Sessions at Atlanta Family History Expo 2010 about Genealogy

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Friday 12th November 2010

  • Let Your Light Shine on Digital Expectations: Preserving Yesterday's Records for Tomorrow's Researchers

    by Joshua Hanna

    Join Ancestry.com Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing, Josh Hanna, an avid family historian, to learn how technology will impact your search for family history answers now and in the future. From advances in imaging technology to ways in which organizations including Ancestry.com are harnessing the contributions and expertise of the genealogy community, discover how your family story will continually become easier to find – and even more exciting to seek – all the time.

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Friday 12th November

  • A Good Read: Make Family History Books Exciting

    by Nan & Biff Barnes

    Create a family history that is relevant and interesting by including family stories. How to collect, organize and present both the facts and the drama of your family in a self‐published book.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • Blended Families: Documenting Native American Ancestors in African American Families

    by Angela Y.Walton-Raji

    This workshop will illustrate at how blended families (African & Native American) can be documented, and the family historian can take the family history beyond mere oral history. Suggestions on how to avoid the pitfalls in Native American research and suggestions will be made for those who have ties to tribes that no longer exist.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • Finding Hidden Treasures in Online Libraries and Archives

    by tami glatz

    This presentation will discuss online digital libraries and archives, how to locate regional libraries and some of the treasures for genealogical research they hold.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • Finding Your Female Ancestors

    by Lisa Alzo

    Learn tips and tricks for finding those elusive females in your family tree!

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

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  • Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker

    by Ancestry.com

    Family Tree Maker can help you more effectively organize, manage, and share your family history. Topics covered in this class include: getting
    started in Family Tree Maker, adding information about your ancestors, adding pictures and other media, documenting your sources, searching
    Ancestry.com and the Web from Family Tree Maker, and much more. (Designed for beginning to intermediate users of Family Tree Maker).

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • I am the Forever: A Case Study on South Carolina Slavery

    by Lisa Bratton, PhD

    This class will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the process of using plantation records to research a formerly enslaved family. Dr. Lisa Bratton will present on her work with the Bratton Family Papers, which span over a century, from Historic Brattonsville, the only working plantation in South Carolina. Dr. Bratton, a fifth generation descendant of Green and Malinda Bratton who were formerly enslaved at Historic Brattonsville, will present a case study of the documents and show what these detailed records can tell about the life and legacy of the formerly enslaved.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • RootsMagic: Pruning, Cleaning and Extending Your Family Tree

    by RootsMagic

    RootsMagic is the award‐winning genealogy software that makes family history easy. Learn how to clean up your places and sources, find possible errors and problems in your data, find and merge duplicate records, split and merge trees, and use powerful research tools to help you find those elusive ancestors.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • Scanning and Photo Retouching Basics

    by Tom Underhill

    Digitizing your existing photos requires more than just clicking the scan button. This class teaches techniques to maximize scanning of historical
    photographs, focusing on tin‐types and overly‐silver originals, faded images, and red‐shifted photos from the 1960s and '70s.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • Social Networking for Genealogists

    by Thomas MacEntee

    Thousands of genealogists and family historians have discovered new ways to expand and improve their genealogy endeavors using social networking, also called social media networking. Learn the basics of blogging, Twitter, Facebook, wikis and more in an easy‐to‐follow session that cuts through all the hype and the lingo.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • U.S. Vital Records Overview

    by David Dilts

    This class is designed to provide patrons with a basic understanding of U.S. vital records, including the various types of records, the civil jurisdictions that have responsibilities for the records, and the regional differences in the availability of those records.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 12th November

  • Family History Books: Editing, Design and Publishing

    by Nan & Biff Barnes

    Description: Professional editors and book designers guide you through the process of producing your family history book. We will explore the options for self‐publishing.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Finding People Before They’ve Died

    by Tom Underhill

    A living person is almost always the best source... but finding them can be tricky! Learn the techniques investigative reporters trust to find people while they’re still alive.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Getting the Most from Your Ancestry.com Subscription

    by Ancestry.com

    (Designed for beginning users of Ancestry.com). Are you using Ancestry.com to its full potential? Look at an inside look at the historical records available – as well as what those records can tell you about your ancestors & how they can help you take your tree further back in time. You’ll also learn how Ancestry.com’s tree‐building & searching tools can grow your tree to great heights.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Hansel and Gretel: Finding the Trail Home to Our German Ancestors

    by Tamra Stansfield

    Usually our ancestors did their best to leave us a trail that would lead us back to their homes. They paid taxes, complied with governmental
    regulations, worshiped, recorded events and left mementos and tokens behind – some of which survived, and others were scattered or destroyed. There are genealogical trails that extend pedigree lines by simply leaping from one life event record to another. Other trails lead to a certain point, and then without warning, disappear. Our job is to search all available records that pertain to our ancestor’s immediate family, and if necessary, of those they associated with.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Juicy Family History: 25 Ways to Write Compelling True Stories

