Minnesota Genealogical Society Logo 1385 Mendota Heights Road
Suite 100
Mendota Heights, MN  55120-1367
(651) 330-9312
Minnesota Genealogical Society

Please note: These workshops will be held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Directions to the MGC will be provided before the conference for those who register for the workshops.

Special Pre-Conference Event — 4 October, 2018

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Getting the Most out of Family Tree Maker 2017 Software with Mark Olsen

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Family Tree Maker is one of several genealogy software programs that family history researchers can use to organize genealogical information and create ancestor and descendant reports and charts. Mark Olsen of Software MacKiev, will demonstrate features of Family Tree Maker 2017 and answer user questions. FTM users are invited to follow along on their laptops or tablets.

The interactive presentation will emphasize features new to Family Tree Maker 2017, FamilySync™, Photo Darkroom™, Family Search Integration, Color Coding, Saved Filtered Lists, and Sync Weather Report, as well as how to upgrade or install Family Tree Maker 2017.

A graduate of Brigham Young University (B.A., family history), Mark Olsen is a Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world. He will also host a vendor table on Friday at the North Star Genealogy Conference.

Advance registration is required. This class is offered free to MGS by Software MacKiev, but a $10 registration fee covers refreshments and administrative costs. Enrollment for this class is limited to 75 attendees. To register:

  • If you have previously created an account and registered online for any 2018 North Star Genealogy Conference events, please log in to your account and edit your registration.
  • If you have registered for any 2018 North Star Genealogy Conference events, but do not have an online account, please contact Walker at walkercrawford@icloud.com or 608-206-3182; he will help you edit your registration.
  • If you have not registered for the 2018 North Star Genealogy Conference, you can register for this and other conference events at https://mngs.regfox.com/ns2018.

MGS thanks Software MacKiev for offering this workshop. MGS does not endorse FTM or any other commercial product.

Advanced Topics Class with Thomas W. Jones

12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Two 90-minute advanced topics will be presented by Thomas W. Jones in an afternoon workshop. This class is limited to 30 attendees and requires separate registration.

  • Developing an Evidence Orientation Differences between genealogical information and evidence; types of sources and evidence, with emphasis on circumstantial, indirect, and negative evidence; getting evidence from sources, especially below the surface level; legal, social, and economic contexts and the evidence they provide; understanding how a records' purposes and the parties' motivations provide genealogical evidence; weighing evidence; determining accuracy; determining provenance and authorship; relation of evidence to the Genealogical Proof Standard; using evidence to determine kinship and advance a genealogy.
  • Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search Pinpointing what a researcher wants to learn about an ancestor; strategies for determining which records to consult and where to find them; planning research of sufficient scope to answer a genealogical question convincingly; issues in variety, breadth, and depth of research scope; looking beyond the record of interest; knowing when the obtained evidence is sufficient; re-planning and developing subsidiary questions when planned research is unproductive; incorporating research scope into case building and reporting; testing hypotheses; challenging your own conclusions with alternative hypotheses and expanded research scope.