NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
2012 FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE
Visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org for more information
National Genealogical Society
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22204-4370
Phone: 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060
Local Host Societies:
Ohio Genealogical Society and
Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
THE FAMILY HISTORY HOTELS trained Cincinnati Historical Society docents will
CONFERENCE reveal some of the interesting history of Greater
This year we are providing a choice of three Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
The NGS 2012 Family History Conference brings conference hotels. The Hilton is one block east of the
together genealogists and family historians—people Duke Energy Convention Center, and the Hyatt and Travel though the central city area from the
who have done research all of their lives and Millennium hotels are directly across the street. The Riverfront to the Over-the-Rhine old German district
those who have only recently become interested, convention center connects via skywalk to the Hilton including Downtown, 1867 Suspension Bridge,
professionals, and nonprofessionals—who have and Millennium. All of the convention center hotels Northern Kentucky Historic District, Inclines and
a common desire to learn how to find more provide free high-speed wireless Internet service. Overlooks Sites, Mount Adams, Eden Park, Clifton
information about their ancestors. The conference For more detailed information about the hotels visit and the University of Cincinnati.
will include programs for all skill levels of research http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/accommodations. Our tour begins with a short ride to the Cincinnati
experience and will feature tracks on military Museum Center, one of our iconic National Historic
records, methodology, ethnic research, migration, GETTING THERE Landmarks. Originally built in 1933 as the Union
photos, and more. Lectures, workshops, meal Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental, Terminal train station, the building was recently
events, and social events all provide networking United, US Airways, Delta, and USA 3000 service named one of the top 50 architecturally significant
opportunities with other genealogists. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport buildings in America by the American Institute of
(CVG). For more detailed information visit Architects. Participants may disembark the coach to
NEW THIS YEAR http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/getting_there for briefly see the interior of the breathtaking, 10-story
This year the NGS Family History Conference air and ground transportation details. grand rotunda that can take you back in time to an
will have four morning hands-on workshops, a earlier day of rail transportation (this will also be
Friday night reception instead of a banquet, and SCOOTER/WHEELCHAIR RENTAL the site of the Thursday night museum visit, meal,
identification of audience level for lectures. and program). Board the coach and continue to
Scooters and wheelchairs can be rented from Lance the Kentucky side of the Ohio River along historic
Sizemore with Rollin’ On The River by calling 513- Riverside Drive featuring wonderful nineteenth-
Workshops 582-6526. NGS recommends that you make your century mansions and a perfect view of the
Thursday workshops will feature “Understanding reservation by 1 March 2012 to ensure availability. Cincinnati skyline. See the magnificent Cathedral
Court Records” with instructor, J. Mark Lowe, CG, Rented equipment will be delivered to and picked up Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky,
and “Photo Detecting 101” with instructor, Maureen from the conference hotels. before heading back to Ohio. Tour the highlights of
Taylor. Saturday workshops will include “The downtown Cincinnati then continue on through the
Franktur Type: An Obstacle to German Research SPECIAL PRE-CONFERENCE narrow streets of Mt. Adams, into Mt. Auburn, and
That Can Be Overcome” with instructor, John T. EVENTS, TUESDAY, 8 MAY 2012 on to Clifton, home of the University of Cincinnati.
Humphrey, CG, and “The Mechanics of Compiling By the end of your tour through Avondale and
Your Family History” with instructor, Michael J. Librarians’ Day other Cincinnati suburbs, you’ll understand why
Leclerc. All workshops are from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 NGS’s special pre-conference program for librarians, Cincinnati is truly one of the great unknown cities
noon. The registration fee is $45 for each workshop. sponsored by ProQuest, will be held Tuesday, 8 of America.
Space is limited, so register early! May 2012, 8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m., at the Duke Energy This special tour has been arranged for 12:30–4:00
Convention Center. Librarians who work with p.m. Tuesday, 8 May 2012, embarking in front of
NGSQ 100th Anniversary Reception family history patrons are encouraged to attend this the Duke Energy Convention Center, within easy
outstanding program. walking distance from all conference hotels. The
The National Genealogical Society began publishing
its quarterly journal in 1912. NGS is proud of the ProQuest will provide lunch for registered attendees tour features limited walking and will accommodate
Quarterly’s long history of excellence as one of the and will be available to answer questions about their most individuals who can enter a motor coach with
premier genealogical journals. In this year of 2012, products. For more information visit limited assistance. Three coaches have been reserved
we are celebrating the one hundredth anniversary http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/librariansday. for a limit of 168 persons. The cost is $21 per person
with a special reception on Friday, 11 May, from and reservations must be made by 24 April 2012. No
5:30–7:00 p.m. The event will feature a “gallery” of BCG Education Fund Workshop participants may join the tour after it embarks from
displays about the history of the Quarterly and the the Convention Center.
people who were instrumental in its success. The Board for Certification of Genealogists
Education Fund is sponsoring a full-day pre- Special Hours at the Cincinnati Historical
The reception will take place at the Duke Energy conference workshop on Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 8:30
Convention Center, third floor, in the pre-function a.m.–4:30 p.m. Registration is $110 and includes
lobby just outside the Junior Ballrooms. Admission lunch. This enrollment-limited, six-hour, hands-on On Tuesday, 8 May 2012, the Cincinnati Historical
is $15 and includes light refreshments. A cash bar workshop covers both practical writing skills and the Society Library at Cincinnati Museum Center is
will also be available. process used by peer-reviewed journals. Students offering special morning hours of 10:00 a.m.–12:00
will have the opportunity to learn a variety of noon for a limited number of conference attendees.
Audience Level excellent writing techniques from two genealogists Those interested in using the library during this
whose very different approaches enliven the special early opening must register in advance
The audience level for each lecture is listed after
pages of a major genealogical journal. Learn to by phone at (513) 287-7030 or e-mail library@
the summary in the Registration Brochure and will
recognize what not to do and practice capturing your cincymuseum.org. Registration is limited to 15
also appear in the online schedule. The levels are
enthusiasm for your discoveries in proper form. people.
Beginner; Beginner-Intermediate; Intermediate;
Intermediate-Advanced; and Advanced as Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, and Thomas W. The CHS Library is located at 1301 Western
determined by the individual instructors. Attendees Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS , will lead the Avenue. Normal library hours are Monday through
are welcome to attend any lecture. NGS adopted the workshop, “Editor’s Ink, Writer’s Lead.” Solving Friday, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00
audience levels to guide attendees to the lectures that the case is only half the battle. Grace in expression a.m.–5:00 p.m. Parking is $6.
best meet their needs when planning their conference conveys credibility and competence. To be clear,
schedules. concise, and correct are three indispensable virtues
and your greatest value-added for reports, articles, BCG SKILLBUILDING TRACK
CONFERENCE VENUE books, or video scripts. Hands-on exercises will NGS and the Board for Certification of Genealogists
Duke Energy Convention Center introduce novel solutions and compelling answers. are pleased to present the newest Skillbuilding
Attendees will participate in two sessions. track, a series of lectures on skills and methodology
The NGS 2012 Family History Conference will
Attendance is limited to 60, so register early! designed for researchers who want to improve their
be held in the Duke Energy Convention Center,
skills. Presentations will cover evaluating evidence,
525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio, 9–12 May 2012.
solving difficult problems, and reporting research.
The convention center is conveniently located Tour of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Lectures are open to all those registered for the
about twenty minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky conference.
Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and is
surrounded by a choice of hotels with a number of See why Cincinnati is called the “Queen City.” A
restaurants nearby. special three-and-one-half-hour, motor-coach tour
created just for NGS participants and hosted by
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The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier
GENTECH TRACK The museum houses many unique and inspiring local celebrity, Dan Hurley. Dan serves as the host
exhibits including The Slave Pen, From Slavery to and executive producer of Local 12 Newsmakers, a
The GenTech track will have a selection of sessions Freedom, and the film Brothers of the Borderland. Sunday morning political analysis program. He has
dedicated to spotlighting technologies that assist the Come for an hour or stay for the entire three hours. produced over twenty local history documentary
genealogist with a variety of research applications. videos and has authored several books on local
Some of the technologies are fully developed and The event does not include transportation. Walking
have a proven solution to current challenges. Other from the Duke Energy Convention Center or the
technologies are in their infancy, but look promising conference hotels takes less than 15 minutes.
and are presented as applications that we will all Attendees may also share a taxi or use their own Saturday, 12 May 2012,
want to watch. The presentations will be given by transportation. Parking is available in the Central 8:00 a.m.—12:00 noon,
some of the foremost experts in the field. New this Riverfront Parking Garage at $1 every half hour or Genealogy 201, Working with Records
year to GenTech are three Best of RootsTech lectures $8 daily maximum.
Have you completed some genealogical research?
selected from the 2012 RootsTech conference. Are you ready to continue your genealogical
Thursday, 10 May 2012, education? Register for Genealogy 201 and learn
SPECIAL EVENTS A Night at the Public Library techniques and tips to maximize the information
The Ohio Genealogical Society and the Hamilton On Thursday night, the Public Library of Cincinnati gathered from your sources, whether they are
County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and Hamilton County and the Hamilton County paper, microfilm, or digital. Instructors Ann Carter
are hosting two events: a special tour and dinner on Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society extends its Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS, and Kay Haviland Freilich,
Wednesday evening and a great research opportunity CG, CGL, will address ways to evaluate and organize
hours exclusively for NGS Conference participants.
on Thursday evening. This free event provides an opportunity to research the information you have and plan your next
in one of the nation’s leading genealogy libraries, research steps. This workshop is designed for those
Wednesday, 9 May 2012, which features holdings from all fifty states and with some research experience. The registration
more than twenty foreign countries as well as fee is $25 and includes a comprehensive handout.
