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2013 Schedule of Events

  8:15AM  | Keynote Speaker:  James Tanner | Hidden Treasures of Genealogical Sleuthing: Kerlin's Well and the Overson Photographic Collection

9:10 AM to 10:10 AM

Class Room Description Presenter Handouts
Getting Started using the Research Cycle
Getting started--Get organized, use forms, computer programs and the Research Cycle to save time and be more productive in your genealogical journey. 

Darlene Brady

Getting Started using the Research Cycle

Using the Internet for Research This class is intended to present tools and websites that can be used from home 24/7 to do US research. The user can find much of the desired information for free. If desired, there are a couple of subscription sites that may aid in the research. There are over 300,000 websites on the internet that can be helpful, but it only takes a few to get results.

Charlie Shults

Participants will receive a CD with all the presentation and information

London Research This class focuses on London and the many types of research available there.  It includes a list of indexes that may be searched including birth, marriage, death, census and many more. In addition introduces the tools such as Gazetteers, Maps, Directories and Place-Name Publications. Melba Preece

London Research Tools.pdf

Major London Indexes.pdf

Immigration & Naturalization This class is designed to give the history of the waves of immigrants that came to the United States during specific periods and the ports where they may have arrived. We will highlight the sources of information both on-line and in books.
We will look at the Naturalization laws and where the records of naturalization may be found, on-line and in the archives.
Steve Packer

Conference2013/PDF/Immigration and Emigration.pdf

FamilySearch Family Tree Family Tree has replaced New.FamilySearch.org. Are you ready? Incorporates:

- Unified individual data

   - Photos and Stories

  - Sources from FamilySearch and other websites

James Tanner

FamilyTree Presentation

Danish Research 101

Material will be Tips on Reading Parish Registers, Understanding Patronimic naming system, Recognizing letters in Gothic Script, Using the census records and a glossery of useful terms.

Ruth Skousen

Danish Research

I Do, I Don’t, I Died, Using Court Records in Family History Research Many of our ancestors appear in records created by the courts, yet few family history researchers use them. Criminal and civil cases, marriages, divorces, land partitions, water disputes, naturalizations, inquests, guardianships and probate cases can be rich sources of information that cut across class, race, gender and economic situation. Learn about courts and the information held in their records that might just help you break down that proverbial brick wall. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon I Do, I Don't, I Died

DAR Website Review for Family History

Elizabeth Chain

DAR Handout

Breaking Through your Genealogical Brick Wall

Where? What? Why? When? Genealogy is just another type of puzzle. If it pieces don't fit one way, try another way.

Deanna Johnson

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Brick_Wall_2
 
10:20 AM to 11:20 AM
     
Class Room Description Presenter Handouts
Helping Researchers thru Indexing   Indexing is the foundation of family history (genealogical) research. We are in the process of indexing names, dates and places from over 2.4 million microfilms (about 15 billion names) stored in Granite Mountain in Utah. Films deteriorate – so they all need to be indexed and put online in a (free) searchable database, making it faster and easier to find information on our families.

