Methodology Lectures

How to Build a Personal Genealogical Reference Library: Learn what books or types of books and resources you should include in building your personal genealogical reference library. A special emphasis will be given to new resources on the market. Suggestions will be made on how to get the most out of your library and use it for your own continuing education.

Overcoming the Dead End Doldrums: All researchers at some time enter the doldrums and feel they have reached a dead end in tracing a particular line. Learn clear steps to overcome the doldrums and get around the dead end.

Organizing the Search: Learn how to systematically organize the information located about our ancestors. Develop a clear search strategy for examining a variety of source material to find the missing documentation and information.

A New Location: Steps for Quickly Getting Started: Tracing our ancestors takes us back in time to many different locations. Learn strategies to assist you in systematically approaching a new location to quickly identify primary and secondary sources appropriate for your research. Learn ways of getting access to these resources, especially when operating at a distance.

A Trip Overseas! Use the Internet for Planning: Learn what resources and tools are available to help you plan your overseas trip. You will find help to know where you are going, in general and specifically. You will see how to find logistical and content information for effective research. Plus how to get local advice before you go along with lots of helpful tips and warnings.

Using the Internet to Research a New Locality: Learn how to identify a specific place with online maps and gazetteers. Identify sites that will assist in learning about the history, genealogical societies and guides. Plus, learn what records have been created or indexed, where they are now and how to access them. Then come up with a research process to use for any new location.

Tips for Improving your Genealogical Lecturing Skills: Learn tips and procedures for improving your genealogical lecturing skills. We will examine physical presence and appearance, body language, eye contact, voice control, advance preparation, and presentation materials.

Tips for getting started as a Genealogical Speaker: This presentation will provide tips on how to get started as a genealogical speaker. Learn how to identify your areas of expertise and how to design a presentation that takes advantage of your personal presentation style. Learn then how to market your expertise locally, regionally or nationally.

Lutheran Archives – ELCA, LCMS and WELS: Learn how to determine which archives are likely to contain the records of your Lutheran ancestors, and how to access them. Plus learn what records produced by the synods may help in your local research.

Anglican and Episcopal Church Records: Learn about the history and transitions within the Anglican and Episcopal churches in the US. Go beyond the parish register to identify other records that have been created, and where to search for them