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Thomas MacEntee - FR001 - "Genealogy Cloud Computing." Genealogists and family historians may not see the full research power in something as simple as an address. Learn how to harness the super powers of an address and put them to work in your genealogy research.

Drew Smith, MLS
- FR002 - "Something Wiki This Way Comes." Learn what a wiki is, how to navigate a wiki, and how to contribute your own genealogical content in order to help others.

John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA
- FR003 - "Erie Canal Genealogy: The Peopling of Upstate New York and the Midwest." Triumph of American ingenuity and wonder of the world, the Erie Canal affected the lives of millions of our ancestors from Maine to Minnesota. This lecture chronicles the building of the canal, 1817-25, and describes the many ways our ancestors may have worked for, on, or along the "Big Ditch." It also explores numerous ways they may have used "Clinton's Folly" or benefitted from it.

Lisa Louise Cooke
- FR004 - "Who Needs Google Reader? Flip Out Over Genealogy Content with Flipboard!" Learn how to use the free Flipboard app to turn your favorite genealogy web content into your own free customized digital magazine. You will flip over how fun and easy they are to create and share. Perfect for genealogists and societies!

Geoff Rasmussen - FR005 - "Getting Started with Legacy Family Tree 8." This presentation is sponsored by Millennia Corporation Legacy Family Tree. See how Legacy helps you organize your paper files, write sources correctly and easily, Evidence Explained style, and learn how to create shareable CDs, migration maps, customized wall charts, publish books, get automated research suggestions, and much more.

Jana Broglin - FR006 - "Effective Use of Wills and Estates in your Research. Wills and estates are more than “who gets what.” Examine documents pertaining to the settlement of an estate for clues to your ancestor’s life.

Lisa Alzo - FR007 - "Online Genealogy for the Absolute Beginner." When you’re new to family history, the amount of information available can seem overwhelming. Learn about the most popular online genealogy databases and tools for beginning your genealogy research.

Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA
- FR008 - "Navy and Marine Corps Records." Since the time of the Revolution the federal government has created records on Navy and Marine Corps personnel. This lecture will look at the finding aids and records and provide information on how to effectively and efficiently research in these records.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - FR009 - "Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans." Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law. But it's not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect. An orphan in the early days wasn't a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died. The law didn't care much about the mother. She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more. Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.
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3:30 p.m.






Lisa Louise Cooke - FR010 - "Ultimate Google Search Strategies for Genealogists." Learn Google search techniques, tricks and tips to achieve better genealogical search results, and then elevate your search to a strategic level. Finally, see how all of this applies across the spectrum of free Google Tools.

Anna Swayne - FR011 - "Getting the Most from AncestryDNA Matching." Learn how new capabilities with DNA can leverage the vast resources on Ancestry.com to help you make amazing new discoveries about your family story. Beginner, intermediate, and expert genealogist will benefit from learning about the latest in DNA technology.

Denise Levenick - FR012 - "How to Scan an Elephant: Digitize Your Family History." Go beyond the flatbed scanner to digitize awkward artifacts and oversize items. Discover apps, accessories, and expert tips to get better results from traditional scanners, digital cameras, and mobile devices.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - FR013 - "Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of American Divorce." Our ancestors' marriages lasted so much longer than our own. One reason: it was so hard to get a divorce. But it still happened, and the records created in the process tell us much about our ancestors, their lives and the laws they lived by.

Kathy Meade - FR014 - "Introduction to ArkivDigital." This presentation is sponsored by ArkivDigital. ArkivDigital provides online access color images of Swedish church books and other historical records. This demo will familiarize you with the software and show how to search the various record types.

Jordan Jones - FR015 - "Evernote for Genealogists." This presentation is sponsored by the National Genealogical Society. This session will demonstrate the use of Evernote, a cloud-based note filing system, for genealogical research planning, logging, and the storage and retrieval of images, PDFs, and web content.

Tim Janzen, MD - FR016 - "Low German Mennonite Genealogy Research." This presentation will provide an overview of genealogical research pertaining to Mennonites of Russian and West Prussian ancestry. The most important of the Mennonite genealogical source materials for Russian and Prussian Mennonites will be discussed, as well as the GRANDMA Mennonite genealogical database.

Leland Meitzler
- FR017 - "Organizing and Sharing Your Digital Genealogy Documents and Pictures in 2014." Digitize – then organize your genealogy! Reduce your paperwork, and fully document your genealogy, by saving every document electronically. Electronic filing of your documents and pictures allows instant access and easy sharing of any document or photograph in your collection. The lecture also covers using Dead Fred, Photo Bucket, Picasa, Shutterfly, Flickr, Google Plus & Facebook for FREE sharing of your pictures and documents.

Blaine Bettinger, JD
- FR018 - "DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard." How does DNA fit into the Genealogical Proof Standard? Since DNA testing is now so affordable, should it be part of every reasonably exhaustive search? DNA is great for refuting a hypothesis, but is it any good at supporting one? We will examine when DNA testing might form part of a reasonable search, as well as the many ways that DNA testing can be used to test an existing conclusion or hypothesis.