Museum Center Tour and Dinner Space is limited. After the session, you may enjoy
unique resources from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Enjoy a wonderfully relaxing evening with Additional library staff will be available to guide browsing in the Exhibit Hall.
an exclusive tour of the Cincinnati History researchers to their areas of interest. The library is
Museum reserved especially for NGS Conference located two short blocks east and two blocks north Saturday 12 May 2012,
participants. Experience the Art-Deco rotunda. of the Duke Energy Convention Center, even closer 8:30 a.m.—12:00 noon,
View a model of the City of Cincinnati from 1900 from some of the downtown conference hotels. Youth Kamp
to the 1940s with working trains and inclines. Sit Researchers may walk, call a taxi, or provide their
in an original antique Cincinnati streetcar. Immerse own transportation for this event. This is a great opportunity to involve your children,
yourself in a re-creation of the Cincinnati waterfront grandchildren, nieces, and nephews in family history.
in the 1850s, walk aboard a riverboat, and enjoy Join fellow genealogists for this special evening at The Kamp will feature a variety of age-appropriate
other great adventures. The history museum features the public library. There is no limit on the number activities for kids ages 8 to 16 and includes a session
exhibits on World Wars, transportation, industry, and of participants or a need to register, but you must that focuses on scouting’s genealogical badges.
many facets of the American experience. show your conference badge for entry. Doors open The event is free; registration is required. Space is
to the NGS event at 6:30 p.m. and remain open until limited, so register early!
Following the tour, enjoy a private reception 11:30 p.m. Maps will be available at the conference
complete with cash bar and a delectable buffet meal information booth near registration. As usual in
(vegetarian options available). The evening ends American cities, it is advisable to travel in groups, ASK AN EXPERT
with a short program by a museum docent on the especially at night, although the area is extremely
construction of the magnificent Art-Deco Union The Great Lakes Chapter of APG is sponsoring free,
safe. Parking is available at metered on-street spaces, twenty-minute, expert family history consultations
Terminal rotunda and train station. at several pay garages, and surface lots within a short for attendees during the conference. Sign-ups will
Buses will begin leaving the Duke Energy walking distance of the library. take place during pre-registration on the NGS
Convention Center at 4:45 p.m. (subsequent buses website.
will leave when loaded) for the very short ride to SPECIAL PROGRAMS
the Cincinnati Museum Center (the former Union NGS ANNUAL MEETING,
Terminal Train Station). This tour will accommodate Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 5:15 p.m.,
most individuals who can enter a bus with limited
SATURDAY, 12 MAY 2012,
NGS American Genealogy: Home Study
assistance. The museum tour will last about one 5:15 p.m.
hour with easy walking including some up and This is an opportunity for NGS members to meet the
down ramps. Following the program, buses will Join NGS Education Manager, Patricia Walls NGS officers and board members and hear an update
begin loading (about 8:00 p.m.) to return to the Duke Stamm, CG, CGL, in a roundtable discussion about on NGS programs, courses, and publications from
Energy Convention Center. the NGS American Genealogy: Home Study NGS President Ann Hilke, CG.
Course. Current students taking the in-depth, self-
The price of $65 includes bus transportation to and paced course as well as others who are considering
from the Museum Center, a ticket to the Cincinnati enrolling are invited to the program. CONFERENCE BLOG
History Museum, a buffet meal, and the program.
Seating is limited to 220 participants so please Check the NGS Conference Blog for news, updates,
register early. For information about the museum, Thursday, 10 May 2012, 3:00 p.m., and information relating to the conference at
visit http://www. Cincymuseum.org. Strategy for Records Preservation and http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.
Thursday, 10 May 2012,
Are the states where you live and do family history PRE-REGISTRATION
Evening at the National Underground research changing your access to vital records? The
Railroad Freedom Center Conference pre-registration ends 24 April 2012.
Records Preservation and Access Committee for the After that date you may only register on-site at the
FamilySearch and the National Underground genealogical community will be having a strategy conference. Meals must be purchased by 24 April
Railroad Freedom Center invite all conference session on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Learn 2012. They cannot be purchased on-site at the
attendees to enjoy free admission at the Museum how to follow the legislative process and send an conference. A full conference registration includes
on Thursday from 6:00–9:00 p.m. The Freedom effective response to the appropriate policy makers. all regular sessions. Workshops and meals are an
Center is located in downtown Cincinnati on the The session is open to all interested conference additional cost and must be paid for separately.
banks of the Ohio River. It tells the story of the attendees.
enslaved crossing over the Ohio River on the
journey to freedom. Anti-slavery men and women of Friday, 11 May 2012, 12:15 p.m., EXHIBIT HALL SCHEDULE
all backgrounds created a secret network of escape NGS Luncheon Wednesday, 9 May 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
routes that came to be called the Underground Thursday, 10 May 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Railroad. “From Goetta to Guacamole: The Immigrant Impact
on Cincinnati” will be the topic at this special Friday, 11 May 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
luncheon on Friday, 11 May 2012, presented by Saturday, 12 May 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
9–12 May 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio 3
Wednesday Schedule 9 May 2012
8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Track 11:00 a.m.
Begin with the Power Tools: Transcriptions,
Abstracts, and Analysis
Rev. David McDonald, CG W121
Researchers mine data―even negative data―
from every item researched. Transcriptions,
abstracts, and analyses are essential in
beginning, and completing, a genealogical
Strategies for Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG,
CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
The failure of common research practices
to identify ancestors does not mean they are
Research unfindable. Participants will learn approaches
to locating difficult-to-trace ancestors.
Solving Problems with Tax Records
Victor S. Dunn, CG W123
W101 Working with Records When other sources fail, tax lists often provide
resolution to same-name scenarios, evidence of
relationships, estimated birth and death dates,
and proof of migration. (Intermediate)
Opening Session Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor
Craig Roberts Scott, CG W124
Genealogy Buried in a Photograph:
Amazing Discoveries in the Military Records A look at records created by the war: compiled
military service records, pensions, bounty land,
Cincinnati Panorama of 1848 Exhibit Hall Opens and other records. (Intermediate)
Patricia Moseley Van Skaik 9:30 a.m.
Images of the War of 1812: Photo Evidence
Experience a new approach to
Maureen Taylor W125
ancestors’ lives through Photos Locating images of 1812 veterans is a difficult,
digital images from the Genealogical Exhibits but not impossible, endeavor. In this lecture
world-renowned 1848 and Vendors you’ll learn about resources both on- and off-
panorama, integrated with Genealogical exhibitors and vendors To Be Irish and American: The Famine
will be on hand throughout the Immigrants
conference at the Duke Energy Dave Schroeder, MSLS W126
from the past.
Convention Center to display their Ethnic Research The Famine Irish who came to the U.S. in the
1840s and 1850s had a profound impact on this
Patricia Van Skaik manages one of the genealogical goods and services. nation. Learn more about these immigrants.
nation’s largest genealogy collections
at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Entrance to the exhibit hall
Hamilton County. Online instructor, web is free to everyone. Focusing on Pathways ‘cross the Ohio River
developer, and recipient of RootsTech’s
Distinguished Speaker award, Patricia J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA W127
holds master’s degrees in history and Migration The Ohio blends the Allegheny and
Monongahela rivers and flows to the Mississippi
library science and is a NIGR graduate. at Cairo, Illinois. Learn about towns and records
She writes a social media column, on the way. (Intermediate-Advanced)
the DigiGenie, tweets under the same
name, and lectures widely on the
The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof
intersection of genealogy, technology, Arguments Into the Genealogical Narrative
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG W128
Writing As family researchers, we often encounter
problems. Using a case study, this presentation
demonstrates how to successfully weave a proof
argument into a family tapestry. (Intermediate-
Genealogy-on-the-Go with the iPad
Lisa Louise Cooke W129
Technology has brought an incredible level
GenTech of portability—discover the top apps and best
practices that will make your iPad a genealogical
From the Comfort of Home: Online Educational
Resources for Every Genealogist
D. Joshua Taylor, MLS W130
Explore the vast resources available through
online webinars, wikis, courses, and other
resources to enhance your genealogical skills.
Exhibit Hall hours 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
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The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier
12:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Evening
Genealogical Research & Writing: Are You a Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: The Evidence
Saint, Sinner, or Bumfuzzled Soul? Presented Clearly Shows . . .
Association of Professional
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL,
Genealogists Luncheon FASG, FUGA, FNGS W141 Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS W151
As researchers, family historians, compilers, How to create a proof summary that is a succinct,
bloggers, or writers of other ilk, genealogists clearly defined explanation of the evidence
Curt B. Witcher face legal and ethical perils they often don’t collected including any necessary background
suspect. This crash course offers practical material and conflicting details. (Intermediate-
W131 guidance to enhance your skills and keep you safe. Advanced) 5:00 p.m.
The Expectations of 21st Century Museum Center Tour and Dinner
Genealogists Fitting the Pieces Together: A Case Study in City
Fugitive Slave Act and the Underground Railroad
Warren Bittner, CG W142 Jim Ison, AG, CG W152
Explore how technology and A case study of an urban family whose records are Learn about the danger and even death in such
Co-hosted by the Ohio Genealogical
the popularization of genealogy full of dead ends and “wrong” information. See “free states” as Ohio, experienced by those helping
the genealogical proof standard put into practice. people to flee their enslaved conditions. (Beginner- Society and the Hamilton County Chapter
continue to impact the family of the Ohio Genealogical Society
history field and how we might
want to “react.” Join us for an evening with an exclusive
__________ Hatched, Matched, and Dispatched: Vital Record
Research Federal Records Relating to Rivers and Canals tour of the Cincinnati History Museum
located in the Cincinnati Museum
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL W143 Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL W153 Center. Buses will pick up at the Duke
Federation of With the onslaught of “privacy” laws, how is the Learn about federal records at NARA, BLM,
Energy Convention Center at 4:45 p.m.
