My Genealogy Presentations

2018 Speaking Schedule

  • Free or Fee Genealogy  - Heritage Village Genealogy Club, February 8 (Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to free and low-cost sources via Linkpendium, historical and genealogical societies, courthouses, libraries, and more. Decide when to pay for a record, based on timeliness, the details in the record, and the uniqueness of the record.)
  • Research Like a Pro! - Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, Prospect, CT, February 10 (Take your research to the next level by learning to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to your toughest family history challenges. This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by (1) defining and researching the question, (2) carefully citing sources, (3) analyzing and correlating data, (4) resolving any conflicts, and (5) writing a proof argument. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for researching like a pro.)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - The Nyack Library, Nyack, New York, April 8 (Old family photos, genealogical documents, and ancestral stories are important elements of your family's past. Learn how to organize/store/analyze materials, determine what to retain and what to give to relatives and genealogy institutions, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and ideas for sharing genealogy with the next generation.)
  • Research Like a Pro! - Genealogy Club of Newtown, CT, April 11 (Take your research to the next level by learning to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to your toughest family history challenges. This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by (1) defining and researching the question, (2) carefully citing sources, (3) analyzing and correlating data, (4) resolving any conflicts, and (5) writing a proof argument. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for researching like a pro.)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Jewish Genealogical Society of CT, April 15  (Keep your keepsakes safe for future generations! How to organize/store/analyze materials, determine what to retain and what to give to relatives and genealogy institutions, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and ideas for sharing genealogy with the next generation.)
  • Free or Fee Genealogy  - Southington Genealogy SocietyApril 24 (Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to free and low-cost sources via Linkpendium, historical and genealogical societies, courthouses, libraries, and more. Decide when to pay for a record, based on timeliness, the details in the record, and the uniqueness of the record.)
  • Research Like a Pro! - Middlesex Genealogical Society, Darien, CT, May 19 (Take your research to the next level by learning to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to your toughest family history challenges. This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by (1) defining and researching the question, (2) carefully citing sources, (3) analyzing and correlating data, (4) resolving any conflicts, and (5) writing a proof argument. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for researching like a pro.) 
  •  Free or Fee Genealogy - Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, November 10 (Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to free and low-cost sources via Linkpendium, historical and genealogical societies, courthouses, libraries, and more. Decide when to pay for a record, based on timeliness, the details in the record, and the uniqueness of the record.)

Other Presentations


  • Using Facebook for Genealogy (One hour talk about the benefits and mechanics of Facebook for connecting with local historians and family researchers, requesting assistance, obtaining translations, and sharing with family; also available as a 90-minute interactive workshop.) 
  • Top Websites for Jewish Genealogy (One hour talk on how to navigate five key websites: JewishGen.org, YadVashem.org, CyndisList.com, FamilySearch.org, and Facebook's Tracing the Tribe Jewish Genealogy page.) 
  • Local Genealogy via Long Distance (One hour talk about online research in other areas by making connections with archives, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies, and others with local knowledge and resources.)
  • Using Message Boards and Blogs for Genealogy (One hour talk about how to search surname and locality message boards, write queries to post, and search genealogy blogs for ancestor hints or cousin connections--with ideas for transitioning to Facebook for genealogy.)
NOTE: Looking to organize your genealogy collection, analyze documents, write a "genealogical will," and share your family's history with future generations? Please check out my very affordable genealogy book, Planning a Future for Your Family's Past. Available in Kindle and paperback via Amazon.