Presentations & Workshops


  • Ancestry DNA: Tools, Tips & Tricks
  • Introduction to GEDmatch: Tools for Analyzing DNA
  • Parents for William: A Case Study  using DNA & the Paper Trail
  • The Non-Scientist's Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and DNA

Land Records

  • Federal Land Records: Digging for Ancestors at the BLM Website

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website is a goldmine of information for those who settled the public land states. It can provide the information to locate their land; identify the neighbors; provide the information needed to order land entry case files; and much more. This presentation is a tour of the website to help you effectively mine the BLM.
  • Land Records: Using Indexes and Deeds to Move Your Research Forward

The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor’s property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Land records allow you to identify exactly where your ancestor's land was located so you can plan a trip to the old family farm. More and more indexes and deeds are becoming available online. Learn how to locate and understand these valuable records.
  • Searching for Land Records
  • Using Homestead Records to Tell your Ancestor's Story
Homestead files contain a goldmine of information, adding depth to your relatives' stories. Learn to identify potential homesteaders and the clues their files contain.

  • Cluster Research Using the FAN Principle (Friends, Associates and Neighbors)
  • Research Plans: Your Road Map to Success
  • The Genealogical Proof Standard's Essential Concepts: Or How to Analyze Your Records
  • Life on the Trail “West”
Our ancestors faced many challenges on the migration trails during the mid-1800s. Learn about what they took with them, how they travelled, ate, slept, and protected themselves. Enhance your family story!

  • Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share

  • Exercises in Document Analysis
  • Federal Land Platting Workshop
  • Reasonably Exhaustive Research: How Exhausting is it?
  • Using Federal Census Records 1850-Present
Presentations "under construction"
  • Anatomy of a Homestead File
  • Research Logs and Reports: Keeping Track of What You Find
  • Google Searches to Move Your Research Forward 
  • Using the Census to Tell Your Family Stories

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