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CeCe Moore - FR019 - "Why Should I Take a DNA Test?" This is an introductory presentation for genealogists interested in venturing into DNA testing. It will cover the basics of the three types of DNA testing used for genealogy: Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA as well as the pros and cons of the major companies offering services to the genealogy community. Come learn about the potential of DNA testing for opening doors and breaking down brick walls in your genealogy!

Kathy Warburton - FR020 - "Free Online Tools to Jumpstart Your British Research." This presentation is sponsored by FamilySearch. Attendees will learn about a wide variety of free online tools and resources that will help them learn research methodology and access online records and information to help them be successful in their British Research.

George G. Morgan - FR021 - "Dissect Obituaries for New Clues." This interactive seminar examines components of obituaries from different time periods and uses examples to recognize potentially important information, illustrate the different records that might provide evidence, and identify research venues and paths that can be found by dissecting the obituary.

Craig R. Scott CG, FUGA - FR022 - "Treasury Records: Follow the Money." Many times where federal money is involved and the original records cannot be located they can be found in Treasury records. This lecture will look at the finding aid and some of the records.

Lisa Alzo - FR023 - "10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research." Curious about your East European roots, but don’t know where to begin? Learn the key steps for tracking down records, relatives, and other research resources “over here” and “over there.”

Nicka Smith, Angela Walton-Raji, Bernice Bennett and Shelly Murphy - FR024 - "The Future of African American Genealogy." Hear from leaders in the African American genealogy community as they address collaboration, DNA connections, slave/slaveholder/ancestor projects, and technology.

Dick Eastman - FR025 - "Genealogy Apps for Mobile Devices." In this presentation, Dick will describe and even demonstrate a number of applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablet computers that are of interest to genealogists. The session will include many of today's applications designed to carry your genealogy database with you or to access your data “in the cloud.” The session will include demonstration of several other applications that are not true genealogy apps, but are still very useful to genealogists.

Tammy Hepps - FR026 - "Story by Story, Preserve Your Family’s History." Stop being daunted by the enormous task of writing your family’s whole history. Learn how to break down your research into individual storylines, tell each one in a compelling way, and over time link these stories together.

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA - FR027 - "Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records." Where are ancestral family bibles, scrapbooks, business records, photos, and other manuscripts? Learn about specialized finding aids, searchable databases and other resources to locate them.

5:30 p.m.
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Thomas MacEntee - FR028 - "7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists." Who said genealogy and the hunt for your family history has to be expensive? Just as in any other industry, there are some tricks to getting the best deals and bargains in the genealogy marketplace. With 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists you’ll learn the tricks and also how to think like a savvy frugal genealogist!

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG - FR029 - "Need Direction? Try City Directories!" More accessible than ever, city directories can fill in blanks between census years, opening new chapters in your family history research. Learn how to find, navigate, and cite this valuable record source.

Bruce Buzbee - FR030 - "Sources, Citations, and Documentation with RootsMagic." This presentation is sponsored by RootsMagic. Properly documenting your work is one of the most important skills a genealogist should master. Learn how to use the RootsMagic SourceWizard to easily manage your sources and to write perfect source citations.

CSGA Meeting - FR031 - "California State Genealogical Alliance Meeting." This session is sponsored by the California State Genealogical Alliance. Open to the public. Everyone is invited to the Board meeting for the California State Genealogical Alliance. Founded in 1982, the Alliance serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, indivudals and non-profit organizations. Come and learn about the projects of the Alliance and how you can help contribute to the Alliance's success.

Rhonda McClure - FR032 - "Following the Crumbs: Tracing Family History through Land Records." This presentation is sponsored by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Using land records to locate and follow family back from place to place, including separating men of the same name.

Leland Meitzler - FR033 - "Westward Migration Routes of Northeastern Colonial America." This lecture deals specifically with westward colonial migration routes starting in the New England and Middle-Atlantic states. Each of the following topics is covered, with emphasis placed on the genealogical aspects, including ethnic groups, their place of origin, and eventual destination, using early roads and trails. The vast majority of this lecture deals with the colonial period in American History.

F. Warren Bittner, CG - FR034 - "Proof Arguments: How and Why?" Why does a researcher need to write an argument to establish identity? How to do it? Why does it matter? Proof arguments are essential to convey research to the next generation.

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John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA - FR035 - "The Keepers of the Records and I: Tales of Accessing Historical Sources." Without written records, there would be no genealogy. Family lore and artifacts can tell us only so much. We rely heavily on evidence found in the written record of the past. Four decades of hunting for evidence of my ancestors have brought me face-to-face with a diverse assortment of keepers of records: archivists, librarians, priests, curators, court clerks, secretaries, and cousins who got all the good stuff. To access the treasures these custodians control, I have had to develop skills of diplomacy, negotiation, good humor, melodrama, stealth, groveling and bribery. This humorous banquet talk relates three episodes that teach valuable lessons for genealogists eager to access historical sources about their ancestors.


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