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Tuesday, December 6
10 Steps for Organizing for the Busy Genealogist  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Cynthia Patton on 6 Dec 2022.

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As a genealogist who hasn't felt overwhelmed with volumes of paper, a steady flood of daily emails, and projects that have been started but never finished? This presentation will tackle dealing with these issues. You will learn how to set up daily routines that ensure you make the most of the time in your day. You will also discover ways to set up filing systems that work across platforms both digital and conventional. Attendees will be provided with a step by step approach to GET ORGANIZED as well as a "Tool Kit" of good ideas to take back and implement in their business and personal life.

Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel residing in Leavenworth, Kansas. For 12 years she owned Patton Leadership Consulting, providing support to the US Army and helping businesses with time management, organization, and leadership skills. She is a part-time professional genealogist. She holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. Cynthia serves as the Registrar of a local DAR chapter and is a member of numerous local historical and genealogical societies.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Location Research in a Digital World  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Craig Siulinski on 7 Feb 2023.

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Computers and technology provide today’s genealogists with many resources for basic research, and for communicating/collaborating with family members and colleagues, but sometimes researching on location provides family history information that you just can’t find online.

The idea of walking the pavement is surely one of the few remaining old-world endeavors of the genealogist. A research trip can unlock long-standing puzzles especially if significant prep work is done prior to hitting the road. The central ideas in this presentation involve using offline clues and networking to provide insights and answers to compelling family history questions.

Craig Siulinski is an experienced educator and writer, as well as an avid researcher and genealogist. He holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Cal State University East Bay, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Maine.

Researching and writing family histories have been among Craig’s passions since 2007. In October 2009, he created his first blog, August Legacy, which is dedicated to his maternal grandfather, Auguste “Gus” Albert.

Craig started a business in 2014 called Sharing Legacies as an effort to help people write, share, and preserve their family histories for generations to come. In 2017, he began teaching Life Story Writing courses using the theme-based approach called Guided Autobiography.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
It’s All About the Records: Understanding Ancestry’s Collections and More!  (Webinars)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presented by Kory Meyerink, AG on 7 Mar 2023.

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Without records there is no genealogy. But often, in our focus to find the next ancestor, we don’t stop to determine if she or he should even be in that record set! Is the person you found really your ancestor? Or, just someone with the same name? If they are not there, why not?

To effectively use and search records, and evaluate any information we find in them, we must understand the record itself. Regardless of who created the record, there are three critical issues you must know about every record. Drawn from records on Ancestry, FamilySearch, and elsewhere, this presentation will open your understanding of all records, while identifying the tools needed to identify those three key issues for any record you choose to search. Now you can have more success and less frustration as you select the best records for your search!

Forty years in genealogy has given Kory Meyerink the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of this important and growing field. After mentoring with several locally prominent genealogists, he conducted professional research for companies and individual clients, followed by ten years at the Family History Library coordinating the creation of their instructional publications. After writing chapters for The Source and The Library, he was commissioned to write and edit Printed Sources, which became an ALA award winning reference book. He was the first acquisitions manager for a fledgling electronic publisher later known as Ancestry. He returned to his roots as a researcher for individuals and was a co-founder of ProGenealogists, helping grow the business until its acquisition by Ancestry. He is now a research manager for the since branded AncestryProGenealogists and one of their first Master Genealogists where this secondary role focuses on the growth, training, and development of the company and its staff. In 2021 he was recognized by Marquis “Who’s Who” for Excellence in Genealogy. []

As an educator, Kory taught university level courses in genealogy for BYU and SJSU over a 20-year period. He was also the visionary and founding director for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He is a popular speaker at local, state, and national conferences and developed the German Research course for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in Toronto.

His contributions to the genealogical community include six-year stints on the boards of the Utah Genealogical Association (three years as president) and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). He has also served as an executive secretary for APG and has written dozens of print and online articles. He holds four genealogical accreditations in Germany and three U.S. regions.