2016 Class List

Keynote — 9:00am - 10:00am

  The Stories We Tell

Speaker: Morris Thurston

Morris Thurston will talk about storytelling as a key component of genealogy and family history. He will give concrete examples of some of the variety of ways to tell those stories. Honesty and accuracy are also important to the storytelling process. Morris will help you understand the benefits of telling your family stories. He understands that some may not feel technologically "savvy" and will help you discover the possibilities available to everyone.

Session 1 — 10:00am - 11:00am

A It's Time to Write Your Family History, Part 1: Getting Started

Speaker: Dawn Thurston

Many family historians merely recount the facts of their ancestors' lives, telling what they did, but revealing little about who they were. This session will teach you research, organization, and writing techniques that will help you shape your genealogy material into an interesting story.

B Beginning Genealogy

Speaker: Elna Katherman

This is a class for the beginner genealogist. I will cover, where to begin, and the forms that are commonly used. There are a number of common mistakes beginners make that I will make you aware of. I will show you some computer software programs for storing your information, and discuss how you can locate records and access the favorite Genealogy Websites.

C Road Trip

Speaker: Hal Horrocks

When you have run out of sources on the internet searching for your ancestors, it is time to plan a road trip to find all that missing information on your ancestor's lives. This presentation covers what to look for and where to find it. Strategies for the location you are going to are covered in detail so you will not have any wasted time while visiting your ancestor's home. The stories you will find will amaze you.

D Three Approaches to Finding Databases in FamilySearch

Speaker: Barbara Renick

This lecture covers the types of places genealogists find useful databases (including the really big sites, geopolitical sites, volunteer and free projects, and government sponsored sites), tools for finding the type of database you need, and different search techniques for online databases.

E Turning Genealogy into Family History: Stories from Stats

Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

Intergenerational stories are links to the past, but many people (especially the younger generations) become "turned off" by the lists of names, dates, and places. How can we make genealogy "come alive" for our descendants? This program explores turning statistics into stories and facts into fascination. Designed for all levels of experience.

F Ethnic Groups: They Came into America

Speaker: Linda Serna

Looks at the Polish, German, French, Belgium Walloons, Italian, Irish, and Dutch and explores where they came from, when they came, why they came, and where they went in America to aid us in our research of these particular groups.

G Organizational Strategies for Your Family History Data

Speaker: Marilyn Pope

Reduce paper work, eliminate duplication of effort, and enjoy having both your records and your research easily accessible. This class focuses on new ways to organize your research, store your notes and records, and give you easy access to your records, notes and sources. You need only a few pieces of paper, your computer, and a flash drive.

Session 2 — 11:10am - 12:10pm

A It's Time to Write Your Family History, Part 2: Making It Interesting

Speaker: Dawn Thurston

A compelling family history requires that people and places be more than mere names on the page. This session will teach you how to put flesh on your ancestors and show what it was like to walk in their shoes in places readers can visualize. We'll also discuss the value of detail, scenes, and narrative tension.

B Tell Your Family Story Visually and Digitally — How to Create a Family History Photobook

Speaker: Morris Thurston

Using digital photo books and scrapbooks to tell and illustrate a family story. A "hands-on" presentation that will show examples and demonstrate the basics of how to do it online.

C Exploring Events in American History as They Affected Our Own Family's History

Speaker: Gary Shumway, PhD

In this class we will look at the significance of such little understood terms as headrights, tidewater, the indenture system, "Salutary Neglect," differing immigration groups, "Rule of the Harvest," different settlement methods, the impact of the Revolutionary War, the perception of hardwood trees as an indicator of good soil, the Land Ordinances of 1785 and 1787, the cotton gin, the Louisiana Purchase and a series of important laws up to the Homestead and the Pacific Railway Acts of 1862. We will leave some time at the end of the class to attempt to rationalize the actions of our ancestors that do not seem to be explained by any of the above.

D Heraldry: Where Art and Family History Meet, Part One - The Basics of Blazon

Speaker: Richard A. McFarlane, PhD

A primer on the rules, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of heraldry. After attending this class, students will be able to understand a blazon, the technical description of a coat of arms.

