MY GENEALOGY PRESENTATIONS

Need a genealogy speaker? My topics include:

  • Insider's Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait - Want to connect with cousins and expand your family tree? Come and learn a series of lesser-known but extremely useful tools you can use to find possible cousins and enable cousins to find you on Family Search, Ancestry, Find a Grave, and DNA websites. Go home with practical ideas for easy and often free ways to leave genealogical "bait" for cousins and "take the bait" that potential cousins leave online. NEW for 2020
  • All About the Census - Want a peek into the lives of ancestors in the United States? Check freely-available federal and state census records, which are filled with valuable genealogy clues. This presentation, including lively case studies, shows what you can discover from population schedules (from 1790 through 1940), state census records, and special U.S. schedules covering veterans, agriculture, mortality, and more. Get a sneak preview of the 1950 U.S. Census, to be released in 2022! NEW for 2020
  • Get the Most Out of HeritageQuest Online - Learn to search for your ancestors in the FREE HeritageQuest databases, accessible from home with your local library card (in most states). Tips and tricks for researching in the U.S. Census population schedules and special schedules (veterans, mortality, agriculture, and more). Look for ancestors in city directories, Revolutionary War records, wills/probate records, Soc. Sec. Death Index, and other useful databases available free through HeritageQuest. 
  • Free or Fee Genealogy - Birth, marriage, death, naturalization records can be costly. Refocus your research strategy by going beyond the well-known sites to free and low-cost sources such as Linkpendium, The Ancestor Hunt, historical and genealogical societies, and many more. Decide when to pay for a record, based on details in the record, time and distance from source, the uniqueness of the record, and documentation for genealogical proof.
  • Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - Old family photos, documents, and heirlooms are part of your family's past--learn how to plan ahead and keep these keepsakes safe for the future. Step by step, see how to organize, store, and analyze genealogy materials, decide what to retain and what to give to relatives and institutions, how to prepare a "genealogical will" for preserving your collection, and go home with new ideas for sharing family history with the next generation. 
  • Click and Connect: Using Social Media for #GenealogyDecode the hashtags of #family history, #genealogy, #genchat, and more. Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are fun, free, and good places to gain family history knowledge, find useful and timely information, connect with researchers and possible relatives through posts and live chats. Practical tips for how to lurk and learn or participate by asking questions and adding comments.
  • 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.
  • Genealogy 101: Back to Basics - New to genealogy or want a refresher on the basics of building a family tree? Learn how to trace your family’s history in five easy steps, starting with what you know about your parents and grandparents. Identify gaps in your family tree, focus your research direction, and set priorities. Find out about useful free research sources that can help you move backward in time to identify older ancestors, and take home free handouts for a quick start on climbing your own family tree.
  • From Clues to Conclusions: the Genealogical Proof Standard - 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.
2020 Speaking Schedule

Wally and Marian Wood - Do the "Write" Thing for Family History
Upcoming:
  • All About the Census - Heritage Village Genealogy Club, Southbury, CT, February 13, 2020. Want a peek into the lives of ancestors in the United States? Check freely-available federal and state census records, which are filled with valuable genealogy clues. This presentation, including lively case studies, shows what you can discover from population schedules (from 1790 through 1940), state census records, and special schedules covering veterans, agriculture, mortality, and more. Get a sneak preview of the 1950 U.S. Census, to be released in 2022! 
  • Insider's Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait - Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, Prospect, CT, March 14, 2020. Come and learn a series of lesser-known but extremely useful tools to find possible cousins and enable cousins to find you on Family Search, Ancestry, Find a Grave, and DNA websites. Go home with practical ideas for easy and often free ways to leave genealogical "bait" for cousins and "take the bait" that potential cousins leave online.
Talks in 2019:
  • Click and Connect: Social Media for #Genealogy - Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, Prospect, CT; Genealogy Club of Newtown, Newtown, CT
  • Do the "Write" Thing for Genealogy - Middlesex Genealogical Society, Darien, CT (with Wally Wood); Rockland County NY Genealogical Society, New City, NY (with Wally Wood)
  • Genealogy 101: Basics and Reboot - Nyack Public Library, Nyack NY
  • Get the Most Out of HeritageQuest Online - Heritage Village Genealogy Club, Southbury, CT; Southington Genealogical Society, Southington, CT; Genealogy Club of Newtown, CT 
  • Family Tree Live! - London, April 26-27 Using social media for #GenealogyDo you have a genealogical will? and Crash course in writing your family story. Details at Family Tree Live
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Major Conference Presentations
  • Family Tree Live, London (2019)
  • New England Regional Genealogy Conference, Springfield (2017)
  • International Jewish Genealogical Conference, Orlando (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. It's a Kindle genealogy best-seller. Also available in paperback via Amazon and at the New England Historic Genealogical Society book store in Boston.