2014 Classes (subject to change)

Told, Twice-Told, & Untold Family Stories?

Marilyn Collins, owner of CHS Publishing and award-winning author
Many things bind families together -- religion, holiday traditions, favorite foods -- and for genealogists, a place on the family tree. However, through the ages, stories told on cave walls, around ancient campfires, at barn raisings, and family reunions unite families in ways nothing else can. Join this interactive workshop and define the special history of your family through story. We'll have fun, write, and share. 

Organize and Keep Your Records Safe: Technology Backup
Becky Dearien
There are many ways to make sure your gedcoms, digital photos, sources and notes are safe. Becky Dearin will cover these topics in this class on how to store your research records, mentioning thumb drives, cloud computing and Family Tree. You can copy any record you have and place it into Family Tree, to be store in the cloud where it will be saved. Backing up your years of research should be one of your first priorities.

What's in the Courthouse?
Toni Fenton
Have you really cleaned out all the records available to you in the county courthouse? Especially when working on a brick wall, finding every clue in the court records will add to your proofs regarding your ancestor and often give valuable statements and clues on where to look next. You will be surprised at what you can find in all those records.” One never knows what clues can be found in the courthouse until you have searched everywhere. This class will show you how to expand your search to increase your odds of finding that golden clue.

Civil War Soldier Research
Alan Thompson
We will look at the types of records available for researching your Civil War ancestors.

War of 1812
Pam Redfern
Come and discover the forgotten war. Hear a brief history and discover websites and resources for your personal and genealogical research.

Combining Old Media with New Technology Parts 1 and 2
Nicole Pena
Many of us have old media such as old negatives, snapshots, telegrams, videos etc. which can be transferred onto modern day media such as CDs and DVDs. Learn how to preserve those old mementos and treasures onto modern day technology before they are lost. They can be combined into one format and put together for future generations. This is a wonderful idea for anyone planning a family reunion or gift for a birthday or anniversary for family members. It's not as hard as you think.

Picaboo Yearbooks
Mechel Wall
There is nothing more exciting than finding the name of that long lost relative or even digging up a photo of an ancestor whose face you have never seen. Once you have found all of this great information and compiled the inspiring stories of their lives, you will want to share it with others.

Publishing a compilation of genealogical data or a life story can be daunting. Learning to use complicated publishing software takes valuable time and once it is done the cost of the book can be prohibitive.

Picaboo has been helping people get their photos into printed hardbound books for decades and with the newly launched Yearbook division, it is the perfect fit for someone who wants to combine photos and stories in a simple, user friendly program. The real surprise is the cost. It's very affordable and a fraction of the cost of other On-Demand Publishers. Picaboo can print up to 200,000 books a day or just one - yours.

This free workshop will give attendees an overview of the publishing system, demonstrate how a typical book is created and shows how to make the book collaborative. Others can submit photos, work on sections of the book and purchase it in your very own storefront. The program is free, the class is free and the only thing you pay for are the books you publish (about $11 for a 30 page softcover book). Bring your own computer if you'd like to work during the class.

Find a Grave
Valerie Chandler
This unique site has actual photos of tombstones in cemeteries across the United States. Find out how you can find a photo of your ancestor's tombstone or request a volunteer to take a photo. Learn how get around the site and how to narrow you searches when researching a more common surname. Learn how to upload a photo of your ancestor's tombstone and make contact with others who are researching the name. Often links to other ancestors are on the site with notes and memorials telling you more about your ancestor. If you haven't tried out this site, you have missed a lot.

Indexing Family Search
Colton Schlesinger
Family Search is a genealogy website giving online access to all kinds of films indexed by the volunteers over many years. Constantly growing, this database includes the indexed records of censuses, marriages, births, deeds, deaths, immigration, divil and revolutionary wars and more. Currently being indexed is the 1871 Brittish census. FamilySearch has taken the genealogy community by storm in the last couple years. The emphasis placed on the digitizing and indexing of records, and the FamilySearch wiki, in addition to the effort put into New.FamilySearch, is and will continue to be a driving force, allowing genealogists worldwide to locate and record more ancestral data than ever before. Learn how you can be a much needed volunteer to index documents for Family Search and add to this growing collection of valuable resources.

