Navigating the website; its catalogues, digitized records, research advice, tutorials and much more. You can learn about records held in The National Archives and elsewhere, to research your British ancestors - and even some American ones.
by Loretto D. Szucs
In terms of research opportunities, the Midwest is the land of opportunity! This presentation will be a mini tour of some of the best places to find your family records. Not only will you learn what some of the greatest libraries, archives and other institutions have to offer online, but you'll better understand the benefits of a personal visit.
by Kris W. Rzepczynski, MLS, MA
This program will explore records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death, their genealogical content, research strategies to identify exact event dates, and give specific examples of online indexes and records from across the United States.
The 1840 through 1910 U.S federal censuses included an Agricultural Schedule. It details your ancestor's farm including crops, livestock, timber, mining, and production of commodities such as honey, butter, and eggs. Learn how to find and use these insightful documents.
by J. H. Fonkert, CG
Dutch research utilizes the same kinds of records used in American research. Learn how to follow clues from American records to find locales of Dutch origins, and link individuals in American records to ancestors in Dutch church and civil records.
by Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA
Apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to simple and complex-evidence cases, use it as a guide for planning and implementing research, and incorporate it into proof arguments.
Sponsored by BCG Education Fund
by Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Many of us have German-speaking European ancestors but are afraid to tackle the next step across the Atlantic. Your lecturer will show examples of German church records, how to decipher them and how to overcome the fear of German script.
Sponsored by National Society Palatines to America
by Scott Simkins
Don't assume that your records will magically be around in the future with no effort on your part. This lecture will present simple preservation tips to properly use and store materials at home, while illustrating the dangers of not applying them.
Sponsored by FamilySearch
by Diane VanSkiver Gagel, MA
Two Hour workshop: first hour covers dating photograph mediums and preservation; second hour includes dating fashions found in photographs and using technology in sharing photographs.
Cut through all the hype about Twitter and learn the basics on how to best use this social media platform to enhance your genealogy research.
by Timothy Pinnick
Puzzled by the inexplicable move your great-grandfather Jake from Hattiesburg, MS, to St. Louis, MO, in the 1880s? Possibly solve that mystery by exploring African American migrations large and small, along with many of the factors that spurred movement.
by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
When you've looked in the usual starting places where do you go next? Learn to find biographical or historical information using online and traditional sources.
by Constance Potter
Learn how to prepare for the 1940 census and the new census questions.
Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration
by Paul Milner
Learn how to access, use and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage and burial registers of the Established Church of Scotland. Case studies of problems and clues.
You will learn an easy system to rate your own genealogical skill level and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will learn a simple framework for improvement using Genealogical Maturity Levels. After attending this class you will have the knowledge you need to become a better genealogist.
Sponsored by FamilySearch
Ride along with the Western Cavaliers as they spread the gospel throughout the wilderness. Learn about the early church records and how to use them in your research.
Diaries and journals add unique personal perspectives to the lives of our ancestors. Learn where to locate diaries and how to use them in your research.
We often hear, "What can you do the day after the conference?" or "I had such a great time and I don't want it to end!" On Sunday, after the conference, join fellow genealogists for a buffet style Farewell Brunch at the Hilton Springfield. We have warned the Hilton about how long genealogists will stay and chat, especially since there will not be more than a few minutes of greeting. You might even win a door prize or two. The menu and other details will be posted on the Blog and FGS website. You may register your non-genealogist friends and family for this brunch.
The special rate at the Hilton is good for Sunday night, too! Watch the blog for info about churches, tours, museums, historic sites, and libraries in the Springfield area for Sunday and also more for those who might want to venture a bit further on that day.
Tickets: $16 (includes brunch and two door prize tickets)
6th–11th September 2011