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. Book signing follows the talk.)
  • 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. Plus book signing follows the talk.)
  • 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.)
  • From Clues to Conclusions: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard - Genealogy Club of Newtown, CT, May 9 (To go from clues to answers for your toughest family history challenges, learn to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by defining and researching the question, citing sources, analyzing and correlating data, resolving conflicts, and coming to a credible solution. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for turning clues into real conclusions.)
  • From Clues to Conclusions: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard - Middlesex Genealogical Society, Darien, CT, May 19 (To go from clues to answers for your toughest family history challenges, learn to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by defining and researching the question, citing sources, analyzing and correlating data, resolving conflicts, and coming to a credible solution. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for turning clues into real conclusions.)
  • Genealogy 101: How to Start Researching Your Family History - Southbury Public Library, Southbury, CT, September 4 (Start with what you know, focus on one couple or surname or family event, begin your research with Census and birth-marriage-death records, use free and low-cost sources, and write down what you learn to document your family tree.)
  • Using Facebook and Twitter for Genealogy - Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Agawam, MA, September 5 (The fun, benefits, and mechanics of Facebook and Twitter to connect with family-history researchers in areas where ancestors lived, request assistance, obtain translations, and learn more about genealogy sources, technology, and methodology. Social media are easy to use and offer the opportunity for more immediate response compared with traditional surname message boards--to jumpstart genealogy efforts at any level.)
  • From Clues to Conclusions: Genealogical Proof Heritage Village Genealogy Club, Southbury, CT, September 13 (To go from clues to answers for family history challenges, learn to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by defining and researching the question, citing sources, analyzing and correlating data, resolving conflicts, and coming to a credible solution. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for turning clues into real conclusions.)
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Genealogical Society of Rockland County, New City, September 25 (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. Book signing follows the talk.)
  • Do the "Write" Thing for Genealogy - Westchester, NY Genealogical Society, October 13 (Practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history by focusing on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one special occasion. Learn how to look for the drama and personality that reveal the humanity in ancestors' lives, make decisions about missing or questionable details, begin to write a clear and engaging narrative, and add finishing touches like maps.)
  • Genealogy Topic TBDSouthington Genealogy Society, October 23
  • 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.)

2019 Speaking Schedule

  • Do the "Write" Thing for Genealogy - Middlesex Genealogical Society, Darien, March 23 (Practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history by focusing on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one special occasion. Learn how to look for the drama and personality that reveal the humanity in ancestors' lives, make decisions about missing or questionable details, begin to write a clear and engaging narrative, and add finishing touches like maps.)

Previous Conference Appearances


  • Speaker at the New England Regional Genealogy Conference (2017) and the International Jewish Genealogical Conference (2017).

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.