September 2020 Presentations

Our first presentation for this month, Sara Campbell’s ” Using Historic Maps of New England and Beyond,” previously scheduled for Saturday, September 5, has been postponed until November, but there are still three great programs this month! If you can’t attend the live presentation, the recordings are available to members for six months following. Here are the July presentations:

Sunday, September 13 at 1 pm Eastern

Tamara Hallo presents
“How to Get the Most Out of FamilySearch.org”

Go beyond the basic search function of FamilySearch and learn how to use the catalog and other search features of this invaluable resource.


Tuesday, September 15 at 8 pm Eastern

Tammy Tipler-Priolo presents
“Simple Steps to Writing Your Ancestors’ Biographies”

This presentation will discuss a simple approach to writing biographies for your ancestors with birth, wedding, and obituary announcements plus much more.


Friday, September 25 at 8 pm Eastern

Annette Lyttle presents
“Finding & Using Digitized Manuscript Collections for Genealogical Research”

Manuscript collections can contain genealogical gems. Letters, diaries, photographs, histories, and many more information-packed wonders reside in repositories around the world. Learn how to search for online collections, use finding aids to help determine their usefulness for your research, and locate amazing records.


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July 2020 Presentations

Just two virtual presentations in July, but you won’t want to miss either! If you can’t attend the live presentation, the recordings are available to members for six months following. Here are the July presentations:

Tuesday, July 14 at 8 pm Eastern

Louis Kessler presents
“Your DNA Raw Data & What You Can Do With It”

Presenter Louis Kessler explains those mysterious files that we download from DNA testing companies, helps us to understand what’s in them, and shows us the ways we can make use of them. He will also discuss whether Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) tests are worthwhile for genealogists.


Sunday, July 26 at 1 pm Eastern

Sara Gredler presents
“Successfully Searching the Old Fulton New York Postcards Website”

Sara Gredler, C.G. will share tips for successfully searching the FultonHistory.com website. She has over 20 years of research experience as a genealogist, historian, and architectural historian, and obtained her CG in May 2020.


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June 2020 Presentations

Four excellent live virtual presentations for members will be available this month! If you can’t attend the live presentation, the recordings are available to members for six months following. Here’s the June lineup:

Saturday, June 6 at 11 am Eastern

Mary Hojnacki presents
” Beginning Italian Genealogy Research”

This lecture discusses the basic records of Italian genealogy and how to find them online. Attendees will learn how these records can help to fill in the details of their Italian ancestors’ history.


Tuesday, June 9 at 8 pm Eastern

Pam Vestal presents
“Finding What You Need and Using What You Find”

Explore several practical strategies for searching the internet more successfully, extracting genealogical nuggets from your documents, organizing what you’ve found, and evaluating your evidence.


Sunday, June 14 at 1 pm Eastern

Robert Parker presents
“U.K. Parish Registers”

A key resource for Family History Research. Discover crucial background information and research techniques and so discover more about your ancestors.


Tuesday, June 30 at 8 pm Eastern

Dan Earl presents
“Going Wayback: The Internet Archive and Your Research”

Come find out how to use this invaluable tool that will change the way you do research online. Learn what the Internet Archive’s ‘Wayback Machine’ can do to help genealogists with their online research, including how to find old webpages that have changed or been taken down, search thousands of texts, videos, audio recordings, and more! 


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May 2020 Presentations

May has four excellent live virtual presentations for members! If you can’t attend the live presentation, the recordings are available to members for six months following. Here’s the May lineup:

Saturday, May 9 at 11 am Eastern

Lisa Alzo presents
“Finding Your Femme Fatales”
Through sample case studies, learn how to use key records and social history to explore law breakers, vigilantes, and other scandalous female ancestors.


Friday, May 15 at 8 pm Eastern

Megan Heyl presents
“Road Trip Tips: Don’t Forget To… “

This presentation offers helpful hints that you may not think about when you venture out on genealogical travels, until you realize that your research trip could have been more successful, memorable, or even more comfortable.


Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm Eastern

Renate Y. Sanders presents
“Researching Formerly-Enslaved Ancestors: It Takes a Village”

This talk, designed for mixed or predominantly Non-African-descended audiences, focuses on how descendants of slave-owners are crucial to, and can assist the efforts of, those researching the formerly enslaved.


Tuesday, May 26 at 8 pm Eastern

Alec Ferretti presents
“Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA”

This lecture offers a better understanding of endogamy to better analyze match data, and discusses how best to weed out false-positive DNA matches that test-takers from endogamous groups face daily. Using visualization tools, Alec will illustrate webs of interrelationships of endogamous test-takers and identify genetic pile-up regions.


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