Genealogical Societies family researcher going to acquire vital records? and Library of Congress that present a picture
and subsequent buses will leave when
Come explore the possibilities. (Beginner- of development, traffic, and travel on rivers and
Luncheon Intermediate) canals. (Intermediate-Advanced) loaded. The price of $65 includes bus
transportation to and from the Museum
David Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS Medical Records in the National Archives for
Soldiers and Civilians Military Bounty Lands: A Rich Resource Center, ticket to the Cincinnati History
Museum, a buffet meal, and the program.
Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL W144 Rick Sayre, CG W154
This untapped source of genealogical information Many bounty land records rival pension records
deals with soldiers, medical personnel, and in value. Learn how to find bounty land records
Indians, Squatters, Settlers, and civilians. These records may contain birth, and locate bounty land, especially in Ohio and
Soldiers in the Old Southwest death, and marriage information. (Intermediate- Kentucky. (Beginner-Intermediate)
The Nation’s genealogists will
gather in Birmingham, Alabama, in Dating and Identifying Heritage Photos Fixing Faded Photos
August 2012 to learn, connect, and
succeed in their research. See what
Patricia Jordan Roberts
Don’t give up on those mystery photographs.
W145 Eric Curtis Basir
Learn how to renew or add color to a faded or
FGS conferences have to offer. This lecture will examine ways to find new clues B&W photo. (Advanced)
and identities in neglected and fading old family
Native American Research: Keys to Success Unpuzzling Ireland’s Church Records
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA W146 Donna M. Moughty W156
Learn research steps, resources, repositories, and Understanding that religion in Ireland is a political
methodology to kick-start documentation of your issue as well as a spiritual one will help you identify 5:15 p.m.
American Indian ancestry. Includes resources church records. (Beginner-Intermediate)
online and in libraries, archives, and historical
NIGRAA Luncheon societies. (Beginner)
NGS Home Study Course
W133 Travel Diaries: Travel the Western Country in 1816:
Moving Out: Migration Patterns into the Midwest Presage a Migration
Carol Eliese Smith, AG W147 Margaret S. Aker W157
Migration through roads, trails, waterways, and Do you have old travel diaries, journals, or
canals will be featured as we look at the settlement postcards? Learn about the significance of travel
patterns into the Midwest and how they affected communication and how it influenced migration
territorial expansion. (Intermediate) and immigration. (Intermediate)
Menu Getting to Know Your Ancestors: Integrating
Slow roasted pork loin with an Writing with Style Social, Economic, and Political Background into
apple glaze, three cheese au gratin
Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS W148 Richard Camaur, JD, CG W158
potatoes, and broccoli
Authors must be knowledgeable about their topic Our ancestors were not in a sterile vacuum,
and present the material in a pleasing style. Learn characterized by vital and land records. Learn how
Crisp green salad with tomatoes, how to design and utilize your own style guide. to incorporate historical background into a “living”
cucumbers, and julienne carrots (Beginner-Intermediate) family history. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Platters of white chocolate Paradigm Uses When Searching Online
macadamia nut cookies and Genealogical Wikis: A Survey of the Terrain
blondies Suzanne Russo Adams, AG W149 Jordan Jones W159
Getting all the results you think you should when This presentation surveys the wiki tools for
Coffee, tea, and lemonade searching online databases? Learn why you may sharing and collaboration among genealogists, and
not be tapping the capabilities of powerful search discusses how to balance privacy with openness.
engines. (Intermediate-Advanced) (Intermediate)
Zucchini, eggplant, and pepper
ratatouille served over whole wheat
penne pasta Using Excel to Create Timelines Snagit for Genealogists
Robert Raymond W150 Barbara Renick W160
$29 Illustrates the use of timelines in genealogy
using Excel spreadheets for comparative analysis
to identify missing information on family
members and additional research opportunities.
9–12 May 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio 5
Thursday Schedule 10 May 2012
Track 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
BCG Certification Seminar Navigating the NARA Branches
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, Alison Hare, CG, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS T201 Julie Miller, CG T221
Join BCG associates as they explain the nature and purpose of certification as well as the application The National Archives has fourteen
process, requirements for board certification, and how to prepare for certification. (Intermediate- regional archives located in eleven states.
Advanced) Learn how to more effectively utilize these
Indexes! Indexes! Indexes! How to Find One Family, Two Countries, Three States: A
Lies and Sins of Omission People Who Don’t Seem to Be There! Case Study
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL,
Methodology and Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG T202 FASG, FUGA, FNGS T212 Diane L. Giannini, CG T222
This lecture will use case studies to illuminate From courthouses to cyberspace, we face the A few records and a formerly undocumented
Research ancestors’ lies and sins of omission that become same problem: how to find ancestors when family tree lead us on a journey through
the potholes along our research journey. their names don’t seem to be in the indexes. Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia and takes us
(Beginner) This session examines tactics for ferreting out back to Germany. (Beginner-Intermediate)
“hidden” entries. (Intermediate)
Understanding Court Records: Hands-On Workshop (SOLD OUT!)
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA T203
Records Learn the basics of the U.S. legal system including types of courts and their jurisdictions. Follow a case through court by recognizing dockets, orders, depositions,
etc. Be ready to find the keys for solving complex genealogical problems using these records. Fee $45. Advanced registration is required and space is limited.
Participants are required to register for the conference. (Beginner-Intermediate)
National Home for Disabled Soldiers’ Homes: But Grandma Never Carried a Gun: Locating Obtaining 20th Century Military Records
The Aftermath of the Civil War Women Using Records Created by the from the St. Louis Personnel Records Center
Rick Sayre, CG T204 Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL T214 Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL T224
Military Records Find your ancestor among the thousands of A look at military records to locate Have a twentieth century veteran? St.
genealogically significant records. State and information on females. These are the Louis houses many of these files. However,
Confederate homes will also be identified wives, mothers, and sisters of soldiers or misinformation grows. Hear about the records
along with strategies to locate extant records. women employed by the military. (Beginner- and how to access them. (Intermediate)
Gateway to the West: Researching in Ohio Ohio: The Great Land Experiment Spring Grove: Eternal Rest in the Midwest
Diane VanSkiver Gagel T205 Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, OGSF T215 Kim V. Garvey, MILS T225
Covers Ohio township, county, and state level Learn the migration into Ohio. Examine Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery is a
Researching in Ohio records and where researchers can find the different land grants and land offices in Ohio. National Historic Landmark and the second
best genealogical records. Major repositories Learn county boundary changes and the part largest cemetery in the United States. Explore
discussed and how to access them. (Beginner- played in locating records. (Beginner) its rich history and records. (Beginner-
So, You’ve Found Your German Town of The “www” of German Genealogy
What’s a Palatine Anyway? Origin: Now What?
James M. Beidler T206 Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG T216 John T. Humphrey, CG T226
German Research All about the area of Germany that has been an Once you have found where your ancestor Websites offer family historians looking for
emigrant hotbed for three centuries. (Beginner- came from, you must learn a new set of skills. German ancestors the opportunity to locate
Intermediate) This lecture focuses on researching in German data, resources, research guides, and help
records. (Intermediate) with language. (Intermediate-Advanced)
They Paid Their Taxes: Using Kentucky Tax Researching on the “Southern Side” of
Researching Kentucky Records Lists for pre-1850s Research Cincinnati: Northern Kentucky Genealogy
and Local History Resources
Researching in Don W. Rightmyer T207 Gail Jackson Miller, CG T217 Elaine M. Kuhn, MLS T227
The presenter will give an overview of the Learn to use Kentucky tax lists to prove Learn about the wealth of records to be
Kentucky genealogy and family history records available relationships, identify neighbors, sort out found on the Queen City’s southern border.
to researchers and the primary research common names, determine prior residences, (Beginner-Intermediate)
facilities in Kentucky. (Intermediate) and learn about your ancestor’s lifestyle.
Photo Detecting 101
Maureen Taylor T208
Photos Join this interactive workshop to learn how to solve picture mysteries in your family album using a variety of techniques from facial comparison to identifying the
type of picture. Includes hands-on learning with demonstrations and case studies. Fee $45. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Participants are
required to register for the conference. (All)
Storing Your Tree in the Cloud: Online Utilizing Social Networks for Genealogy
Management of your Data Research Effective Database Search Tactics
Scott Bean T209 Thomas MacEntee T219 Kory Meyerink T229
GenTech What does it mean to store trees in the cloud
versus our desktops? What tree managers
Preserving genealogical data and images for
social media for genealogists is growing at
currently exist and how do they actually work? a rapid pace. Learn how to maximize your
(Intermediate-Advanced) social network to advance your research.
RootsMagic: Publishing Your Family History Comparing the Leading Office Applications Research Genealogical Resources in Israel
with Complete Documentation from Your Couch
Bruce Buzbee T210 Lisa Louise Cooke T220 Daniel Horowitz T230
GenTech Learn how to create complete books with cover This session will provide a comparative Access genealogical resources and databases
pages, tables of contents, indexes, footnotes, consumer report for online office applications, available in Israel that can be used to find
bibliographies, and more. Create CDs that you including Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, relatives online, including a lesson of Hebrew
can share with others. (Beginner) and similar products. (Intermediate) and translation tools. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Exhibit Hall hours 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
6 National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier
12:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Special Program
Red Herrings and a Stroke of the Dead Palsy:
Analyzing and Correlating Evidence Assumptions: A Genealogical Slippery Slope
Board for Certification of
Stefani Evans, CG T241 Claire Bettag, CG, CGL T251
Genealogists Luncheon Common name, impaired memory, and Assumptions can lead genealogists astray.
ongoing migration complicate the search Discussion focuses on assumptions
Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG, CGL for David Thompson’s Revolutionary War discussed in the BCG Genealogical 3:00 p.m.
service. David’s “stroke of the dead palsy” Standards Manual, in writings of three
T231 provides the key. (Intermediate-Advanced) historians, and in personal research Strategy for Records Preservation
Lunch with Mrs. Davis How Did Your Grandmother Meet Your
Inferential Genealogy Grandfather?
