Family History Expo 2019

Discover ~ Gather ~ Connect

October 12, 2019

9:00am - 1:00pm

Come join us at our annual Family History Expo! Click Here to Download a flyer.

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Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD
Keynote speaker

"The Forensic Genealogy Revolution"

Genealogist have long supported the legal system through probate work, heir searching, establishing inheritance, mineral and land rights, and by identifying the next-of-kin of service members. Even though DNA was first introduced to the genealogical community about 20 years ago, it has only been recently that genetic genealogy has been available to the forensics community. This talk will discuss how this happened, its limitations and capabilities, along with some of the more important issues faced by both the legal system and the genealogical community in our efforts to work together to balance the privacy of the individual with the requriements of public safety.

1. You will have the opportunity to digitally record your personal oral history. Click here for flyer. We will have rooms set up and interviewers to prompt your one-on-one discussion as you relate your life stories.
2. Sign-up for a one-on-one meeting with an experienced Family History Consultation staff member.
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Click on the class description for the syllabus.

Session 1


Doug Ayer

A. Finding the Origins of Your German Ancestors

Indexing has made it easier to find records in FamilySearch and Ancestry. Thus with some basic information like name, date of birth, location, and a spouses name, one can find an ancestor with ease. In spite of these improvements, it still can be difficult to trace your German ancestors who may have come not only from Germany but from other locations in Europe. In this class we will look at some helpful records and techniques for completing your search.


Jean Hibben PhD, MA

B. On the Contrary, Dead Men (and Women) Do Tell Tales

The old adage, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," is proven wrong in this presentation, designed to make folks smile. While getting information from living sources is always encouraged, most of us know that the data we're given may be flawed by personal prejudice, embarrassment, a desire to look good, or poor memory. Examples will include the original tales, as shared by ancestors long gone, and the truth that solid research has uncovered. The humor comes in the comparisons of legend to reality, along with some speculation as to why the truth was not included in the original tales.


Janis Chandler

C. Indexing - Why and How We Do It

Eureka, I found my ancestor!! New records are being digitized daily around the world. The need to have an index with these digitized records is ever present. Web indexing is the updated process to make the records easier to find. Indexing does not need to be time consuming, it can be done in increments of 10 minutes and yet provide immense help to others. The hints we receive from or are the result of the indexing others have done. Be a part of the army of indexers helping others and ourselves. This session will show the easy steps to learn to index.


Linda Serna

D. A Visual Journey Beyond the Censuses

"A Visual Journey Beyond the Censuses" uses maps, documents, pictures, and information regarding wars, disasters, and societal issues that affected people from 1790 through 1940. It is broken down into five different periods, 1790-1820, 19th century frontier, the Civil War years, 1870-1900, and 1900-1940. This presentation is very visual but is interspersed with facts and important information of which to be aware, and is especially helpful in adding depth and context when telling the family stories.


Vera Broyles

E. Exploring Eastern European Research

Many have shared the thought that due to the World Wars and the political governing that to gain knowledge of their families have been destroyed, lost, burnt etc. With the tools of today's technology and research techniques these thoughts of lost families are now but myths. Doors are now open to all who wish to explore, discover, gather and connect with their families. In doing so, many will gain the rich culture and learn of the counties from which they came.


Marilyn Pope

F. Using FamilySearch to Start and Build Your Family Tree

Billions of Primary Source records are available on FamilySearch, and additional records can be found on its Partner Sites. Matching the right record to the right individual is key to establishing and verifying correct ancestral lines; but finding desired records can be elusive and excessively time-consuming. This class will focus on strategies, which enhance a researcher's ability to find pertinent records attach them to the correct person or persons, and establish correct ancestral lines in doing so.