E Re-Do Your Genealogy Research?

Speaker: Hal Horrocks

Have you ever considered starting over and re-doing all your genealogical research? Getting rid of all your "old" research and starting over? No? You might consider at least re-doing some of you old research with all the skills you have acquired through the years. This presentation will look at several items that might make you think about how you have done your research in the past and what you might think about doing with some, if not all, of your previous research and some good practices going forward.

F What Do You Do When Your DNA Doesn't Match Your Paper Trail: A Case Study

Speaker: Linda Serna

Follows the steps Linda took when she discovered through DNA that her husband's ethnicity wasn't what they thought it was. Even though this is one family's story, it should have ideas for anyone who find themselves in this situation by touching on DNA and how a case is pursued.

G Creating an Interactive Family Tree using PowerPoint and Hyperlinks

Speaker: Steve Kwok

Tutorial on using PowerPoint to build an "Interactive Family Tree" with the use of Hyperlinks. Hyperlinks are used to lead the viewer up and down the hierarchy of a family tree and across different family trees, for example, a paternal and maternal side. Learn why I used PowerPoint and not commercially available genealogy software.

Session 3 — 1:10pm - 2:10pm

A Keeping a Timeline... and Why

Speaker: Nancy Huebotter

Placing your ancestor in the context of history is a means of getting to know them at a very human level. The use of a timeline, to place events in chronological order, will assist the researcher in learning more about the ancestors as well as additional records that may be available to increase familiarity with family members.

Session 3 — 1:10pm - 2:10pm

A The Story of the Scots-Irish

Speaker: Linda Serna

Replacement session.

B Search and Find in FamilySearch

Speaker: Marilyn Pope

Enhance your digital searching experience. Learn both basic and lesser known techniques, which more readily yield relevant results. Focus will be FamilySearch, but techniques can generally be applied to other sites as well.

C Oral Histories: Story Telling and Writing Personal and Family Histories

Speaker: Gary Shumway, PhD

Utilizing oral history techniques and technology, we will learn how to create and compile meaningful personal and family histories.

D Heraldry: Where Art and Family History Meet, Part Two - Marshaling and Cadency

Speaker: Richard A. McFarlane, PhD

A primer on the rules of combining multiple coats of arms into one shield to show descent from multiple armigerous families, and to show descent from a common ancestor.

E Introduction to the FamilySearch Wiki

Speaker: Barbara Renick

The FamilySearch Wiki is rich in links to databases online (both at FamilySearch and elsewhere on the Web) and background information on where to look and how to evaluate what you find and don't find. It is an extremely valuable free source for both beginning and advanced genealogists.

F It's NOT About Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research

Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

Learn some helpful hints about doing cemetery research, along with some practical suggestions for hiking in the less-traveled graveyards. Included are pointers about not taking everything written in stone to be as permanent as the marble monument. Good for beginners.

G 5 Computer Programs to Simplify the Life of a Genealogist

Speaker: Butch Hibben, CLA

Learn about five programs that will allow you to use your computer (PC only) more efficiently and with less fear. Great tools for genealogists of all levels.

Session 4 — 2:20pm - 3:20pm

A Planning and Organizing a Successful Family Reunion

Speaker: Nancy Huebotter

Planning and organizing a family reunion can be a very rewarding experience, but in order to have a successful event, considerable thought and planning is involved. Much like planning a wedding, time is involved. However, with a plan and a schedule, by the time the date of the reunion arrives, all you will have to do is sit back and enjoy the festivities.

B Using the Census in Genealogical Research

Speaker: Elna Katherman

Everyone loves a good story! The census can help you discover what your ancestors were like. It can help you find their occupation, and the birth places for their parents and children. It will help you find the Immigration and naturalization dates and so much more. Using the census can help you know where to look for records and save you time looking for those elusive records. Come find how it can help you find more information and share the story of your ancestors.

C Researching Chinese Genealogy for Paper Sons

Speaker: Steve Kwok

A Paper Son is a term used for many Chinese immigrants coming to the United States after the passing of the Exclusion Act of 1882. These immigrants claim to be sons of citizens, but in fact were sons on paper only. They adopted the surname of the paper family. Given this, how do you research your true family roots? Learn about some of the paper trails created by the government to help you find your roots.