A reenactment visit highlighting T261
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG,
the life and times of a Civil War-era CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS T242 Janet A. Alpert T252
widow and community leader. Hear an update on the activities of
How to deduce ancestors’ identities and Discovering how your ancestors met can
the Records Preservation and Access
many aspects of their lives by digging below provide important clues to further family
“surface information” in genealogical records research. (Beginner) Committee, learn how to follow the
and combining information from several legislative process, and send an
sources. (Intermediate-Advanced) effective response.
International Society for Helen F.M. Leary Distinguished Lecture
British Genealogy and Magic in Manuscripts and Business Records Locating and Understanding the Law: An
Essential Part of Good Research
BCG Ed. Fund
Victor S. Dunn, CG T243 Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS T253
Luncheon Accurate analysis of evidence requires
Researchers frequently overlook the wealth
of data found in manuscripts, particularly understanding the law in effect when a
J. H. Fonkert, CG in business records, that identify family document was created. Includes locating
relationships within households and and applying the appropriate law to research Evening
T232 throughout the community. (Intermediate- questions. (Beginner-Intermediate)
The Bubble and Squeak
Genealogy: Making the Most of
Pension Research: You Stopped Too Soon War of 1812: Tracing the British Soldier
Your Leftovers 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Travel along as a stubborn Craig Roberts Scott, CG T244 Paul Milner T254 Evening at the National
Dutchman, starting with faint clues Many researchers stop with the pension Examine online, original, and print resources,
applications files. There is so much more with case studies, for tracing your British Underground Railroad Freedom
in a family photo album, learns the pension material of genealogical value. soldiers and their regiments that served in the Center
joys of British family history. (Intermediate) War of 1812. (Intermediate-Advanced)
__________ Ohio’s Common Pleas Court
Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, OGSF T245
Cincinnati: Queen City of the West
Kim V. Garvey, MILS T255
As the first court of record, Common Pleas Cincinnati’s unique geography made it Sponsored by FamilySearch
Palatines to America contains the earliest county court records. the perfect hub for industry, trade, and
Learn about different documents and how to immigration. Thousands of persons filtered Free event for conference attendees.
Luncheon evaluate their evidence. (Beginner) through Cincinnati on their way to better
lives. (Beginner-Intermediate) Visit the many unique and inspiring exhibits
Marianne S. Wokeck
German Marriage Laws and Customs Constrasting German Migrations: 18th vs. offered by the museum including The Slave
19th Century Pen, From Slavery to Freedom, and the film
Warren Bittner, CG T246 James M. Beidler T256 Brothers of the Borderland. Come for an
Learn how German marriage laws changed This presentation shows the differences hour or stay for the entire three hours.
Framing Genealogy: How Family between 1500–1900, about tight marriage in geography, economic class, religion,
Research Enriches the Ways in
restrictions, and the culture surrounding aspirations, and sources about the two great
Which We See the World births out of wedlock. (Beginner) waves of German immigration. (Beginner)
An exploration of how combining Collections of the Kentucky Historical Using Kentucky Equity and Criminal Court
research on many kinship networks Society Cases to Complete Your Research
can illuminate views of the past
and lead to a better understanding Louise T. Jones, MIS T247 Gail Jackson Miller, CG T257
This session will include an overview of the Loose court documents often contain 6:30 p.m.
of the present. book, manuscript, and microfilm collections information not available anywhere else.
A Night at the Public Library
__________ available, as well as information on how to
use online resources. (Beginner)
Learn how to use these valuable records
to make progress in your difficult cases.
Menu Ancestors in the Attic: Finding and Sharing Using Photographs to Reconstruct a Central
Spice rubbed chicken breast draped Family Photographs European Ancestor’s Military Career Co-sponsored by the Ohio Genealogical
with thyme bordelaise, saffron Diane VanSkiver Gagel T248 Richard Camaur, JD, CG T258
Society and the Hamilton County Chapter
orzo, and green beans almondine Finding photographs and identifying Ancestors from Central Europe may have of the Ohio Genealogical Society
ancestral photographs from relatives, served in the Austro-Hungarian armed forces.
Romaine lettuce with mandarin libraries, and on the Internet. Also, preserving A photograph may be all that is left of his Free event for conference attendees.
oranges, dried cranberries, sliced and sharing our photographs using modern military service. (Intermediate)
red onion, and toasted almonds technology. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Join fellow genealogists for this special
Chocolate chunk cookies and Google Earth for Genealogists: The Sequel evening at the Public Library of Cincinnati
raspberry crunch bars and Hamilton County (Ohio). There is
Rick Sayre, CG & Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL T249 no limit on the number of participants or
Coffee, tea, and lemonade More examples of using Google Earth tools to overlay period or plat maps, create a 3-D version of an need to register but you must show your
old building, and more. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Vegetarian menu conference badge for entry. The library is
Asian peanut, carrot, and broccoli located four blocks from the convention
stir-fry served over a bed of brown center and conference hotels. Researchers
rice, long grain, and wild rice blend may walk, share a taxi, or provide their
Searching Successfully to Reveal Your
Blog Your Way to Genealogical Success own transportation for this event. Doors
Ancestor’s Story on Ancestry.com
$29 open to the NGS event at 6:30 p.m.
Ancestry Insider T250 Anne Mitchelle T260
At the end of this class you will be able to and remain open until 11:30 p.m.
create your own blog. We will walk through
the steps in detail. (Beginner)
9–12 May 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio 7
Friday Schedule 11 May 2012
Track 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Okay, I ‘Got the Neighbors’: Now What Do I Lineage Society Papers: Guidelines for a Documentation: The What, Why, and Where
Do with Them?! Successful Application Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG,
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS F321
FASG, FUGA, FNGS F301 C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL F311 Learn essential principles for documenting
“Get the neighbors!” is a common mantra Applications can be intimidating. We will genealogies, including five characteristics
among today’s genealogists. But how do explore helpful strategies to make the making a citation “complete and accurate,”
you use all that data to solve identities and process smoother and ensure a greater chance and a simplified structure for citing most
kinships? (Intermediate) of submitting a successful application. genealogical sources. (Intermediate-
Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes:
They Went West on the O-HI-O: Using the Shaking the Myth: Proving/Disproving
Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled
GPS to Follow a Family’s Trail Family Legends
Methodology and D. Joshua Taylor, MLS F302 Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL F312 Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG, PhD F322
Research Discover the methods used to create a
compiled genealogy and how to ensure its
Is David of Pennsylvania the same one who
settled in Kentucky? Come see the research
Stories passed from one generation to the
next may or may not be true. The field of
contents do not lead you down the wrong process unfold and if you agree the case is logic provides a method to evaluate them.
trail. (Intermediate-Advanced) “proven.” (Intermediate-Advanced) (Intermediate-Advanced)
You’re Not in Kansas Any More: Essential Chancery Records: The Secrets They Hold,
Advanced Probate Research
Resources for Urban-Area Research the Families They Reveal
Working with Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
For a successful genealogical research in
F303 Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS
How to locate and work with these records
F313 Michael J. Leclerc F323
This case study will illustrate the probate
Records a city, one needs to understand migration
patterns, community areas, and certain
which often include evidence of migration,
descriptions of multiple generations of family
process, how probate law is created, and the
additional information that can be inferred
records. (Intermediate) members, settlement, or land ownership. from records. (Intermediate)
The War of 1812 in Federal and Ohio State
Known Dead of the War of 1812 In Search of your Civil War Ancestry
Publications and Documents
Connie Reik, MSL F304 Craig Roberts Scott, CG F314 Stephen J. Buffat F324
Military Records Enhance your research understanding by
finding out which publications will list
About 8,500 individuals have been identified
as dying; this lecture examines how they were
Identifying and following Civil War soldiers
personal records can be rewarding. This
officers, discuss the war in general, and in the found. (Intermediate). discussion provides methodologies on
Ohio region. (Intermediate) identifying CW ancestry and reviews record
types and locations. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Pursuing your Genealogical Research in the
Confirming Family Stories Using Special Another Jewel in Cincinnati’s Crown: The
Library of Congress
Library of Congress without traveling to
Collections Genealogy and Local History Department!
