By looking at DNA test results through the lens of one of the most popular testing companies, class participants will be able to apply what they have learned in Basics I and II to their understanding of their own test results at Ancestry.com. This class reviews the tools and resources available through Ancestry DNA. While […]
Maps can reveal much about the lives our ancestors led and the conditions under which they lived. They can also reveal hints on where to look for other important documents. There are many different types of maps available to the researcher, and this class deals with road, city, political, insurance, and migration maps.
What is a family tree without photos to enhance the story? But many old photos are degrading with age in storage. And we can't always travel to see the newest members of the family. Even when we do get to snap the picture, the quality is less than we expect for historical purposes. And how […]
This one-hour class defines DNA, gives examples of DNA inheritance patterns and discusses the different types of DNA tests and the companies that provide them. It gives ideas for the best way to make the most of your DNA dollars and how you might want to "target test" some of your relatives. In addition, the […]
Maps can reveal much about the lives our ancestors led and the conditions under which they lived. They can also reveal hints on where to look for other important documents. There are many different types of maps available to the researcher, and this class deals with military, ward, topographical, plat, and railroad maps.
American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogy Society, provides more than 1 billion records in over 450 databases online. Although much of the collection focuses on New England, records from around the U.S. and even some from other countries are available. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the website and […]
This is a series of discussions led by David Vance, author of The Genealogist's Guide to Y-DNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy. We will be discussing "Surname Projects: Tips and Techniques from FTDNA Project Administrators".
This class will focus on finding records to establish the death date of your deceased kinfolk. We will describe and demonstrate how and where to find many types of records and resources that will enable you to determine death dates. In addition to the commonly used records such as death certificates, tombstones, obituaries, death indexes, […]
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is the largest of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes and boasts more than 400,000 citizens. Many people claim ties to the tribe through oral history yet confirming connections can be challenging. This session will feature the steps to take to verify potential ties to the tribe and the wealth […]
One of the fun things about genealogy is getting to know our ancestors as people, not just as names and dates on a chart. This presentation will help you to identify sources that can assist you in locating the precise locations where your ancestors lived and worked.
A review of the historical and political significance of the 1862 Homestead Act and associated legislation. Includes a discussion of the process followed to establish a homestead on public domain land, and an understanding of the method of legally surveying and describing the land. The presentation will also cover an examination of the records that […]