Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida
Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County Florida

Past Events 2022 - 2023

Bonus Program for Members!
27 March - 24 July, 4th Mondays at 7:00pm (ET) via Zoom
Includes optional mid-month support sessions via Zoom: 2nd Monday of the month. 
This program is for members of Kinseekers and Pastfinders Genealogical Societies. It is offered as a thank you for your amazing support.
This five part program is designed to provide attendees the confidence and working knowledge to successfully leverage AncestryDNA® tools for family history reseach. Classes are 1.5-2 hours and include lectures, task work, and discussion.
Optional mid-month support sessions will be offered by society volunteers and fellow study group members. 
Study Group leader, Kelli Bergheimer, is a professional genetic genealogist and educator. She holds a Bachelor's in Biology, a Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master's in Business Management. We are excited to have her leading this program. She is dynamic, engaging, and exceptionally skilled in explaining and demonstrating the practical application of genetic genealogy concepts and tools.

Telling Their Stories - A Special Double-Header Program
Saturday, 10 Jun via Zoom
Lots of know-how and inspiration! 
Creating a Family History Book: It's Easier Than You Think
presented by Rebecca Shamblin
Finding Images to Tell the Story of Your Ancestors
presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega.
Creating a family history book can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our first presentation discusses several programs that are readily available, to include the incredibly user-friendly Family Book Creator.
Using pictures can help bring family stories to life. Our second presentation shows you where to find a variety of images and how to incorporate them into a family's story...even if you don't have photos of those you're writing about.
Rebecca Shamblin is a genealogist and educator with a professional background in media, photography, and writing.  She holds a Master's degree in Communication Arts: Media & Cultural Studies and has completed the course work towards a PhD in the same field. She is currently writing a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to creating a family history book. 
Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social history, and women's studies. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. She is the coordinator for several courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Tracing Your Doughboy Online: WWI Muster Rolls, Rosters, & Morning Reports
Saturday, 13 May via Zoom

During WWI, the US Army depended on Muster Rolls, Rosters, & Morning Reports to maintain accountability of its soldiers. In most cases, we can use these records to trace a doughboy's service month-by-month, from his first unit to his last.
Learn where to find these digitized records and how to use them to create a timeline of your doughboy's WWI service.
Presented by KB Barcomb, a specialist in WWI & WWII military records, resources, and research methodology. KB has taught for the Applied Genealogy Institute and is co-coordinator of the upcoming (virtual) course Advanced Family History Research: U.S. Ancestors, 1917-1930 for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She is a  retired military officer and a member of the Society for Military History. 

Social & Civic Clubs: Discovering Your Ancestors' Community Involvement
Saturday, 8 April
In every community there were dozens of social and civic clubs: Garden Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Patriotic Clubs, Home Demonstrating Clubs, Historical Societies, Ladies Societies, and many more.
Learn how to discover what social and civic clubs existed in a given community and how your ancestors may have been involved with them.
Presented by Melissa Barker, a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches, and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives, and records preservation.  She has seventeen years experience as a Professional Genealogist specializing in Tennessee records. She also writes the popular blog, A Genealogist in the Archives.

Navigating Digital Archives for Genealogy Research
Saturday, 11 March    
Discover the wide variety of family history and genealogy records held in archives worldwide. 
Learn how archivists make their collections accessible through free online archival portals and digital finding aids. Discover URLs for institutional, regional, and worldwide archival portals. Learn how to effectively search these websites for family history records and documents that can add context to your family stories. Whether you had famous ancestors or not, a rich variety of sources are waiting to be found, explored, and used to expand your family history.
Presented by Nancy Loe, MA, MLS. Nancy has several decades of professional experience working in academic archives and genealogy libraries. She provides expert guidance on information management to help genealogists search smart and find more primary sources. Her popular website, features a blog, a monthly newsletter, and e-books of U.S. and European research. She has presented both nationaly and internationally.

Hidden Stories: Discovering Our LGBTQ Ancestors
Saturday, 11 February   
By forgoing the assumption that everyone in our tree was exclusively heterosexual, we can discover stories that expand and enrich our family history. We gain new understandings of who they were and new insights into family rifts, separations, individual migrations, and job choices. This presentation will help you recognize the contextual clues that indicate an ancestor may have been non-heterosexual. These clues can be found in photographs, censuses, newspapers, obituaries, cemeteries, military records, marriage records, and documents located in LGBTQ archives around the world.
Presented by Stewart Traiman, MD, a professional genealogist and speaker with over 30 years of research experience. He is an alumnus of the 18-month Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Group, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and previously served six years on the Board of the California Genealogical Society. 

Organizing Family History Research with Your Brain in Mind 
Saturday, 14 January    
What a great way to kick-off the new year!
We are excited to host the premier presentation of this amazing talk.
Have you been trying to organize your family history files but can't find a system that makes sense? Don't waste any more time...start organizing with your brain in mind! This talk will show you how to identify your distinctive personality type & learning style and teach you the best brain-based organizing strategies for your specific characteristics. Learn how you learn, so you can finally get organized with the right system for YOU!
Presented by Elizabeth Swanay O'Neal, a professional genealogist, writer, and national speaker. She is an alumna of the 18-month Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Group, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and author of the family history lifestyle website, Heart of the Family. Her mission is to help others 'make the past part of their present.' A credentialed educator, she brings a unique perspective to the topic of our January program.

Stories Behind the Stars:  
Remembering America's World War II Fallen 
Saturday, 10 December 2022     
Stories Behind the Stars is a volunteer initiative dedicated to telling the stories of America's WW2 fallen so as to preserve them for future generations. These postings are freely accessible via 
Learn about this amazing effort and all it has to offer. They provide training and access to resources to help volunteers capture the stories of these men and women. You'll also learn how the program can help you research the military service of a family member or any of the other US WWII fallen.
During World War II a banner with a gold star was presented to the families of America's fallen. Stories Behind the Stars is telling the stories of the more than 421,000 U.S. servicemembers who were killed during World War II. 
Presented by Don Milne, Founder and Director of Stories Behind the Stars.
For more information about this project, please visit their website at:

An Orderly Life:  
Using Directories for Family History Research     
Saturday, 12 Nov     
City, rural, and other types of directories can provide a tremendous amount of information about our ancestors. Where did they live? Where did they work? Who were their neighbors? Did relatives live close by? What was their community like? What churches, schools, and shops were nearby? And so much more. Learn where to find these directories, how to use them, and how to analyze what you find (or don't find). Discover new tips and methods to get this most out of these rich resources.
Diana Crisman Smith is a researcher, speaker, writer, and teacher with over 40 years of professional experience. A former librarian at a Family History Center, she is exceptionally familiar with the wide variety of records and resources available to genealogists. She has authored online genealogy courses, written multiple articles, and published several books related to family history research. 

Family History in Black & White:         
Navigating Historical Newspapers
Learn strategies you can use to improve and fine-tune your newspaper searching skills. Discover how you can use this amazing resource to discover previously unknown details about your ancestors' lives and enrich their personal stories. 
Taneya Y Koonce, MLIS, MPH, is a health information scientist at a major academic medical center. She routinely applies her library science and technology skills to assisting others in furthering their family history research. 


Did you miss this outstanding and informative event?
Members can still view recordings of all four presentations.
Explorations in African American Genealogy Research presented by Taneya Y. Koonce
Researching WWI African American Ancestors presented by KB Barcomb
Researching Black Family History in the State Archives of Florida presented by Matthew Storey
Mini Case Studies in Black Family History presented by Adrienne Whaley

Saturday, 10 Sep 
10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern Time).   
Meet-n-greet at 10:15 am.               
Via Zoom.