Atlanta Family History Expo 2010 schedule

Friday 12th November 2010

  • 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

  • Want Land? Will Travel! Southern Land Records State‐by‐State

    by Arlene Eakle

    Your ancestors emigrated, migrated, and moved around to acquire land. The New World offered rich, fertile acres in abundance. Want Land? Will Travel! Property ownership is of sufficient importance to every level of jurisdiction, and always has been essential. Property records make up the most consistent, most reliable, most provable record category of all. If you have been seeking your hard‐to‐find ancestor for 15‐20 years‐‐its time you had an "easy button." Searching the same records other researchers have checked, hoping for a different answer usually doesn't work. Learn about property sources and records that others before you have not used. For the first time, solve your research problems.

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

  • An Introduction to AncestralHunt.com

    by HistoricalTownMaps

    This session will demonstrate AncestralHunt.com ‐ a unique location based collaboration platform that will help genealogists and family historians break through brick walls to unearth lost relatives, ancestors, and ancestral homes that can not be found by conventional means.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Armchair Research: Easy Access to the World’s Records

    by Nate Barrett

    FamilySearch announced a global community effort in 2008 directed at providing access to more records, to more people, quicker and more economically. Explore how FamilySearch proposes to help curb the loss of records worldwide and increase the volume of records accessible online. FamilySearch is working with affiliates to digitize and index the world’s genealogical records, including hundreds of thousands of published family and local histories. Discover how to use these valuable online resources, what’s new, what’s coming, and how you might help or donate your own published work to ensure it will be preserved and readily available for generations to come.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in the Southern States

    by Arlene Eakle

    Do vital records exist in the Southern States before 1840? Where are they found? Yes, vital records can be found in the Southern States. Now you can document missing parents' names. Identify missing maiden names. Fill in the gaps on your genealogy charts with complete dates. Extend your lineages with best evidence. Even if the courthouse or the church has burned, you can, with some diligence, find marriages, and birth records, and deaths.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Building a Research Toolbox

    by Thomas MacEntee

    Are you overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy‐to‐use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Creating the Perfect Biography That Even Non‐Relatives will Want to Read!

    by M. Bridget Cook

    Come and learn from author and editor, M. Bridget Cook, how to bring your writing to life!

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Genealogy Gifts and Games

    by Kim Woodbury

    Creating personalized gifts and games that showcase your family history is a great way to connect the generations. The possibilities are endless; the important thing is to create something that makes family history fun and engaging. The purpose of this class is to stimulate your thinking and make you aware of some helpful resources. Have fun!

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Genealogy on the Go

    by RootsMagic

    Whether you are on vacation, visiting family, or just making a trip to the family history center, you often need access to your family history and other files while being away from your computer. Join us for a look at a variety of easy options that allow you to work with your important files no matter where you go.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Genealogy Resources on the Internet

    by tami glatz

    An overview of the different types of information available on the internet that can be of benefit to the genealogical researcher, with specific website suggestions for each.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors

    by Lisa Alzo

    Learn tips and tricks for locating your immigrant ancestors in online databases and printed resources.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Using the U.S. Federal Census in Genealogy

    by Jean L. Cooper

    This year of the 23rd census is a good time for genealogists and historians to review the usefulness of the U.S. Federal Census for their fields. This presentation will review the history and features of the federal censuses, and will offer some insights into how the census information can be used in your research.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Friday 12th November

  • Beginning Your Native American Research

    by Billy Edgington

    The purpose of this class is to provide a short introduction to identifying and documenting your Native American ancestor. First, identify the ancestor that may have Indian blood. The second step is to identify their tribal affiliation and the records available. If you have Native American Ancestors this is the class for you!

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Facebook for Genealogists

    by Thomas MacEntee

    Afraid to make the jump into Facebook? Wondering what all the fuss is about or how Facebook can work to the genealogists advantage? Come along for a journey through this exciting social media application.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Family Roots Travel: How to Connect With Your Heritage Through Travel

    by Family Roots Travel

    Adam Glenn, Owner and Agent of Family Roots Travel and author of Roots Traveler blog (www.rootstraveler.com), discusses what roots travel is, why travel to your roots, where you might visit, and how to plan your trip. Come learn how to get more out of your travel and your family history through roots travel.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • FamilySearch’s Research Wiki, Forums and Blogs: Useful Tools to Connect and Collaborate with Others

    by John Huff

    How can a Wiki help in genealogical research? Why should a researcher use a forum or a blog? Discover the great power in using these collaborative tools to accomplish large tasks. The collective knowledge of many can be much more effective at solving tough problems than the expertise of just one person or small groups. This session will discuss what these tools are, their relevant applications, how to use them, and how they can be some of the most powerful tools in your genealogical toolkit.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Finding your English/Welsh Ancestors

    by Raymon Naisbitt

    Using the research process, explore the three most important record groups: Civil Registration, Census records & Parish Registers. These records, accompanied by search strategies, will open numerous possibilities for discovery & help the researcher to trace their ancestry back through time.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Finding Your Family’s Stories Online

    by tami glatz

    If your ancestors were in the US in the 1800 ‐ early 1900s, they may have been mentioned in family or local history books, or newspaper or journal articles. Learn how to find your family stories online.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Flip Pal Demo

    by Flip-Pal

    Come and see this innovative new way to scan your family history photos and documents!

