Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Past Events 2019 - 2020


Saturday, 26 Sep 1:30 - 3:00 pm via Zoom

Brickwall Session with a Certified Genealogist®

Back by Popular Demand!



Gain insights into solving brick walls with a Certified Genealogist®.  
Our guest, Mary Kircher Roddy, CG® will select several member-submitted brick walls and discuss how she would approach them.  Come away with some new methods, strategies, and resources to apply to your own ancestral quandaries. 
(CG®'s are peer-reviewed and credentialed by the Board for Certified Genealogists.  Approximately 40% of the portfolios submitted result in certification. There are currently just over 250 CG's world-wide.)

Saturday, 12 September 10:30 - 12:00 via Zoom
"Spreadsheets 101: Excel-lence in Genealogy"
Are you afraid of spreadsheets because you don't know how or where to start? Or are you comfortable with spreadsheets but know there's a trick or two still to learn?
This webinar will get beginners up to speed and experienced users will learn tricks from the presenters 25 years of using spreadsheets as an accountant, writer, and genealogist.
This webinar was pre-recorded by Mary Kircher Roddy for Family Tree Webinars. 
She has graciously given permission for us to show it to our members. 

Saturday, 22 August, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
"LEEDS Method DNA Workshop" (Hands-On & Interactive)
The Leeds Method allows you to easily organize your DNA matches into color-coded groups who likely share a common ancestor. In this hands-on guided workshop, you'll be working with sample DNA matches to learn how to create a Leeds chart, investigate a cluster and be ready to apply this method to your own matches. 

Presented by: Fiona Brooker, professional genealogist and educator. Fiona is an alumnus of the 18-month Professional Genealogist Study Group; holds a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies; and is a former President of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. She is passionate about helping others research and discover their family history stories. 


Saturday, 8 August at 10:30
"Eating an Elephant: Managing Large Projects"
Facing a large family history project is not so intimidating with good planning, the right tools, and thoughtful analysis. Learn the seven steps to managing a large project. Tips for paper and computer will also be discussed. 
Presenter:  Elissa Scalise Powell.
Certified Genealogist® & Certified Genealogical Lecturer(SM). 
Co-director, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Course coordinator (“Genealogy as a Profession”), Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).  Recipient, 2017 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Achievement Award.

Saturday, 25 July at 10:30
RESTORE: Vivid-Pix's Photo Restoration and Organizing Software  
Interactive step-by-step workshop.    
Vivid-Pix's RESTORE software is fast, affordable, and user-friendly.  Restore faded and discolored images. Edit with one click.  Add metadata.  Save.  Organize.   
This workshop will demo step-by-step how to use RESTORE with photos & historical documents.
Led by Anjanette Mercer.
Learn more about Vivid Pix RESTORE here.

Saturday, 11 July at 10:30
"You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation"    
Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs, slides, photo negatives or home movies?  As more of us tackle organizing family history materials, we’re also uncertain how to preserve these memories.  Learn the best ways to organize and preserve family photos, including outsourcing and the DIY approach.  Starting with quick and easy inventory and organizing tips, we’ll move on to creating a strategic plan to finally get this photo project done!
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee, an IT and genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve family history research and connect with other genealogists.
He manages two popular websites: AbundantGenealogy and GenealogyBargains.


Saturday, 20 June 2020 

"Her Name was not Unknown: Finding Female Ancestors"



"What's her maiden name?" "What happened to her after her husband died?" "How do I start researching my great-grandmother?" We've all felt the disappointment of seeing the word 'unknown' to describe a female ancestor's name. How do we go from 'unknown' to finding a name? This presentation will explain techniques, methodology, and resources vital to family history research.
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega, researcher specializing in social and women’s history. Instructor, National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Editor, Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads.  Author of several hundred articles on genealogy and research. Gena also holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology & Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. 

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Brickwall Session with a Certified Genealogist®


Gain insights into solving brick walls with a Certified Genealogist®.  
Our guest, Mary Kircher Roddy, CG® will select several member-submitted brick walls and discuss how she would approach them.  Come away with some new methods, strategies, and resources to apply to your own ancestral quandaries. 
(CG®'s are peer-reviewed and credentialed by the Board for Certified Genealogists.  Approximately 40% of the portfolios submitted result in certification. There are currently just over 250 CG's world-wide.)


Saturday, 23 May 2020

How to Write Your Family History Stories


A huge shout-out to Jill Morelli for a fabulous workshop! Attendees rated it 4.8 stars! Thank you!


It is said that after three generations our ancestral stories are lost. What stories do you have of your grandparents, parents, or yourself that should be shared?  Learn how to write those stories by starting with the small bites first.


