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SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE Updated as of May 19, 2013


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Thursday - Friday JamboFREE - Friday Afternoon - Saturday - Sunday

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


SA001 - Michael Provard - "FamilySearch Breakfast: Dancing With Skeletons in the Closet: Using Historical Records on FamilySearch to Fill in the Gaps." Two cases studies will show how digitized and indexed historical records on FamilySearch brought to light secret marriages, cross-country affairs, and a missing wedding ring in one family's story.

SA002 - Joseph Mozingo - "Traveling the Mozingo Family Path." Los Angeles Times writer Joe Mozingo, author of The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family. Growing up blond-haired and blue-eyed in Southern California, Joe Mozingo always thought his family name was Italian. But as an adult, Mozingo became skeptical of that theory when friends and co-workers began to ask him about his unusual-sounding last name. The journey to discover the truth about the Mozingo name took him from the libraries of Los Angeles to the courthouses and plantations of Virginia and, finally, to Africa. Learn about Joe's search for family and the thousands of miles he traveled the path to his past.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


SA003 - John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA - "The Library of Congress: An Introduction and Overview." The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is one of the country’s greatest repositories for genealogical research. Yet, because it is dauntingly large and requires on-site research, it tends to be underutilized. This lecture takes the mystery and trepidation out of using our national library and demonstrates the tremendous benefits of making a research trip to Washington. It sketches the institution’s history, describes the formalities for using it, and highlights—one reading room at a time—the innumerable and often unique treasures it holds. The extraordinary Web site of the Library of Congress is explored, and practical suggestions are made by someone who worked part-time at the library for twenty years. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA004 - Craig R. Scott, CG, MA - "Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor." A look at records created by the war, compiled military service records, pensions, bounty land and other records. Recording plans will be announced by May 31.

SA005 - Peter Drinkwater - "Introducing Newspapers.com" - Whether it's a birth, marriage or death announcement, an award, travel plans, social engagements or civic or criminal activities, newspapers can add both facts and color to what we know about our ancestors. Newspapers.com is a new source for millions of pages of newspapers that can help you fill in your family story. This session will explore the value of newspapers and show you how to get the most out of the content and tools on Newspapers.com. Sponsored by Newspapers.com. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA006 - Bruce Buzbee - DEMO: "Publishing Your Family Online." RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software that makes family history easy. Learn how to easily publish your family information online, including notes, sources, and pictures. Sponsored by RootsMagic. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA007 - Craig R. Scott, CG, MA. Video Feed: Military pension records are a rich source of family information. This lecture covers three main types of records and where to find them: pension applications, pension office ledgers and cards, and final or last payments.

SA008 - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - "Staying Out of Trouble - The Rights and Responsibilities of Today's Genealogists." As genealogists and researchers, we must understand today's laws as much as yesterday's. Modern law impacts our rights as researchers—rights of access to vital records, to information, and to places where information can be found. And it impacts our responsibilities, as well, particularly the need to respect another's copyright. Will not be recorded.

SA009 - Thomas MacEntee - "Playing Nice in the Genealogy Sandbox: How to get Along with Others to Get what you Need." Learn the best ways to connect with other family historians and share resources including research, documents and research strategies. Discover the various methods of locating other researchers and the best practices to ensure that your work is shared and credited in a responsible manner. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA010 - D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS - "Preserving Digital Files: A Step-by-Step Guide." Genealogists gather thousands of images, documents, audio, and video files during the course of their research. Discover the techniques, software, and standard practices behind digital preservation for your personal family history materials. Will not be recorded.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