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • How to Cite Your Sources

    by Arlene Eakle

    Come and learn an easy way to cite your sources.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Maiden Names: Did You Really Look Everywhere? (

    by Jennifer Dondero

    Missing many maiden names? This lecture can help you create a customized list of sources to check for that missing maiden name.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • My Ancestors Were From Germany and I Don’t Speak German! Easily Available Resources Specific to German Research

    by Tamra Stansfield

    With German Americans being America’s largest self‐reported ancestral group, chances are at some point in time you will come face to face with German records. Unfortunately, too many of us are scared away by the language, handwriting and nuances of German research. This does not need to be the case. A multitude of resources and reference materials, which if studied and applied, will help lead us across the ocean and into the hearths and hearts of our German ancestors.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Seeking Saints and Sinners: Let Church Records Tell Your Story!

    by Deborah Campisano

    Church records are excellent sources of vital information and social history. Determine your ancestor’s denomination; learn the types of church records available, and how to access them.

    At 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Friday 12th November

  • Handling (and Even Healing) the Skeletons in Your Genealogical Closet

    by M. Bridget Cook

    Featuring M. Bridget Cook, Transformational Speaker & National Bestselling Author.

    Everybody’s got them—although not everyone wants to claim them… The Unspeakables. Like the descendants of Jesse James generations after the fact, it can almost seem illustrious, if not humorous, to have a few dishonorable members ‘hanging’ closeted in the branches of our family tree. However, it can be very sensitive if those skeletons have a little more flesh on them – great grandparents, grandparents or even more recent ancestors and extended family members. So, what do you do with them? Do you tell the truth? Do you ignore the details and the hushed family whispers and hope they will go away? Do you SLAM the closet door shut, never to open until you’re long gone and someone else down the line is conducting research?

    M. Bridget Cook, transformational speaker and national best-selling author will share with us hair-raising, yet healing stories from her works that have been featured on Oprah, other major media, and have gained incredible international exposure in the last 12 months. She will also provide valuable tips and insightful techniques for handling, and truly even healing, the skeletons in your family history.

    Always curious and awed by the extremes of human behavior, Bridget Cook authored national best-selling Shattered Silence, the Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter (Sweetwater Books, Cedar Fort 2009) with Melissa G. Moore, daughter of the infamous Happy Face serial murderer. Despite its title, this book has been inspiring millions of people and has been featured on Oprah, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, 20/20, People Magazine, E! Animal Planet, In Touch Magazine and in other prominent news leaders throughout the world.

    Also the author of Skinhead Confessions: From Hate to Hope (Sweetwater Books, Cedar Fort 2008) with former high-ranking, neo-Nazi skinhead leader TJ Leyden, the book and its message now turn thousands away from gangs as TJ works together with universities, law enforcement and military to educate youth and adults alike on the dangers of gang activity and extremist groups. TJ and their book, Skinhead Confessions has recently appeared on Dr. Phil, The History Channel’s Gangland Series, and CNN. TJ often makes regular appearances on CNN and NPR as a national pundit for tolerance and peace
    activism.

    Currently working on Holocaust survivor stories, Bridget continues to delve into the inner workings of families who have suffered tremendously horrifying situations, and yet have triumphed over their circumstances. In addition to her motivational speeches and workshops, Bridget is also a dynamic business leader and entrepreneur. Her incredible energy has led her on a diverse path of business, publishing, humanitarian, genealogy, and even social work as a tracker and mentor for troubled and gang-related youth in Colorado. Having an authentic interest and flair for writing family histories and conducting research, Cook has also been a staff member on Everton’s Genealogical Helper and also The Handybook for Genealogists (Tenth Edition) and currently owns three businesses. The delighted mother of three creative children, her other greatest passion lies in discovering and sharing the dynamic possibilities of each human soul –healing those alive, and even those buried deep inside the family closet!

    At 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Friday 12th November

Saturday 13th November 2010

  • Best Strategies for Searching Ancestry.com

    by Ancestry.com

    This class will demonstrate the best strategies for searching Ancestry.com’s more than 28,000 databases to get the most information about your ancestors. Learn about various search methods ‐‐ and how each method will benefit your family history. (Designed for beginning to intermediate users of Ancestry.com).

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Saturday 13th November

  • Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location Based Genealogy

    by HistoricalTownMaps

    This session will focus on the application of location in genealogical research to break down brick walls and getting a deeper understanding for how your ancestors lived their lives. A new approach for location based research will be presented as well as multiple case studies of its successful application. These case studies will include cemetery research, land records and historical maps, census records, and the impact of geography on genealogy as expressed in our DNA. An additional case study will be presented of how the application of location based genealogy has yielded a surprising direction to cracking a real brick wall from the early 19th century.

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Saturday 13th 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 8:00am to 9:00am, Saturday 13th November

  • Finding your Irish Ancestors – Are There Really Any Records?

    by Raymon Naisbitt

    It is not true that all the records of Ireland have been destroyed. Civil Registration, Census and Church records can aid in your Ireland research. Understanding jurisdictions, immigration patterns, and land records will enable you to locate your family and be proud of your Irish heritage.

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Saturday 13th November

  • Genealogy Gifts and Games

    by Kim Woodbury

    Creating personalized gifts and games that showcase your family history is a great way to connect the generations. The possibilities are endless; the important thing is to create something that makes family history fun and engaging. The purpose of this class is to stimulate your thinking and make you aware of some helpful resources. Have fun!

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Saturday 13th November

  • Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present, and Future

    by Lisa Alzo

    A discussion of using immigrant cluster communities to advance genealogical research, and how to use technology and the Internet to build “virtual cluster communities.

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Saturday 13th November