Repositories and Diane L. Giannini, CG F305 James Sweany F315 Christopher Edward Smith F325
Special Collections are an often overlooked Focus will be on discovering the print and Possessing the oldest collection of its kind
Records resource in the genealogy toolkit. Interested digital collections of the Library of Congress west of the Alleghenies and recognized
in confirming the family story? A Special by remote family history researchers. nationally, the Genealogy and Local History
Collection archives may have those records. (Intermediate) Department contain gems for all. (Beginner)
Tracking Pennsylvania Ancestors: Keys to Michigan Roots: Genealogy Research in the
St. Louis Gen. Society
St. Louis: Then and Now
Successful Research Wolverine State
Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL F306 Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL F316 Kris W. Rzepczynski, MLS F326
Ohio’s Neighbors Its beginning as a fur traders’ post evolved The roots of many ancestors spread into This session will explore the migration patterns
to Gateway to the West. Hear about the Pennsylvania. Learn about three centuries of into Michigan and provide an overview of the
various resources available for your St. Louis Keystone State records, how to find them, and rich genealogical resources available in print
research. (Beginner-Intermediate) how to use them. (Beginner-Intermediate) and online. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Orphans No More: Records of the Navigating the Maze: Finding Indiana
Indiana History and Resources Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851–1941 Records Online
Rev. David McDonald, CG F307 Harold Henderson F317 Suzanne Hahn F327
Research in Indiana The Hoosier state’s history and migration
patterns from the south and the east, along
Overwhelmed parents and caretakers left
thousands of children in the care of the
Discover a wealth of free online information
available from libraries, state agencies, and
with its rich ethnic communities, and records Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851–1941. Learn historical societies from across Indiana.
for researchers. (Beginner-Intermediate) their stories at the Indiana Historical Society. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Read All About Your Ancestors by Locating Midwest Records You May Have Missed in
Combing the Census for Essential Clues
Historic Newspapers the Family History Library
Angela Packer McGhie F308 Janet A. Alpert F318 Jeff Blaylock, AG F328
Research Essentials Learn how to find which newspapers were
printed in the time and location your ancestors
This lecture will review the information
unique to specific census years and will
The FHL has a large collection of Midwest
records. This lecture will focus on records
lived and how to access them now. (Beginner- give examples of why it is important to that you may not have searched at the FHL.
Intermediate) find your family in each census. (Beginner- (Intermediate)
Facial Recognition Software: Application for
Internet Privacy and Security for Genealogists Cloud Storage and Backup
Jordan Jones F309 Greg Kipper F319 Ryan John Woods F329
GenTech Genealogists today spend a lot of time on the
Internet. Learn how to protect yourself from
As an emerging technology, facial recognition
is rapidly developing. Learn where this
It’s disconcerting when we can’t touch a
computer file with our “stuff”—now we
thieves and snoops. (Intermediate) exciting technology is headed and imagine can’t even touch the computer—learn cloud
the possibilities for genealogy. (Intermediate- storage and backup. (Intermediate)
Using FamilySearch to Solve African African American Collection on Ancestry.com Census Search Strategies: Effective Use of
American Genealogical Problems Computer Search Forms
GenTech Jim Ison, AG, CG F310
Learn how to benefit from the largest collection
Lisa Arnold F320 Jill N. Crandell, AG F330
Learn how to more effectively use computer
of free historical online record collections and search engines to locate your family in U.S.
to take advantage of help resources available at censuses. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Exhibit Hall hours 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
8 National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier
12:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Evening
National Genealogical Society German Language Skills for the Genealogist Let Your Fingers Do the (Web) Walking
John T. Humphrey, CG F341 Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG F351
Genealogists who understand the basics of Plan and conduct effective Internet research
Daniel Hurley German grammar and sentence construction using search engines, tracking tools, and a
can better evaluate whether or not a document combination of database sites and online
F331 has information of use to a particular research catalogs. (Intermediate)
From Goetta to Guacamole: The
Immigrant Impact on Cincinnati Hunting For Henry: A Case Study Using How to Be a Bad Genealogist
Cincinnatians think the history of Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG F342 William B. Saxbe, Jr., CG, FASG F352
immigration in their community reflects Henry Steren was a German immigrant who Here’s an entertaining way to sharpen your
the broader patterns of the American lived in Quincy, Illinois. This study uses the skills: Whatever the speaker advises, do
experience. That’s a problem for Genealogical Proof Standard to discover Henry’s the exact opposite, and you will be a great
Cincinnatians and outsiders who try to parents and birthplace. (Intermediate-Advanced) genealogist! (Beginner-Intermediate)
fit our square peg into the round hole of
Ohio Cousins May Have Migrated: Did Family Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion: Catholic
American history. It is also a challenge Records Go Along? Church Records
going forward, both for those trying to
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA F343 Dave Schroeder, MSLS F353
move the economy into the Knowledge Westward migrating relatives took photos, Catholics were among the earliest settlers
Age and for those trying to welcome the Bibles, and other Ohio family records. Learn in the Midwest. This ethnically diverse
newcomer. ways to locate online finding aids, repository denomination has consistently maintained
guides, and surprising locations and records. records that can be very valuable to
Daniel Hurley is the Director of Leadership (Intermediate) genealogists. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Cincinnati, a 35-year-old program that
What Do I Get When I Get Home, Sir? Military
is recognized as the premier leadership Union Provost Marshal Records
Pension Records Before WWI
development program in the greater
Cincinnati region. Jeff Blaylock, AG F344 Craig Roberts Scott, CG F354
This class will look at the pensions offered to An examination of the Civil War draft
For the last thirty years Dan has also veterans prior to 1916, where those pension records. (Intermediate)
worked as a reporter and producer for records are, and what you will find in those
Local 12 News, the CBS affiliate in records. (Beginner-Intermediate) 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Cincinnati. For the last fifteen years he
has served as the executive producer and
National Genealogical Society
host of Local 12 Newsmakers, a Sunday The Ohio Genealogical Society: Your Best Quarterly
Taking the Awe out of the Law Library
morning political analysis program. Ohio Genealogical Resource 100th Anniversary Reception
Hurley has produced over twenty long form Debbie Mieszala, CG F345 William J. Priest F355
The law library intimidates newcomers. Use it to This session will take a comprehensive look F361
documentary videos on the history of the
your genealogical advantage. Learn to track the at paper-based records located at the OGS
region, including a seven part series with
history of a law and find ancestors in case law. Library and the members only section of the Come join NGS in celebrating one
Charles Kuralt in 1981. He has authored
(Intermediate) OGS website. (Beginner)
several books, including Cincinnati: The hundred years of the NGSQ in the
Queen City (1982); One Child at a Time: A beautiful Junior Ballroom pre-function
History of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati Lost in Pennsylvania? Try the Published lobby of the Duke Energy Convention
(1991); Steamboat Days on America’s Rivers Genealogy Jackpot: The E.E. Barton Papers of Pennsylvania Archives Center. Browse through the “gallery”
(1999), and Otterbein (College): Affirming Northern Kentucky
Christine displays while visiting with old friends
Our Past/Shaping Our Future. Cheri Daniels, MSLS F346 Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS F356
and making new ones.
This little-used resource chronicles the family This multivolume publication may help you
Hurley earned his bachelor’s degree at history of over 2,000 Northern Kentucky locate ancestors who came “from somewhere
Xavier University and did his graduate work families–exploring the variety of records and the in Pennsylvania,” [especially from 1682 Light refreshments served and cash bar
at the College of William and Mary. legislator behind the collection. (Beginner). through about 1820] and learn more about available.
__________ New Lights, Campbellites, and the Disciples
There’s More Than Corn in Indiana: Finding Admission: $15
Menu of Christ Your Hoosier Ancestor
Beef tips in burgundy mushroom Rev. David McDonald, CG F347 Michael Dean Lacopo, DVM F357
sauce over buttered egg History and records of the Christian Church/ This lecture will be aimed primarily on the
noodles, and carmelized carrots Disciples of Christ, a mainline Protestant use of court records, lesser known resources,
denomination with strong influence in Indiana and and repositories in Indiana. (Intermediate-
Kentucky. (Beginner-Intermediate) Advanced)
Tender garden greens with dried
cherries and apricots, Gorgonzola
cheese, and spiced pecans Topographic and Other Maps for Genealogists Common Sense for Genealogists
Chocolate chunk cookies and Rick Sayre, CG F348 Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL F358
Find elusive cemeteries or other locations Genealogists often make research more
raspberry crunch bars
using current and historical topographic maps. difficult than it needs to be. Some common
Coffee, tea, and lemonade Integrate maps with other resources to solve sense guidelines will increase our success
genealogical problems. Explore online resources. rate and decrease our research time.
Portabella mushroom and Advanced Word: Automatic Numbering for
Convert Your Family History Book to an e-Book
asparagus spears with a lemon Genealogies
caper sauce (no cream), long grain Alvy Ray Smith, PhD, FASG F349 Marlis Glaser Humphrey F359
and wild rice, broccoli, cauliflower, Learn how to apply the built-in features of Learn the methods and tools for converting a
and carrot medley Word to automatically number your descendant word-processor generated book to an e-book,
research. (Intermediate-Advanced) while keeping your options open for print,
$29 web, or other devices. (Intermediate)
When Do I Link in, Tweet, Facebook, or
Making the DNA Connection Flick? Social Media for the Professional
John Pereira F350 Patricia Moseley Van Skaik F360
Social media has become an essential tool for
professional genealogists to conduct research
and attract and communicate with clients.
9–12 May 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio 9
Saturday Schedule 12 May 2012
Track 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Using Techniques of Creative Non-fiction to Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up
Enhance Our Genealogic Narratives Research Log Sources and Information
Willis H. White, PhD, CG S401 Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA S411 Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG S421
Attract readers to your genealogic narratives They belong in our own files. Learn the Should genealogists believe everything they
by placing your protagonist in the action, importance, mechanics, and methodology of read? Effective analysis includes evaluation
dramatizing fact-based events, creating treating your work and yourself as if you were of reliability and credibility. Learn to assess
tension between protagonist and historical a paying client. (Intermediate-Advanced) sources and information as you develop
context, and more. (Beginner-Intermediate) evidence. (Intermediate-Advanced)
Information Overload? Effective Project
When Leopold Met Lena: Marriage, Divorce, Indirect Evidence: What To Do When Perry Planning, Research, Data Management &
and Deception at the Turn of the Century Mason Isn’t on Your Side Analysis
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL,
Methodology and Pamela Ann Weisberger S402 Harold Henderson S412 FASG, FUGA, FNGS S422
The discovery of a 1890s divorce decree
Research uncovers a secret family scandal. Learn how
Genealogists can’t count on the full
confessions Perry Mason got in the old TV
Work that FAN Club! Do thorough research!
