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Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcoming Fudamentals of Genealogy® Lectures and Availability

Currently available in 2018:  March 1 thru December 15, 2018  
      (EXCEPT March 1 and 15; April 5, 12, 14, 19, 21 and 26; June 13; July 10 and 14; September 15; October 25; and holidays)
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.---"Forensic Genealogy: Techniques for the Everyday Researcher" (free) talk at the Town and Country Public Library District, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL.
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Genealogical Research Beyond Ancestry.com" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Compiling Your Medical Family Tree" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.---"Beyond Shaky Leaf Hints" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"The Most Helpful Tools You've Never Used" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.---"Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls" (free) talk at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. IL.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.---"Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls" (free) talk at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL.
  • TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED-Saturday, July 14, 2018---"TBD" (free) talk to the North Suburban Genealogical Society
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018---Polish Genealogical Society of America's 2018 Annual Conference, "Compiling Your Medical Family Tree" and "TBD" (paid conference) talks at the European Crystal Conference Center, 519 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL.
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 7:30-9:00 p.m.---"Forensic Genealogy: Simple Techniques for Document, Photo and atDNA Examination" (free) talk to the Kane County Genealogical Society meeting at the Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third Street, Geneva, IL.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fundamentals Lecture Topics

To book a lecture, complete the Contact Form in the right sidebar to send your desired lecture topic + date + group size + email address.

Fundamentals Lecture Topics FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
  • “Returning Lost Purple Heart Medals to Families thru Purple Hearts Reunited" Hear and see how a forensic genealogist researches from nothing more than the name engraved on the back of a lost Purple Heart medal to build the veteran's biography and return it to the family in a beautiful reuniting ceremony thru the charitable foundation Purple Hearts Reunited www.PurpleHeartsReunited.org.  What's the inspiration for this work?  Click on the link in the right sidebar to see my family's story how the U.S. Military repatriated our WWII cousin's remains back to Rock Island, Illinois 68 years later!

Fundamentals Lecture Topics FOR LIBRARIES & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES
  • “The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used-Part One" --- covering Research Strategies, Some Brick Wall Solutions, Genealogical Precepts, CyndisList Tools, County Boundaries, Wikis, Hiring a Professional Genealogist, Timelines, Lookups, Health Predisposition Results Sheet, Blogs & Podcasts, Maps, Newberry’s Aeon System and "Rounding Up the Usual Suspects."
  • “The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used-Part Two" --- covering Forensic Photo Analysis, Evernote and OneNote, Organizational Tools, Pinterest, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” Genealogical Societies, “Using DNA in research,” Google’s Research Tools, Newberry Library’s Catalogs & Guides and Many New Options for Presentations.
  • “The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used-Part Three" --- covering Forensic Spreadsheet Tools, Evernote Genealogy Templates, Digital Genealogy Scrapbook, Google Books, Post-1950 U.S. Federal Census Records, FamilySearch Learning Center, Local Libraries, Online Sharable Bookmarks, Time Crunch Strategy, Newberry Library Search Strategies  and Free Genealogy Webinars.
  • “The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used-Part Four" --- covering Forensic Map Tools, Free Newspaper Tools, Customized Family Bible Storage, FamilySearch Books, Google Genealogy Searches, Genealogical Video Creation, School Records, “Your” Online Public Library, Mind Mapping Strategy, Newberry Library’s ChicagoAncestors.org  and Free Genealogy Tutorials . . . plus 3 Brick Wall Solutions.
  • “The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used-Part Five" --- covering 3 Brick Wall Solutions, U.S. Federal Census Tools, Crowdsourcing, FamilySearch Memories, Fundamentals of Genealogy’s Charts and Forms, Google’s Research Tools, Military Research Tools, Customized Storage Suggestions, Newberry Library’s Online Resources and some Research Strategies.
  • “The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You’ve Never Used-Part Six" --- Covering Cemetery Tools, Organizational Tools, Facebook and other social media, National/State/Local Repository Tools, Cheat Sheets + Templates, Preservation suggestions, Medical Family Tree, some Research Strategies and FREE Tools + Resources.
  • “Beyond Ancestry.com's Shaky Leaf Hints: Part 1-What To Do Next”
  • “Beyond Ancestry.com's Shaky Leaf Hints: Part 2-Where To Go Next”
  • “Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results (part 1)”
  • “What To Do with Commercial DNA Test Results (part 2)
  • “Make The *Genealogy Organizational Challenge* Work For You" 
  • “Forensic Genealogy Techniques for the Everyday Researcher”
  • “No, the Census Taker Didn’t Miss Them: Finding Online U.S. Census Records”
  • "The Gift of Health: Compiling Your Medical Family Tree"
  • “A 60-Minute Crash Course: Beginning Genealogy Using Accredited Methods”
  • “Which Evidence Is Best?: Genealogical Evidence Analysis and Weighing Instruction"
  • “Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls”
  • “From Research to News to Help: The Latest Internet Techniques for the Genealogist”
  • “Astonishing Genealogy Results Using Today’s Social Media Networking”
  • "Amazing Research Suggestions from 'Hidden Sources' a book by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer"
  • “Little-Known Essentials: 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Genealogy”
  • “Turn Your Nemesis Into A Friend: Analyzing, Recording & Organizing Your Research”
  • "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Assembling Your Ancestor's Business Biography"
 A custom genealogy topic that you know your group would enjoy!

Friday, March 7, 2014

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