Start your genealogy trail ride a day early with these exciting pre-conference workshops. These two-hour sessions are a great way to stay ahead of the pack, offering highly interactive and unique opportunities for focused genealogical development. These workshops have something for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced genealogist. To learn more about a particular workshop, simply click on a session square in the below timetable. Space is limited to ensure small group interactions, so be sure to register for the pre-conference workshops early. Please note that pre-conference workshops are $15 each and are not included in the regular conference registration.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Finding parents of an ancestor can be difficult, especially before 1850. Learn tried and true advanced search techniques for piecing together both direct and indirect evidence and proving parentage.
Learn about the various websites for military research and how to utilize them from King Philip’s War to Desert Storm and the War on Terrorism.
Have you ever wished for a whiteboard in the cloud where you could generate ideas, organize your research tasks, or storyboard your family history writing? Then say “Hello” to Trello—a free project management tool to help you streamline your genealogy projects, tackle your "to-do" lists, and improve your workflow. Learn how to use Trello’s customizable notecards, to view any project in a single glance, share it for easy collaboration, and set it up to sync on multiple devices to take your work with you wherever you go!
The universal application of the “reasonably exhaustive research” component of the GPS is explained in terms of sources and strategies relevant to enslaved African American ancestors.
Learn the basic genealogy tools to successfully trace family histories. The importance of completing genealogy forms, home sources, oral histories, census records, and staying organized.
Plan and start drafting your next family history writing project! Read and discuss published examples for different audiences, formats, citation styles, and voices. Experiment with short exercises to see what works for you.
In the digital age, we forget how much information is still lying untouched in the county courthouse. Follow along as we visit each courthouse office in a typical Pennsylvania county seat and reveal what kind of records you can find!
Citing sources shouldn’t lead to hair-pulling to “get it right.” With a few fundamentals even the cite-challenged can cite sources for documenting their research trail.