Available Presentations

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Keynotes and Special Events

Family History in Popular Culture
Explore the world of family history as seen through music, television, and movies over the past 60 years.

Family History in Prime Time
Uncover the world of family history behind the camera, as we discover the journey of family history into prime time.

Family History: What the Future Holds
Glimpse the future of family history through changes in technology, research methods, and other community developments.

Gen Y and the Family Tree
Gen Y has begun to trace their roots. Discover the rising popularity of family history among this new generation and their quick adaptions to shifts and changes in technology.

For Genealogists and Family Historians

Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogical and Historical Societies
There are thousands of genealogical and historical societies across the United States, each containing records that are not available anywhere else! Learn how to find historical societies, and get the most out of their records. Learn what records are unique to historical societies that can further your research.

Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830
Have you lost an ancestor between 1780 and 1830? Often connecting our ancestors to colonists can be quite a task, learn how to employ probate, land, census, tax, and other compiled records to help bridge the gap.

Building Context and Making Connections: Using JSTOR for Family History
Thousands of potential resources await you at JSTOR, an online collection of scholarly publications from across the world. Discover how JSTOR can help your research during this guided, step-by-step view of the database and its search functions.

Climbing in Unknown Territory – Beginning Your Genealogy
Just starting in genealogy? Come learn the best tools and techniques to start climbing your family tree. Learn basic research methods, record types, and learn a few tips on how to keep your materials organized.

Discovering USGenWeb
The USGenWeb Project includes numerous free records and resources for United States genealogy. Learn how to use the numerous projects including the archives, tombstone, family group sheet, and national project pages. Come discover what brick walls may be solved by using USGenWeb.

Essential Technology for Genealogists
Genealogists do not necessarily need to be on the “edge’ of technology; however they should be aware of new technologies that can further their research efforts. Come see the list of technology every genealogist should own.

Evaluating and Documenting Online Sources
Just because a website or database looks nice, does not mean its content can be trusted. Learn how to evaluate the information you find online, and also how to properly cite those sources in your own records.

Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
Just because Great Aunt Mable said your ancestor was from Scotland, doesn’t mean that he was. Learn how to uncover the truth behind family legends and stories, and how to integrate them into your personal writing and research.

Going Digital: Organizing Your Research Files Electronically
Thinking of going digital? Organizing your research files electronically can speed up processing time, save space, and help anyone become a better genealogist. Learn how to take your paper research notes, logs, and documents and convert them into your own personal “digital archives.”

Hidden Gems: Materials in Digital Libraries for Family History
Digital libraries have revolutionized the way researchers can access and use materials. Explore general techniques to finding digital collections suitable for genealogical and historical research in public, university, and private libraries.

Mapping your Success: Employing Maps for Genealogical Research
Learn how to go beyond the basic “political map” for genealogical research. Explore maps tracing boundary changes, religious groups, political districts, migration routes, and more.

Mission Accomplished: Planning Your Research Trip
Planning a Research Trip? Come see how to use basic resources, pre-planning, and technology to ensure success on any research trip-large or small!

The Modern-Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher
While we would all like to devote more hours to family history, there simply are not enough hours in most days to do so. Learn time-saving techniques to make the most of every minute (or hour) you are researching.

New Tools and Ideas in Research
The field of genealogy is constantly changing and evolving.  Each day new techniques, resources, and tools are developed to assist in the quest for one’s ancestors. Learn technological developments (including gadgets and gizmos); newly discovered resources for genealogical research and more.

On and Off the Net: Census Records
Census records are among the most basic (and vital) records for genealogists. Discover how to use census records in your research, and how to use them both online and offline.

On and Off the Net: Locality Searching
Researching by locality is an essential research method for genealogists. Uncover the best resources (both online and offline) for research by localities. Highlights of this lecture include a look at the USGenWeb Project and the resources found in genealogical and historical societies.

On and Off the Net: Vital Records
Birth, Marriage, and Death records are a key component to any genealogists search. Learn how these records are kept, and how you can access them offline or online.

Online Library Catalogs: A Genealogist’s Best Kept Secret
Go inside the pathway to a library’s materials during this in-depth review of library catalogs. Techniques for searching and accessing materials will be covered as well as making the most out of mobile access and other features.

Online Resources: Religious Archives and Organizations
Whether you are searching for a member of the Baptist, Quaker, or Methodist religion, innovations in digital collections have provided tremendous resources. Collections found at university, public, and private repositories will be examined.

Online Resources for Colonial America
Discover websites, online databases, university projects, online archives, and other resources for researching your Colonial American ancestors online. Learn how to use Early American Imprints, JSTOR, and other resources.

Our State Archives: Digital Collections and More
Explore the wealth of information available online at state archives throughout the United States. Emphasis is placed on common trends, browsing, and search methods.

Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies
Discover the methods used in the 19th and early 20th century to create a compiled genealogy, and how to ensure its information does not lead you down the wrong trail.

Putting it Together: A Case Study
Follow a family from the early 1800s to the early 1900s as they migrated from Pennsylvania to Idaho Watch as records from the home (family bibles and letters) are combined with newspapers, tax records, census records, cemetery records, family files, and other records to compile the family.

Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers
For many years the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has collected resources relating to a central period in American history. Expand your research by exploring their online and onsite collections.

Successful Searching Online: Clustering for Genealogists
Effective Internet searching cannot be complete without clustering. Learn how to limit your search engine results to websites that will be beneficial to you without having to scroll through thousands of results! Strong emphasis is put on learning and using “Yippy,” and other search engines.

Treasures in the Archives: Using Archive Grid
Dive deeply into Archive Grid and make the most out of the nation’s leading online catalogs of archival materials. Learn keyword searching techniques, how to read and understand results, and other techniques.

Trial by Community: Colonial American Legal Traditions
Your ancestor did not have to be a party in a trial to be involved. Learn how to obtain more than just the court transcripts for constructing your ancestor’s lives in Colonial America, especially as they played their roles in the legal adventures of the communities in which they lived.

Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations
Political parties have shaped the history of America, and all political parties had members! Come discover how to find those party records; including voting, fundraising, and meeting records from the early 1800s to the late 1950s.

Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind County Histories
Large volume works including state histories, multi-state histories, and regional histories often include a section devoted to biographical sketches, known as the “mugbook” section. Learn how to find the source of those sketches, their compilation, and how to evaluate them as a genealogical source.

The Web, the World and YOU! (Advanced Internet Researching)
Tired of using the same Internet sites over and over without any success? Frustrated because you are unable to find exactly what you want? Learn how evaluate websites and use free tools on the Internet to enrich your experience while surfing the web!