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Presentation: Why We Don’t Write and How We Can

Genealogists need to write in order to prove our families, preserve our work, and propagate our information. How to make the time and make it fun. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. Contact me for more information and open dates.

Presentation: First Steps in Indiana Research

Find your Hoosiers in the state’s four big repositories and 92 county seats. Indiana’s wealth of resources may surprise you. There’s no substitute for being there! This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at Lake County (Illinois) Genealogy Workshop November 2011.

Presentation: Probate Will Not Be the Death of You

Beginners look for wills. Experienced genealogists know that most people died without wills, and that their estates often left plenty of records in the probate courts. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates.

Presentation: Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Isn’t on Your Side

Genealogists can’t count on the full confessions Perry Mason got every week in the old TV series. Try the Sherlock Holmes model instead. Get a feel for indirect evidence with examples from actual research. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at National […]

Presentation: “Are We There Yet?” Proof and the Genealogy Police

Case study: Follow the Chilcote trail from the 1900 Chicago census to an unmarked Ohio grave– and decide when there’s enough evidence to prove that George and Edward are two men or one man with two names. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. […]

Presentation: Finding Berrys in New York Probate and Property Records

How I turned off my computer and cell phone, left home, and found dozens of descendants of my wife’s Revolutionary War ancestor, William Berry 1753-1839 of Allegany County, New York. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates.

When the Name’s Not the Same

“When the Name’s Not the Same,” Crossroads 5, no. 1 (December 2009):175-182. Published by Utah Genealogical Association. Were there four men? Or just one with different names? And which — if any — was the father?

An Index Is a Treasure Map — Do You Dig?

Originally published in Indiana Genealogist 19, no. 3 (September 2008):147-150, with nice illustrations not shown here. Footnotes {1} have been converted into endnotes in this format. Copyright Indiana Genealogical Society. AN INDEX IS A TREASURE MAP — DO YOU DIG? Trying to do genealogical research without indexes would be like digging for buried treasure without […]

Can you find St. Charles in 1865?

The Illinois state census of 1865 can help place your family at the end of the Civil War, complete with the name of the household head, the family members’ ages and sexes, the value of their livestock (even in the city — “horsepower” was no metaphor in those days), and sometimes more. The portion for […]