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10 Questions

Before they Pass

This presentation is not a list of interview questions

$15 (regularly $20)--download immediate

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As fewer and fewer of my own family's "old generation" remains and as I transition into that older generation myself, I've become more aware of the questions and family history details that really matter.

This session covers questions you should ask that relative before they pass. These are things that over the forty years I have been involved in genealogy research that I wish I had started asking and doing much sooner than I did. We will focus on getting people to remember what they can, ways to capture that information, and what you should do to maximize the chance that you obtain as much family history information from that relative as you can–while doing it in a relaxed and comfortable environment. 

We will also see why you yourself should be one of those relatives who gets asked these ten questions and much more. 

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Unburying Funeral Home Records

"Unburying Funeral Home Records" is a discussion of the records typically kept by funeral homes, determining if the home is still in existence, and locating where the records of the home may be presently located. Some funeral home records have been donated to private or public archives, historical/genealogical societies, etc. As private records, these materials are not necessarily available to anyone who wants to see them just because their relative's name is contained in these records. 

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Creating Children's Stories from Genealogy Information



See ways to weave genealogical records about your ancestor into a story

appropriate for a child. Good news? No citations!

This presentation will discuss ways that ancestral stories—obtained from current documents and records—can be converted to children's stories. The created story is not necessarily going to be entirely genealogically accurate. The goal of stories for children is to hopefully nurture an interest in their family history, not bore them to tears with an endless list of names and dates. We will discuss the need to omit certain details, fictionalize dialogue, and keep the story at the appropriate age level.

We will encourage attendees to develop their stories orally as well as via the written word, reminding them that sometimes it's easier to transcribe a spoken story than it is to write it from scratch.

Specific examples discussed will be a story created from an 1820 pig theft in Kentucky, a Nebraska homesteader, and a migration from Indiana to Illinois during the Civil War. We'll see the actual story and the age-appropriate story that was created from it.

The session will conclude with ways to preserve and share the story—and the current experience that precipitated the creation of the story as well.


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Crossing the Pond

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This session focuses on what needs to be done on your ancestor in the country where they settled before you try and research "across the pond." We look at ways to determine the village or area of origin when there's not a record that clearly states it, a brief overview of naturalization and citizenship as it relates to determining origin, making use of the extended kin/social network, religious settlement patterns, and more. This session will not focus on records in Europe but is intended to build your skill set to help you locate your immigrant's origins.

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Additional offerings on these topics as well:


Brick Walls

German Research

Irish Research


UFO Ancestors

Pond Crossing

US Land Records

US Court Records

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