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June 17 – Tucson, AZ Pima County Genealogical Society “Tips on Sharing Family History with a Blog.”
July 27 – Provo, UT myFamily History Youth Camp “Family History Mythbusters”
BYU Conference July 25- 28 Provo, Utah
July 25 – “Look at Your Family in a Whole New Way: With a Mind Map”
Are you a visual learner? When you’re sorting out your family history research do you often resort to drawing little diagrams on paper to help you make sense of what have and don¿t have? When faced with a difficult research problem, a mind map can help you see what’s missing and even make connections. Learn how fun and easy it is to use new computer technology to map your family history.
July 25 -“Finding Franklin” (myFamily History Youth Camp)
Explore the census records to find fun facts about President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Learn tips and tricks, then try your hand at researching your own ancestors in the census records. This hands-on class will open your mind to the clues that census records can provide.
July 26 – “Location, Location, Location: Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place”
Do you have a difficult ancestor? One that just won’t stay put in one place? Are records difficult to find in the location you finally have him pinpointed? Have you been more interested in finding names and dates than discovering the what, where, and why of your family? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, maybe it’s time to take a step back from searching for specific records and put your ancestors in their place.
July 27 – “Source Citations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
How do you document the death certificate you found in your grandmothers stash of papers? How about the tidbit of information from a website or book? Learn the who, what, where, and when method of creating your source citations and give your research some credibility.
July 28 – “The Suitcase: Getting Started One Paper at a Time”
Are you the lucky recipient of your family’s genealogy? Do you have a box, a barrel, or maybe even a suitcase full of letters, documents, photos, family group sheets, etc? You are probably feeling overwhelmed with either joy or despair. Go ahead and be ecstatic that you inherited priceless stuff. Don’t despair because you’ll learn how to take care of your papers, one step at time.
July 28 – “What Do I Do Next? 5 Tips for Using FamilySearch Partners”
Not sure what to do with the Family Search Partners that now appear on the Person page of the FamilySearch family tree? Have you clicked on one of them for fun and been completely overwhelmed with the amount of information you see? Or were you underwhelmed with the lack of relevant information returned? Learn how to take advantage of these high powered programs and take your research to the next level.
We have designed these presentations to be about one hour. Please let us know if you are interested in something else.
Do You Have a Skeleton in your Family History Closet?
We all have them: ancestor stories that tend to be hushed up: illegitimate children, desertion, abuse, mental illness, etc. We call these life details “skeletons in the closet” because we like to imagine our ancestor’s lives as near perfect and may be tempted to bury these skeletons. What do we do when our family history research uncovers something unexpected? Recording these kind of details can be difficult. We’ll explore ways tell our ancestor’s story with integrity and kindness
Have You Heard of the New FamilySearch Partner, Geneanet?
Hidden in the thousands of books and newspapers digitized by Geneanet might be just the clue you need. Learn tricks for searching the website and what to do with the information when you find it.
Probate 101 or The Real Life Drama of the Thomas B. Royston Estate
Are you a bit intimidated by probate research? Have you located a will but neglected to find the “rest of the story?” With probate records being digitized by Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, chances are you have some exciting discoveries to be made. Did you know that the Probate Estate packet of your ancestor can be a real page turner? Or perhaps, “next image” turner. Using the fascinate story found in the probate records of Thomas B. Royston, learn what important finds could be awaiting you in the probate records.
Research Logs: The Key to Organizing Your Family History
Are you ready to take your Family History efforts to the next level and actually get organized? Do you sometimes feel like you have spent the last hour of “research” mindlessly surfing the web looking for records of your family but you have no idea where you’ve been and what you’ve found? You might be ready to put some order into your research! Learn about the different kinds of research logs then try your hand at using one.
Why DNA? Using Y-DNA to Break Down a Brick Wall
What is all the hoopla about DNA? Learn what the Y-DNA test is, who can test, and what results you can expect. Through a real life case study you’ll discover how a Y-DNA test connected my family line to my immigrant ancestor of 1635. Then you’ll explore your family tree for possible brick walls that might be solved using the Y-DNA test.
Keep Your Genealogy Notes Ever Ready With Evernote
Create a personalized, searchable genealogy encyclopedia with Evernote. Learn how to quickly save, tag, and access your favorite blog posts and web articles. Record notes from webinars, create your own state or country research outline, upload conference syllabi, and so much more.
Find Meaning in Your Ancestor’s Leavings
Have you inherited the leavings of your 20th century ancestor’s life? Obituaries, programs, letters, magazine articles, artifacts, journals, and more can leave you overwhelmed and wondering what to do with all of the stuff. Learn how to make connections between your life and that of your ancestor as you sort, research, and share.