Presentation Topics

General Genealogy Programs:

Organize Your Genealogy: Using Old and New Technology

Get organized and learn a method to become more successful in your genealogical research. Be able to retrieve your data and analyze your data faster. Learn a technique that saves your research in a format that your family can read and will not be thrown out later. With the explosion in the use of computers and online databases, this is a must-see program to add to your genealogy skills.

Your Next Step: Write Your Family History

Were your ancestors royalty or members of the working class? Were they rich or barely surviving? Whoever they were, we need to preserve their memory. This program will discuss a process and format that makes the transformation of your research efforts to a written family history easier. Learn a method to easily save your information and tips to help your ancestors “come alive.”  If we do not preserve the memories and stories of our ancestors for future generations, who will?

Writing Your Family History: The Mechanics and Flourishes

Move beyond your beginning outline. Learn how to work with a larger document and add the flourish, like stories, photos, and maps, to enrich your family’s history. Honor your ancestors and help them come alive.

DNA and Genealogy Research: Simplified

DNA testing has become a popular topic among professional genealogists and everyday family researchers. This program will discuss the different DNA tests and the reasons to take each type. It will also compare the major testing companies. DNA can be a powerful genealogical tool. Learn to use your genealogy skills to unravel the mysteries of your DNA results. A scientific degree is not required.

American Migration Trails Westward

America is a land of immigrants. Most arrived on the East coast and eventually pushed westward towards the Mississippi River and beyond. This migration was made possible by trails cut through the wildness and then the use of barges on the rivers. The number of new settlers increased after the American Revolution and was helped by the Erie Canal and the construction of the railroads. The migration trails did more than open the door to the west. The need for more and better transportation led to the demand for more wagons, barges and more importantly for railroad equipment and supplies. This is more than the story of the settlement of the Midwest and western states but the explosive development of the Industrial Revolution in America. This program will try to show how our immigrant ancestors were one of the forces that caused all of this.

Beyond the Basics: Hints to solve your brick walls

The program reviews various search tips that have proven successful for finding those difficult documents. Learn techniques to solve your brick walls and overcome problems with the spelling of names, lost records, and unknown parents.

Census Records – Go Beyond the Names and Put Meat on the Bones of Your Ancestors

Census records are snapshots of your ancestors. Learn what information is available and learn new methods to use them to enrich your family history.

Find Your Roots in Naturalization Records

Find your roots. Find the naturalization papers of your ancestors and see the beginning of your America History. This program starts with the history of the naturalization process and a review of the requirements and then discusses where your ancestors were naturalized which is the key to finding their documents. Traditional and online sources are reviewed. This is a great program to find clues to your heritage.


European Research Genealogy Programs:

Immigration to America (series) – When, Where, Why and How

When did your ancestors immigrate, where did they leave, why did they leave, how did they get here? These are questions we all hope to find the answers. Each presentation studies the history of one country and how its history affected the immigration of our ancestors. These programs should give some insights into the immigration of our ancestors. The material will hopefully clear up your confusion about where and why your ancestors left. At this time, I offer programs focusing on four ethnicities:

  • Irish Immigration to America – When, Where, Why, and How
  • Polish Immigration to America – When, Where, Why, and How
  • German Immigration to America – When, Where, Why, and How
  • Czech and Slovak Immigration to America – When, Where, Why, and How

Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors

Finding European ancestors is a challenge, but this program covers a method that tries to simplify this daunting search. The program covers tips to find where your ancestors left, where to find the European records, and gives tips on translating most records. The author has done extensive research for records in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Germany. He has also been successful in researching Jewish, Scandinavian, Irish, Scottish, and English records. This program can be modified to focus on one or more different countries or ethnic groups.

Polish Genealogy – Four Steps to successful research

Where do you start your research of your Polish Ancestors? Finding your Polish ancestors is a challenge. This presentation simplifies the confusing elements of Polish research: border changes that confuse us on where our ancestors were born. Logical steps are given on how to search for Polish documents, where to find Polish documents, and translating Polish documents. This material will jump-start your research and help you enjoy your Polish Heritage.

Find Your Czech and Slovak Ancestors

Finding your Czech and Slovak ancestors can challenge your research skills. This presentation simplifies the confusing elements of finding European records. The material will outline simple steps that will help where to look and review translating aids for reading the documents.

One Response to Presentation Topics

  1. Debra K Gonzalez says:

    Hi Steve, how do i access the presentation topics or do you have a calendar of where the events will be? I need lots of help on Polish ancestry. Debbie Gonzalez

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