SA011 - Craig R. Scott, CG, MA - "Pension Research: You Stopped too Soon." Military pension records are a rich source of family information. This lecture covers three main types of records and where to find them: pension applications, pension office ledgers and cards, and final or last payments. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA012 - Paula Stuart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA - "Research Via the Hallowed Shelves and Tools of the DAR Library." Our nation's capital is a fantastic place to do historical and genealogical research. Among the many repositories is the Daughters of the American Revolution Library. An on-site visit brings you to the old classical style building and the wealth of information accumulated since the library collection was started in 1896. The DAR Library is a stone's throw from the White House. A major focus of the library is the history of the American Revolution era. However, the library has far more than just materials related to the American Revolution. It is a superb place for browsing hundreds of years of books relating to many localities; most are on open shelves. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA013 - Rhonda R. McClure - "Was My Ancestor Naturalized?" A look at how naturalization laws have changed over the years in the United States and records generated from those laws. Sponsored by NEHGS. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA014 - Arlene H. Eakle, PhD, FUGA - "Colonial Wars Service for Virginia Ancestors, Including the French and Indian Wars Period." Colonial Wars service is often a major gap in your genealogy knowledge. You are far enough removed in time for traditions of military involvement to dim. Yet, the total number of troops mustered was large enough to include some 70-85% of Southern males age 16-45 in local conflicts. These records can help you by-pass record loss at the county level--a very real problem in Virginia before 1790. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA015 - Geoffrey Rasmussen - "Organizing, Researching, Mapping, Sourcing and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree." See how Legacy helps you get organized, write sources correctly and easily, Evidence Explained style, and learn how to create migration maps, get automated research suggestions, and much more. Sponsored by Legacy Family Tree. Will not be recorded.

SA016 - Lisa A. Alzo MFA - "Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family's Dark Side." How well do you really know your ancestors? Most of us want to believe our ancestors were hard-working, noble, or “salt-of-the-earth” types. We want to like them, and even brag about them. However, the reality is that if we go back far enough, we all can dig up a few proverbial “skeletons in the closet.” The horse thief, the philanderer, the murderer! Oh my! Genealogy is one of the most unpredictable activities you’ll undertake, and when you start digging into your family’s past, “You never know what you're gonna get.” If you suspect a few black sheep lurking in your family tree, this session will show you how to hunt them down, bust through the speculation, and tell the real story. Will not be recorded.

SA017 - Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS - "Easy as Apple Pie: Using Macs for Genealogy." Whether you've switched from Windows or you've been using Macs since 1984, Apple has a lot to offer genealogists. Learn about image management software for Macs, apps for your iPad and iPhone that facilitate mobile genealogy and help your research, choosing Mac family tree software, and managing your digital research files on your Mac. Will not be recorded.

SA018 - Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA - "Genealogical Periodicals: Where the Answers Are." Hundreds of thousands of pages of genealogical information have been published in genealogical periodicals over the last 140 years. Unfortunately, for most researchers, periodicals are a great, untapped source although the answers to many 'brick wall' problems are already in print. Recording plans will be announced by May 31.

SA019 - Angela Walton-Raji, MEd - "Finding and Documenting Community History Through Records of the U.S. Colored Troops." From cemeteries to the National Archives, the development of post Civil War communities are reflected in the histories of Black Soldiers buried throughout the nation. Local history is revealed through the records that remain. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



SA020 - Lisa Louise Cooke - "Master Using Google for Common Surname Searches." Common surnames don’t have to be a Google nightmare! Learn strategies for searching for common surnames and surnames that double as common words. Discover how to weed out irrelevant search results, then automate your searches to run for you! Recording plans will be announced by May 31.

SA021 - Timothy Pinnick - "The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!" World War I draft registration cards should be analyzed closely as they contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving genealogical roadblocks. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA022 - Bennett Greenspan - "Advances in Y Chromosone Testing ." The field of Genetic Genealogy began with the application of the male inherited Y-Chromosome. Recent discoveries have shown that the Y, long thought to be dated form less than 100,000 years is actually now dated to approx. 200,000 years. Its best application is in finding male relatives, but is there more that can, or could be accomplished by using the male inherited Y? I'll discuss some recent work tailored to making the Y a better predictor of relatedness then has been previously contemplated. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA023 - Anne Mitchell - "Everything You Wanted to Know about Fold3." Fold3 is the web's premier collection of original military records. The presentation will be an introduction and overview of the Fold3 website, with examples and tips for basic searching, viewing and using other features of the site. Sponsored by Ancestry.com. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA024 - Daniel Horowitz - "MyHeritage Record Matching Technology: Linking Your Family with the History." A new time-saver technology, research every individual in your family tree to automatically find historical records in MyHeritage 5+ billion records growing collection, and consolidate the relevant found in one interactive report. Sponsored by MyHeritage. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA025 - Lisa Louise Cooke - Video feed of the session "Master Using Google for Common Surname Searches"

SA026 - Thomas MacEntee, Judy G. Russell JD, CG; Denise Levenick; CeCe Moore; Paula Stuart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA - "Blogger Summit." Our panel of genealogists who are also bloggers will participate in a discussion of why blogging is important to their research. Participants will be able to ask questions about blogging and get a better understanding of why blogging works to improve genealogical research and to document the stories of our ancestors. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA027 - Denise Spurlock - "Angels of Mercy: Saving Lives in the Civil War." The Civil War was the most devastating of U.S. wars in terms of lives lost. If not for the work of civilian organizations such as the U. S. Sanitary Commission, the toll likely would have been much greater. Will not be recorded.

SA028 - John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA - "Your Immigrant Ancestors - How to Discover their True Stories." The immigrant experience was not the same for every one of the millions of English, Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, and others who came to America. Each immigrant's story is unique. Using three 19th-century case studies, this lecture describes the original records and published materials available to discover the particular facts of your own ancestor's story. It discusses how to evaluate those facts and assemble them into a story that conveys both the drama and individuality of your ancestor's emigration/ immigration experience. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.



SA029 - Leland Meitzler - "Researching Your Germanic Ancestors Using Online Resources." Germanic Research has changed dramatically in the last year or two because of the wealth of online resources we now have available to us. Over 30 online resources will be covered in the lecture, with a bit about what one can expect to find. Much of this exciting information is brand-new and will be new to the audience. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA030 - Thomas Jay Kemp - "Documenting Our Revolutionary Heroes: Use Newspapers to Learn Details for their Services and the Lives they Lived." Practical tips for searching newspapers and government documents published over three centuries. Learn to mine the clues and details within these documents to discover the stories and details about revolutionary war soldiers. Attendees will receive special access to these online newspapers. Sponsored by GenealogyBank.com. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA031 - Lisa A. Alzo MFA - "Best Online Resources for Eastern European Research." Learn about the latest online databases and websites for tracing your Eastern European ancestors.

SA032 - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG - "Turning Genealogy into Family History: Creating Stories from Stats." Intergenerational stories are links to the past, but many people (especially the younger generations) become “turned off” by the lists of names, dates, and places. How can we make genealogy “come alive” for our descendants? This program explores turning statistics into stories and facts into fascination. Designed for all levels of experience. Recording plans will be announced by May 31.

SA033 - Geoffrey Rasmussen - "Legacy Family Tree for your Mobile Device, Plus Other Trips and Tricks." See how to use Legacy on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device with the Families app. Also get a more in-depth look into Legacy: tagging, custom reports, little known tips, and much more. Sponsored by Legacy Family Tree. Will not be recorded.

SA034 - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG - Video Feed of Streamed Session "Turning Genealogy into Family History: Creating Stories from Stats."

SA035 - CeCe Moore - "Using DNA Testing to Discover the Genealogical Roots of Adoptees." Adoptees and individuals without knowledge of their genealogy are increasingly turning to DNA testing to discover their roots. Attendees will learn some of the techniques and tools successfully used. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA036 - Nicka Smith - "More than 3/5s: Myths and Truths about Slavery in the U.S." This history of the “peculiar institution” of slavery in the United States is complex. Learn about the myths, truths, and in betweens that existed during a major part of U.S. history. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA037 - Lisa Louise Cooke - "The Google Earth Military March Game Show." Be a part of this exciting, interactive genealogy game created in Google Earth, rich with multi-media. Discover military history and learn about the associated genealogical records as contestants battle to answer questions for prizes.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


SA038 - Cyndi Ingle Howells - "Advanced Googling for Grandma." Chances are that you are using Google on a daily basis. Chances are even better than you aren’t using it to its full potential. Learn about Google’s advance search options, as well as several more tools offered by Google that will enhance your research. We’ll dig deep into a variety of Google’s free resources and learn how to make them work for you. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA039 - Michael Provard - "A Look at the FamilySearch Family Tree." Recently introduced to the world, the FamilySearch Family Tree is a new way to see your family. The Tree provides the opportunity to easily navigate, add sources, link scanned photos to individuals in the Tree, and so much more. Sponsored by FamilySearch. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA040 - Angela Walton-Raji MEd - "Documenting the First Days of Freedom Through Civil War Research." How did "freedom" come to the family? This story is missing in many black family histories. However, Civil War records often hold the key to unlock the first days and, in many cases, the first moments of freedom. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA041 - Leland Meitzler - "Finding Your Family in the French and Indian Wars." This lecture covers the history of the Colonial French and Indian Wars – and how our colonial families were affected by these conflicts. I will also stress the genealogists' access to the records – and where these records can be located. Recording plans will be announced by May 31.

