Past Events 2020 - 2021
10:30 am - 11:45 am via Zoom
"State Archives: Family History Treasures in Digital & Onsite Collections"
Have you hit a brickwall with the major online sites such as Ancestry and FamilySearch? State archives have some of the largest and most diverse collections of family history related records. Learn about the various types of records you may find in a state archive. Learn strategies for finding them to solve some of those tough family mysteries.
Dr. Josh Goodman is an engaging speaker and promoter of utilizing state archives. As the Archives Historian for the State Archives of Florida, he supervises the digitization of historical records for the award-winning Florida Memory website. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in history from FSU and a doctorate in history from Tulane University.
Saturday, 12 December
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sometimes the best way to learn about an ancestor's life is to dig into the mountain of paperwork created by his or her passing. Explore the suprisingly abundant information created when a death occured and discover just how much these records can reveal about the story of an ancestor's life.
Pam Vestal is a Professional Genealogist, writer, and speaker from West Linn, Oregon. Her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and Federation of Genealogical Society's magazine, Forum. She lectures and presents workshop to genealogy organizations throughout the country. She is also the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC.
Saturday, 14 November
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Accepting shaky leaves or other hints without careful analysis can result in adding incorrect people to your family tree. Learn how to analyze the relationships, dates, & places before adding a new source or person to your tree.
Diana Elder is an Accredited Genealogist®, author, and speaker. She is the co-host of the genealogy podcast "Research Like a Pro," author of "Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide," and a frequent speaker at major conferences such as RootsTech. She and her daughter, also a professional genealogist, own Family Locket®, a genealogy education and research services company.
Saturday, 17 October
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm (NOTE: This is a time change!)
Live Webinar (Presentation portion will be recorded)
Cemeteries can provide genealogists with clues that exist nowhere else. This talk explores the future of cemetery research – including BillionGraves, FindAGrave, and other apps and databases – highlighting different strategies and approaches to make the most out of cemetery research.
Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and speaker who holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. He also serves on the board for the Italian Genealogical Group. He has presented at RootsTech, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, and the Association of Professional Genealogists' (APG) Professional Management Conference. He resides in New York City.
Saturday, 10 October
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Interactive via Zoom
Explore the various tools provided by Ancestry® to assist in analyzing and evaluating
your DNA matches. Learn about the more common tools, as
well as some that are lesser known and under-utilized. Come away with strategies that combine these tools to achieve your research goals.
Debbie Smyth is a professional genealogist and educator. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and is owner of Oak Trails Genealogy Services, LLC. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is President of the Suncoast Genealogical Society. She specializes in DNA, midwestern and southern states, lineage society applications, and research methodology.