Pre-Conference Workshops

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

1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
Workshop I
Workshop I
Advanced Search Techniques for Proof of Parentage
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W01 - Tennant
Advanced Search Techniques for Proof of Parentage
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W01 - Tennant
Session Title
Advanced Search Techniques for Proof of Parentage
Speaker
Amie Bowser Tennant
Location
Harding
Skill Level
Intermediate/Advanced
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15

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.

Your Ancestor in the Military: Initial Internet Searching
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W05 - Morgan
Your Ancestor in the Military: Initial Internet Searching
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W05 - Morgan
Session Title
Your Ancestor in the Military: Initial Internet Searching
Speaker
Brent Morgan
Location
Garfield
Skill Level
Beginner/Intermediate
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15

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.

Workshop II
Workshop II
Trello for Genealogists
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W02 - Alzo
Trello for Genealogists
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W02 - Alzo
Speaker
Lisa Alzo
Location
Garfield
Skill Level
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15

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!

Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Ancestors Who Were Enslaved
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W06 - Garrett-Nelson
Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Ancestors Who Were Enslaved
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W06 - Garrett-Nelson
Session Title
Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Ancestors Who Were Enslaved
Speaker
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson
Location
Harrison
Skill Level
Beginner/Intermediate
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15
Sponsor
History & Genealogy Spotlight/African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland

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.

Workshop III
Workshop III
Beginning Genealogy: Finding Your Way to the Past
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W03 - Abbott
Beginning Genealogy: Finding Your Way to the Past
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W03 - Abbott
Session Title
Beginning Genealogy: Finding Your Way to the Past
Speaker
Dr Deborah Abbott
Location
Grant
Skill Level
Beginner
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15
Sponsor
Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Pittsburgh/Oberlin African American Genealogy & History Group

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 Your Project, Find Your Voice
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W07 - Morton/Zacharias
Plan Your Project, Find Your Voice
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W07 - Morton/Zacharias
Speaker
Sunny McClellan Morton & Susan Zacharias
Location
Harding
Skill Level
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15
Sponsor
Western Reserve

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.

Workshop IV
Workshop IV
Pennsylvania Courthouse Research: Adventures in the Keystone State
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W04 - Lacopo
Pennsylvania Courthouse Research: Adventures in the Keystone State
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session W04 - Lacopo
Session Title
Pennsylvania Courthouse Research: Adventures in the Keystone State
Speaker
Michael Lacopo
Location
Harrison
Skill Level
Intermediate/Advanced
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15

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 without the Aggravations
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W08 - Garner
Citing Sources without the Aggravations
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session W08 - Garner
Session Title
Citing Sources without the Aggravations
Speaker
LaDonna Garner
Location
Grant
Skill Level
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Recorded Session
No
Fee
$15
Sponsor
African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland

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.