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Thursday, August 15
Organizing Your Digital Files-Using Color, Consistency, and Naming  (Webinars)
7:00 pm

Presented by Cynthia K. Patton, CG on 15 Aug 2024.

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Having trouble finding that death certificate for Grandpa Johnson on your laptop? Cannot remember if you have a copy of the syllabus from a webinar you watched last week? Digital files are wonderful—but naming, filing, organizing, and searching them can be daunting. Using the 3 C’s – color, consistency, and naming conventions—you will learn how to tackle the task and regain control of your digital files. We will explore cloud storage options, redundant backups, and provide many examples of best practices in organization.
• Where do I start?
• Backup, backup, backup
• Naming conventions
• Using color coding
• Clean up as you go
• Consistency is the key!

Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and former owner of Patton Leadership Consulting. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Political Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives now in Kansas City, Missouri and is a Professional Genealogist part-time. She is a BU Certification Program graduate and also serves as the Registrar of a local DAR Chapter in Parkville, Missouri. She is a member of APG (Heartland Chapter); NGS; and numerous local Historical and Genealogical Societies. She has written two Pro Tip articles for the APG eNews on Work-Life Balance and Time Management and has presented for numerous historical, genealogical, and other organizations.

Thursday, October 17
On The Road Again: Traveling the World Doing Genealogy Research  (Webinars)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presented by Judy Nimer Muhn, Ed.M., FSA Scot on 17 Oct 2024.

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Planning in advance is the key! With checklists, recommendations for travel planning and equipment to take with you, research BEFORE you go and helpful hints from the speaker’s own travel experiences, you can be prepared and make the most of your trip.

Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research. Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at National Genealogical Society conferences, RootsTech, Federation of Genealogical Societies as well as conferences in Europe and around the United States. Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages and archives of Germany, Scotland, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived. Owner of Lineage Journeys, she conducts research for clients and offers presentations in churches, libraries and organizations.

Judy is the President of the Oakland County Genealogical Society, President for the Michigan Genealogical Council, board member & Awards Chair of the National Genealogical Society, Secretary of the GeneaBloggers, and a member of many societies – among them: Ontario and Quebec Genealogical Societies, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and many more.

Tuesday, November 5
Writing for Crossroads  (Webinars)
6:00 pm

Presented by Eva Holmes on 5 Nov 2024.

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Crossroads wants your work! We will discuss the essentials you need to know when writing for Crossroads and review the writing and editing process. Learn how you can craft articles readers can’t resist. Feel free to bring your questions.

Eva Holmes, CG®, AG®, is the current editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s quarterly, Crossroads. Eva has been published in several periodicals, including the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Crossroads, and the Minnesota Genealogist. Eva is also the author of the Research in the States Guide to Maine published by the National Genealogical Society in 2024. Eva supports genealogical education as a volunteer mentor for programs such as ProGen and as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund. Her research interests include New England, Atlantic Canadian, and Italian American families.