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Thursday, January 18, 2024
AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?  (Webinars)
7:00 pm

Presented by Thomas MacEntee on 18 Jan 2024.

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While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.

Thursday, February 15, 2024
Make Your Own Genealogical Charts  (Webinars)

Presented by Rob Wallace on 15 Feb 2024.

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Have you ever watched a family history presentation or been reading in a genealogy book and thought “I really like that chart. I wish I knew how to do that myself.” Join us for a demonstration how to make several different types of genealogical charts that we all encounter. We will cover LucidCharts, Word SmartArt, and several other charting applications.

Rob started doing family history research back in high school, in the 1970’s. He worked on family history off and on until the early 2000’s when he decided to make it a serious hobby. He has studied family history extensively, reading, taking courses, and attending conferences. He has been and still is a member in several regional and national genealogical societies. He has served as a consultant in our community family history library and taught community family history classes (in California).

Rob is a retired engineer and can’t even begin to count the number of charts and graphs he made in school, during his career, and after retiring. From hand plots and simple Excel graphs to complicated mathematical and automated controls plots and drawings in Mathematica and CAD software.

Saturday, March 16, 2024
Mark Lowe  (Webinars)

Presented by Mark Lowe, FUGA on 21 Mar 2024.

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Discover the wide variety of records that detail the stories of these strange and unexpected events. Learn how to find contemporary reports of the events, and the details to focus on a geographic area or understand the broader effects.

J. Mark Lowe describes himself as “born to be curious.” He is a professional genealogist and educator who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He coordinates “Research in the South” courses at IGHR, SLIG, and TIGR, worked on several TV series, hosts a YouTube channel, and does webinars.

Thursday, April 18, 2024
Digging into Finding Aids: The Road Map to Any Manuscript Collection  (Webinars)

Presented by Melissa Barker, Certified Archives Manager & Public Historian on 18 Apr 2024.

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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.

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives & Museum. She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches, and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual presentations across the United States and other countries for various genealogy groups and societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well-known published book reviewer. She has been a Professional Genealogist for the past 19 years with expertise in Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for the past 33 years.

Thursday, May 16, 2024
Zeroing in on a Place through Fan Club Research  (Webinars)

Presented by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG on 16 May 2024.

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It’s hard to do genealogy well without studying your ancestors’ Friends & Family, Associates, and Neighbors - their FAN club. If your ancestors are Irish, you might have no luck at all without those FAN principles. But if you combine FAN club research with DNA, you might have just the winning ticket to get you back to your Irish ancestor’s origins. In this case study presentation, learn how focused research pointed the way from Ohio to townlands in County Mayo for an 1850s era Irish immigrant.

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®, grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master's in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005. She was credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2019.* She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL and her children attended Monaleen school. Two decades later, the genealogy is still a work in progress. But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore.