Presentations Given by Past Speakers
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The purpose of this page is to provide handouts and presentations from past speakers to members and others who were unable to attend the Society's monthly meetings. Listed below is a brief overview of each particular presentation along with the presenter's name and a link to the associated file.
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The Ohio History Connection: A Repository of Genealogical Records
The Ohio History Connection in Columbus, Ohio is a rich treasure trove of genealogical and historical documents including: vital records, state government records, books, letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers, maps,so much more. Liz Plummer discussed how these resources and the staff at the Ohio History Connection can enhance your genealogical research. Here is her handout:
by Liz Plummer (April 8, 2017 Meeting)
Ohio History Connection
Understanding County Boundary Changes in Genealogical Research
Finding your ancestors' land, court, and census records can be a challenge when county boundaries fluctuated and changed over time. In this presentation, Dana Palmer discussed why it is imperative to know when and where an event occurred.
by Dana Palmer (November 12, 2016 Meeting)
How Land Records Can Open Doors in Your Research
The speaker discussed the history of land records in the United States, information found within those records, and many sources to examine.
by Jennifer Alford (September 10, 2016 Meeting)
Land Records Overview
Free Genealogy Resources on the Web
In this presentation, Dana Palmer discussed how to find and use some of the most popular free genealogy websites. Her handout included below discusses: Family Search, RootsWeb, US GenWeb, Find a Grave, Billion Graves, Mocavo, Google Translate, Newberry Library's Online Historical Maps, Chronicling America, Internet Archive, and other miscellaneous online resources.
by Dana Palmer (November 14, 2015 Meeting)
Free Genealogy Resources on the Web
Researching German Newspapers
This presentation provided information on the usefulness of using local German newspapers to research German ancestors. It included tips on reading and translating old German fonts and text, and where to find existing newspapers in the United States. Following is the speaker's handout:
by Jeffrey G. Herbert (May 9, 2015 Meeting)
Researching German Newspapers
Understanding Your DNA Results
This presentation was designed for those with DNA test results or awaiting results who need guidance understanding the numbers. A breakdown of each type test was provided: mtDNA, Y-DNA, autosomal DNA, and X-DNA. Handouts included the following:
by Debra Dunbar Nowell (March 14, 2015 Meeting)
Self-Publishing Your Family History
This presentation was designed to help you decide “why” and “if” you want to publish your genealogy. The speaker discussed how to write a family history book using genealogy software and word processing:
by Sandra F. Gustin (January 10, 2015 Meeting)
Self-Publishing Family History
DNA--The "Gene" in Genealogy
In this presentation, the speaker explained how DNA testing has created a dynamic new tool that can take genealogy research from "Dead End" to "On the Road Again":
by Debra Dunbar Nowell (April 12, 2014 Meeting)
If you have an interest in German genealogical research, whether a beginning genealogist or an experienced researcher, this bibliography can be quite useful:
by Kenny Burck (March 8, 2014 Meeting)
Ohio Research at the Library of Virginia
Many families living in southern Ohio have Virginia roots and find that their research eventually takes them back to the oldest permanent British colony in North America. Dr. Yeck talked about research in the Old Dominion and how to break through brick walls, wherever they may be. These were her handouts at the meeting:
by Dr. Joanne Yeck (January 11, 2014 Meeting)
Finding Your Way Back to Virginia (Research Links)
Ohio Research at the Library of Virginia
This presentation includes an overview of the most commonly used Pennsylvania records, where to find them, and how to use them.
Technology is constantly changing around us. From the devices we carry with us to the research room to the computer sitting on our desk at home, technology is in a constant state of flux. In this presentation, Dave Vickers provides an update to genealogical computing.
The FamilySearch website has been recently redesigned. The new update makes finding information about your family or research area much easier. Our speaker discussed the four main categories for searching plus numerous other pages with useful tools.
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To any genealogist or family historian researching ancestors in Montgomery County, Ohio, this presentation may open the door to your past. Montgomery County was created on March 24, 1803 from territory that was Hamilton County. This presentation by Leland Cole provided information on the resources available in Cincinnati from the Hamilton County Administration Building and other locations such as the Auditor's office, Recorder's office, Engineer's office, Probate Court, and public library.
