pinterest: a way to use attractive photos, infographics, and other visual information to interest members and non-members. Blogs: a way to replace print newsletters and awkward-to-update websites with the latest society news. Hangouts: a way to put engaging video about your society and its members in front of a wide audience.
  • Presenter: Drew is an Assistant Librarian with the Academic Services unit of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library and has taught graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting.  He is currently the “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the FGS FORUMmagazine, the President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and has served on the board of the FSGS. He administers the GENEALIB electronic mailing list with over 1200 genealogy librarians as subscribers, a list he founded in 1996. He is  co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since Sep 2005, and together with George G. Morgan has produced over 270 one-hour episodes. He  is author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists, published in 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Co. and with George is co-author of the book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill. Drew has written extensively for NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine), Genealogical Computing, and Digital Genealogist.
24 Oct 2015 - Society Management Special Event 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
Jean W. Hibben, PhD, MA, CGSM
Mob Action: Working as a Group to Get and Stay Afloat
  • Webinar Abstract: The objectives here are to help the attendee and his/her society create a cohesive group, use internal resources to help save money, and increase membership. Using principles of small group dynamics, the presenter will acquaint those in attendance with the various terms of the “field” and how these apply to genealogical societies. The problems that result in lowered attendance, membership drop-off, and failure to adhere to the governing documents (bylaws and standing rules) will be discussed in an effort to convince society members to avoid such experiences. The value of a group mission statement, identified leadership, and common goals will be emphasized. Finally, to help those whose groups are experiencing financial issues, some suggestions for bolstering the attendance while staying within a budget will be provided. Member interaction and task management techniques can help a society improve its efficiency. Develop programs from within to save money and build an interdependent group.
  • Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CG, is the Director of the Corona Family History Center and a Board Member of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists (and Past-President of the So. Calif. Chapter). She served as lead researcher on the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow in 2013. Jean is also on the boards of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (where she serves as Vice-President), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (where she serves as Western Regional Representative), the California State Genealogical Alliance (where she serves as Parliamentarian), and the Corona Genealogical Society (where she serves as 1st Vice-President). She was the lead researcher for the 2013 Season of the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow. She maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, projects, etc. A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college professor, she is a Board Certified genealogist with a master’s degree in speech communication and doctorate in folklore. Jean is a national speaker known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations and is a frequent writer for various genealogy publications
  • Web addresswww.circlemending.org
  • Blog addresshttp://www.circlemending.blogspot.com

15 Oct 2015 - Jack Butler
Probate Records, Genealogy's Goldmines
  • Webinar Abstract: Probate is the lawful process that gives a deceased person's property to another person or persons. Control of this transfer of property from the deceased to living persons can either be testate – the deceased left a will which governs how the property is to be disposed of - or it can be intestate – there was no will and the law and the Probate Court decides the disposition of property.
Both methods can be gold mines of genealogical information. They usually tell the decedent's date and place of death, and information about family members and relationships is routinely revealed. It is often possible to identify parents or children of the deceased, and sometimes several generations can be identified. References to religious affiliation or bequests of land ownership provides guidance to research in church or land records. Inventories and bequests can give you some idea of the financial status of the family and sometimes provide a peek into how the family lived.
This program uses real examples to explain the different kinds of probate records that you are likely to encounter in your research, as well as where the records can be found and the types of information that each kind of record may provide
  • Presenter: Jack Butler is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author. Active in serious genealogical research for more nearly 20 years, Jack is also active in the genealogy community. In addition to being a frequent speaker at Genealogical Societies and Conferences around Florida, hHe is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former President of the Florida Chapter of the APG.  He is also a member and former President of the Florida State Genealogical Society. In addition to FSGS, Jack is a member of the NEHGS, and the National Genealogical Society, as well as the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.  Jack has completed the NGS’s American Genealogy course, the Advanced Methodology Course at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, and the National Institute of Genealogy Research at the National Archives course.
  • Web address:  www.genjack.com

