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DNA for Beginners
Wednesday, February 6
DNA for Beginners
Presenter: Julianne DeWalt Adamik
Description:
Have you taken a DNA test and wonder “now what?” Curious about using DNA for genealogy research but don’t know where to begin? This is the presentation for you! We start at the beginning…the very beginning. Learn all about genetic genealogy, but without all the science. Okay, maybe we touch on it a tiny bit. But just enough to build your understanding of what DNA is, types of DNA, how it is used in genealogy, how the different testing companies compare, and much more. We’ll go over common genetic genealogy terminology and basic inheritance patterns. Join us for this informative and entertaining presentation designed to get you on your way to discovering more about your ancestors through DNA!
 
About the Presenter:
After a long career as a corporate executive, Julianne DeWalt Adamik embarked on a journey to discover her roots. Using the brief handwritten notes found among her father’s papers, she set out to learn more about the ancestors whose DNA she shares. She became intrigued by the advances in DNA technology and its use in genealogy research. Julianne has taken several courses in genetic genealogy, including the Genealogy Research Institute of Pennsylvania (GRIP) course on Practical Genetic Genealogy. She is President of the North San Diego County Genealogical Society and a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Genealogical Society, Illinois Genealogical Society, Peoria County Genealogical Society and Irish Genealogical Research Society.



Organize Like an Archivist
Wednesday, March 6
Organize Like an Archivist
Presenter: Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS
Description:
This webinar helps you put your genealogy research records in order, using the same techniques as professional archivists who manage vast collections.
 
Discover effective step-by-step strategies to manage your genealogy research, using six digital folders. Learn how to name and organize digital files for quick retrieval, link paper and digital records, and tame your genealogy records. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system.
 
About the Presenter:
Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is a genealogy writer and educator. After a long career in libraries and archives assisting researchers, Nancy now writes and lectures on her specializations: organizing research and finding Midwestern U.S. and European records. She appears frequently at regional, national, and international genealogy conferences.



Getting the Most Out of DNA Ethnicity Reports
Wednesday, April 3
Getting the Most Out of DNA Ethnicity Reports
Presenter: John Vanek
Description:
The most frequent complaint about DNA tests is that ethnicity reports don't match people's expectations. John Vanek will help us look at how these reports are calculated and explore some of the challenges that stand in the way of presenting ethnicity accurately. In the end, you'll better understand how you can incorporate ethnicity results into your research.
 
About the Presenter:
John Vanek has a master’s degree in American history and currently works as an exhibit developer for Split Rock Studios in Arden Hills. He has been doing genealogical research since the 6th grade (and at a high level for more than a decade). In 2015, John identified his biological father—a sperm donor—by reconstructing his family tree based on distant DNA relatives. For two-and-a-half years, until the end of 2018, John worked as a professional genealogist, specializing in cases involving DNA.



Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Courthouse Records
Wednesday, May 1
Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Courthouse Records
Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Description:
Local county courthouses are a very much underutilized resource; they are not as hard to maneuver in as most people think. We will explore this rich resource to discover the fabulous records contained within their walls and examine how the sources/records can aid in our search. Discussion to include:  Chancery & Civil Court, Coroner Reports, Intermediate Courts, Supreme Court, Brand Books, Docket, Minute, Order, and Bond Books, Estray, Dog, Boat, and Stud (horse) Books, Hawkers, Theatrical Exhibitions, Ordinary and Retailers Licenses, Naturalization Records, Probate & Estate Records, Land/Deeds, Jury Registers, Soldier & Sailor Discharges, Tax Records, Voter Registration Books, Vital Records, and more.
 
About the Presenter:
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is an educator, consultant, and co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips. Her specialties are methodology, research sources, computer resources, vital records and their sources, and conference planning. She is author of several articles for the NGS Magazine, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series-Florida.



Blogging for Family History
Wednesday, June 5
Blogging for Family History
Presenter: Laura Hedgecock
Description:
Join the more than 3,300 genealogists already blogging their family history; it has never been easier to get started! The president of GeneaBloggersTRIBE discusses the most popular, free, and easy blogging platforms, as well as where to find writing prompts and inspiration. This presentation will cover:  A basic overview of how blogs work; how family historians can use a blog to share family stories, engage the extended family, compile research findings, and find new (to you) cousins eager to collaborate; blogging versus sharing on social media; practical reasons to blog; blogging versus other writing; and the sharing options offered by blogs from keeping stories in the immediate family to publicizing through social media.
 
About the Presenter:
Laura Hedgecock is a GeneaBlogger, author, storyteller, and speaker passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. She’s the author of Blogging for Family History and Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life. She’s a member of APG, Genealogical Speakers Guild and is the President of the 3,300+ member GeneaBloggers.