Today's technology almost makes it a necessity for genealogists to use computer equipment when compiling genealogical information. Scanners provide the ability to transfer various documents and old photos to a digital format that can make it much easier for retrieval and storage. Dave Vickers, talks about various types of scanners--size, shape, dots per inch, etc. In addition, he discusses the various uses for scanners and what to buy for your genealogical needs.
In this presentation, our speaker, Dave Vickers, defines a brick wall, talks about 10 steps used in breaking down genealogical brick walls, and explains the top 10 genealogical mistakes.
Using Social Networking in Genealogy was the theme of the 2009 annual genealogy seminar. Our presenter, Dave Vickers, emphasized personal and data security, presented an overview of social networking as it applies to genealogy, and provided awareness of choices. In addition he covered topics such as "Blogging 101" and "What is a Wiki" as well as using Facebook, Twitter and other similar products.
This presentation discusses the many new developments that have happened recently in genealogical computing.
This overview of RootsMagic Version 4 provides valuable information on both new and updated aspects of the popular genealogy software.
Homespun and Calico
This lecture provided some frequently overlooked sources concerning the women in our ancestry. In addition, a second handout provided the
by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen (April 11, 2009 Meeting)
Top Places to Find Maiden Names
Questions and answers from this panel discussion, which addressed a wide variety of topics, were recorded and can be read in this document.
The valuable information in this presentation will help you trace your French-Canadian ancestral lines back to your immigrant ancestors and beyond. The discussion includes a timeline of French immigration in North American and mentions many French-Canadian genealogical resources. In addition, there is a separate reference sheet that lists many readily available genealogy dictionaries and indexes that can provide help in tracing your French-Canadian ancestry.
French-Canadian Reference Materials
This presentation from our educational seminar provides the reader with direction when using computers for genealogical research. Besides discussing hardware and software trends, you will get ideas on how to manage your current information.
A timeline is a way of organizing multiple facts into a picture of events and their proper order. Once your thoughts are organized, you are better able to spot problems and to see new possibilities of research. In this document, Mike Kennedy shows how a timeline can assist you from the start of a project to the publication of the final results.
Although U.S. Federal Census population schedules provide the building blocks for researching our 19th century American ancestors and their families, there are other censuses many researchers overlook. Pamela Wolosz addresses the state censuses and U.S. Federal Census non-population schedules, their importance, and where to find them.
This excellent presentation sheds light on some of the roadblocks unique to ethnic genealogy, and ways to remove them or navigate around them.
This presentation provides an overview of current genealogy software and web sites.
In this presentaion, the focus was on two topics--using the basic features of Adobe Photoshop to enhance digital pictures, and importing these images into Microsoft Word to make stories and biographies more interesting.
Fundamentals of Ethnic Research, the introduction to the Chapter's October 2006 education seminar, deals with the "here and there model" -- how to get information "here" that will help you "there". This information will help greatly when researching ancestors in foreign countries.
In conjunction with the Fundamentals of Ethnic Research, the following three presentations were also given at the October 2006 education seminar.
The FreeBMD web site is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. Pam's handout describes what is available through this web site.
by Pam Wolosz (Jul 8, 2006)
Dr. Stephen McDonald provides an indepth look at DNA and genealogy research.
Patrick D. Kennedy, a native of Ontario, Canada, is archivist of the Local History Library in Troy, Ohio. Patrick has spent as much time as allowable during the past 25 years researching his family history, including the last 10 years, in which he has focused more on discovering his Canadian heritage. He has researched in several local libraries and historical societies related to regions of his paternal ancestry, examined records in Toronto (Archives of Ontario), Montreal (Provincial Archives of Quebec) and Ottawa (National Archives of Canada), and has accessed the burgeoning records available online for Canadian research. This document contains Patrick's handouts from his presentation
A brief synopsis of Adobe Systems' Adobe Reader.
Where to find court records and the effective use of court records to further your research.