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Esther: You Said David Was Your Daddy. Is That True?
We want to believe family traditions and stories we were told. Esther Goddard’s daughter, Harriet left a note outlining her lineage, citing David Edwards as her grandfather. This case study is built upon a pile of indirect evidence that tackles multiple possible fathers for Esther. Tracing Esther’s parents proves to be more of a challenge when records in the early 1800s in New England are not available.
Hopping From Rehm to Maier to Fränkle And Then Some
Germany Here We Come! This case study targets those crossing the ocean blue for the first time. Following the surnames of Rehm and Maier, their German roots are unlocked across the continent. In the process, we will explore strategic research techniques, understand geography and evaluate evidence that enables the lineage to grow a few more generations.
The Man Who Lived as Marcus Folderman
Who was Marcus’ mother? Trying to answer that question only leads to more questions and more conflicting evidence. It soon becomes clear that Marcus named Marcus at birth, so who is he? This case study evaluates multiple sources of evidence on a path from New York back to Germany to find the answers and reveal Marcus’ identity.
Methodology & Analysis
The Argument of Details
What do you do when many sources provide different data and conflict? Which is a better source? Genealogy requires documented proof however, many times the evidence provided calls into question the validity of that very document, the informant or the data the document contains. This presentation brings to light why we question every fact, what is important (what is not) and how to evaluate evidence that contradicts or is inconsistent.
The Art of Transcription
A transcription is an exact copy of an original document. Transcribing takes time, patience and practice. Old writing is difficult to read. This presentation will demonstrate a variety of techniques used in reproducing documents and editing them into abstracts, keeping true to the original intent by the author of the document.
Citing Sources and Research Logs
It’s true! Recording our searches and citing our sources are not nearly as exciting as finding precious documents. However, there are reasons why we do both. They are both important. Discover easy ways to integrate these techniques with your research habits.
The Heart of the Story
Any good writer knows the 5W’s and 1H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Bring your ancestors to life beyond vital statistics by answering these questions and searching beyond the “easy” sources. Put your ancestor in context of local and national history. You can build their life story.
Persons of Interest: They Open Doors to Family Discoveries
Do not ignore or overlook an unfamiliar name that appears in a document. Who is he or she? There were reasons why someone was present at the time of an event to have their presence recorded. Using indirect evidence collectively, ‘People of Interest’ offer clues to our ancestors’ lives. Discover who they were and how to make those lineage connections!
Ancestors Seeking the American Dream! How did they get here? Why did they come? Where did they come from? Did they become American citizens? So many questions to answer. There are clues that can lead us to these answers. This session will explore the various records that were created on the local, state and national level.
Maps: Time and Place!
Locating ancestors can be frustrating. It is essential to place them in the correct geographical area at the right time. County and State boarders changed. Our country expanded. Families moved. Sometimes families appeared to have moved, but did not. Using maps, both historical and current can assist you in search and understanding where to look for records. This session will explore the various types of maps, how to use them to locate your family as well as how to access them.
Newspapers: Beyond Vital Records
There is so more to learn about your ancestors’ lives than just collecting birth, marriage and death data. Newspapers were the hot ‘social media’ of the Victorian Era. This presentation demonstrates how newspapers can build our ancestors' life stories. Discover newspapers across the country and what secrets they could reveal about family members!
Anti-Rent Wars in New York State
When the Dutch settled the Albany area and Hudson River Valley in the 1600’s they imposed land-lease rents in the new colony. That system remained intact for generations…in fact, through to the 1900s. See how our ancestors’ lives were impacted financially and socially in learning about the little known, “Anti-Rent Wars.”
Esther’s Life Story
A tribute to Esther Uline Rehm. Her photograph album from the early 1900s has no captions on any of the photos. By combining her photograph album along with other photos and genealogical documents of her life, her story comes alive. See how you too, can publish and share your ancestor’s story.
Genealogy: An Introduction
New to the world of genealogy? Although it can be overwhelming at first, all it takes is a little bit of learning new genealogy research skills and some determination and you will soon discover just how addicting genealogy can be! Learn how to take the first steps of organizing your family tree, basics tools to assist you, understanding the genealogy language. (Can be 30 minutes or more.)
Workshop length varies depending on material covered. In-depth study and practice.
Abstracts and Transcriptions
U. S. Census Records
1840 – 1870
1880 – 1900
1910 – 1940
Citing Sources and Research Logs
Research Plans and Research Trips
If you are planning to go on a research trip, whether for a day or a week, whether locally or across the country, preparation is key! Avoid digging in rabbit holes…expect the unexpected. Preparation and organization can help ensure success. A focused research plan saves time!
Prepare for Any Research Trip
Salt Lake City: Getting to Know the Family History Library (Overview)
The Family History Library Card Catalog
Research Plans: The Road Map to Success