As with all genealogy, we must go backward step by step. So we start with the 1850 census to gather birth years and birth locations. Then we locate these family members in wills, land records, Revolutionary War pension applications (generally filed in the 1830s), and then specific colonial records. This class will help researches find and document their Ancestors who were living before the first formal Census records were created.
Carol Cooke Darrow has been a professional genealogist for more than 20 years. She currently teaches Beginning Genealogy classes on ZOOM, 10 am – noon on the 2nd Saturday of the month and facilitates a family history writing group called WriteNOW.
Late 19th and early 20th century alien passenger manifests often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Most genealogists simply ignore them. Learn how to interpret these codes and discover what significant details they can reveal about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization experience. This presentation is heavily illustrated with examples from actual immigrant passenger lists and the handout provides a fairly complete glossary of the terms, codes, and abbreviations used.
Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, began researching her ancestors more than forty years ago. She is co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist journal, immediate past-president of Northland Chapter Association for Professional Genealogists, and has served on Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors. Liz is also a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Her awards include second prize in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors’ Excellence in Writing Competition, the MGS North Star Award, the MGS Ambassador’s Award, and the Heritage Education Commission Family History Award. Liz does research for clients from across the US and overseas as Red Bird Genealogy Services.
Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West
Presenter: Cameron Blevins
In his book Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West, historian Cameron Blevins argues that the US Post wove together two of the nineteenth century’s defining projects: western expansion and the growth of state power. Using traditional archival research and analyzing a dataset of more than 100,000 post offices, Blevins reveals a new picture of the federal government in the American West.
Cameron Blevins is an Associate Professor, Clinical Teaching Track in the History Department at the University of Colorado Denver, where he teaches courses in US History and digital humanities. Cameron's historical research focuses on the nineteenth-century U.S., the western United States, and the American state. A leader in the field of spatial history and digital history, he explores the application of computational methods such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data visualization, and text mining to the process of researching and teaching history.
19th Century America: Cultural Changes and Their Effects on Records
America in the 19th century saw geographic, cultural, and historic changes that affected the records that were created. While this was true for all Americans, it was especially true for women, African-Americans, and immigrants. We'll look broadly at the 19th century to understand these changes.
Sylvia Tracy-Doolos has been interested in genealogy for nearly forty years and working as a professional genealogist for over ten as the owner of New Leaf Genealogy. She is President of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History and the Colorado chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and Past President of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society (WISE-FHS). She has a B.A. in History and minored in English focusing on linguistics, so she could study how language changes affected record keeping.
As family historians, we tend to be “Keepers of Everything,” from treasured original family documents and photographs to printed copies found online and at repositories. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and disorganized. When you reach the point that it’s easier to print new copies of records than to find your old copies, you know you’ve arrived at critical mass, and it’s time to take action! Content includes software tools for organization, computer filing techniques, “hard copy” options, and archival storage solutions.
Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Her presentations reflect this philosophy through real case-study examples and hands-on practice. Alice has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous local organizations. She is a past trustee for the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.