17 Sep 2015 - Thomas MacEntee
Mapping your Genealogy: From A to Z and In-Between
  • Webinar Abstract: Maps have been around as long as man needed to remember specific locations. For genealogists, maps are more than just a statement of place: they contain valuable clues for research. Learn the basics of maps and the valuable information they contain for genealogy research. You’ll also discover various resources for maps, both online and offline as well as how to incorporate maps in your research.
  • Presenter: What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
  • Web addresshttp://hidefgen.com and http://hackgenealogy.com
  • Blog addresshttp://www.geneabloggers.com and http://hackgenealogy.com/category/blog/
  • Facebook:  http://facebook.com/tmacentee
  • Twitter: @geneabloggers

20 Aug 2015 - KC Reid
Where You Are Depends on when You Are: Resources for Finding your American Ancestors in Time and Space.
  • Webinar Abstract: Political boundaries change over time, and sometimes dramatically so. Our ancestors may never have moved, yet these boundaries could have shifted around them, causing them to live in multiple different jurisdictions even though they were born and died in the same house. If we are not aware of what those boundary changes are, and when they occurred, we may overlook relevant records and repositories or accidentally create brick walls for ourselves. This presentation explores digital and hardcopy resources that can help us navigate the ever-changing American political landscape as we work backwards through time through the 1700s, highlighting changes unique to Florida.
  • Presenter: KC Reid is a professional genealogist specializing in tracking American ancestral lines to the immigrant ancestors and creating narratives that reflect the lives and times of those ancestors. She also designs travel and learning experiences so clients can literally walk in their ancestors’ footsteps anywhere in the world while they learn about individual ancestors who were there. A professional researcher, analyst, writer and presenter since 1999, her work has focused on identity construction of individuals and communities. In addition to her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and in International Security and Peace, KC holds two Masters degrees, one from the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland, as well as a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. KC has lived and traveled extensively around the world and inside the U.S., and worked for several years as a travel agent. KC and her family relocated from Washington, DC to California in 2013.
  • Web addresswww.FindDeeperRoots.com
  • Blog addressFindDeeperRoots.wordpress.com
  • Facebook:  Deeper Roots Genealogy
  • Pinterest: Deeper Roots Genealogy
  • LinkedIn: KC Reid

16 Jul 2015 - Diahan Southard
Using DNA To Explore Our Origins, Part 2
  • Webinar Abstract: Autosomal DNA testing can be used in genealogy to help you understand information about your heritage on both your maternal and paternal side.  What has attracted many genealogists and non-genealogists alike is a feature of the test that allows you to see what your ancestral origins are.  In general these percentages that describe your origins are called Admixture results. These are the results that report that you are 52% British and Irish, and 31% French and German.  These results can be both exciting and confusing.  Come learn more about how this kind of ethnicity testing is completed, about its accuracy and how it can impact your genealogy.
  • Presenter: A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information.
  • Web addresswww.yourDNAguide.com

18 Jun 2015 - Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM, CGLSM
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
  • Webinar Abstract: Materials and records created by others are the bread-and-butter of genealogy. But whether copyright law allows use of old photographs, reports and articles can be murky at best. Understanding what is and isn’t copyrighted and what genealogists can and can’t use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work.
  • Presenter: The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogistâ„  and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„ . Her blog – chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013 – appears at The Legal Genealogist website (http://www.legalgenealogist.com).
  • Web address: http://www.legalgenealogist.com
  • Blog address: http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog
  • Twitter: @legalgen

21 May 2015 - Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®
Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 "Tic Marks"
  • Webinar Abstract: It’s exciting when we are able to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond.  Those pesky tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees.  Just what do they mean, and how can they help me? Are they throwing us into a dead end, or can they tell us more?  This lecture provides a case study following an eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania. 
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, has been involved in family history research since the days of her youth. A favorite snapshot is of her mother getting ready to transcribe in a cemetery just four days before Peggy was born. All four of Peggy's grandparents were born in the 1880's.  She can recall their stories of epidemics, funeral customs, weddings, wars, the Depressions, and the joys and hardships of life. They, along with her parents, were born in the days of mules and buckboards, but lived to see men walk on the moon. Peggy and her husband, Kerry are Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, Ohio.

