The following presentations are currently planned for the conference. Please keep in mind that speakers and presentations can change at any time.

David Allen Lambert

Colonial Migration Records

Civil War Research

What Time is in on your Genealogical Clock

Cheryl Hudson Passey

“Shiver Me Timbers! Mistakes I Have Made: Confessions of a Repentant Genealogist”

Let’s face it. We all make mistakes when we are doing something new. True confessions: As a beginning and not so beginning genealogist, I made them all. Still do if I am not careful. 

This presentation shares examples of the most common genealogy errors with examples from my own experiences. Learn what NOT to do to and how to avoid making these mistakes with your research.

5 Elements for a Firm Foundation: A Step by Step Guide to the Genealogical Proof Standard.” 

Intimidated by the steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard? 

Confused about if it applies to you or if it is only for more advanced or professional researchers?

 This presentation will show you step by step why the standards are for everyone. Whether you’ve been researching for years or are just beginning, this session will help you to understand step by step how to put into practice each of the 5 GPS elements to create a firm foundation for your family history research.

“Analyzing Probate Records: Following the Clues Left After Death”

Probate Records can shed light on your ancestors even when there is no will. 

In this presentation you will Learn why and how to use these records to find clues to help answer your research questions.

Laura Hedgecock

Treasure Chest of Memories: Bring the Family Tree to Life with Stories

Learn creative, yet practical ideas to start putting episodes of the family’s past to paper. 

As it examines ways to incorporate your own memories and stories in the family’s history, this lecture will look at practical ways to tell, format, and share episodes of the past. Discussions will include the power of narratives to connect; where to find inspiration; time management tips; and formatting options, from traditional manuscripts to social media. 

Practical Tools for Family History Writers

Learn about practical tools that can help with family history writing projects. We’ll discuss free and low-cost software, smartphone apps, and websites that can help with developing story ideas, organizing research and works in process; facilitating the writing process; and improving your craft.

Enhance Family Narratives with Context

Learn how to increase the historical and emotional understanding of stories. Session covers types of context (from historical to emotional), where to find it, how to avoid overwhelming readers with too many facts, strategies to use when you have sparse information, and ethical issues in picking and choosing what we share about our ancestors.

Dan Earl

Coming soon