Led by Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist®, writer, lecturer.

Workshop is hands-on, interactive, 60-90min (incl Q&A)


Saturday, 16 May 2020

GenChat: Share a Resource or Tool You've Recently Discovered



Thank you to all those who participated and shared their ideas! It was great to 'see' you!


It's Time to Reconnect! 

Join us for an informal virtual meet-up using Zoom.


Get news about upcoming events and programs. 

Share a resource or tool you've recently discovered.










Saturday, 23 Apr 2020

"Read 'Em or Weep - Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR"



Learn where to find free and pay newspapers online. Learn how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.


Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy, Certified Genealogist®

Published writer, genealogy educator and lecturer

Learn more about our speaker at 




Saturday, 21 March 2020

"Focusing Your Research"




You don't have to be a professional to work like one. Discover how organization, questions, and knowledge of records can help you become a better genealogist and family history researcher.


Presenter: Seema-Jayne Kenney

Professioal genealogist and educator.

Alumni, 18-month Professional Genealogy Study Group; 

Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston U;

Chair, New England Regional Genealogical Conference; 

President, Massachusetts Genealogical Society.




Saturday, 15 February 2020

"Expanding Your Family History Toolkit"

Expand your family tree by expanding your toolkit.  We're going to present and discuss a wide variety of on-line resources you can combine and tailor to help your personal family history research. We'll also share some technology tools and cool learning opportunities you might not know about (including DNA ones). 


Saturday, 18 January 2020

"Doing a Deep Dive in Ancestry's Collections"




Filling out a search form on Ancestry only returns a small percentage of the records available on the site. Learn how to search on Ancestry so you can find all records your ancestry may be mentioned in.


Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle

Professional genealogist and speaker.

Alumni, 18-month Professional Genealogy Study Group; 

Board Member, Association of Professional Genealogists;

Editorial Assistant, National Genealogical Society Quarterly; 

Vice-President, Villages Genealogical Society.








Saturday, 21 December 2019

"The Secret Census"

Dec 2019 Speaker Tom Wilcox


What can you discover about your ancestors through the U.S. Census? Various editions of the census recorded a wide variety of information: addresses, home ownership, citizenship, occupations, family relationships, immigration info, and much more!


Speaker: Tom Wilcox

Staff genealogist and a reference librarian for the Leesburg Public Library. Tom holds a Masters of Library Science degree from Queens College (CUNY) and has extensive experience in family history research.


Saturday, 16 November 2019

"African American Family History Workshop"

Our guest speaker is Adrienne G. Whaley.  A specialist in African American Studies and Family History, Adrienne brings a dynamic and engaging style to her presentations and follow-on discussions.  In addition to her work on the staff of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, she frequently presents at various history and genealogy events, to include the African American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Conference.  

Saturday, 16 November 2019

"Mastering the VA Master Index File"

This newly digitized collection consists of over 5.8 million records documenting individual military and service and veteran claims (primarily WWI-related).  Learn how to find, interpret, and analyze these cards. 
Speaker: KB Barcomb.
Genealogist specializing in WWI and WWII military records and research. She has presented locally and nationally, to include the 2018 Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Conference.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Vivid-Pix RESTORE Software   



Our Genealogy & Technology Special Interest Group is so excited about this software, they've invited the developer to give a presentation.  Come see how it can take the stress out restoring, managing, and organizing your digital images. He'll also talk about how to tackle a home scanning project.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Every year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy Fair. The sessions are for all skill levels. We're offering you a unique, fun, and interactive way to watch it: at the library via livestream! (It's a mini genealogy-fest!)  Come for part of it or stay all day. You'll have the opportunity that morning to order a gourmet box lunch for $12 or you can bring your own. Light refreshments will also be available.  Seating will be at tables. 
Registration is preferred; but walk-ins are welcome!                                               
10:05 - Exploring History Hub for Genealogists and Researchers (Slides)
11:00 - Preserving Personal Collections (Slides)
12:00 - Immigrant Records: More Than Just Ship Passenger Arrival Lists (Slides) (Handout)
  1:00 - Researching Your World War I Sailor and Marine (Slides) (Handout)
  2:00 - Discovering and Researching Bureau of Indian Affairs School Records (Slides)
  3:00 - The Homestead Act: Land Records of Your Ancestors Closing Remarks (Slides)

Saturday, 19 October 2019

"Summer Excavations"

We are kicking off our 2019-2020 with a 'Summer Excavations" program and social meet-up.  Share your summer genealogical adventures or simply enjoy hearing others share theirs!  Learn about our upcoming events (we're excited!).  Enjoy light refreshments while reconnecting with fellow members and welcoming new attendees.