Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I had a great time visiting the Carroll County Genealogical Society this last Monday and giving a presentation on "Becoming a Census Detective." I was asked there about my upcoming speaking engagements, and when I was featured on the "Forget Me Not Hour" with Jane Wilcox at Blog Talk Radio today I was asked the same question, so I will post my speaking schedule here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 -- Fairfax Genealogical Society
"Studying Genealogy: A Personalized Approach"
To “study” genealogy one must go beyond casually attending presentations and work to learn about specific topics. Each genealogist has a unique background and experience and thus has differing educational needs. This presentation will focus on strategies for learning about sources and methods and will show you how to locate resources to study the topics you need to enhance your research.
 
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:45pm-- Baltimore Family History Workshop in Essex, Maryland
Free conference, registration required 
"Advanced Census Research"
Census records are an essential resource for genealogists. This session will focus on going beyond basic use of the census and assist participants in understanding the pre-1850 census records; discovering how the non-population schedules can enhance research; locating and using state census records; and evaluating information from every census column to maximize the information gleaned from the record.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:15am-- Baltimore Family History Workshop in Essex, Maryland 
Free conference, registration required
"Genealogy Techniques Toolbox"
How full is your toolbox? Does it include creating spreadsheets, charts and timelines to compare and evaluate research findings? Would you like to add skills such as separating individuals of the same name, researching extended family and associates of an individual, and using identity characteristics to locate or identify a person? The session will highlight these techniques and conclude with a case study that employs many of the methods to demonstrate their use in a real genealogical problem. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:00pm -- Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region
"Mining for Family History in Federal Land Records"
Webinar online
Did your ancestor have a homestead or buy land on the frontier? Come learn about the federal land entry papers at the National Archives and the genealogical information they provide.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1:15pm -- APG Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah
Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"
As professional genealogists we strive to work efficiently and manage our time effectively. We balance a variety of demands such as client research, writing projects, volunteer positions, lecture opportunities, continuing education, and administrative tasks. This session will address ideas for managing your workload, scheduling projects, prioritizing tasks, tracking your time, and staying focused. 
January 11- 16, 2015 -- Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah
Advanced Evidence Analysis Pracitum -- course coordinator
This hands-on course is an opportunity for advanced genealogists to put their research skills into practice. Participants will work on five complex genealogical research problems—a new one each day. The objective is to give each student experience in conducting research on complex problems, analyzing and correlating evidence, and reaching conclusions. The research problems will be varied, offering students the challenge of stretching their mind and skills in directions that their research may not normally take them. If you can't resist a genealogical challenge and love hands-on learning, then this is the course for you!
I will post additional speaking engagements for 2015 at the beginning of the year, but I am looking forward to speaking in Maryland, Virginia, Utah and Washington!
 

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Insider's View of the ProGen Study Program

Have you considered participating in the ProGen Study Program studying the manual Professional Genealogy? For this week's Follow Friday post I would like to share some posts written by recent alumni of the program. They share their experiences and their advice for others who may want to join one of these study groups.

Some Comments about ProGen by Jill Morelli on the blog Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal 

I'm a ProGen Alumnus! by Miriam J. Robbins on the blog AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors

The ProGen Study Groups were also featured on the Genealogy Professional Podcast with Marian Pierre-Louis. You can listen to the episode here.

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An Evening With Bruce Buzbee



For my local Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia readers: