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1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. FR001 - Craig R. Scott, CG, MA- "Basic Military Research." An overview of how to research a soldier will be presented, from enlistment to discharge, from medical care to burial. Included are service records, unit records, claims, and pensions.

FR002 - Thomas Jay Kemp - "Practical Tips for Searching Obituaries." Practical tips for searching obituaries published over three centuries. Learn to mine the clues and details to fill in the stories of your family’s past. Attendees will receive special access to these online newspapers. (Sponsored by GenealogyBank.com)

FR003 - Crista Cowan - "Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker." Come for tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Family Tree Maker. This overview of Family Tree Maker will teach concepts such as tree building, adding and organizing media, documenting source information, creating printed charts & reports, and using Ancestry and other Internet resources to find more information to grow your family tree. (Sponsored by Ancestry.com)

FR004 - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG - "Special Delivery: Post Offices, Postmasters, and Your Family." Learn about the importance of mail to the earliest settlements, how to determine if your ancestor was a Postmaster, and how these aspects of history are valuable and accessible in your genealogical research.

FR005 - Geoff Rasmussen - DEMO: "What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8." Learn about all the great new features in Legacy's newest release - version 8.

FR006 - Philipp Mayer - "Organization and Presentation is Everything." Organization is the key to understanding your family. Don’t just file everything into envelopes and boxes. Learn an outstanding method to organize and manage photographs, documents, and general family information.

FR007 - Cyndi Ingle Howells - "Find the Silver Lining in the Cloud." The cloud is becoming home to many tools and functions that make our computing life easier every day. Learn which tools are useful for your genealogical research and how to implement those tools for optimum productivity.

FR008 - Angela Walton-Raji, MEd - "Documenting Native American Families in the 20th Century Records." This workshop features methods of documenting American Indian and blended families in 20th century records. Focus is on Federal and Indian Records.

FR009 - Lisa Louise Cooke - "Pimp Your iPad: How to Turn Your iPad and Other Tablets Into an Ultimate Genealogy Cruisin' Machine." Come learn how to set up your iPad (or tablet) for genealogical success from the author of the book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse. Discover the best apps, and user tips and tricks. Then hit the road using Cloud storage and remote access!
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FR010 - John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA - "Evidence from Material Culture: Using Artifacts in Research and Writing about Ancestors." This lecture demonstrates how to use family heirlooms—such as jewelry, a pocket watch, photographs, kitchen utensils, furniture, books, letters and diaries—and on-site inspection of ancestral places—such as gravesites and homesteads—to help portray who an ancestor was. Clues from material culture, in conjunction with oral family lore and information from written records, may reveal an ancestor's physical appearance, character, temperament, personal interests, social standing, day-to-day life, and perhaps even personal goals and motives.

FR011 - Kathy Warburton. "10 Fun Family History Activities." Take a fun and inventive spin on family history with instruction on topics like preserving and sharing photos, tips and tools for interviewing family members, creating fan charts and family trees, and other exciting activities to help you and your family have fun with genealogy. Sponsored by FamilySearch.

FR012 -Craig R. Scott, CG, MA- "Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor." Learn about researching records created during the war that resulted in our independence. Most researchers focus on compiled military service records and pensions, but there is much more to know.

FR013 - Nicka Smith - "Using Genealogy and DNA to Connect Back to Africa." Through traditional genealogy and DNA, many African Americans have been able to trace their ancestry back to their African country of origin. Learn the tips and tricks needed do the same and what’s needed to visit your ancestral homeland.

FR014 - Daniel Horowitz - "MyHeritage - The Ultimate Genealogy SuperSearch Engine." Learn how this new search engine works, and how it can benefit your research, covering billions of records and important repositories and databases, in a single search, finding the resources you need. Sponsored by MyHeritage.

FR015 - Bruce Buzbee - "What's New in RootsMagic 6." An introduction to RootsMagic 6, the newest version of this award-winning genealogy software. Learn about features like the enhanced Timeline view, Web Tags, Global Search, and Online Publishing. You'll also learn about the many enhanced sources, mapping tools, to-do lists, and reports. See for yourself why Family Tree Magazine named RootsMagic, "the best all-around genealogy program . . . for both casual and serious genealogists." Sponsored by RootsMagic.

FR016 - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - "The Ethical Genealogist." Genealogists deal with sensitive issues all the time: how to handle family secrets, what to say about living people, crediting the work of others. Learn more about the ethical challenges of trying to solve family history mysteries in the 21st century.

FR017 - Eric W. Siess, PhD - "Follow the Path to the Old Country with Emigration Records and the GPS." Emigration records are powerful tools that can help to identify specific ancestral localities. An information evaluation strategy is presented using the Genealogical Proof Standard, emigration and U.S. records.

FR018 - D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS - "ArchiveFinder and ArchiveGrid: Treasures in Archival Records." Encompassing collections from over 6,000 repositories, ArchiveFinder and ArchiveGrid are key resources. Discover key search techniques and explore their rich content.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FR019 - Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA - "Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking." How many genealogists have heard that great-grandpa traversed this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records still extant which may tell us something about his ancestry or where he later went? This lecture addresses these questions. Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and how to determine current day access to the records.

FR020 - Anne Mitchell - "Searching Successfully to Reveal Your Ancestor's Story on Ancestry.com." Learn to use Ancestry.com search tools to extract your ancestor’s records out of the billions of records available on Ancestry.com. Learn to use the newly discovered records to tell the story of your ancestor’s life. Sponsored by Ancestry.com.

FR021 - Timothy Pinnick - "Finding and Using African American Newspapers." African American newspapers are an underutilized source; yet they hold the key to solving many research problems, along with providing unprecedented insight into the social activities of black communities, both urban and rural.

FR022 - CeCe Moore; Alice Fairhurst; Ken Chanine PhD; Joanna Mountain PhD; Bennett Greenspan - "Hear It From the Experts on DNA." What advancements are on the horizon? How are SNPs different from matching by STR markers? What do you see as the future of autosomal testing for genealogy? What is the right test for me? This is only a small sampling of the discussion. Take this rare opportunity to connect with the experts in the field. Co-Sponsored by International Society of Genetic Genealogy, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe.

FR023 - Thomas MacEntee. "Saving Memories Forever: Recording, Preserving, and Sharing Your Family’s Oral History." In this session you’ll learn why preserving family memories through stories and oral history is not only important, but today’s technologies have made the process simple and easy. We’ll cover how to get started recording your oral history from selecting a recording platform, to using interview prompts and then finish with sharing the recorded stories with friends and family members." Sponsored by Saving Memories Forever.

FR024 - California State Genealogical Alliance Meeting - 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.

FR026 - Daniel Poffenberger, AG - "The Parish Chest: Beyond the Christening, Marriage and Burial Registers." Anyone who has done a little bit of English research has used the christening, marriage, and burial records kept by Church of England parishes. However, these records are only the tip of the iceberg of records kept by officers of the parish church. This course will give you an excellent foundation of what other records were kept by the parish, how they can help your research and how you can find them.

5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

FR024a - No-Host Reception Hour - Convention Center West Foyer
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. FR025 - Alexandra Orton, etc. - Lisa Louise Cooke - "Behind the Scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?" The popular family history television program is back in production and Season 4 will be appearing on a new cable channel (to be announced). The program has been lauded as the current upswing in interest in family history. Get a peek behind the scenes with a key member of the production team, Alexandra Orton, Producer & Research Manager for Who Do You Think You Are?" and other members of the production team. a Q&A session will follow. Submit your questions in advance to Qs4WDTYTA@scgsgenealogy.com. Additional fee.


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