SA042 - Janet Hovorka - "Family Chartmasters: Beyond Scotch Tape: Charts to Fascinate Your Family." Show 'n' Tell. A Visual representation of a family’s history is the most powerful communication tool. Beautiful genealogy charts display your research with images, location, relationships and time. Sponsored by Family Chartmasters. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA043 - John Schmal - "Finding Your Roots in Mexico." Finding Your Roots in Mexico will assist participants in researching their roots back to Mexico. The presentation includes an outline which will describe various research suggestions for determining place of origin. We will also discuss the utilization of search engines, such as familysearch.org. Will not be recorded.

SA044 - Tom Underhill - "Passwords for Humans: New Ways to Stay Online." The geeks have spent 20 years convincing us to use passwords that are hard for a human to remember and easy for a modern computer to crack. This is a class for real people that teaches real (simple) ways to improve password security. What we cover can impact everything you do online! Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA045 - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG - "No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence." When there's no birth, marriage or death record, what's a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA046 - Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS - "Southern Deeds: More than Land Deeds." Mention that word to a family historian and probably the first thing that comes to mind is a land transaction. If you have studied original, microfilmed, or abstracted deeds you know they cover other types of transactions and can provide details you may not find elsewhere. Names, relationships, parentage, ages, death, marriage, and family disputes are found as slaves, land, equipment, mules and more are conveyed. Most Midwestern deeds are dull compared to some of the Southern ones yet they do contain some of these family details. When this hour is over you will be itching to read deed books no matter where your ancestors lived! Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

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


SA047 - Cyndi Ingle Howells - "Evaluating Web Sites: 13 Years Later." 13 years ago I presented a new lecture titled Evaluating Web Sites. All these years later several things have changed, while many things have stayed the same. How can you know whether what you find online is accurate and reliable? We’ll discuss how to delve into online datasets and determine the original source of the materials, and then how to evaluate the material you find there. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA048 - Thomas MacEntee - "Staying Safe Online." Are you hesitant to use popular social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or even Pinterest and share your genealogy research because of issues involving personal information and privacy? Learn how to safely navigate these sites and still get the most out of them! Recording plans will be announced by May 31.

SA049 - Angela Walton-Raji, MEd - "From Afrigeneas to Social Media: An Overview of African American Genealogy Online Resources." This session will explore online sites, databases and communities for novices and professionals who research African American family history. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA050 - SoCal APG - Southern California Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists meeting. Members of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG) and interested individuals are invited to attend this open meeting for genealogists. Whether you're working today in the field of family history research, or thinking of working to help others solve their family mysteries, you are welcome to attend. Will not be recorded.

SA051 - Dave Obee - "Mining the Canadian Census." The census can be a great source of information for people with roots in Canada -- but it is important to understand what the census tells you, and what it doesn't. Things are not always as they seem. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.

SA052 - Paula A. Sassi, CMG - "What Was Great-Grandpa Really Like (Handwriting Analysis)." What if you could really gain insight into your ancestors' true personalities, including how they thought, processed feelings and interacted with others? Learn how the basic tenets of handwriting analysis can be applied to the research and study of your ancestors. By analyzing old documents, records and letters, you can discover what great grandpa was really like. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

SA053 - James Ryan PhD - "Irish Rentals as a Family History Resource." - A description of records created in managing Irish rented estates, the range and structure of these rentals and their value in family history, where they are located and how they can be accessed. Will be audio recorded and available for purchase.

5:00 p.m. to 6:45p.m. SA053a - No-host reception - Convention Center West Foyer
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. SA054 - D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS - Saturday Banquet: "Games, Stories, and Adventures: The Future of Family History." Family history has seen some dramatic shifts over the past several years. Do you ever wonder what the future holds? Explore what a world of family history might look like in the future when seen as games, stories, and adventures, rather than names, dates, and citations. Additional fee required. Will be video recorded and available for purchase.


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