2 May 2015 - Society Management Special Event 
Derek S Davey
Using Social Media and Your Genealogy Group
  • Webinar Abstract: Learn about the various in and outs of Social Media. Understand the use of Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc. Learn how to create and implement a plan. Give your group the tools to move into the Social Media World. Speaker has over 10 years experience and does it every day.
  • Presenter: Derek is a professional genealogist, writer and speaker. He has been researching his own family since 1974 when he was thirteen years old. Primary areas for professional research are Northwest Ohio and South Eastern Michigan for the past fifteen years. Lectures on a variety of topics related to genealogy in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Specialty areas are computer genealogy, civil war research and New England research. Currently a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society (Trustee), NEHGS, Genealogy Speakers Guild and Association of Professional Genealogist. Graduated with a BA degree from the University of Toledo in History and certificate from Boston University in Genealogy. Derek is married and has one son. Lives in the Toledo, OH area. Teaches genealogy at Lourdes University.
  • Web addresswww.derekdavey.com

2 May 2015 - Society Management Special Event
Donna M. Moughty
Printed vs. Online Publishing for Societies

• Webinar Abstract: Traditionally, the cost of publishing for many societies has been out of reach. Even when society members have taken on a project, the cost of publishing the final book, including making the minimum print run has resulted in an inability to price the product at an acceptable level. What society doesn’t have stored in someone’s basement boxes of a publication that hasn’t sold! Today, print-on-demand, as well as services like LuLu.com which handle all the details make it a worthwhile time to look again at publishing local records 
• Presenter: Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Archives, and the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute – Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and served as chair of the Professional Management Conference from 2005 - 2008, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna researches in Ireland each year and takes a group to Ireland in October to research. 
• Web address: www.moughty.com 
• Blog address: www.moughty.com

16 Apr 2015 - Diahan Southard
Using DNA To Explore Our Origins, Part 1
  • Webinar Abstract: The use of Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA in genealogy is a technology that has helped many better understand their origins. There are specific deep ancestral groups that can identify a person as a member of a specific genetic and genealogical community. Because DNA is an immutable record, it can provide links where paper records cannot. We will cover the basic language used in DNA testing, we will cover its limitations and applications, specifically for those who are not of Northern European origin. Your DNA has much to share with you, to help you determine your origins, as well as help you connect with others on a similar path.
  • Presenter: A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information.
  • Web addresswww.yourDNAguide.com

19 Mar 2015 - Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG®
Attacking Brick Walls Using Technology and Traditional Methods

19 February 2015 
A Guide to Overseas Genealogy
 Crossing the pond is easier than you think. We’ll present the history of immigrant travel into the US and how to find genealogical records in most European countries. A list of books and over 70 American and European websites for genealogical research and a guide for translating records will be provided. This presentation covers five areas of overseas genealogy: 1) emigration 2) voyage details 3) immigration, 4) naturalization and 5) websites both American and European.
Presenter: Jacqueline Krieps Schattner
 
15 January 2015
Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan
The probability of creating a successful research project is greatly enhanced when the project begins with a precise statement of research goals and reasoning for the process. A strong basis of collected information is required for a solid, research plan. It is essential that a researcher be familiar with the data or evidence gathered about the subject and location of the project. A researcher with experience and knowledge of this base will be more likely to develop a good plan. This lack of knowledge about  the principal research subject is the most likely reason a genealogical research plan will stumble or fail. Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn to get more research done while remaining focused.
Presenter: J. Mark Lowe
 
18 December 2014
That First Trip to the Courthouse
If there is one home truth in genealogy research, it's this: not everything is available online. Sooner or later, every genealogist has got to make that first trip to the courthouse to check out the original records available there. How to prepare for that trip, the rules of the road, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you'll be welcomed back the next time are explored in this lecture. 
Presenter: Judy G. Russell
 
November 2014:  DUE TO FAMILY ILLNESS, THIS WEBINAR WAS POSTPONED!
On Mountain or Prairie: Treasures in Federal Land Records
Presenter: Warren Bittner, C.G.
 
