Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau:Diana Crisman Smith

PO Box 152987
Cape Coral, FL 33915
Lecture Topics
  • Scandinavian Topics
    • Not All Vikings Were Horrible: Researching Danish Ancestry
    • Beyond the Sea: An Overview of Scandinavian Migration to America
    • Basic Scandinavian Research
    • Niels, Ole and Sven: Understanding Scandinavian Patronymics and More
  • Advanced Topics & Analysis
    • I Know She's Out There Somewhere! Finding Female Ancestors
    • It Takes A Village: Community Research
    • Mining Collateral Lines for Fun and Genealogical Profit: Researching Sideways Around Brick Walls
    • To Transcribe, Abstract, Extract: What's the Difference?
    • Beyond Vital Events: Making Them Real
  • Basic Methodology
    • Who Says So? Documenting Your Sources
    • The US Federal Census: Good, Bad, and Ugly for Genealogists
    • There's More to Immigration than Ellis Island
    • On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Beginning Research
    • Now That I've Found Them, How Do I Keep Track of Them?  Organizing Your Research
    • You Can Get There From Here: Using Maps
    • Surveying the Land: Public Domain or Metes & Bounds or What?
    • Blankety-Blank Forms in Genealogical Research
    • Extra! Extra! Ancestors Exposed in the News: Using Newspapers in Genealogy
    • What's Black & White and Read Online: Using Online Newspapers in Genealogy
    • Counting on the Census: Using the US Federal Population Census
    • Researching with Bridget: The Genealogists' Home Bookshelf
    • On The Road Again: Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip
    • Strolling Through the Park: Revealing Ancestors in the Cemetery
    • Somewhere in Time: Using Timelines to Put Families in Context
    • Getting the Right Genealogical Date
    • Beyond Death Records: Will, Probate, Inventory
    • An Orderly Life: Using Directories
  • Special Topics
    • United We Stand: Using Civil War Pension Records
    • Well, They Didn't SWIM Over! Using Passenger List Records
    • Talking With Grandma: Interviewing the Living for Leads to the Past
    • Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research
    • The Quakers are Our Friends
    • Here Comes the Family: Preparing for the Reunion
    • The Importance of Belonging: The Role of Genealogical Societies in Your Research Plan
    • Who Needs Genealogical Conferences? Everyone!
    • Genealogy is a Journey of Discovery: Start It Right and Keep It Right (full-day seminar)
  • Professional Development
    • Here I Am! Marketing Yourself
    • Keep the Message Consistent: Deliver from Proposal to Syllabus to Presentation
    • The Story of John Doe: Case Studies As Teaching Tools
    • Something for Everyone! Or Not? Establishing the Right Presentation Mix
  • Willing to travel up to 150 miles and more. Meals and travel expenses must be compensated.
Previous Speaking Engagements
  • National Genealogical Society
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • Genealogy at Sea (6 cruises)
  • Oklahoma State Genealogical Society
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
  • West Virginia Palatines to America
  • Fairfax, VA, Genealogical Society
  • Bessemer Historical Society (Pueblo, Colorado)
  • Michigan Genealogical Council
  • APG Webinars
  • FamilyTree University webinars


  • Professional Genealogists APGQ Excellence Award, recognizing exceptional articles submitted to the organization's quarterly magazine
Biographical Sketch:
Diana has been researching since childhood and served as a lay librarian at the local Family History Center for more than twenty years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, including a regular column in the NGS NewsMagazine and the APG Quarterly; she was a frequent contributor to Digital Genealogist Magazine, as well as penning a regular column that ran for two years in the Cleveland Sun Newspapers. She is Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Treasurer, Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Treasurer of the Florida State Genealogical Society, and Past District Director of APG. She is an instructor for FamilyTree University (online courses on several methodology topics) and faculty with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (online courses on Danish research). She has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) the last fifteen years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical endeavors after concluding a career in software consulting.