The class will cover basics and show you how to index several kinds of records.
Pat Badger Indexing.Handouts
Find A Grave   A free resource and an invaluable tool for genealogical research. Learn to search, submit, add biographical information, photos and link family members to memorials in over 400,000 cemeteries around the country. Shirley Nance Course Materials
DNA Testing and Genealogy   Today genealogists have a new tool to help them locate the homeland of their ancestors and contact cousins and distant relatives. How to use DNA testing, how to contact distant cousins, and which test to take, and how to interpret the results will be the topic of this presentation. Daniela Moneta DNA Testing Handouts
Finding Records for the War of 1812   War of 1812 service and the payments for that service have created a wealth of records that can help to identify people who lived in the early 1800’s.  A Pension Application and payments often provide more data than can be found anywhere else in the time period.   Bounty Land resulted in a lot of moving to new places for many soldiers and their families.  See what full files offer and find out where to get them. Sharon Monson War of 1812 Records
FamilySearch Wiki   Come and learn about the FamilySearch Research Wiki, the most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet. The presentation will take you on a tour of this fantastic program and show you how you can supercharge your research. James Tanner FamilySearch WIKI
Swedish Genealogy Research: Part I - in the United States
Part II - in Sweden
  Swedish Church records are among the best in the world.  The main challenges are to first, to establish by research your ancestor's parish of origin; secondly to understand the various notations listed in the Household Examination Records and other records.  .These topics are addressed during this hour.  Also included is an extended bibliography.  See you there! Mary Safsten & Pat Hewett  
Getting Help From Others By Posting What You Know on the Internet   How do you get your ancestors’ living descendants, you don’t even know, to share stories, pictures and more? How do you use FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry to post family stories and pictures? This class will teach you how to collaborate with currently unknown relatives! Gary Foster Share and Receive
Why's and How's of Documentation   The main focus of this session will be to learn the importance of Source Documentation for your personal genealogy computer database.  This class will emphasize how to organize and evaluate your electronic multi-media images on your personal computer to effectively document life events with electronic document attachments.  Join the forces who “Just Say No to Junk Genealogy”. Lynn Melville Source Documentation
"Discovering the Dash"  - Finding Stories for Your Family History 101   The little DASH (-) between a birth date and a death date represents a whole LIFE of experiences, feelings, interactions, and STORIES. Finding their stories gives life to our ancestors! These wonderful stories inspire us, turn our hearts, bind generations and have power to strengthen us as the stories are told --- and remembered.

In this class we will learn where to look for stories, ways to use them and learn how to attach stories on Family Tree.
Leone Pearce Disc.Dash.Handout

             11:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Class Room

Description

Presenter

Handouts

Using Maps to Track your Family History  
Learning where your ancestors lived and traveled can give you a better understanding of their lives and might help you find clues to family origins and events. Come join us and learn how to find and use the many tools available to us today to locate and track your ancestors. Learn how to create your own custom family migration maps

Jim Taylor

Land and Probate   Land and Probate Records: No United States Research is complete without them.
- New to Research? Get started
- ExperiencedResearcher? You can use them more effectively to solve that brick wall problem.

LeRoy Atkins

Course Materials

German Research This class we give the basic requirements to begin your research, what background information is critical to a successful search and where it can all be sourced.  We will look at the multiplicity of German record sources and how they can be found and utilized for a successful search.

Steve Packer

German Research Materials

US Military Records before 1900   From the Revolutionary War; through the Civil War; up to the end of the 19th century, almost every family has ancestors who served in conflicts. This is one of the larger record collections of US history and its people. The records are becoming easier to find and use on the internet.

Charlie Shults

Participants will receive a CD with all the presentation and information

FamilySearch Family Tree  

Family Tree has replaced New.FamilySearch.org. Are you ready?  Incorporates:

 - Unified individual data

 - Photos and Stories

 - Sources from FamilySearch and other websites

James Tanner

FamilyTree Presentation

Mexican Research (Español)   Tracing your ancestors in Mexico. Tips and Techniques for searching records in the area where your family lived.
You will learn basic steps in Family History research to get acquainted with your family.  Look for your family names in Mexico by using the FamilySearch.org website. There are 50 collections of family records in the FamilySearch.org website.  Your ancestors are waiting for you to discover them.

Carmen Rodriguez

 

Using Irfanview for Family History Research  
This class takes an in-depth look at how IrfanView can be an essential tool in researching your family history. Among the many things IrfanView can do, this program can help you crop, print, and even enhance records and photos of your ancestors.
Steven Passey  
Getting Started using the Research Cycle   Getting started--Get organized, use forms, computer programs and the Research Cycle to save time and be more productive in your genealogical journey. 

Darlene Brady

Getting Started using the Research Cycle.pdf

Using Early Federal Population Censuses  
Using Early Federal Population Censuses - 1790 thru 1850 – techniques.
How to analyze the data found in the early US Censuses. Identifying important information to further your research.
Carolyn H Brown 1790-1850 US Federal Census

           12:30PM to 1:15PM - LUNCH

           1:15PM to 2:15PM

Class Room

Description

Presenter

Handouts

Reading Old Style Handwriting   Eventually you will be looking at old records either in an archives, courthouse or on old microfilm.  There is no typing, no transcription and it’s just your eyes and hard to read words on a page.  This class compares writing styles from difference time periods and discusses common phrases in old documents.  English only.

