Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
April 25, 2015
Speaker: Connie Lenzen
Connie Lenzen became interested in genealogy when her grandmother asked, "Have you seen what is in Grandpa's diary?" These worn handwritten records of Grandpa's daily life opened up a world of mystery and intrigue as she pieced together the family's stories. In the process, Connie became fascinated with placing her ancestors in time and place. It brought them to life once again, and inspired her to follow the path that led to her career in professional genealogy.
Connie is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a Past President of that organization. She has served as a Director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS). She authored the NGS Research in the States guide, Research in Oregon, as well as articles for the award-winning NGS Quarterly/ She developed the Twentieth-Century Research course for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (NIGS).
Come meet Connie Lenzen!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th St, Tacoma, WA. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for seminar attendees.
- Break Down Brick Walls with Evidence Analysis
Genealogists collect pieces of information and try to assemble them into the story of their ancestor. In the "honeymoon phase" of genealogy, the researcher looks for and finds names, dates, and places. Genealogy seems to be easy. Before long, the famous "brick wall" makes its appearance. At that point, reality (or disappointment) sets in; all of the answers are not easily found, and genealogy is really hard. The answers are out there; they really are. It's a matter of learning how to sift through the "stuff" and find the evidence.
- Probate Research: Follow the Money . . . .
From the first permanent settlement in America, people made wills. Courts were established to handle the disposition of property after death, either with or without a will. Laws differ slightly from state to state, but once you learn about the probate process, you can apply your knowledge to work the system.
- Proving a Maternal Line When Grandma Didn't Tell Us Who Were Her Parents
Tracing women is a challenge for genealogists.The research goes beyond censuses, probates, and deeds. Bits and pieces of evidence must be ferreted out and compiled into indirect proof of parentage. This case history shows how to find an ancestress' parents by researching the men in her life.
- Lost Parents: Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons
Adoption searchers are usually working in 20th century records; a period marked by closure of records and privacy issues. The whole genealogical research strategy is used to locate a birth parent.
Before April 18, 2015: Members, $35; Non-Members, $40 (become a member now and save!); Students, $20 (Under 25 with Student ID). Lunch (sandwich and salad bar), $15. After April 18th, add $5 late fee..
$1.00 tickets for sale at the door and during the seminar. A number of donated items will be offered as raffle prizes for this always popular activity.
All attendees will be eligible for Door Prizes, including the Grand Prize of a Gift Certificate to Family Tree DNA. Must be present to win.