    by M. Bridget Cook

    Come and learn from author and editor, M. Bridget Cook of The Perfect Word how to write compelling true stories.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Let Your Voice Be Heard in Digital Conversations

    by Drusilla Pair

    Genealogists and family historians type documents and messages daily using software such as Microsoft Word or email to disseminate information, ask questions, and to communicate with family, friends, other researchers, and research institutions. With all of this text‐based communication, digital conversations can often be less personable and bland. The focus of this class is on adding audio or voice messages to spice up text‐based communications in documents, emails, and Internet sites. This class will help participants discover free audio recording tools on their computers and guide them in understanding the added benefits of enhancing digital documents with audio and voice messages.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • RootsMagic: Sharing and Publishing Your Family Tree

    by RootsMagic

    Don’t keep your family history to yourself. RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software that makes family history easy. Learn how to
    add pictures and media, create beautiful charts and reports, publish complete books, make Shareable CDs and DVDs, and share your research with friends and family.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • So you think your grandparent was Jewish, what now?

    by Peggy Freedman

    In this class we will discuss different definitions of “Who is a Jew?” then continue to discuss ways to get more information. This will lead us to a discussion of names and an introduction to web sites that are useful to Jewish genealogists.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Social Media Q & A

    by Holly T. Hansen

    This Panel Discussion will give instruction and allow you to ask questions and receive answers on the benefits of social media and how to leverage it for connecting with experts, education, and collaborating with family historians interested in common family lines and resources. Session will be moderated by Family History Expos President‐ Holly T. Hansen.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Traditional DNA Testing and Beyond – The Next Revolution in Genetic Genealogy

    by Elise

    This class will focus on genetic genealogy ‐‐ DNA testing as a tool for genealogy. We'll review the "traditional" genetic genealogy tests ‐‐ Y‐DNA and mtDNA ‐‐ which can identify relatives on the direct paternal or direct maternal line. We'll then discuss Family Finder, which utilizes recent advances in autosomal DNA testing to identify relatives via any ancestral line.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • 15 Minute Family History

    by Kim Woodbury

    Come learn how to tap into resources that will allow you to work on your family history each day for 15 minutes. A fun and energetic approach to searching your ancestors.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Blogging for Beginners

    Step‐by‐step approach to creating a blog, and making postings using the free service at Blogger.com. A great way to share genealogy research, post your society's newsletter, share info with extended family members. The webinar will also feature a survey of sample blogs, and links for additional help.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Census Techniques and Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors

    by David Dilts

    U.S. federal census records are a major source of genealogical information. Few records provide as much detail about a person or family as a census. They also supply researchers with important clues that can lead them to other sources. As a result, they are often one of the first record types consulted. Come and learn techniques and strategies for finding your elusive ancestors.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Digital Photography for the Family Historian

    by Tom Underhill

    Digital cameras don't work quite the same way as film, and understanding the differences ensures you can capture precious moments. This class goes beyond the point‐and‐shoot basics and extends to research techniques you can use from the genealogical library to the graveyard. Among other topics, attendees will learn methods to use a camera in place of a scanner, capture microfilm images, and maximize graveyard photography.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Exploring the Databases on JewishGen.org

    by Peggy Freedman

    The JewishGen.org website contains a wealth of information – but how do you make sense of it all? In this session, we will explore the web site, discover some of the secrets tucked in the InfoFiles, learn how to use the databases, and examine the differences in the Special Interest Groups and Hosted Organizations.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • FamilySearch 2010 and Beyond

    by John Huff

    FamilySearch is the world’s largest genealogical resource—no small task for a nonprofit organization. Patrons have grown to love its mantra to acquire, preserve and provide access to more genealogical records faster and more economically. It is a mammoth‐sized mission which means FamilySearch always has a host of initiatives underway simultaneously‐ which is why the most common question patrons ask continually is “What’s new with FamilySearch?” This class will describe what’s new, and take a sneak peek into the foreseeable future.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Personal Historian: Bringing Life to Your Life Stories

    by RootsMagic

    Learn how to overcome the obstacles that prevent you from writing a personal history. Personal Historian is unique software to organize, write, and publish personal histories for yourself and other individuals. It brings together timelines, photos, documents, genealogy, and more to help you write an interesting life story.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Siblings for Sarah: A Whole Family Research Approach to Identifying Parents

    by Deborah Campisano

    This lecture illustrates the use of indirect evidence and whole‐family research as strategies for determining parentage. No single record names
    the parents of Sarah Easton Thompson, or her specific place of birth other than “Kentucky.” This case study details the reconstruction of Sarah’s family unit using the records created by probable kin and collaterals, revealing nine brothers and sisters which led to the discovery of her parents’ names and her place of birth.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Using Tax Records to Establish Genealogical Relationships

    by Leland K Meitzler

    Tax records have an amazing amount of genealogical information found within them. These records can substitute and supplement more traditional sources such as census, probate, and vital records. Explore the various types of Tax records you should be looking for.

    At 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Friday 12th November