Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Past Events 2020 - 2021

Military Brickwall Session
Saturday, 24 July at 1:30 via Zoom
with KB Barcomb
Gain insights into researching your military ancestors as our speaker, a specialist in military records, discusses member-submitted questions and brickwalls. 
Learn how to analyze what you already know and the information you find in records. Come away with methods, strategies, and resources to apply to your own research. 
KB Barcomb is a researcher and genealogist who specializes in military records, especially those from WWI and WWII. 
This bonus program is offered as a thank you to our members.

Saturday, 10 July, 10:30-11:45 via Zoom
Presented by Roger Goddard
Find A Grave is the world's largest gravesite collection, and it's free!  Every day, volunteers from across the world update information, post photographs, add new memorials, and help others make genealogical discoveries.  Join us for a guided tour through this amazing website and learn insider tips and tricks along the way!
Roger Goddard is a genealogist and professional educator with over 30 years of teaching experience. He specializes in helping others get the most out of online databases.

Urban Migration & Family History
A special program co-hosted by Kinseekers & the Leesburg Public Library‚Äč
Saturday, 12 June
9:30 - 12:00
Ancestors on the Move: Migration from Farms to Cities, 1870-1920 
Learn the history of this exciting time, how our urban ancestors lived and worked, and how to find their records. The late 19th and 20th Centuries saw the migration of many of our ancestors from rural areas of America, as well as the migration of many of our immigrant ancestors, to cities for economic opportunity. Between 1870 and 1920, 11 million Americans migrated to cities, and about 25 million immigrants came to the U.S., most of them settling in cities.
An American Story: Black Urban Migration, 1865-1940 
Learn how Black urban migrations between 1865 and 1940 shaped not just families of African descent, but the lives and experiences of Americans as a whole. Why did they migrate? How did their arrival - and reactions to their growing numbers - shape the ongoing stories of the cities and towns in which they found themselves? What genealogical and historical records did these migrations create? Learn how to find them and use them to expand the story of your ancestors and their communities.
Annette Burke Lyttle has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels. She has a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in journalism, and has taught at several universities, to include the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Annette is also a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. 
Adrienne Whaley is an educator and specialist in African American research. She holds a bachelor's degree in African American Studies and a master's degree in Education. She is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Museum of the American Revolution and is the president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia.

Using WorldCat and ArchiveGrid
Saturday, 22 May
1:30 - 3:00
ArchiveGrid and WorldCat are must-have resources for genealogists. But unlike genealogy websites, they aren't searched in the typical way. How do you best search these sites to get the answers you need? Once you conduct a search, what other website tools can assist? In this presentation, we’ll explore the ArchiveGrid and WorldCat websites, what they offer, how to search them, and how to access the sources you find.
Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and educator whose focus is genealogy, social history, and women's history. She also specilaizes in using and teaching technology for genealogy. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion; is an instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's journal, Crossroads.
This bonus program is offerred as a thank you to our members.

Dive Deeper into FamilySearch
Saturday, 8 May 
10:30 - 11:45
The website is not only free, it has millions of records. Putting a name in the search form only gets you a small percentage of their indexed records. Beyond that, they have unindexed collections and other digital materials that will never show up in a general search. Learn how to dive deeply into FamilySearch's record collections and come up with amazing finds.
Annette Burke Lyttle has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels. She has a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in journalism, and has taught at several universities, to include the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Annette is also a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. 
Finding Your WWI & WWII Ancestors Online
Saturday, 10 April
10:30 - 11:45
There is an ever-growing multitude of WWI and WWII records and documents available online. Learn what they are, where they are, and how to use them. Most importantly, learn effective strategies for finding online content related to your WWI & WWII ancestors. This class is designed to benefit both experienced genealogists and those new to family history research.
KB Barcomb is a WWI and WWII military and family history researcher. A retired Army officer and the daughter of WWII veterans, she specializes in educating others to successfully research their ancestors' wartime stories. She presents at national genealogy conferences and to local societies. 

Brickwall Session w/a Certified Genealogist®   
Saturday, 20 March 1:30 - 3:00
This is one of our most popular programs.
Gain insights into solving brick walls with Certified Genealogist®, Mary Kircher Roddy. Members submit their brickwalls ahead of time, and Mary selects a few for review. 
She discusses how she would approach them, sharing expert tips and tricks along the way. Learn methods, strategies, and resources to apply to your own brickwalls.
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.

Google My Maps: Building YOUR Customized Maps
A Hands-On Step-by-Step Workshop
Saturday, 27 February
1:30 - 3:00
This hands-on workshop is a special follow-up to our 13 Feb webinar.
Attendees will receive guided hands-on practice using Google My Maps via step-by-step exercises. Attendees will then have time to work on planning out their own customized maps. 
This workshop is a bonus event for our members. Not a member? Our dues are only $20 a year! 
Linda Debe is an IT professional with a passion for genealogy. She has 35 years of genealogical research experience with specific interests in maps, land records, and the digital organization of records. She is currently pursuing the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. 
State Archives:
Family History Treasures in Digital & Onsite Collections
Saturday, 9 January
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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.

Discovering Your Ancestor's Life in Records of Death
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.

Caring For Your Family Tree
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.

Cemetery Crowdsourcing
Saturday, 17 October
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
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.

Exploring Ancestry Tools for DNA
Saturday, 10 October
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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.