Sharon Monson

Reading Old Style Handwriting - Handout

Using the National Archives   Selected NARA microfilm publications and original records have been digitized by Ancestry.com and Fold3.com and made available on their web sites for a fee – many of these same records are also being made available free on FamilySearch.org in the Historical Record Collection. Learn how to find the NARA records online.  Also discussed – accessing the National Archives website to purchase records; which records are available if they cannot be found online, the cost and what to realistically expect when it comes in the mail.

Denise Crawford

NARA.Bran.Chart
Italian Research

This class is designed to help you...
1. Find where your Italian ancestors came from in Italy
2. Where they went after they arrived.
3. How you can trace your roots back to Italy and further and possibly find ancestors living there today.

Jeff Skousen

Military Records After 1900   World War I brought global conflict that involved almost every household in the US. There are even records of men who did not actually serve. Many  databases are on line and easily searchable. We may even find the signature of your grandfather.

Charlie Shults

Participants will receive a CD with all the presentation and information

Using Google for Genealogy   Google is a gold mine of genealogical resources, if you know what they are and where they are found. Come and have your knowledge of Google expanded in ways that you cannot imagine.

James Tanner

Hispanic Genealogy
(Español)
   

Pilar Felix

FamilySearch Family Tree: Resolving Common Complicated Cases  
In this class, we go over in detail some the most common problems that can arise in your Family search family tree.
Steven Passey  
Helping Researchers thru Indexing  

Indexing is the foundation of family history (genealogical) research.  We are in the process of indexing names, dates and places from over 2.4 million microfilms (about 15 billion names) stored in Granite Mountain in Utah.  Films deteriorate – so they all need to be indexed and put online in a (free) searchable database, making it faster and easier to find information on our families.

The class will cover basics and show you how to index several kinds of records.

Pat Badger

Indexing.Handouts

Using the Mesa Family History Center Website  
This class will teach you to navigate and easily find resources and links to family history sites, databases, how-tos and much more.  You will learn what each major topic is and what types of resources are available to you.
Jean Wharton Using the MesaFSL Website

2:25PM to 3:25PM

Class Room

Description

Presenter

Handouts

Why's & How's of Documentation   The main focus of this session will be to learn the importance of Source Documentation for your personal genealogy computer database.  This class will emphasize how to organize and evaluate your electronic multi-media images on your personal computer to effectively document life events with electronic document attachments.  Join the forces who “Just Say NO to Junk Genealogy”.

Lynn Melville

Changing Genealogy into Family History "What would your great great grandchildren want to know about you?"

Shirley Nance

Researching African American Genealogy  

Research for African American roots is the same as any other research in the United States of America, but there are some additional challenges associated with finding names of people during the period of slavery. After slavery ended, there is the challenge of last names.

Joyce Reece McCullom

Researching African Americans
Using Newspapers & Periodicals   Using historical newspapers gives us the ability to see the national, community and personal events as they were happening in the lives of both famous and ordinary people.  There is more than the obituary – newspapers can tell us about accidents, crimes, births, marriages, anniversaries, organizational events and more.  In addition, our ancestors may have been published in a wide variety of periodicals.  Learn tips on how to access historical newspapers and periodicals.  

Denise Crawford

Historical Newspapers Online
Digitized Genealogy Books Online  
Learning about digital books.  Where to find them and how they can assist you in your family history research.

James Tanner

Canadian Research   The class will consist of a description of our neighbor to the north, a brief history of Quebec and Ontario, and resources for finding people, dates and locations of Canadian ancestors.

 Marie Welch

Canadian Research

French Research 101   Your search for your french ancestors may be more difficult or simple than you might think. This class will assist genealogists in looking and finding online records which document ones family history in France. Gordon Mulleneaux  
Native American Research 101  

Learn the basics of Native American Research, understand how history, area and records are important to your research.

Emerson Mose
Madeliene Ellis
 
Creating a Genealogy To-Go Bag  
The Genealogy To-Go Bag  may be used for day trips, week trips, and extended trips.
How to prepare an “essentials small Items” bag, and all of the other items you will need at your finger tips. Things you do not want to leave home without.
Carolyn H Brown Genealogy To-Go Bag