16 October 2014 - Marlis Humphrey
Latest Trends in Publishing for Genealogists
     What is happening in the publishing industry in general that genealogists can take advantage of. Look at where technology is heading that may impact what you decide to do today (e.g., website, blog, Facebook, Flipboard, printed book, smartphone, tablet, eReader, ePaper, and more). See how the next generation of readers consume books and media in different ways than in the past and have different expectations of what makes compelling content. Become familiar with the new tools available and formats. Learn about the importance of interactivity in creating an engaging family history. See how to add interactivity to a printed book. See it through the eyes of today's readers. Develop a new perspective on how you publish your family history. You can create a family treasure.
Presenter: Marlis Humphrey
 
18 Sep 2014 
Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
·         Rather research than count sheep? Peruse books at any hour without starting the car or breaking into the library? County, town, and family histories, record abstracts, and more await. Digitized, photocopied, excerpted, abstracted, OCRd, and indexed books provide a strong likelihood of success via your computer and that medium called the Internet. Add newspapers, documents, family trees, pension records, periodicals, and more to the accessible items and you might be housebound for days (months?).
·         Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CGSM, FMGS, FUGA
 
21 Aug 2014
"Coming to America": The Immigrant Experience
 
Our immigrant ancestors made amazing sacrifices to come to this country. We "know" that , but do we really understand what it was like? This is not a presentation about finding their immigration details, but rather discussing what it meant to leave home, what the passage experience was, and how they got through the immigration station in America. The focus is on those who came by ship AFTER the Colonial era.
Presenter: Diana Crisman Smith
 
July 17, 2014
        Now That You've Found Them, How Do You Keep Track of Them? Organizing Your Research
        Finding ancestors and other relatives - that's what genealogy is all about, right? And there is tons of information out there on all of them (even if some of them intentionally seem to have made it difficult for others to track them down!). The trick is, once you've learned something about an ancestor or relative, put that information into a readily-accessible, "user-friendly" form that will help you proceed to more research. Everyone has a different idea or style, but this presentation will give some suggestions and some food for thought on options.
        Presenter: Gary M. Smith
 
June 19, 2014
        Creating Master Databases from Local Genealogical Resources
        Learn how to convert information from your published society books into useable master database indexes using MS Excel. .
        Presenter: Dana Palmer, CGSM
 
May 15, 2014
        Researching Your World War I Ancestor
·      Description: With the 1973 fire in St. Louis, researching a World War I soldier might be problematic. There are other sources that can be used to learn of our doughboys military service, his unit and his comrades. Was he in the Regular Army, the National Guard, or one of the drafted divisions? Did he serve in France or did he stay stateside? Did he die in the service or did he come home?
        Presenter: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CGSM, FUGA
 
April 17, 2014
        Online Catalogs: A Bridge to Successful Research
        Description: Lecture includes discussion of catalog types; how to search; and what kind of records and documents are found in a catalog. Demonstrations of common library catalogs will be used and reviews of the following other catalogs: WorldCat.org; FamilySearch.org; Library of Congress; Ancestry.com and some digital catalogs.
        Presenter: Pamela J. Cooper
      
March 20, 2014
        Genealogical Research Online Resources - For FREE!
        Description: In the economically challenged world we are in today, free is good! The World Wide Web holds a host of options for today's genealogist to explore. Come join us as we surf the internet to find those choice websites that hold digital images, databases, text files, etc.
        Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM
        
February 20, 2014
        Ethnic Newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library: An Introduction and Tutorial 
        Description: It is African American History Month. Learn about the African American, Jewish, Hispanic, and other ethnic newspapers in the newly created Ethnic Newspapers Database within the Florida Digital Newspaper Library at the University of Florida, and find out how to navigate this important new resource. The new database was created thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant (The Florida Digital Newspaper Library: Broadening Access and Users) enabling the digitization of one of Florida’s ethnic newspapers.
        Presenter: Rebecca Jefferson and April Hines.
      
