Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Past Events 2021 - 2022

Theme: Researching Troubled Times                  
Saturday, 11 June 
Two great speakers. Two great presentations. One special event!
Reinvented Ancestors presented by Beth Stahr
Sometimes our ancestors seem to vanish: the research trail stops, and we cannot find the person in the records. Or sometimes the discovered records don't match what we know about the individuals. Erased paths, evasive answers from family members, geographic relocations, and name changes may all be clues to an ancestor having changed their identity.  This presentation illustrates how keeping an open mind, understanding social history, and using standard genealogical methodology can result in uncovering an unknown past.
Maybe I'm to Blame: The Silent Troubles of Female Ancestors
presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega
Throughout history, women's actions (or the perception of them) have been justification for legally limiting both their rights and their voice. This program explores three historical examples: loss of autonomy during forced institutionalization in asylums; loss of citizenship due to the Expatriation Act; and loss of reputation via the American Plan. Being aware of events such as these can prompt us to look more deeply into the lives of our female ancestors and give them a voice they may not have had.
Beth Stahr, CGMA, MLS is a recently retired academic librarian and college instructor with over forty years of genealogical research experience. She is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She was first certified by the BCG in 1990, is an alumnus of multiple genealogical programs to include the now-titled Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) and Excelsior College's Genetic Genealogy course. She holds a Master's degree in Library Science and a Master's degree in Organizational Communication. She presents nationally on genealogical and family history research topics.
Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social history, and women's history. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology & Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. She worked for 13 years assisting battered women and provided expert testimony on Battered Women's Syndrome. She is the Director of the Professional Development Certificate course offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and has taught for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She regularly writes for Family Tree University, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and Genealogy Bank and is the author of From the Family Kitchen

Spinning a Story Using Sanborn Maps
Saturday, 14 May 
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time). Meet-n-greet at 10:15 am.
Via Zoom.  
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Company created maps of small towns and large cities in the United States to calculate premiums for fire insurance. Such maps have a second life as a tool for genealogists to describe the neighborhoods and homes where ancestors lived and to tell nuanced stories about their lives.
This session will cover: 1) a brief history of the fire insurance maps; 2) a step-by-step lesson about how to interpret the maps; 3) where to find Sanborn maps; 4) how to construct citations for them; 5) how to use the maps to spin your stories.
Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH (Epidemiology), is a professional genealogist, writer, and national speaker. She is an alumna of the 18-month Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Group program, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she uses her Russian language skills to specialize in researching client ancestors who came from the former Russian Empire.

Revisiting Ancestry® Tools for DNA Analysis: An Update                
Saturday, 9 Apr                                          
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time)
Live webinar. 
This presentation explores the latest tools provided by Ancestry to assist in analyzing and evaluating DNA matches. It will cover the more common tools, as well as a few that are lesser known and under-utilized. Case studies will be presented to examine strategies on combining these tools to achieve research goals.
Debbie Smyth is a professional genealogist, speaker, and consultant. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston Univerity, is an alumni of the ProGen Study Group program, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She owns Oak Trails Genealogy Services LLC and is President of the Suncoast Genealogical Society in Palm Habor, Florida. 

Digging Up Dirt: Property Records                 
Saturday,12 Mar                                          
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time)
Live webinar.                                 
Property records help place our ancestors in a certain location at a certain time. This program will cover key definitions, how to read these records (whether in metes and bounds or the rectangular survey format) and explore the Bureau of Land Management's records and tract books. You'll also learn how to find ancestor lands on current-day maps.
Debbie Baker is a genealogist and family historian with over 40 years of in-depth research experience. She has served on the boards of the Florida State Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, and the Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Mining a Goldmine: Researching Court Records
Saturday,12 Feb
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time)
Live webinar. 
The information found in court records can help us accurately identify ancestors and determine family relationships. Learn how to find court records, and more importantly, how to mine them for genealogy gold. Each nugget of information can provide evidence and clues needed to solve your toughest brickwall problems.
Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA, is a genealogy and historical researcher, consultant, instructor, and national lecturer with over 40 years experience in family history research. She is also a volunteer archivist and is heavily involved in records preservation and access at the state and national levels. 

Epidemics: An Issue of Politics, Religion, and Economics
Saturday, 8 January
10:30 - 11:45 am (Eastern Time)
Live webinar. 
Historical Endemics, Epidemics, and Pandemics all affected our ancestors, either directly or indirectly. Lifestyles were altered by major illnesses and the fear of them. Learn how far reaching the health concerns of our predecessors stretched, how they touched our own lives, and how they affect our research. Funeral and cemetery records, as well as the ways of handling the dead, will also be discussed.
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, is a national speaker and author with over 40 years of research experience. A former Board Certified genealogist, she is a member and former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  

Sense of Place: Landmarks and Genealogy 
Saturday, 18 December
This energetic and engaging presentation will have you looking at landmarks in a new way. Discover the family history clues that can be found in the physical surroundings that populated an ancestor's town or neighborhood.
Kathleen Kaldis is a professional genealogist and speaker. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She has worked as a genealogist at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and New England Historical and Genealogical Society. Kathleen specializes in lineage and forensic research.

Special Event with Family Tree Maker Ambassador
Saturday, 20 November, 1:30 - 3:30 (Eastern Time) 
We are excited to be hosting this special interactive event with the Ambassador for Family Tree Maker, along with the creators of Charting Companion and Family Book Creator. 
Mark Olsen - Ambassador, Family Tree Maker
Pierre Clouthier - Creator, Charting Companions
Stefan Harms - Creator, Family Book Creator 
This is your opportunity to ask questions! Ask about Family Tree Maker, its latest version, updates, features, and more. You'll also learn about Charting Companion & Family Book Creator. These are plug-ins that can help you create charts, graphs, and include making additional finds with your DNA results.
MEMBERS: A discount link is available in the Members Only section under Member Perks.

Researching Your Grand Army of the Republic Ancestors
Saturday, 13 Nov via Zoom
10:30 am - 11:45 am (Meet & Greet starts at 10:15)
Live Webinar. Free and open to all.  
Learn about this major Civil War veterans' organization that helped shape the history of the United States after the War of the Rebellion. At its peak, the G.A.R. consisted of over 10,000 local posts and women's auxiliaries, including those of various racial and ethnic makeups. 
This presentation will bring you the history of the G.A.R., how its activities influenced and benefited veterans, and where to find over 50 years of records that can provide insight into the interests, social activities, health, and economics of individual Union veterans and their families. Discover details about your ancestors and their communities you never knew!
Gary Clark is a genealogist, photographer, author, and national genealogy speaker. He has published over 12 books addressing history, genealogy research, and historical photography. Most recently he released "Grand Army of the Republic and Union Veteran Research: The Essential Guide for Genealogists and Family Historians." Gary is also the publisher of, a source of vintage   photographic history and other genealogy topics. 

How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read
Saturday, 9 October
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Live Webinar. 
Part of the thrill of genealgoy is sharing our discoveries with those we love, so it can be disappointing when our family members and friends have no interest in the subject. However, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create an engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers.
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 and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.