Below is a list of the current Genealogy Presentations that I have ready to go. Requests for specific topics can also be made.
Beginning Genealogy Topics:
- Beginning Genealogy – This presentation can be given as a hands-on workshop or as a lecture.
- Beginning Genealogy: Ancestry.com – This presentation is geared towards those that are beginning their genealogy research and/or are new to using the website Ancestry.com. A tour of the website will be given along with demonstrations on how to add people to your tree, uploading media, accepting hints, and searching strategies.
- Beginning Genealogy: FamilySearch.org – This presentation is geared towards those that are beginning their genealogy research and/or are new to using the website FamilySearch.org. A tour of the website will be given along with demonstrations on how to add people to your tree, uploading media, accepting hints, and searching strategies.
- Beginning Genealogy: Vital Records – This presentation is geared towards those that are beginning their genealogy research and are interested in learning more about finding birth, marriage, and death records. A variety of samples will be shared and resources given that you can use to track down vital records.
Record Collection/Methodology Topics:
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Genealogy – The Sanborn Map Company published many detailed maps of cities and towns around the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Using them, in conjunction with land records, can help tell the stories of your ancestors and give you a picture of what their living conditions and communities were like during the time that they resided there. *A favorite presentation of Jeanette’s!
- Genealogy Lineage Societies – There are many different lineage and hereditary societies available that you can join and use their records to help research your family tree. This presentation will include an introduction to these types of societies, how to find their records online at the major genealogy websites, tips on how to join, and more!
- Newspapers: Above the Fold, Your Ancestors in the News – Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information, and historical context for your family history. The stories of our ancestor’s lives can be found in the pages of archived newspapers. This updated presentation, given by Jeanette Sheliga, will help teach you how to better search for your ancestors in the news and how they can help lead you towards answering your genealogy research questions.
- The D in B-M-D – Death Records are very useful in tracing your family tree. So often, in genealogy, we need to start with a person’s death to move backwards in time to their birth and, hopefully, connect them to their parents. This presentation is packed full of examples of documents concerning records of death, when they began to exist, and where to find them. Some of the topics include: death certificates, death indexes, obituaries, funeral home records, church records, cemetery records, coroner’s reports and more!
- Getting Acquainted with the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) – Having a research plan is always a good idea when researching your ancestors. This presentation will introduce the audience to the Genealogical Proof Standard and demonstrate how following through the steps will help you solve your genealogy research questions and hopefully bust through some of the brick walls that you might have.
- Using 21st Century Tools and Media – This is a presentation that is divided into four topics: Education, Research, Collaboration, and Contributing. Each topic includes many different ideas including techniques, apps, websites, and more that can help you with your genealogical research. Speaker, Jeanette Sheliga, will also include a demo showing how you can turn a letter and a few pictures into a video to share with your family.
New York State:
- New York State Vital Records – New York State can sometimes be described as a difficult place to research your ancestors in. This program will teach you when modern Vital Records of Birth, Marriage, and Death began to be kept, the information they contain, where to locate them, and how to order copies of them. Many examples of documents will be included along with indexes and where to find online record collections. (This program will not include New York City as they have a separate Vital Records system.)
- New York State Censuses: You Won’t Believe What’s Hiding In There! – New York State conducted 10 State censuses between 1825-1925. Some of the questions asked for the State censuses provide details prior to the beginning of civil registrations and decades before a similar question was asked on the Federal censuses. If you have New York State genealogy research to do, this is a record collection that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with!
Disclaimer: Please do not hold the speaker responsible for the records lost (including the State censuses) in the Capitol fire of 1911. She promises to help show you in this presentation where you can locate remaining local copies of the censuses and hopes that the ones you are looking for have survived.
- Land Records and Sanborn Maps – How many different ways can a surname be spelled? Join us to learn how our presenter, Jeanette Sheliga, finally broke through a brick wall by using land records. In this presentation you will learn how to find land records (both online and at County Clerk’s offices), an introduction to Sanborn Maps and how they can help you determine where properties are and the structures located on them, and then putting it all together to help tell the story of your ancestors. It is a jam packed session full of local Western New York examples.