Internet Genealogy
Jim Daugherty
Learn what sites are most helpful on the internet to do online research. Many new sites appear every year. You will have a list of the best sites around and what topics they cover. Knowing what works best helps to eliminate wasting time on fruitless searches. Learn which sites are most reliable and learn about some that you have never heard of.

Military Records
Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson, a retired Marine officer who worked in the Government Archives and Records Administration, has expert knowledge on how to find your ancestor’s military records. These records can provide many clues and much information about your ancestor. This class will be an overview of basic military personnel documents and a summary on the use of the National Archives. He will show you just where to look for your ancestor’s military records depending on which war they were involved in and show you what you can learn from them.

Research Process
Kathleen Everett
How to get the Most Out of Your Tip. A trip to the courthouse or archives is usually a single event, scheduled to fit in with other things on the trip allowing for limited time to do genealogy research. You will want to take this class to learn how to be prepared in advance, wasting no time which could other wise be spent obtaining results in your research. Learn tips to prepare for in advance and how to make the most of your time while you are in the library or courthouse so that you can get the best possible results out of your research trip.

What's New in Technology
Fred Anderson
You won't believe some of the things you can do now with advanced technology. Did you know you can place a chip onto a tombstone and someone else who is visiting the tombstone can get the data off the chip and contact you? Reasonably priced printers can now copy hundreds of papers you have and make a digital copy into a pdf file for you. Evernote is a program which allows you to copy anything you see on the web and save it into this program organized into notebooks as you like. Available for you to access on the web from anywhere, you can find this info when you need it on your research trips etc. Skitch is a program which allows you to make notations onto the jpg you have of a will or deed. This notation will identify where the will is located, book, page etc so that you will never wonder where you got it. You won't believe how many new programs and gadgets there are now to help you in your genealogy quest.

Family Search/Family Family Tree
Fred Anderson
Family Search is new and improved. A free genealogy website, Family Search is a genealogy website giving online access to all kinds of films indexed by the volunteers over many years. Constantly growing, this database includes the indexed records of censuses, marriages, births, deeds, deaths, immigration, divil and revolutionary wars and more. Currently being indexed is the 1871 British census. FamilySearch has taken the genealogy community by storm in the last couple years. The emphasis placed on the digitizing and indexing of records, and the FamilySearch wiki, in addition to the effort put into New.FamilySearch, is and will continue to be a driving force, allowing genealogists worldwide to locate and record more ancestral data than ever before. FamilySearch is front and center in the online dissemination of an ever-expanding trove genealogical data, with the website being the portal through which genealogists access data, volunteer their indexing skills. This class will amaze you with what's new on and how it can help you with your online research. User Submitted Genealogies is a set of lineage linked conclusion trees provided to FamilySearch by users. This data comes from the Ancestral File, the Pedigree Resource File and other user submissions.

The Cloud
Avard Hart
Understand the value and risk of using cloud-based applications. Protect yourself and your family when working or playing in the Cloud.

Gleaning Clues from Old Photos
Joshua Youngblood
I will guide researchers through reading historical images like text in order to enrich family history projects. Primarily using photographs from the archives in the Special Collections of the University of Arkansas Libraries, the session will explore how to interpret historical images as primary sources and how historical context can help bring meaning to your old pictures.

Charlie Fowler
A fairly new genealogy site for researchers, WIKI has many research guides, articles and classes for all. Connect with others researching the same lines, learn to post a query which is answered by a professional and how to find answers from others for your questions.

Dropbox for Geneologists
Kellie Thompson
Dropbox is a free services that saves your files to all your computers, phones and even the dropbox website. The dropbox services secures your genealogy data and protects you from computer disasters and even storms and fires and other disasters that could destroy your genealogy database. The service stores your files offsite in the "cloud" and allows you to access your data from anywhere there is internet access. The Dropbox team ensures the security and integrity of your data by securely storing and backing up your data and by protecting that data with many layers of security including password and two-step verification.

The class will include a discussion of the benefits of dropbox, comparisons with other similar services, step-by-step setup process for dropbox, and how to setup various genealogy programs to use the dropbox service to keep our genealogy data backed up and securely stored "in the cloud" to protect us from disasters.