Use original records! Get image copies! …
to use present-day genealogical research series. See how indirect evidence works in Okay. But how do I deal with all the data?
to solve nineteenth century mysteries. four cases. (Beginner-Intermediate) (Intermediate)
Railroad Men and the Records They Left Maps! White Oaks, Gradients, Google, and
Birdie Monk Holsclaw
Finding Your Ancestors in Local Histories
Working with Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL
By 1881, one person out of every 32
S403 Rev. David McDonald, CG
Metes and bounds, public lands, and the
S413 Victor S. Dunn, CG
Often maligned by today’s document-
Records was involved with railroads. Learn about
the various railroads, an assortment of
representation of property in maps; map
availability and key collections; search
demanding genealogist, local histories,
published between 1875 and 1930, when
records, and numerous railroad libraries. engines and mobile devices. (Beginner- analyzed properly, can add to and enhance
(Intermediate) Intermediate) your family tree. (Beginner-Intermediate)
Immigrant Ancestors: Finding Ohio Ancestors Employing the Masses: What the WPA did
How to Get Kids Involved in Genealogy
Kip Sperry, AG, CG, CGL, for Genealogists
Michael Adam Melendez S404 FASG, FNGS, FUGA S414 Carol Eliese Smith, AG S424
Curious how you can get your kids/grandkids Sources for finding immigrant ancestors to This lecture will focus on how the Works
Sharing interested in your hobby in a fun and Ohio, including BYU’s Immigrant Ancestors Progress Administration (WPA) was created
exciting way? Learn about the cool factor in Project. (Beginner-Intermediate) and the effect it had on genealogical records.
genealogy. (Beginner-Intermediate) (Intermediate)
Westward Migration from New England Trails West to the Ohio and Beyond Ohio or Bust: Migration to the Buckeye State
David Allen Lambert S405 Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS S415 Diane VanSkiver Gagel S425
Migration Discover the avenues New Englanders took
when leaving their homes for new territory.
Explore the many pathways from Indian trails
to rivers, roads, later turnpikes, and canals
This lecture covers the Native American,
African American, and Euro-American
(Beginner-Intermediate) our ancestors followed westward to the Ohio migration and settlement patterns in the
frontier. (Intermediate-Advanced) eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ending in
settlement in Ohio. (Beginner-Intermediate)
The Fraktur Typeface: An Obstacle to German Research That Can Be Overcome
John T. Humphrey, CG S406
Ethnic Research Learn how to circumvent typefaces used in German language publications, German American newspapers, and on forms. Fee $45. Advanced registration is
required and space is limited. Participants are required to register for the conference. (Intermediate)
African American Genealogy: Tearing Down Key Skills from Four African American “ Going North”, Stoppin’ in Ohio: Following
the Brickwalls Research Books the Davis and Marsh Families
African American Michael Hait, CG
Brickwalls in African American genealogy
S407 Jim Ison, AG, CG
Your African American research success will
S417 Shelley Viola Murphy
Overview of the importance of researching
Research can be caused by lack of records or improper
research habits. Learning to research
increase by applying key research principles
found in four books specifically written to
the whole family and understanding
migration routes. Following the steps of
effectively can help to avoid these brickwalls. teach African American research methods. two African American families going north,
(Beginner-Intermediate) (Intermediate) 1858-1867. (Beginner-Intermediate)
The Mechanics of Compiling Your Family History (SOLD OUT!)
Publishing Family Michael J. Leclerc S408
Get hands-on experience on turning your research into a compiled family history. Participants will discover how to use the tools built into Microsoft Word to
History create NGSQ and Register-style genealogies. They will also learn how to include images and receive electronic template files. Fee $45. Advanced registration is
required and space is limited. Participants are required to register for the conference. (Intermediate-Advanced)
Taking Your Genealogy With You: Mobile Using the Ancestry Community to Enhance
Do I Trust the Cloud?
Apps Your Research
D. Joshua Taylor S409 Jordan Jones S419 Anna Fecther S429
GenTech A survey of trends and applications in mobile
genealogy apps for Apple’s iOS and the
Android. Learn how to take your genealogy
with you. (Beginner)
Basic Genetic Genealogy: DNA Testing for Tested Your DNA? Now What Do You Do
Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Side
Beginners With the Results?
Thomas H. Shawker, MD S410 Roberta Jean Estes S420 Janet A. Alpert S430
DNA This talk is an introduction to genetic
genealogy, explaining the Y chromosome
This session explains how mitochondrial
DNA works, gives examples of successes, and
Through several case studies, learn how to
compare your Y chromosome, mtDNA, and
and mtDNA tests, what to order, and how to dispels the myth that mtDNA isn’t very useful. autosomal DNA results with others, and
interpret the results. (Beginner) (Beginner) discover more about your family history.
Exhibit Hall hours 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
10 National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier
12:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Additional Workshops
Paleography: Interpreting Early American
Handwriting Enough is Enough: Or Is It?
Boston University Center for
Carol Whitton, CG S441 Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGl S451
Reading early American handwriting is an art Tips and a step-by-step case study help
Luncheon requiring practice. Learn old English letters, attendees learn how to determine when
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
reading tips, and helpful sources. Practice! adequate research has been conducted to
Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG (Intermediate-Advanced) meet the goals of a project. (Intermediate- Genealogy 201: Working with
Solutions for Missing or Scarce Records Newspaper Research–More than Obituaries S461
Unsolved Forensic Genealogy
Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS
Attendees will be challenged to FASG, FUGA, FNGS S442 Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL S452 Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL
solve forensic cases. Strategies for overcoming barriers of lost or Newspapers contain so much more
destroyed records, poor record-keeping, or lacking information than just obituaries! See the
records; includes strategies for finding surviving types of papers and information that can Learn techniques and tips to maximize
records, interpreting them, and assembling tell you more about your family. (Beginner- the information gathered from your
evidence. (Intermediate) Intermediate) sources, whether they are paper,
microfilm, or digital, and then address
FamilySearch Luncheon The 1940 Census
Success Story: Finding a European Village
ways to organize the information you
Constance Potter S443 James M. Beidler S453 have and to plan your next research
Kip Sperry, AG, CG, CGL, steps. The session is designed for
This lecture explains the new 1940 census The case study of Johannes Dinius, a 1765
FASG, FNGS, FUGA
questions, the instructions to the enumerator, immigrant to Pennsylvania, is used to show researchers with some experience.
and how to use the census before it is indexed. how scraps of evidence properly deployed
S432 (Beginner-Intermediate) can lead to the discovery of a European Participants not required to
register for the conference.
Discover Your Ohio Ancestors Online State Resources for Genealogy: Beyond
Online The Two Sides of Interviewing
AncestryTM and FamilySearchTM Fee: $25
Michael Hait, CG S444 Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG, PhD S454
Learn the latest online Ohio
research sources and strategies
This presentation will focus on what kinds
of records are available online, and how to
find online resources in your area of research.
Techniques from fields of speech
communication and oral history are
combined to examine interviewing
from FamilySearch and other
(Beginner-Intermediate) from both sides. Suggestions for before,
Internet sites, and how to
during, and after are provided. (Beginner-
effectively search historical records Intermediate)
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
__________ The Mighty Ohio: Migration West From
Journey from Kentucky to Missouri Along
the Ohio River
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL S445 Billie Stone Fogarty S455 Youth Kamp
Understanding the migration reasons and routes In 1798 they felled a tree, hollowed it out,
available at the time your ancestor migrated loaded their family, and headed down the
New England Historic will shed light on his settlement choice and his Ohio River toward a new life in Missouri.
Genealogical Society origins. (Beginner-Intermediate) (Intermediate-Advanced)
Luncheon A variety of age appropriate activities
for kids ages eight through sixteen,
Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Paddy on the Net: Irish Genealogy
Christopher C. Child Chest Databases
including a session on scouting’s
Paul Milner S446 Michael J. Brophy S456
S433 Go beyond B/M/D registers to learn about Explore what’s new in the brave new world of
the civil and ecclesiastical records you can Irish records and resources. Come see the best Registration is required for
Western Massachusetts Families use to break down your worst brick walls. websites to access and explore. (Beginner) Youth Kamp. Participants are not
(Intermediate-Advanced) required to register for
Researching Nineteenth Century African the conference.
Early Settlements of Free People of Color
This informative talk will be an American Women
update on the NEHGS project to Jim Ison, AG, CG S447 Pamela Lyons Brinegar, CG S457 Space is limited so register
document heads of families in the Before 1860, at least thirty communities of free African American female ancestors are early for this free event.
people of color existed throughout the Midwest, often hidden, but patient researchers will be
1790 census, many of whom later
mostly in Ohio and Indiana. (Intermediate) rewarded for a targeted effort and realize
there is always more to learn. (Beginner- _________
The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing Your Family Writing Family History Your Relatives
Menu History Will Read
Slow roasted turkey breast with M. Teresa Baer & Rachel M. Popma S448 Patricia Jordan Roberts S458
pan gravy, roasted onion whipped Is your family history ready for publication? Although genealogists love books, including
Find out the next steps in this revealing family histories, many have never seriously
potatoes, and fresh green beans discussion about the publishing process with two considered putting a book of their own
experienced editors. (Intermediate-Advanced) together. This lecture will show you how.
