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Thursday, June 20
Too Many Birthdays for Sarah - Finding a birth date before birth records  (Webinars)
7:00 pm

Presented by Allyson Maughan, CG on 20 June 2024.

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Before birth records, there were church records, family bibles, headstones, and census records. Come on a genealogical journey to discover a wealth of records that state the age, birthdate and birthplace of your ancestor. Sarah Ellen Loveless born in the 1820s yet there are a variety of recorders who wrote down her birth information. Come solve the mystery of when and where she was born.

Allyson is a research consultant, speaker, and writer.  She graduated from Idaho State University in secondary education in 2001. She completed Gen Proof in 2023, ProGen 53 in 2022 and a Genealogy Research and Writing Certificate from Salt Lake Community College in 2019. She passed her Level 1 December 2023 for her AG. She will take Level 2/3 tests in February 2024. She enjoys historical pictures and poetry writing and shares tips on If she is not researching, she is with her husband and three girls enjoying family time in Salt Lake City.

Thursday, July 18
Zeroing in on a Place through Fan Club Research  (Webinars)
7:00 pm

Presented by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG on 16 May 2024.

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It’s hard to do genealogy well without studying your ancestors’ Friends & Family, Associates, and Neighbors - their FAN club. If your ancestors are Irish, you might have no luck at all without those FAN principles. But if you combine FAN club research with DNA, you might have just the winning ticket to get you back to your Irish ancestor’s origins. In this case study presentation, learn how focused research pointed the way from Ohio to townlands in County Mayo for an 1850s era Irish immigrant.

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®, grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master's in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005. She was credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2019.* She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL and her children attended Monaleen school. Two decades later, the genealogy is still a work in progress. But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore.

Thursday, August 15
Organizing Your Digital Files-Using Color, Consistency, and Naming  (Webinars)
7:00 pm

Presented by Cynthia K. Patton, CG on 15 Aug 2024.

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Having trouble finding that death certificate for Grandpa Johnson on your laptop? Cannot remember if you have a copy of the syllabus from a webinar you watched last week? Digital files are wonderful—but naming, filing, organizing, and searching them can be daunting. Using the 3 C’s – color, consistency, and naming conventions—you will learn how to tackle the task and regain control of your digital files. We will explore cloud storage options, redundant backups, and provide many examples of best practices in organization.
• Where do I start?
• Backup, backup, backup
• Naming conventions
• Using color coding
• Clean up as you go
• Consistency is the key!

Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and former owner of Patton Leadership Consulting. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Political Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives now in Kansas City, Missouri and is a Professional Genealogist part-time. She is a BU Certification Program graduate and also serves as the Registrar of a local DAR Chapter in Parkville, Missouri. She is a member of APG (Heartland Chapter); NGS; and numerous local Historical and Genealogical Societies. She has written two Pro Tip articles for the APG eNews on Work-Life Balance and Time Management and has presented for numerous historical, genealogical, and other organizations.

Thursday, October 17
On The Road Again: Traveling the World Doing Genealogy Research  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Judy Nimer Muhn, Ed.M., FSA Scot on 17 Oct 2024.

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Planning in advance is the key! With checklists, recommendations for travel planning and equipment to take with you, research BEFORE you go and helpful hints from the speaker’s own travel experiences, you can be prepared and make the most of your trip.

Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research. Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at National Genealogical Society conferences, RootsTech, Federation of Genealogical Societies as well as conferences in Europe and around the United States. Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages and archives of Germany, Scotland, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived. Owner of Lineage Journeys, she conducts research for clients and offers presentations in churches, libraries and organizations.

Judy is the President of the Oakland County Genealogical Society, President for the Michigan Genealogical Council, board member & Awards Chair of the National Genealogical Society, Secretary of the GeneaBloggers, and a member of many societies – among them: Ontario and Quebec Genealogical Societies, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and many more.