Note: Detailed outlines are available for each of these lectures.
Where's the Dirt? The How, Why, and Where of Land Records.
These records identify and describe the land that our ancestors owned. They can also provide proof of relationships, as well as clues about families and individuals. This lecture discusses history, access, search strategies and provides examples of the personal information that may be found in these records. Audiotape available
Reading the Fine Print: Newspaper Research.
Articles and notices found in newspapers can provide valuable information and clues about our ancestors. They can bring them to life as we read about the events in their lives. This presentation discusses the type of information that can be found as well as providing examples and search techniques.
Using Historical Resources: Dictionaries, Bibliographies, Theses, and
Our ancestors are more than just names and dates on a chart. They were real people who lived real lives. Thus successful family history research requires an understanding of the history, politics, events, and culture that they experienced. Historical resources such as encyclopedias, bibliographies, theses, and dissertations can help in developing this knowledge. Moreover, they can also help locate additional sources of information as well as institutions and archives where primary documents may be found. Audiotape available
Introduction to the Library of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Imagine a university-related research library that welcomes family researchers and houses an extensive genealogical collection. This describes the Library of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, which attempts to acquire all available historical and genealogical materials relating to any part of the United States and Canada. The lecture discusses the collection and how to access it. Audiotape available
On Location: Researching in Your Ancestor's Community.
A successful research trip is the result of careful preparation and organization of your family data, research objectives and utilization of your precious time. Actually going to the location of your ancestral home can provide a clearer picture of your ancestor and may provide unexpected rewards. This lecture provides helpful travel tips.
They Left Town: Tracking Migrating Families.
Tracing families who are moving from one location to another can be a challenge for the family researcher. This presentation discusses some of the techniques and resources that can be used to determine where they came from, where they went, and how they got there.
The PERiodical Source Index: A Genealogical Finding Aid.
There are hundreds of genealogical publications ranging from scholarly journals to low budget newsletters. One of these publications may have the information that will help solve a troublesome genealogical problem. The Periodical Source Index is a finding aid that may help locate additional family sources. This presentation discusses the scope and criteria of the project.
What You Can Dig Up in Cemeteries.
Cemeteries can provide family information not available elsewhere and can provide valuable clues. A tombstone may be the only source of a birth and death date. Cemetery burial records may be the only vital record available. This lecture discusses types of cemeteries, their records, and research strategies.
Leaving a Legacy: Writing Your Family History.
Most of us would rather research our family history than spend time writing it. The excuses are many, but unfortunately, wonderful family information disappears because it is buried in an unorganized pile of research notes. What kind of genealogical legacy do you want to leave for your descendants and other researchers? Will others be able to access and use your research? Will your personal knowledge of family members be lost? This lecture presents ideas and techniques to produce a well-written and documented family history.
From Piles to Files: Organizing Your Research.
Genealogists are gatherers of family information and documents. It is far more interesting to search for data than to organize it. With the use of copy machines and computers, it is very easy to collect vast piles of paper. At some point, something must be done with all those piles of papers. This presentation discusses some ideas and techniques to help you turn your genealogical mess into organized and accessible information. Audiotape available
Tracing Your Baptist Ancestors.
Church records vary a great deal in content and emphasis based on the theology and social role of each denomination. This presentation outlines the history of Baptists, their distinctive beliefs, and the records they may have created. Strategies to locate these records are discussed. Audiotape available
Back to Basics.
This lecture is an overview of basic genealogical resources and techniques. It is an introduction for the beginning family researcher as well as a quick review for the more advanced family historian.
So, What Do I Do Next? Developing a Research Plan
The first step is to learn about the various sources of family information that can be used in our quest. However, the next step of starting our search is more difficult. It requires developing and carrying forward a research plan as well as evaluating the results. This is an ongoing and continual process. This presentation discusses the research plan and provides helpful tips and examples. Audiotape available
Financial Management for your Genealogy Business
Starting your own business can be very exciting and challenging. You need to collect financial information that is timely, accurate, and helpful so that you can make decisions about your business. You have to have an understanding of tax law so that you can maximize your income and avoid potential tax problems. Thus, the successful professional genealogist must understand the basics of financial management, record keeping, and taxes and the impact they have on your business. Audiotape available