January 16, 2014
        CGI Genealogy Conference
        Description:  An overview of what to expect at the 37th Annual Florida State Genealogical Society Conference. The Keynote Speaker is Lisa Louise Cooke.  Doug has gathered a wonderful set of speakers to fill in the rest! You will be delighted with the exciting conference plans. This is a fantastic conference with so much for every genealogist! 
        Presenter: Doug Dunks, FSGS Conference Chair
 
December 19, 2013
        Strategic Planning for Societies
        Description: Will cover all the practical aspects of Strategic Planning: why do it; who is involved; what it takes - the process, tools, and timeline; what are the outcomes and deliverables; and how do I right-size it for my society? This is a great opportunity to get fresh ideas on how to start your society off with a renewed roadmap for society growth and success in 2014.
        Presenter: Marlis Glaser Humphrey  
        Due to technical difficulties during the broadcast this webinar will be rescheduled.
 
November 20, 2013
        Before They Were States: Finding and Using Territorial Records
        Description: Thirty two U. S. States were carved out of land that the U.S. gained over the early years of its existence. All of these states spent time as U.S. Territories, with Territorial governments, prior to becoming states. Territorial records are those records generated by the organization and settling of those 32 territories held by the U. S. prior to their eventually achieving statehood. This presentation addresses the kinds of Territorial records available and where they can be found.
        Presenter: Jack Butler
       
October 17, 2013
        Organizing & Carrying Out A Society Project
       Description: Whether big or small, a society project can be a daunting task. This presentation is designed to help the society officers and volunteers manage a society-wide project from start to completion. We will be discussing the project selection, member skills, budgeting, committees, timelines and record keeping and closing the project. Bay County Genealogical Society, the first recipient of the FSGS Preservation Award, will also be on hand to talk about on their various society projects and how they maintain their volunteer base and enthusiasm.
        Presenters: C. Ann Staley, CGSM, CGLSM & Janice Moore Cronan
        
September 19, 2013
        Florida Pioneers: Conquistadors, Colonialists, & Crackers
      Description: Is participating in a lineage program really worth it or is it just for pretentious people?  YES, and no!   Join us to learn more about lineage programs, what to expect during the application process, and what the FSGS requires for the Florida Pioneer Descendent program. We will review types of source documents, what's important for a successful application, and the reward of participation. You don't even have to have Florida ancestors!
        Presenter: Amy Crabill Lay
 
August 15, 2013
        Innovative Programming for Societies: A Panel Discussion.
      Description: Representatives from the Genealogy Society of Flagler County, Pinellas Genealogy Society and the Halifax Genealogical Society will be joining us to share their success stories of how they find programs and speakers. After their presentations, webinar attendees will be able to ask questions.
 
July 18, 2013
        Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA
        Description: What is Genetic Genealogy? What tests are available and which one should I order? How much does a Genetic Genealogy test cost? Do I need to be a geneticist to understand my results?  Join us to find out the answers to these questions and more.  Attendees will learn about the history of genetic genealogy, be introduced to DNA basics, learn about the different types of DNA tests available for genealogy, and learn about resources that will help you make the most of your Genetic Genealogy experience.
        Presenter: Elise Friedman
 
June 20, 2013
        Cloud-Based Services and How They Can Help Your Society
        Description: Members of modern genealogical societies, working alone and together, have a need to create, store, access, and back up digital files.  In this webinar, the presenter will show how free or inexpensive cloud-based services can support the management of this digital information so critical to the successful operation of the society. Attendees will learn of online services that can manage such things as calendars, documents, images, real-time presentations, and projects.
        Presenter: Drew Smith, MLS
        
May 16, 2013
        Description: Walking a cemetery's stones to find your ancestor's grave can be a rewarding experience. Learn how to locate your ancestor's burial site.
        Presenter: Amy Larner Giroux, CGSM, CGLSM
        
April 25, 2013
        Description: Growing up with mobile phones, tablet computers, and social networking can create a different type of genealogist. Generation Y represents and promising (and challenging) new demographic for family history. Come discuss how to define, attract, and engage this new generation of genealogists.
        Presenter: D. Joshua Taylor
        Website: http://www.djoshuataylor.com
        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJoshuaT
        Twitter: @djoshuataylor
 
 
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