Schedule

Times (MT) Topic Presenter
DNA Day - Friday, 11 September 2020
2:00pm Welcome, 9/11 Commemoration UGA Hosts
2:30pm Your Mom's mtDNA Diahan Southard
4:15pm DNA Painter: Choose the Right Tool for the Job Johnny Perl
6:00pm Finding a Father for Molly Using DNA Jill Morelli
Conference Day - Saturday, 12 September 2020
8:30am Welcome UGA Hosts
8:45am Keynote: "Women’s Suffrage: Their Rights, Roles, and Limitations" Michael L. Strauss, AG
10:30am Where Did they Go? Migration Trails and Roads Diana Elder, AG
1:00pm Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and More Thomas MacEntee
2:45pm Digging into Finding Aids: The Road Map to Any Manuscript Collection Melissa Barker, CAM
4:30pm Finding Calvin - Following My Enslaved Ancestor Through Multiple Owners: A Case Study Renate Yarborough Sanders
7:00pm Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps through Ledgers, Manuscripts, and Other Archival Collections Diane L. Richard, ME, MBA
8:15pm Thank You, Closing Comments UGA Hosts

Where Did they Go? Migration Trails and Roads

Diana Elder, AG

Learn how researching the migration trails and roads your ancestor might have taken as they traveled to a new area could open up new areas of research in a genealogy brick wall.

This class will discuss major migration routes in the United States such as rivers, trails, roads, and railroads. A strategy for analyzing the known records of an ancestor and how to discover known migration routes will be presented. Attendees will learn the important of migration in discovering additional records along the ancestor's path.

About Your Instructor

Diana Elder, AG is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States and is a Commissioner for The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Diana is the author of the bestselling book, ​Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide​ and creator of the “Research Like a Pro” study group and e-Course. ​Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast and share research tips on their website, FamilyLocket.com.

 

Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and More

Thomas MacEntee

Have you ever wondered if there was more to an ancestor’s home address or workplace address? Did you know that in the early 20th century many US cities reconfigured their “grid” resulting in new addresses? Do you know why certain streets simply seem to “disappear”? There’s more to street naming than you realize . . . learn how to drill-down to street information to improve your genealogy research.

We’ll review the history of street naming and learn how to break down street address data. We’ll cover street grid changes for towns and cities as well as how to track “missing” streets. Learn how to use innovative online tools to visualize a specific street address and cover tips and tricks you need to know when working with street names and addresses.

About Your Instructor

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in usingtechnology and social media to improve genealogyresearch and to connect with the family history community.

 

Digging into Finding Aids: The Road Map to Any Manuscript Collection

Melissa Barker, CAM

Learn how to use Finding Aids to navigate through any Manuscript Collection.

Genealogists use all kinds of tools to help them with their genealogy research. One of the best tools to understand and use when working with Manuscript Collections is the Finding Aid. Archivists develop Finding Aids to help genealogists navigate through Manuscript Collections to find their ancestors. This presentation will help genealogists read, follow and use a Finding Aid to find your ancestors in the records.

About Your Instructor

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual webinar presentations across the United States for genealogical and historical societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archivesand is a well known book Reviews Editor for the FGS MagazineFORUM and Utah Genealogical Association MagazineCrossroads.She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady published at Abundant Genealogy. She writes history pieces for her local newspaper The Houston County Heraldcalled From the Archives. Her Professional Genealogy expertise is in Tennessee records and she is currently taking research clients. She has been researching her own family history for the past 30 years.

 

Finding Calvin - Following My Enslaved Ancestor Through Multiple Owners: A Case Study

Renate Yarborough Sanders

In this presentation, the researcher models the process used in verifying an ancestor’s slavery status, and shares the methodology and documents used to document his owners during 25 years of enslavement.

Overview

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Research Process
  • Creating a Timeline
  • Conclusion
  • Question/Answer Period

About Your Instructor

Renate Yarborough Sanders, genealogist, is an experienced and engaging speaker, who descends from formerly enslaved ancestors, as well as enslavers and free people of color.She authors two blogs, an online funeral program database, belongs toseveral genealogical and historical organizations, and is a panelist on “Black Pro Gen Live.”

 

Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps through Ledgers, Manuscripts, and Other Archival Collections

Diane L. Richard, ME, MBA

So many manuscript collections, so little time! Let’s take a visual journey through the many different types of ledgers awaiting discovery and what makes them genealogical gems. Store, organization, business (e.g., hotels, livery, stable, distillery, blacksmith), and health-related (e.g., Physician, Insane Asylum.) ledgers can provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history.

So many manuscript collections, so little time! Let’s take a visual journey through the many different types of ledgers awaiting discovery and what makes them genealogical gems. Store, organization, business (e.g., hotels, livery, stable, distillery, blacksmith), and health-related (e.g., Physician, Insane Asylum.) ledgers can provide many interesting details invaluable to your family history.

Overview

  • Talk about identifying where ledgers might be found – focusing on Archivegrid and manuscript collection finding aids
  • Provide examples from all different types of ledger that illustrate how they might be useful
  • Physician – slaves & location, deaths in a family
  • Livery – attending weddings, funerals, church, etc
  • Blacksmith – purchases/services made
  • Distillery/General Story – connections to family members; possibly hired hands and slaves also listed
  • Hotel – individuals who lived nearby and far stayed at hotels (as day-tripping was much more of a challenge)
  • Insane asylum – linking patients to family
  • Post Office – reading habits of our ancestors
  • And more

About Your Instructor

Professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. Focuses on tools, tips, and techniques for effective genealogy research including southern states and African American. Authored over 300+ articles for international genealogy magazines. Editor of the NCGS journal. Co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries which offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs.