Presentations & Workshops


  • Ancestry DNA: Tools, Tips & Tricks
AncestryDNA is rapidly growing, as are the tools to analyze your DNA results. This talk explains AncestryDNA’s latest features. 
  • Introduction to GEDmatch: Tools for Analyzing DNA
You've taken an autosomal DNA test. Upload your results to GEDmatch and take your analysis to the next level. Learn to analyze matches using the free One-to-One and One-to-Many tools. Investigate your ethnicity. Find out how closely related your parents are and much more.
  • Parents for William: A Case Study  using DNA & the Paper Trail
DNA can add to the paper trail providing the last piece of the puzzle to tell your ancestor’s story. Follow along with this case study to see how the paper trail & the DNA evidence match up.
  • The Non-Scientist's Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and DNA
Are you wondering what genetic genealogy is and what it can possibly do for your genealogical research? Do you need the Kindergarten Reader’s Digest version? This presentation is for you.
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
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. Learn how to locate and understand these genealogical documents.
  • 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, the clues their files contain, and how to access those files.
  • Cluster Research Using the FAN Principle (Friends, Associates and Neighbors)
Our ancestors didn’t exist in a vacuum. They interacted with the people around them. To tell the stories of our ancestors and solve challenging genealogical questions, we need to investigate the lives of the friends, associates and neighbors of our ancestor. This talk covers tools and strategies to do this.
  • Research Plans: Your Road Map to Success
Successful research begins with a plan. Research plans can take many forms depending on your goals, where you’re researching, and your skill level. They also become your research log and the basis for future research plans.    
  • The Genealogical Proof Standard's Essential Concepts: Or How to Analyze Your Records

You've found some interesting documents about your ancestors. How do you know if you can rely on them? Is the information and evidence they contain accurate? Let the Genealogical Proof Standard's concepts be your guide.
  • 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 traveled, ate, slept, and protected themselves. Enhance your family story!


  • Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share
Google Photos is a powerful, free app for storing, organizing and sharing photographs. Users can also edit and create photo projects. Attendees will learn how to automatically add their pictures to the app from their digital devices. They will also learn about uploading pictures and documents stored on their computers and scanning physical pictures and documents using Google's PhotoScan app. From the app, there are many ways to organize and share pictures, including some fun projects.

  • Federal Land Platting Workshop
  • Reasonably Exhaustive Research: How Exhausting is it?
  • Using Federal Census Records 1850-Present

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