Bagging a Live One: Connecting With Cousins You Never Knew You Had - Mary will show you how to find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. You will come away with the skills to target specific people and to find their contact details.
Read 'Em or Weep - Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR - Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.
Direct Link to the Past - City Directories for Genealogy - City Directories are a tool for genealogists to fill in gaps between census years and learn more about ancestors. But if you’re just searching for a name, you’re missing out! In this presentation see many sources to find directories. Mary will show you what to look for in them, including understanding the “anatomy” of a directory and what might be in one. Learn some tips for getting the most out of them by using address searches, alternate spellings, advertisements and more to understand your ancestors’ world and their movements within it. Directories are also a source for historical images that might not be available elsewhere. See how to track your searches and results using spreadsheets. And learn how directories will lead you to clues for further follow-up research. New presentation!
FamilyBrowse - FamilySearch.org has millions of images on its website, many of which are unindexed and not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, estate inventories and more. And FamilySearch is adding more and more such images every month. To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty, it’s important to know how to find these types of records.
Ins and Outs of Indexes - Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds and More - Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them. New presentation!
A Nose for News - Sniffing Out Stories in Newspapers - More than a baker's dozen useful tips for searching in old newspapers. Each suggestion will be accompanied by real-life examples to cement the ideas.
A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce - My Life Without Ancestry.com - My bank balance was thin and my patience with paying the faceless corporate entity was even thinner. Learn how I found free substitute records for many of the records I used to pay for at Ancestry.com, and how I discovered some new sites as well. My temporary "divorce" forced me to examine my genealogy from a different viewpoint with a fresh perspective. You, too, can recharge your genealogy, and save a few pennies as well.
Censational Census Strategies - The US Federal census and its “little brother,” the state census, are among the major workhorses of genealogical research. But are you getting the most out of them? This presentation presents 20+ tips for finding missing ancestors and mining the census for more clues for follow-up research. Writing the Story When They Left No Stories - You've spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it's finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your relatives - yes, even your spouse and children! - will want to read. Mary Roddy will show you how to take your data and "fluff it up" with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors' lives.
Spreadsheets 101: Excel-lence in Genealogy – Are you afraid of spreadsheets because you don’t know how or where to start?Or are you comfortable with spreadsheets but think there might be a trick our two out there that you don’t know?In this talk, Mary will get the beginners up to speed, and share with experienced users tricks she’s learned in more than 25 years of spreadsheet use as an accountant, a writer and a genealogist.
Spreadsheets 201: Excel-lent Examples - Spreadsheets can help you in analyzing your data and keeping track of your research.Mary Roddy will present several examples of how to use this powerful tool to gain perspective and further your genealogy research.
Spreadsheets 301: un-Excel-ed Tips and Tricks - Learn new ways to make data entry faster and easier and a few things that will make your spreadsheets more attractive. See how quickly Magic Fill will help you complete a list and watch Mary turn a spreadsheet “on its ear" to flip rows and columns. Learn how to “add” words (and a few numbers, too.)
Using Spreadsheets in Genealogical Research - Spreadsheets can help you in analyzing your data and keeping track of your research.Mary Roddy will present several examples of how to use this powerful tool to gain perspective and further your genealogy research. This class provides genealogical examples for those who have a basic knowledge of how to use Excel. (For lectures on instruction of how to use Excel, please see Spreadsheets 101, 201 and 301 lectures.)
Where There’s a Will – (There’s a Way to Find New GenealogicaI information) – Wills can help you establish genealogical relationships, prove a theory, or just get to understand your ancestors and their world a bit more.This talk will help you find wills and abstracts, understand the difference between them, and learn what to do with the will once you find it.
World War II Heroes: Telling Their Stories - World War II is the earliest war where we can actually speak to the veterans themselves, the men and women who served.This talk presents a case study, fleshing out a basic story of a pilot and crew of a B-17 shot down over Germany, illustrating how to find and access multiple sources to learn about the experiences of these heroes.
Crafting History: Creating Keepsakes to Preserve Family Memories - Sharing your family history can mean more than writing a book. Sprinkle your ancestors into your daily life! Learn how to create jewelry, holiday ornaments and decorative items using ancestral photos and stories. When your friends and relatives see your ancestors, they will want to know them, too. Live presentation will have samples of some projects, slides of others, and provide instructions and details for creating many of these items.
More Than Just Databases - Genealogists know all about using Ancestry.com, AmericanAncestors.org and FamilySearch.org to find specific data and records on their ancestors.But do you know about the many articles and videos these sites have to offer – for FREE! – to teach you to be a better genealogist and researcher?Hear how to harness hours and hours (weeks and weeks, actually) of expert knowledge.You may never pay for another genealogy magazine again.
Time Will Tell - Using Timelines to Understand Your Ancestors - Are you using this tool to analyze your data? It's a great way to organize dates and places for specific ancestors and puts a different perspective on the information you've gathered.
The Evergreen State: Researching Your Washington State Ancestors - This talk covers the basics of Washington State history, geography, ethnic groups and where to find Washington State genealogical records both online and offline. I'll cover research strategies and some of the unique collections that can be found in the Evergreen State.
Basics of US Genealogical Research – This talk give a basic rundown of US history and how that affects our ancestors and the type and location of records generated.A survey of different records and what kind of information they contain is presented, with ideas of where to look for more clues.Perfect for beginning genealogists or intermediate and advanced genealogists from outside the US. Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869 - Before the transcontinental railroad was completed Easterners and Mid-Westerners began to settle the West. How did they get there and what was the journey like? Presentation covers overland and water routes with descriptions of the journey and using clues to discover how and when your ancestor traveled.