Iceberg wedge with scallions, (Beginner-Intermediate) 5:15 p.m.
bacon, tomatoes, and bleu cheese
Using Excel to Compare Name Lists of Family National Genealogical Society
Personal Digital Archiving: An Overview
Chocolate chunk and walnut
Associates and Neighbors Annual Meeting
David Ouimette, CG S449 Mark Steven Middleton S459
cookies and lemon bars Comparative analysis is simplified when Why, when, how, and with what computer S463
the power of Excel is applied—see tangible technology you should use to capture and
Coffee, tea, and lemonade examples of how this can help you research your save your photos, books, home movies, and
toughest problems. (Intermediate-Advanced) audio recordings. (Intermediate-Advanced)
Vegetarian menu Finding Native American or African American
Vegetarian baked ziti with Your Genealogy, Your Body, Your Health
Heritage Using DNA
marinara sauce Roberta Jean Estes S450 Thomas H. Shawker, MD S460
and green beans Use DNA in conjunction with other resources What diseases lurk in your family? Are
to find your elusive non-European ancestry. you at risk? How are they inherited? Are
$29 (Beginner) some diseases beneficial? What killed our
9–12 May 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio 11
Suzanne Russo Adams, AG, works in content Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, is the 1993 Jacobus Kim V. Garvey, MILS, is a historian, lecturer,
strategy at FamilySearch and was previously Award and 2011 DHS Award winner. A genealogist and owner of Tree Trax, a genealogical services
employed by Ancestry.com in U.S. Content since 1976, she is president of the American Society company. She specializes in historical methods,
Acquisition and Electronic Production. of Genealogists. immigration, ethnicity, and cemeteries.
Margaret S. Aker is a genealogist, professor, Richard Camaur, JD, CG, attorney, author, lecturer. Diane L Giannini, CG, is a professional genealogist,
researcher, and writer with thirty years experience Currently serves on the NGS Board and as president researcher, webmaster for The Mid-Atlantic
specializing in unconventional strategies including of NIGRAA. He is past president and board member Germanic Society, and APG board member.
lateral, nonlinear, and systems-thinking to enhance of Fairfax Genealogical Society.
genealogical research. Suzanne Hahn is director of reference services
Christopher C. Child is a genealogist of the at Indiana Historical Society, MLS from Indiana
Janet A. Alpert, after a thirty-five year business Newbury Street Press at NEHGS. University, and prior to IHS, worked at the Library
career, served two years as NGS secretary and four of Congress, and Center for Naval Analyses.
years as NGS president (2006–2010). Local, state, Lisa Louise Cooke is founder of Genealogy Gems, a
and national lecturer. multi-media company, home of the Genealogy Gems Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time professional
Podcast, and author of The Genealogist’s Google genealogist specializing in Maryland research,
Ancestry Insider writes an award winning, readers’ Toolbox. African American genealogy, and Civil War records.
choice genealogy blog. Session attendees are among
the few to learn his secret identity. Jill N. Crandell, AG, professional researcher Alison Hare, CG, of Ottawa, Ontario, is a BCG
accredited in Midwestern U.S. research, is currently trustee, researcher, editor, and lecturer with thirty
M. Teresa Baer, managing editor, IHS Press— the director of the Center for Family History and years of experience in Canadian genealogy.
The Hoosier Genealogist; member of the Indiana Genealogy at BYU.
Association of Historians, Indiana Pen Women, and Harold Henderson has been a professional writer
the DAR. Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, since 1979 and a professional genealogist since 2009.
librarian, archivist, genealogical speaker, writer, He has published genealogical articles in six states.
Eric Curtis Basir serves the genealogical food researcher, author of the book Long-Distance
community as a teacher and author of books, a video Genealogy, and author of articles in many Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD , CG, is president of
blog, and column for genealogical publications. periodicals, including NGSQ. Southern California Chapter of APG and the Corona
Genealogical Society, and secretary for GSG.
Scott Bean is the manager of strategic relations for Cheri Daniels, MSLS, librarian, writer, and
FamilySearch, with responsibility over key software professional genealogist with more than twenty years Daniel Horowitz, board member of the Israel
relationships. research and library experience. She is president and Genealogical Society and the International
co-founder of Pastology.com and author of Journeys Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He
James M. Beidler, ISFHWE president, writes the Past blog. is chief genealogist and translation manager at
newspaper column “Roots & Branches,” edits Mid- MyHeritage.com.
Atlantic Germanic Society’s Der Kurier, and is an Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, of New York
instructor for Family Tree University. is co-editor of the New York Genealogical and John T. Humphrey, CG, is recognized internationally
Biographical Record and immediate past president for his contributions to German genealogy. In 2011
Claire Bettag, CG, CGL, is a researcher, lecturer, and of BCG. he was the principal instructor for the German track
writer who serves on NGSQ’s editorial board. She at IGHR.
served on BCG, APG, and NGS boards, and was Victor S. Dunn, CG, former NGS treasurer, is a BCG
NIGR director and NGSQ co-editor. trustee, and instructor at IGHR. He is a frequent Marlis Glaser Humphrey is the industry’s foremost
contributor to NGSQ. expert on next generation family history publishing,
Warren Bittner, CG, is a genealogical researcher project coordinator of the Ukraine-SIG, and Ancestor
and lecturer with twenty-five years experience. He is Roberta Jean Estes owns DNAeXplain.com, Road Show consultant.
owner of a research firm Ancestors Lost and Found. lectures widely, has been a genealogist since 1978,
and is academically published.
Daniel Hurley is director of Leadership Cincinnati.
Jeff Blaylock, AG, is a research consultant at the
He has worked as a contract historian, museum
FHL. He graduated from BYU in Family History & Stefani Evans, CG, is a BCG and BCG Education administrator, television reporter, producer, and
Genealogy. Fund trustee, member of the NGS Board of newspaper columnist.
Directors, and chair of the NGS 2013 Family History
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time Conference. Jim Ison, AG, CG, is a manager at FamilySearch,
professional researcher specializing in Cook County previously a member of the APG Board, and a
research and problem solving. She is a trustee and Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS, is BCG volunteer director at the National Underground
treasurer of BCG. trustee, former NGS president, author of St. Louis Railroad Freedom Center.
Family History Research Guide, Organized Family
Pamela Lyons Brinegar, CG, is a full-time Historian, and co-author of NGS Research in Jordan Jones has been a genealogist since 1973. He
researcher, writer, and lecturer. Missouri. serves on the NGS board of directors and manages
websites for several genealogical societies.
Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, OGSF, is an FGS director. Billie Stone Fogarty is a professional genealogist,
She is a member of FGS, OGS, APG, GSG, and president of GSG, former APG board member, and Louise T. Jones, MIS, oversees the Library and
ISFHWE. past president of Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Special Collections at Kentucky Historical Society.
She has more than twenty years of experience
Michael J Brophy is a professional genealogical J. H. Fonkert, CG, researches Midwest, Dutch, and helping genealogists and local historians.
researcher, columnist, and lecturer in Boston. English genealogy, writes for several genealogical
He is past program and publicity director of the publications, and is managing editor of Minnesota Thomas W Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS,
Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Genealogist. author, editor, educator, researcher; has edited NGSQ
since 2002; teaches at Boston University; heads
Stephen J. Buffat is a professional genealogist Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, won the 2009 NGS courses at IGHR and SLIG; lectures locally and
specializing in military records and research Family History Writing Contest, authored NGS nationally.
methodologies; an active member of NGS, Ozarks Research in Pennsylvania, and is a former BCG
Genealogical Society (president), Civil War trustee and president. Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG, is managing editor
Roundtable of the Ozarks, and APG. of NGS Magazine, has authored two books, is
Diane VanSkiver Gagel is a retired college Plymouth (Michigan) Historical Museum executive
Bruce Buzbee, president of RootsMagic and instructor, writer, and professional genealogist. She director, and a retired Marine Corps major.
developer of genealogy software for over twenty has a MA in American studies and is the author of
years. Bruce serves on the board of directors for four books.
12 National Genealogical Society 2012 Family History Conference
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier
Greg Kipper is a futurist and strategic forecaster in Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, a genealogy educator
emerging technologies. He specializes in information was longtime editor of NGSQ; founded IGHR’s for Samford IGHR, Salt Lake Institute, and
technology, security, and digital forensics. groundbreaking Advance Research Methodology Boston University. Pam is former NGS education/
track; and has authored 500+ publications, including publications director and past FGS and NGS board
Elaine M. Kuhn, MLS, is Kentucky History Services Evidence Explained and Professional Genealogy. member.
coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library in
Covington, Kentucky. Paul Milner is a native of northern England Rick Sayre, CG, a genealogy educator and course
specializing in British Isles genealogical research. He coordinator for IGHR at Samford University and the
Michael Dean Lacopo, DVM, is a small-animal is an author, reviewer, national speaker, and educator. Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy; member Virginia
veterinarian who takes a scientific approach to his Genealogical Society Board of Directors.
research. He has lectured nationally and written for Donna M. Moughty teaches classes and lectures
numerous journals and periodicals. on methodology, Irish research, and computer Dave Schroeder, MSLS, is the director of the Kenton
topics. She provides consultations, research, and is a County (Kentucky) Library. He is president of the
David Allen Lambert has been on the staff at member of APG and GSG. Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives Association.
NEHGS since 1993. He is a national speaker and has
published articles in numerous genealogical journals. Shelley Viola Murphy, has a masters in Craig Roberts Scott, CG, specializes in problem
organizational management and has twenty-five solving and the records of the National Archives,
Michael J. Leclerc, contributing editor to American plus years of genealogy research experience. She is especially those that relate to the military.
