Presentation Descriptions

Getting Started

  • I’m Just Getting Started, Where Do I Begin? – Just getting started?  Learn how to assess what you have and how to create a plan to continue your search for your ancestors.
  • Choosing your Genealogy Software – What should you consider when choosing a genealogy software program?  What options are out there?  This class will help attendees better understand what they want in a program and what their options are.
  • Growing Your Family Tree: On Your Computer and Online  There are so many choices about what software to use or where to post an online tree!  Learn what the value and limitations are from using only software or online options and what the benefits are to using them together.
  • Planning a Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City – Get tips of what to bring and how to prepare to make the best use of your time while at the FHC Library.

General Topics – All Audiences

  • Including your Family in your Family History – I‘m currently organizing a workshop style presentation focusing on sharing your family history with the next generations.  This could be a grandparent/parent and child combined activity/workshop or could be presented as a talk to the adults about ideas to interest their family in family history.

Intermediate Classes

  • Pursuing Death Records Beyond the Headstone – There are many more records that are created when a person dies.  They may have a lot more information included beyond just the date of death and they may help you learn more about your ancestor.
  • Newspaper ResearchResearching the Headlines and More 
  • Planning a Research Trip to the Family History Library in SLC – get tips of what to bring and how to prepare to make the best use of your time while at the FHC Library.

Internet Sites

  • Using the Power of Google in Your Genealogy Research – Google can be used for more than searching for your ancestor’s name.  Learn some tips and tricks to make your genealogy Google searches powerful.
  • Getting Started with – Get a tour of, a free website with a lot of valuable resources that is constantly expanding.
  • Mining for Treasures on – There are a lot of valuable resources on beyond just using the search boxes.  Learn more about browsing digitized records, using the Wiki, Catalog and other areas of the website.
  • Extra! Extra! Locating Online Newspapers – More and more newspapers are being digitized and are online.  Learn how to find them on free and subscription sites and the various types of information that newspapers can provide.
  • Genealogy and Social Networking – Learn the value of connecting with fellow genealogists online.  Find out the value in Facebook, Pinterest and other social networking sites that may help you in connecting with “cousins” or simply others you can help you translate a difficult record.
  • Facebook for Genealogists – Facebook has a growing number of resources to help you with your family history.  Some of these benefits are connecting with family, making connections with experts, getting questions answered about your software program and there are many more!

Ethnic Research

  • Locating Clues to Finding Your Immigrant’s Town of Origin – Finding your Immigrant’s town of origin is often the key to locating records “across the pond.”  These clues are true for any immigrant of any nationality.
  • Beginning German Research: Reading Church Records when you don’t Know German – With some helpful guides and books you can learn to read German church records even if you cannot read or speak the language.  Church records are an essential part of German research and you will find them in the United States as well.
  • German Roots? 4 Steps to Build Up Your German Research Skills – Beginning German research can be challenging. Come learn about four steps that will provide a solid foundation and confidence in building your skills in tracing your German ancestry.
  • Using for German Research. Dig Deep! – The FamilySearch home page just scratches the surface of what you can find. Grab your shovels and learn how to dig deep to find treasures of information from this free resource.
  • Beginning Norwegian Research: Using Digital Arkivet – The Norwegian Archives are online and free for everyone to access.  This valuable resource takes some practice but can yield great results when researching your Norwegian ancestors.


  • Using Family Tree and Memories to Help in Your Research – Learn about the value of using this section of the website and how you can use online apps to view and interact with your tree in new and exciting ways.

Coming Soon!

  • Creating a Society Partnership.  There is value to genealogical societies working together for common goals to benefit all members. This presentation addresses the lessons learned, successes, and tools used in creating the International German Genealogical Partnership.
  • Resources in Public Libraries for Family History Research – When doing genealogy research we often focus on State Archives, Courthouses, Historical Societies, etc. But have you checked out the resources available in public libraries?
  • Using GPS. Destination: Confident Research Results – Have I done enough research? Do I have the right John? Is my research ready to share? Learn about the five components of the Genealogy Proof Standard (GPS) and how they will navigate you to arrive with confidence in your research results.
  • The Art of Asking the Right Questions in our Research – When did Grandma get married? When did Henry immigrate? Where was Emily Born? These are all great questions but they don’t always lead us to examine the value of the answers. If we change our questions, we can change our results and discover new avenues of research possibilities.