The Courthouse Burned
Marcia Connors
What types of records might be available to find when the courthouse of your ancestors burned. How does it affect you? What other resources might you find to give you the same information you would have found in the courthouse? This class will list a multitude of alternative research paths to take to find your missing ancestor or the proof on a specific detail you might be lacking. 

Breaking Down a Brick Wall
Marcia Connors
Come along and see the 26 tips actually used to break down a brick wall in Texas. Find out what happened to Daniel Travis Alexander after he disappeared off the face of the earth as so many ancestors seem to have done. Learn what research ideas allowed this speaker to find out a great deal about Daniel Alexander including why he disappeared and exactly what happened to him. These 26 tips can be used to find any ancestor.  

Genealogical Proof Standards
Marcia Connors
Do you know how to gather your evidence, abstract relevant information and evaluate that information to determine if it is sufficient to prove your statement a fact? What is a source and what is a resource? How to deal with conflicting evidence. What is Direct Evidence vs Indirect Evidence? What is a Primary Source vs a Secondary Source? This class will teach you how to analyze the evidence you have gathered and determine which facts are more reliable than others.

Legal Terminology
Dr. Steven Sheppard

My Family is Full of Characters: Absolute Beginning Genealogy
Kathleen Everitt
Maybe Grandpa had some great stories about how his family came here or maybe you inherited an old family picture of a group of cowboys you couldn't identify. Did it look like they could have been on a Wanted poster? One way or another, you've got the bug! So now what? Where do you begin? Who do you talk to? We'll get you started on the right foot, asking the right questions and obtaining the right documentation. You will receive an outline for beginning your search, easy tips for finding information and all the forms you need to record what you find. This will be a fun, interactive class with lots of time for questions and practical suggestions. Bring a notebook with section dividers and we'll provide the rest.

Help! They're Multiplying Like Rabbits: Research for Beginners
Kathleen Everitt
Many of you have collected a box of treasured family records or handed down, found in the attic or just plain accumulated. Beware, they will multiply faster than you can imagine. In this class, we'll show you how to begin organizing all that messy "stuff" so you are able to locate the information you have and identify what you need to find next. Bring a notebook with section dividers (the ones with pockets) and some of your records. We'll get you started and outline a system that will keep you organized as your "stuff" begins to multiply like rabbits!

How Last Names Came to Be
Joe Kaminaga
This class will teach you how last names came about in the Marshall Islands. Come and enjoy learning about this unique culture.

I Have Found a Document, Now What?
Diane Giannini
This class will dissect document analysis with a focus towards forensic genealogy.

Headstone Tales and Cleaning Techniques
Rusty Brenner
Attendees will lean about proper techniques for cleaning, leveling and restoring tombstones. Common symbolism found in many historic cemeteries. How we use GPS equipment and Databases for mapping and keeping burial and genealogical records, as well as using non-invasive archeological survey tools like Ground Penetrating Radar to find unmarked burials.

Blogging for Genealogists
Blogging is a method by which genealogists can share our family history finds with other researchers researching our family line, with our family members near and far, and with potential cousins who we are not even aware of at the moment. Often, our family members' eyes will glaze over when we start detailing the trials of our latest research, but they might be interested in the blog post showing a picture of Great-Great Grandma Almeda when we find it! Or they might like reading the story of Great Grandma and the goat that we discover by interviewing Grandma or one of the aunts or uncles!
There are many blogging platforms and many different types of blogs! There are also many sites on the internet that will give ideas and suggestions for blog posts. I will talk about a few of the blogging platforms and provide detailed instructions on setting up a blog with one of the most popular platforms: Wordpress. I will also discuss the many sites devoted to genealogy blogging and provide a list of links to some of the sites that have suggestions for blog post topics. 
Blogging doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Blogging can range from free to very expensive. I personally spend only about $5 per month but I had a free site for a few years. I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of your own domain and the free hosting sites for your blog. 
Blogging also doesn't have to be complicated! You don't have to know anything about programming or setting up your own website! Blogging can be as simply as typing into your genealogy program! If you can enter information into your genealogy program or an online family tree, you can setup and maintain your own blog!