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Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcoming Fudamentals of Genealogy® Lectures and Availability

Currently available in 2017:  March 1 thru December 15, 2017  
      (EXCEPT February 25; March 2, 7, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 30;
       April 6, 13, 19, 20, 22, 27, 29; May 6, 7, 21; June 3, 17, 24, 26; July 22;
      August 14, September 7, 9, 14, 19, 23, 28, 30; October 12, 14, 19, 21, 26-29;
      November 2, 7, 14 and holidays)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 ---"Understanding and Using Commercial DNA Test Results- Parts 1 & 2" (free) talk at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL. 
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results" (part one) (free) talk at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL.
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m.---"Forensic Genealogy Techniques for the Everyday Researcher" (free) talk at the St. Charles Public Library, One South 6th Ave., St. Charles, IL.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results - Part One" (free) talk to the Will Grundy Counties (IL) Genealogical Society meeting at the Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield Street, Coal City, IL. 
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.---"What To Do with Your DNA Test Results" (part two) (free) talk at the Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, IL.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.---"Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.---"Beyond Ancestry.com's Shaky Leaf Hints: Part 1-What To Do Next" (free) talk at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.---"The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You've Never Used" (free) talk at the St. Charles Public Library, One South 6th Ave., St. Charles, IL.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.---"Reuniting Families with their Purple Heart Heroes" (free) talk at the Wheeling Historical Society & Museum, 251 N. Wolf Road, Wheeling, IL.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.---"Beyond Ancestry.com's Shaky Leaf Hints" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.---"Building Your Ancestor's Business Biography" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.---"DNA for Kinship: Analysis" (paid) in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 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 22, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.---"Organizing Your Genealogical Project, Paper and Digital Files" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.---"Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Assembling Your Ancestor's Business Biography" (free) talk at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond, Oak Lawn, IL.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Most Helpful Tools You've Never Used - Part 5 " (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.---"Most Helpful Tools You've Never Used - Part 6" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017---The Chicago Genealogical Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration!
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.---"Understanding and Using Commercial DNA Test Results (parts 1 & 2)" (free) talk to the Edgewater Community Group at Creekside Lodge, 2554 Edgewater Drive, Elgin, IL.
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.---"Spring Program's Double Feature: Using Our Historical Society Resources + Returning Lost Purple Heart Medals" (free) talk to the Waukegan Historical Society at the Schornick Theatre in the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, IL. 
  • Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results (part 1)" (free) talk to the Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society meeting at the Kankakee Public Library, 201 Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL.
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.---"Brick Wall Solutions: Forensic Techniques," part of the "60 Minutes To Better Genealogy" 12-part series (paid) seminars at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Brick Wall Solutions: Proven Genealogical Methodology," part of the "60 Minutes To Better Genealogy" 12-part series (paid) seminars at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.------"Brick Wall Solutions: Internet Genealogy Tools," part of the "60 Minutes To Better Genealogy" 12-part series (paid) seminars at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL. 
  • Monday, June 26, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. ---"Compiling Your Medical Family Tree" (free) talk at the Town and Country Library, Elburn, IL.
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results (part 1)" (free) talk at the Peotone Public Library District, 515 N. First Street, Peotone, IL.
  • Monday, August 14, 2017 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.---"Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls" (free) talk at the Chicago Public Library-Sulzer Regional Branch, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL.
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---
    "Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course"
    (paid) class in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"What To Do With Your DNA Test Results - Part Two" (free) talk to the Will Grundy Counties (IL) Genealogical Society meeting at the Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield Street, Coal City, IL.
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Beyond Ancestry.com's Shaky Leaf Hints" (paid) class in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 7:00p.m.-8:30 p.m.---"What To Do With Your DNA Test Results - Part Two" (free) talk at the St. Charles Public Library, One South 6th Ave., St. Charles, IL.
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Most Helpful Tools - Part 1" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.---"Most Helpful Tools - Part 2" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Compiling Your Medical Family Tree" (paid) class in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Research Methodology" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.---"Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Records Group I" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results" (paid) class in Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Organizing, Analyzing, Recording & Networking" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.---"Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Records Group II" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.---"The Most Helpful Genealogy Tools You've Never Used" Oakton's Alliance for Lifelong Learning non-credit program. 
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Libraries & Newberry Tour" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.---"Fundamentals of Genealogy®: Research Practice" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • The weekend of October 26-29, 2017---Speaking at the Illinois State Genealogical Society's 2017 Annual Fall Conference, "Build Your Family Tree: DNA, Research & Writing" at iWireless Center, Moline, IL
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.---"Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls" (free) talk at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL.
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.---"Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Assembling Your Ancestor's Business Biography" (free) talk at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, 768 Oak Street, Winnetka, IL.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.---"Understanding Commercial DNA Test Results" (free) talk at the Triumph Travel Club, 3151 US Highway 20, Elgin, IL. 
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; 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.
  • TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED---Saturday, April 14, 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.
  • TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED---Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.---"The Most Helpful Tools You've Never Used - Part 3" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL. 
  • 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.
  • TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED---Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon---"Beyond Shaky Leaf Hints" (paid) seminar at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL.
  • TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED---Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.---"The Most Helpful Tools You've Never Used - Part 4" (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---"TBD" (free) talk to the North Suburban Genealogical Society. 
  • TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED-Thursday, October 25---"TBD" (free) talk to the Kane County Genealogical Society. x

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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