Upcoming Talks

May 21: Highlights & How-To for 1950 Census (live webinar hosted by the Swedish Ancestors Research Association)

May 24: Planning a Future for Your Family's Past (live webinar hosted by the Southington Public Library, CT)

June 1: How to Find American Ancestors in the 1950 US Census 
(live webinar hosted by the Guild of One-Name Studies)

July 2: US Genealogy for Penny Pinchers (presentation for The Genealogy Show Live, UK) 

July 26: Click & Connect: Social Media for #Genealogy (live webinar hosted by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society)

Bonus! Here's my seven-minute talk on how to make an ancestor coloring book:

Need a speaker? My topics: 

  • Highlights and How-To for 1950 US Census - If your parents, grandparents, or other folks in your family tree were counted in the 1950 US Census, find out about the genealogical information in this mid-century Census. First, a bit of background on important quirks and assumptions built into the enumeration process. Then, step by step, learn how to browse and search the Census, look for special clues on each page, and save and cite the page. Plus see how to interpret ancestors' responses in the context of the time. (all levels)
  • Genealogical Clues and Cousin Bait on FindaGrave - Tips and tricks for using the free site to research ancestors, and memorialize their burial places, and connect with cousins. Beyond the basic search techniques that can uncover new genealogical clues, see how to catch the eye of cousins and researchers by linking family-tree members, posting ancestor bios, submitting edits and flowers, and personalizing your member profile. Also learn why and how to create a virtual cemetery for your ancestors--so relatives and descendants will know exactly where the bodies are buried! (all levels) 
  • Bring Family History Alive in Bite-Sized Projects - Learn how to document family history stories in practical, bite-sized projects that can be shared with relatives and posted on genealogy websites. See why and how to narrow your focus to one ancestor, occasion, heirloom, photo, or place. Like a sprint rather than a marathon, each project takes a short time and gives you flexibility to be creative in spotlighting one aspect of family history to share with relatives now. Ideas include brief ancestor bios and booklets, heirloom stories, ancestor coloring books, photo books, and video-based family history.  (all levels)
  • Free (and Almost Free) Genealogy - Find out how to locate family-history information online and through non-digital sources without spending a fortune. In addition to using the big-name websites, see how to search for clues about ancestors by checking Linkpendium, the Ancestor Hunt, state and local genealogy societies, and asking local historians, archives, and libraries. Learn tips for deciding when it pays to pay for a document, based on what's missing from your family tree, what your family already has in hand, and how unique that document really is. (beginner and intermediate)
  • Updated! Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Ancestors' photos, stories, documents, and heirlooms are part of your family's past, and they deserve to be protected to share with future generations. No heirs for your genealogy? Get ideas for paths forward. The PASS process can help in organizing and storing family history materials; setting priorities for keeping key items and finding new homes for other items; writing a "genealogical will" to safeguard your collection for the future; and sharing your family's history now. (all levels)
  • Click and Connect: Using Social Media for #GenealogyTwitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are fun, free, and great places to gain family history knowledge, find useful and timely information, and connect with researchers and possible relatives through posts and live chats. Practical tips for how to lurk and learn or participate by asking questions, requesting assistance, and adding comments. Once you see how to decode #Genealogy, #FamilyHistory, #GenChat, #AncestryHour, and other hashtags, you can join the conversation! (all levels)
  • Do the "Write" Thing for Genealogy - Whether you know a lot about your family tree or you've just embarked on your genealogy journey, you can begin to write your family's story right now. Get practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history that focuses on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one occasion. Learn how to look for the dramatic moments that reveal turning points and show the context of your ancestors' lives. You'll be inspired and encouraged to tell your family's story with a clear, engaging narrative and finishing touches like old photos, timelines, and maps. (all levels)
  • From Clues to Conclusions: Can You Prove It? - To go from clues to answers for tough family history challenges, find out what it means to "prove" something in genealogy. With lively interactive case studies, this how-to presentation defines and demonstrates the use of the Genealogical Proof Standard for planning research, analyzing sources and details, resolving conflicting clues, and coming to a credible solution. Seeing the proof process in action can provide insights and ideas for turning clues into provable conclusions. (intermediate and advanced)

Note: My updated genealogy book is available as a paperback from, and both as paperback and ebook on Amazon in USCanadaUK, and worldwide.

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