Lectures

Where To Get Started In Genealogy
This lecture helps people who are just getting started researching their family history and genealogy. It includes information on important genealogical data, organizing genealogy files, interviewing family members and resources available for research.

Organizing Genealogy Files and Information
Feel overwhelmed by your genealogy paperwork and files? This lecture gives people tips and tricks to keeping your genealogy files organized, both paper and electronic, from becoming another cluttered pile on your desk. Organized files helps keep your files easily accessible and maximizes your researching time.

DNA Basics
This presentation provides the basics of DNA including terminology, testing services, DNA tests and resources for maximizing your DNA data and results in your genealogy research.

NJ State Archive Collections for Genealogy
An overview of useful genealogical records at the New Jersey State Archives. Before heading to the archives know their collections and how they can help with your genealogy research.

Preservation and Digitalization of Documents, Pictures, and Other Media
The plain language basics of digitally preserving family memories including documents, pictures, audio, and videos.

Interviewing Techniques for Genealogy
A how to lecture on interviewing family members for family history and stories. Learn which questions to ask and how. From the basic genealogy questions to sensitive family history, this lecture will offer tips and tricks to get the information to help with your research.

Don’t Leave Out The Neighbors!
How researching the neighbors can tell you a lot about your own family.

Newspaper Research: It’s not just about the hatched, matched and scratched sections
Newspapers can add more to a person’s story besides their hatched (birth), matched (marriage) and scratched (death) events. See how some stories may add a little more context to their lives in the community.

Cemetery Research and Records
Cemeteries and their records can offer a goldmine of information in genealogy. It not just about a headstone or marker. See what else you may help your genealogy research.

Immigration and Naturalization Records
A brief overview of immigration history in the United States. Learn tips, tricks, and resources for finding your immigrant ancestors and their quest for citizenship in the United States.

Cite That Source When You Find It!
Everyone says you need to cite your sources in research. Citing sources in genealogy doesn’t have to be complicated or cause anxiety. Learn the basic components of citations and some tips that will ensure you cover all the necessary information.

Excel Using Spreadsheets With Your Genealogy Research
Learn how spreadsheets can be a useful tool with city directories, censuses, and cemetery information. Spreadsheets aren’t just for accounting!

Using Wildcards in Your Online Searches
Make the most of your online searches using wildcards. Wildcards are great when you aren’t sure of the spelling of names and terms, but not all website or search engines that use wildcards are the same.

Transcribing Genealogy Records
Before the age of typewriters and word processors, most documents were handwritten. Spending a little time properly transcribing them can help save time and headaches in your genealogy research.

Census Records: Taking a Deeper Look into a Snapshot of Your Ancestor’s Family
Learn the history and the differences in both federal and state censuses. Censuses offer a great snapshot into your ancestor’s roots, relationships, neighborhood, careers and much more!

Confidence in Genealogy Documents and Evidence
Is this a reliable genealogy source or evidence? What makes this document more reliable over this other document? This talk will help you determine your level of confidence in the evidence based on key factors.

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words: Identifying Genealogy Clues in Family Pictures
Do you have an old picture, but don’t know who the people are in it? Most pictures have clues that can lead you to the correct answer to that question. Let’s take a closer look at the clues.

Workshops


Customized lectures or workshops that meet the needs of your organization are available.  Contact us for more information.