My Genealogy Presentations

2017-2018 Schedule

2017 presentations:
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, CT, April 1, (how to organize/store/analyze materials, determine what to retain and what to give to relatives and genealogy libraries, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and ideas for sharing genealogy with the next generation)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - New England Regional Genealogical Conference, Springfield, MA, April 27, (how to organize/store/analyze materials, determine what to retain and what to give to relatives and genealogy libraries, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and ideas for sharing genealogy with the next generation)
  • Free or Fee Genealogy - Middlesex Genealogical Society, Darien, CT, Saturday, May 13, (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)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Orlando, FL, July 24 (how to organize/store/analyze materials, determine what to retain and what to give to relatives and genealogy libraries, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and ideas for sharing genealogy with the next generation) 
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Heritage Village Genealogy Club, Southbury, CT, August 10, (how to organize/store/analyze materials, determine what to retain and what to give to relatives and genealogy libraries, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and ideas for sharing genealogy with the next generation)
  • Free or Fee Genealogy  - Connecticut Ancestry Society, Stamford, CT, September 16 (Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to check 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)
  • Genealogy Tips & Tricks - Lifetime Learners Institute, Norwalk, CT, October 9 (Extended overview of organizing/analyzing genealogy materials, sharing genealogy with next generation, frugal record acquisition, and writing family history with an eye toward audience appeal)
  • Free or Fee Genealogy  - Westchester Genealogical Society, October 14 (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)
  •  Free or Fee Genealogy  - Genealogy Club of Newtown CT, November 8 (Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refine your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to check 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)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, Prospect, CT, November 11 (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) 
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Southington Genealogy Club, Southington, CT, November 28 (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)
2018 presentations:
  • 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 new ideas for researching like a pro.)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Jewish Genealogical Society of CT, April 15, (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! - 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.)

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 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)
  • Using Find A Grave for Genealogy (One hour, about using the free website FindAGrave.com to locate ancestors' burial places, search for other family members buried nearby, request photos of gravestones, make local contacts for additional research, and check or correct relationships among ancestors listed on the site)