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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: Beyond Fort Wayne, Madison, and the Newberry: Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives

You’ve been to the biggest, now check out the rest. My personal sample of archives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin — and a few suggestions of where to find the one YOU need! This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at […]

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: Reading Genealogy: Why Not Follow the Best?

Learn from what the best genealogists read (and write). How to get the most from the five top US genealogy journals: the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, The American Genealogist, and The Genealogist. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. […]

Presentation: Land and Property: The Records No Genealogist Can Do Without

Don’t fear land records — fear the brick walls you will build by not consulting them! Find out all the ways they can help. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates.

Presentation: Ten Commandments to be a Good Genealogy Client

Face it: we all need genealogy help sometimes. Here are some common-sense suggestions to make it easier to hire the help you need and emerge smiling from the experience! (And if you take the first six commandments to heart, you may not even need to hire anyone.) This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 […]

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.

Presentation: Orphans No More: Records of the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851-1941

Overwhelmed parents left thousands of children to the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851-1941. Their stories are at the Indiana Historical Society. Learn about the institution, the records, the children — many of whom came from other Indiana counties, and some of whom were sent out of state. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. […]