Ancestors and the NEHG Register, former NEHGS president of AAHGS Chapter of Central Virginia.
director of special projects, past FGS vice president, Thomas H Shawker, MD, is a physician, chairman
and APG board member. David Ouimette, CG, manages Content Strategy at of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee, and the
FamilySearch, lectures at genealogy conferences and author of the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, is a professional institutes, serves on the NGS board, and authored History.
genealogist, author, lecturer, instructor IGHR, and Finding Your Irish Ancestors.
director of RIGS Alliance. Alvy Ray Smith, PhD, FASG, trustee emeritus of
Rachel M. Popma is editor of the Indiana NEHGS, authored award-winning books, John
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, is a Genealogical Society’s quarterly journal, Indiana Durand of Derby, Connecticut, and Elder Bethuel
professional genealogist, former president of NGS, Genealogist, and holds a certificate in genealogical Riggs of Morris County NJ.
editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, and research from Boston University.
IGHR course coordinator. Carol Eliese Smith, AG, works at the Family History
Constance Potter, a reference archivist at NARA Library as the patron services manager for the Main
Thomas MacEntee is the creator of GeneaBloggers specializing in federal records of genealogical floor.
and owns his own business High-Definition interest, has worked on opening the 1920, 1930, and
Genealogy. 1940 census. Christopher Edward Smith is a genealogy and
local history librarian, free-lance photographer,
Rev. David McDonald, CG, is an NGS Trustee Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, BCG trustee, IGHR conducts guided tours throughout Cincinnati, and is a
and BCG president. He lectures on church records, professional course coordinator, instructor for Boston local historian of the Cincinnati area.
methodology, migration patterns, and Midwest and University’s Genealogical Research Certificate on
British research. campus and online courses, instructor at SLIG, and Kip Sperry, CG, CGL, AG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is a
co-director of GRIP. professor of family history at BYU. Born in
Angela Packer McGhie is a genealogical Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, he is author of
researcher, lecturer, and instructor who serves as the William J. Priest is a retired records manager family history articles, books, and chapters.
administrator of the ProGen Study Program. with advanced training in disaster prevention and
recovery, and methodologies of filing systems. He is C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, lecturer, instructor, trip
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, specializes in an OGS trustee. leader, and consultant; faculty, the National
German and Midwest-American research, with Institute for Genealogical Studies; vice president
special focus on Chicago and Illinois. She’s been Robert Raymond, is a deputy to FamilySearch GSG; education chair and webmaster, Jacksonville
interested in genealogy since childhood. CGO, David Rencher. Robert is a genealogical Genealogical Society.
technologist and pseudonymically writes an industry
Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, has leading blog. Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, is NGS education
researched in NARA military records since 1980, manager and a genealogical instructor for St. Louis
lecturing on them since 1988. She was assistant Connie Reik, MSL, is government publications Community College and St. Louis Genealogical
director of NIGR, 1987–2002. coordinator and research librarian for history at Tisch Society.
Library at Tufts University; graduate of the NIGR.
Michael Adam Melendez, co-founder of the Youth Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, provides
Genealogists Association, has received the FGS David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, chief genealogical and historical research, lecturing, and
Youth Award and an APG scholarship. genealogical officer for FamilySearch and an officer consulting; course coordinator and instructor SLIG,
on the FGS Board of Directors. GRIP; FGS board member; and former APG officer.
Mark Steven Middleton, employed in the IT
industry more than twenty years, has a masters Don W. Rightmyer is editor of Kentucky Ancestors, James Sweany serves as head of the Local History
in information systems, and is a Certified Project quarterly of the Kentucky Historical Society. He & Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress.
Manager (PMP). Member of NGS, OGS, GSG. has presented at state and national conferences and
authored several articles. D. Joshua Taylor, MLS, is the vice president of
Debbie Mieszala, CG, specializes in forensic administration for FGS and the former director of
genealogy, twentieth century, and Midwest research. Patricia Jordan Roberts, past-president of education and programs at NEHGS.
She is a national speaker and has taught at SLIG and Colorado Council Genealogical Societies, an
IGHR. alumnus of IGHR, SLIG, Iowa Writer’s Workshops, Maureen Taylor is the author of Preserving Your
and a frequent lecturer for Colorado societies. Family Photographs, Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles
Gail Jackson Miller, CG, is a professional and The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary
genealogist specializing in Kentucky and Tennessee Kris W. Rzepczynski, MLS, the Michigan genealogy War Generation.
research. She is also editor of the Southern Kentucky coordinator at the Library of Michigan and past
Genealogical Society’s quarterly, The Longhunter. president of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society. Patricia Moseley Van Skaik manages the genealogy
collection at Cincinnati’s Public Library. AKA the
Julie Miller, CG, is a professional researcher, writer, William B. Saxbe Jr, CG, FASG, a seventh-generation DigiGenie, she lectures widely on the intersection of
and lecturer. She is NGS vice president, NGS 2012 Ohioan, has lectured at OGS, NGS, and FGS genealogy and technology.
conference chair, and is a volunteer at NARA, Rocky conferences, and published extensively in The
Mountain Region. Report, NGSQ, The Genealogist, TAG, NYG&BR,
9–12 May 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio 13
Pamela Ann Weisberger is first vice president
programs, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los FHC Family History Center
Angeles; president and research coordinator, Gesher SPONSORS: FHL Family History Library
Galicia, Inc.; and professional genealogist and FIGRS Fellow, Irish Genealogical
research consultant. Ancestry.com–Platinum Level
FamilySearch–Platinum Level FMGS Fellow, Minnesota Genealogical
Willis H. White, PhD, CG, winner, NGS Family
History Writing contest, 2002; winner, best family Archives.com–Platinum Level Society
history, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, FNGS Fellow, National Genealogical
2011; and leader, writer’s group, Fairfax (Virginia) The Sheridan Press–Gold Level Society
Genealogical Society, 2001–2011. FUGA Fellow, Utah Genealogical
Boston University–Gold Level
Carolyn L. Whitton, CG, specializes in German MyHeritage.com FVGS Fellow, Virginia Genealogical
research. Currently vice president programs, St.
Louis Genealogical Society, she is a graduate of
Salt Lake’s Germanic Research Institute, NIGR, and GPS Genealogical Proof Standard
VIGR. GRIP Genealogical Research Institute
Curt B. Witcher is the manager of the ACPL NEW GSG Genealogical Speakers Guild
Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and
current vice president of development for FGS.
MEMBERS: IGHR Institute of Genealogy and
Historical Research, Samford
Join the National University
Marianne S. Wokeck, PhD, author of a book on Genealogical
migration of people from Germany and Ireland to IHS Indiana Historical
eighteenth century North America; currently working
Society today to Society
on a study about immigrant identity before the receive $35 off
ISBGFH International Society for British
Revolution. conference registration (pay member Genealogy and Family History
registration rate) and take advantage of
Ryan John Woods is director of technology at
ISFHWE International Society of Family
our excellent member benefits. History Writers and Editors
NEHGS and a recipient of the Archivist of the
United States’ special commendation for outstanding MILS Masters Information and
public service. Join NGS for Library Science
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PARTICIPATING • online member benefits; MSLS Master of Science in Library
• how-to articles in NGS Magazine; Science
ORGANIZATIONS NARA National Archives and Records
• in-depth case studies in NGSQ;
• discounts on NGS events, courses, Administration
American Society of Genealogists (ASG) NEHGS New England Historic
Association of Professional Genealogists Genealogical Society
• member exclusive videos of
(APG) interviews with leading genealogists. NGS National Genealogical Society
Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund NGSQ National Genealogical Society
Board for Certification of Genealogists FOR GENERATIONS NIGR National Institute on
(BCG) Genealogical Research
PAST, PRESENT, AND
BCG Education Fund NIGRAA National Institute on
FUTURE Genealogical Research Alumni
Boston University Center of Professional
NYG&B New York Genealogical and
Brigham Young University Center for Family Biographical Society
History and Genealogy (BYU) ABBREVIATIONS
OGSF Ohio Genealogical Society
AAHGS Afro-American Historical and Fellow
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) RIGS Regional In-depth Genealogical
AG Accredited Genealogists Studies
Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio APG Association of Professional SLIG Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Genealogical Society Genealogists
TAG The American Genealogist
International Society for British Genealogy APGQ Association of Professional
Genealogists Quarterly UGA Utah Genealogical Association
and Family History (ISBGFH)
ASG American Society of VGS Virginia Genealogical Society
Library of Congress Genealogists VIGR Virginia Institute for
National Archives and Records BCG Board for Certification of Genealogical Research
Administration (NARA) Genealogists
Note: Certified Genealogist, CG, and
National Institute on Genealogical Research BYU Brigham Young University Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CGL are
Alumni Association (NIGRAA) CG Certified Genealogist service marks of the Board for Certification
CGL Certified Genealogical Lecturer of Genealogists® used by the Board
New England Historic Genealogical Society to identify its program of genealogical
(NEHGS) DAR Daughters of the American competency evaluation and used under
Revolution license by the Board’s Associates.
Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS)
DHS Donna Holt Siemiatkoski
Palatines to America (PalAm) Genealogy Volunteer Award AG is a certification mark of the
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton FASG Fellow, American Society of International Commission for the
County (Ohio) Genealogists Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.
FGS Federation of Genealogical Individuals licensed to use the mark have
St. Louis Genealogical Society (StLGS) met ICAPGen’s competency standards.
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____ Audio _____Visual W131 APG Luncheon ___ $29.00 $ _________
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Friday, 11 May
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Saturday, 12 May
ASK AN EXPERT S431 Boston University Luncheon
S432 FamilySearch Luncheon
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$29.00 $ _________
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Saturday, 12 May
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National Genealogical Society
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22204-4370
National Genealogical Society
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22204-4370