LECTURE TOPICS

 

 

Migration: Why They Left, Where They Went, and What It Can Reveal About Our Ancestors

Why did our ancestors dare to leave their homes?  Why did they settle where they did?  We’ll see what secrets our ancestors’ migrations can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, and even across town.

 

Voting Records: Genealogy's Best Kept Secret

Looking for a date of birth or death?  The date and court of naturalization? Where your ancestor disappeared to, or where he came from?  His political outlook?  Even what kind of house he lived in?  Voting records may have the answer.  These often-overlooked gems can be packed with genealogical information, and you won’t believe what they can tell us about our ancestors!

 

Tips and Tricks: Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find

With so much information available to us today, it can be hard to know how to find what we're looking for, or what to do with it after we've found it.  Discover an assortment of techniques that can help you search the internet more successfully, extract those useful genealogical nuggets from your documents, organize what you've found, and evaluate your evidence.  We'll look at tools for locating overlooked records, understanding codes in documents, recovering missing websites, finding evidence of name changes, and much more.  

 

Genealogical Pits I Have Fallen Into and How to Avoid Them!

Genealogy is a great treasure hunt, but sometimes the clues are easy to misunderstand, or to miss altogether.  We'll look at eight pitfalls that can get us into trouble, and discover strategies for dodging these traps so they won't keep you from reaching your goals.

 

Finding Your Eastern European Ancestors: If I Can Do It, So Can You! Available as two separate single lectures or a half-day seminar/workshop

In spite of the many wars, boundary changes, and political and natural catastrophes, an astonishing number of records exist for our Eastern European ancestors, both here and abroad.  We'll explore strategies for finding their places of origin, uncovering their original names, finding and requesting records, extracting and understanding their information, and dealing with foreign languages.

 

Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors  

Names, dates, and places are the stock-in-trade of genealogy, but they often conjure up little more than the skeletal framework of an ancestor, and when it comes to our female ancestors, even those details are often missing.  For most of recorded time, women didn't leave much of a paper trail.  Nonetheless, these ancestors were as fully-fledged as anyone we know today, and it is up to us to find ways to tell their stories. We'll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories and other resources can help.

 

Genealogy For Beginners and Beyond

Discover your family's unique history!  In this class we'll explore the fascinating field of genealogy as we unearth the clues to our ancestral past.  We'll analyze the records our ancestors left behind and learn how to use them to bring the past to life.  From online resources we can use at home to more distant collections, we'll discuss where to find the clues to our ancestors' stories, what to do with the information, and how to make sure we don't find ourselves barking up the wrong family tree!   This class is suitable for those who are new to genealogy, but includes a good bit methodology that can help intermediates as well.