D How to Organize Your Genealogy Records Into Family Heirloom Books

Speaker: Letty Rodella

Letty Rodella will share how she organized 500 years of family history into several Family Heirloom books. She will explain the process involved in putting a book together. She will show how she developed the contents of each book: the table of contents, tree charts, family group sheets, and the importance of notes or short stories about each person in your book. She will also offer suggestions about the different types of paper used and the importance of the book cover and spine. It is her hope that when you organize your genealogy records into family books, perfect for showcasing them on the coffee table, your book will be one that your guests will want to pick up and read.

E Indexing from A to Z

Speaker: Carl Jacquier

Demonstrate the ease of indexing, the importance of following instructions, how to downloading the software and create a FamilySearch account, provide instruction on the icons used, and demonstrate working on an indexing project.

F The Living Legacy Project: Share Your Heritage with Your Family

Speaker: Butch Hibben, CLA

Use a FREE website to share your family's history with the next generation and preserve images and audio with ease. Learn the basics and reasons for the importance of this.

G Using Software in Doing Family History: Organize and Record

Speaker: Bob Shaw

While doing family history can be a great frustration in and of itself, doing it using a computer can be both a blessing and a curse. Come see how some of us have learned to avoid the curse and profit from the various programs available. This is a class on starting off as a successful family historian with nary a roadblock in sight.

Session 5 — 3:30pm - 4:30pm

A Reading German Gothic Handwriting Workshop

Speaker: Richard Hartman

The objective of this workshop is to help the researcher decipher the very difficult handwriting in German church and civil records.

B Fixing the Tree

Speaker: Marilyn Pope

FamilySearch has been accumulating data and family trees for more than 100 years. Currently all data from all collections is available in Family Tree. Now the task is to "fix" the tree — to eliminate duplicates, to reverse inappropriate merges, to restore data, and to add sources, which verify individuals, their families, their ancestors, and their descendants. A single, accurate tree for humanity is the goal. This class will use a case sturdy approach to illustrate "fixes" in merging, restoring, eliminating duplication, adding, correcting, and removing data, data standardization, and sourcing.

A PDF version of "Fixing the Tree" will be offered to those who attend the class.

Legacy — The Hub of the Research Process
And — The Joy of Tagging

Speaker: Joe Leavitt

In this presentation I will discuss features in Legacy which can greatly enhance your ability to grow and improve your family tree. Legacy does well in keeping your data and media organized, but it goes way beyond that to provide wonderful helps and aids during your research, and in sharing with family and others in various kinds of ways. With Legacy, it can, after all, be fun and easy to "do genealogy."

I expect that everyone attending will find this presentation helpful, whether they are beginners or advanced Legacy users.

D Shortcuts in Using FamilySearch

Speaker: Don Garcia

This class will demonstrate Word Pad, Paint, and IrfanView as tools to make searching for family more organized and productive.

E Watermarks in FamilySearch: Ensuring Your Research Lives After You

Speaker: Barbara Renick

Genealogists typically build strong family trees over a period of years and often decades. They add obscure sources and record interviews with generations now passed who knew our ancestors. There are now at FamilySearch.org ways to preserve and take credit for your valuable finds. This lecture covers ways to mark your research finds to take (hopefully) permanent credit for your work then store and attach these resources to your family tree at FamilySearch to make them find-able by future generations.

F Understanding Your DNA Test Results

Speaker: Dick McFarlane

DNA testing can be a valuable tool in breaking down brick walls. This presentation will cover a description of the three types of DNA (mtDNA, Y-DNA, and atDNA) and how they are used in genealogical research. Examples of how to use the test results will be demonstrated.

G Using Software in Doing Family History: What Others May Know About Your Family

Speaker: Bob Shaw

Once you have what you know about your family organized and recorded, why not see what other folk have discovered about the same people? You might be surprised how easy it is to extend a line or fill in missing info on "great-uncle Jim" ... sometimes they even might agree with what you know!

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