Presentations

I am available to give presentations to local libraries, genealogy societies, and other organizations. My lectures consist of a PowerPoint presentation with a corresponding handout. New lectures can be developed upon request.

Societies that have hired me to speak include the Ashtabula Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Cleveland Area, Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society, East Cuyahoga Genealogical Society, Geauga Genealogical Society, Hungarian Genealogy Society, Lake County Genealogical Society, New Connecticut Chapter NSDAR, North East Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, and The Villages Genealogical Society (Florida).

I have also presented programs for libraries including the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Avon Lake Public Library (Ohio), Cleveland Public Library, Fort Branch-Johnson Township Public Library (Indiana), Perry Public Library (Ohio), and the Salem Public Library (Ohio).

Current presentations include:

EDUCATION/SKILLS

  • Lifelong Learning: Enhancing Your Genealogical Skills Online access to original sources has revolutionized genealogical research. Opportunities abound for indexing, transcribing, geo-locating, recording oral histories, etc. Genealogists can take advantage of volunteer opportunities to enhance basic skills and learn new skills (i.e. learning by doing). The benefits for both the genealogist and the genealogical community at large are immense.

METHODOLOGY

  • Avoiding Rabbit Holes: Using Research Questions, Plans, and Logs
    Learn how developing a research question and creating research plans and logs can help guide your research and keep your research on track. Includes a case study.

ORGANIZATION

  • Bullet Journaling for Genealogy A bullet journal can help plan, guide, and organize your genealogical research. Capture your random thoughts and midnight revelations and turn them into actionable tasks.

RESOURCES

  • The DAR Genealogical Research System Take a guided tour of the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS). The multi-faceted GRS is a genealogical resource available to everyone. It offers a variety of indexes, many of which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Digital Ohio: Researching Buckeye Gems Small local history and genealogy collections are often unrecognized and under-utilized. But in the Buckeye state, many colleges, public libraries and genealogical societies are working together to get these valuable collections online. Learn how to find and access these unique online resources.
  • Mining for Genealogical Treasures in the Internet Archive The Internet Archive is not just the Wayback Machine! It also contains audio, movies, images, software, maps, and texts. Discover everything you can do at the Archive and learn search strategies for accessing its genealogical treasures.
  • Researching Family in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Access the digital collections of over 3,000 libraries, archives, and museums. The Digital Public Library of America brings them together in one place. Explore this unique resource filled with items of interest to genealogists and family historians.

Future Lectures

09Nov2020
15Mar2021

DAR Genealogical Research System

Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society

17Apr2021

Avoiding Rabbit Holes: Using Research Questions, Plans, and Logs

Computer Assisted Genealogical Group - Cleveland Area

27Apr2021

Digital Ohio: Researching Buckeye Gems

North San Diego County Genealogy Society

24Jun2021
28Aug2021

Are You Ready? Preparing for the Release of the 1950 Census

African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland