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Welcome - Leland K. Meitzler (Sunday Evening 7:00 pm)

Summary & Description: Welcome to the Salt Lake Christmas Tour 2014

The following class descriptions are from the 2013 Tour. Expect similiar topics and many of the same speakers for 2014. Complete class descriptions for 2014 will be posted during the year 2014.


Family History Trippin’: Planning a Successful Genealogy Trip* - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description:  No matter what time of year, the opportunity for a trip where you can incorporate family history research and education can present itself. Learn how to plan for different types of trips and incorporate your specific travel habits. Participants will learn how to evaluate their travel habits and then build a travel plan to ensure an enjoyable and productive genealogy-related trip. We’ll also cover apps and websites you should know as well as how to handle those pesky emergencies or changes in plans!

It Is Well With My Soul – Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description:  Our ancestors persevered in spite of disaster and misfortune so that we could be here today to tell their stories. Learn how to locate evidence of their experiences and how to add their first-hand accounts to that body of evidence. Horatio Spafford, author of the hymn It Is Well With My Soul, overcame immense tragedy, misfortune and disaster (the death of his only son, the Great Chicago Fire, a shipwreck which killed his four remaining daughters) to not only stay true to his values but to help others and still keep a positive outlook on life. How did our ancestors persevere and survive in the face of disaster – natural, manmade and financial – so that we could be here today to tell their stories? Learn how to not only locate your ancestors amidst the rubble, but give voice to their stories.

Metadata for Digital Images* - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description: Metadata helps identify aspects of digital files such as scanned photographs including size, date taken, etc. Learn how to add or edit metadata and use it to your advantage in your genealogy research. Once an image is scanned using the Flip- Pal® mobile scanner, you can do more than just send the image to friends and family. Learn how to work with the metadata embedded in the file to add captions, information about people in the photo, when the photo was taken and more!

Mind mapping Your Research Plans and Results - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description: Mind mapping is a process of creating a diagram or flow chart of ideas and concepts. Learn about automated mindmapping tools that let you see your research data in a new light. Do you have trouble planning a genealogy research strategy? What if you had an automated way to lay out concepts, variables and actions? Mind mapping can help you create an effective research plan as well as help you connect data points once the research is completed.

Pinning Your Family History* - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description: Have you considered using a variety of social media “pinning” sites like Pinterest to share your family history photos and stories? You might be surprised at the connection you can make with other genealogists as well as far-flung family members! One of the challenges in using the Flip- Pal® mobile scanner on family photos and mementos is “what do I do with it now that it’s scanned?” Using social media pinning sites such as Pinterest, What Was There, History Pin and even Google Maps allows you to not only share your family history photos, but you never know who will find your content and what connections you could make!

Self-Publishing for Genealogists - presented by Thomas MacEntee & Lisa Alzo

Summary & Description: Advances in recent technology have made it possible to no longer be tied to a publishing house or printer for your next genealogy book. Self-publishing puts control over the entire process in the hands of the genealogist and the genealogical society to reach a wider audience at a reasonable price. There are many benefits to self-publishing but you should know the difference between digital and print and what your audience wants.

Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description: While you may think you’ve hit a brick wall with your research, have you tried using cluster and collateral search strategies to look for an opening? Researching non-direct relations as well as those friends and neighbors in your ancestors’ network can pay off in ways you might not imagine. Learn why researching those in-laws, “shirt-tail cousins” and others who may not be a direct-line ancestor as well as “friends, neighbors and associates” can help you break down your genealogy research brick walls.

They’re Alive: Searching for Living Persons - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description: Genealogists have many reasons to locate living relatives – from connecting with long lost cousins to performing collateral searches to break down brick walls.  Learn the most effective ways to find living people using Internet search engines and resources. In this session you’ll learn not only why it is important to locate living relatives, but how to leverage the power of Internet to make certain you have the correct contact information.  You’ll also learn how making contact with the living can hone your genealogy research skills and actually help you break down those brick walls.

Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists - presented by Thomas MacEntee

Summary & Description: Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research. Participants will learn how to use the Wolfram Alpha website – a “computational knowledge engine” – as a genealogical research tool

Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past Present & Future - Lisa A. Alzo
Summary & Description: A discussion of using immigrant cluster communities to advance genealogical research, and how to use technology and the Internet to build “virtual cluster communities.” There are a handful of “cluster” immigrant communities throughout the United States that blossomed during the immigration influx of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Exploring “cluster genealogy”—the process of researching those relatives, friends, and neighbors who lived near an ancestor—can often break down brick walls in our research.  For those descendants who have moved away from such traditional immigrant enclaves, 21st technology can be used to rebuild “cluster communities” in the virtual world.  This session will cover how to identify chain migrations and cluster communities, ways to work beyond your own family tree to share and collaborate with others, and how to use tools such as social networking sites, Wikis and Second Life to connect with other researchers, and build village-based online genealogical communities.

Storyboard Your Family History With Scrivener - Lisa A. Alzo
Summary & Description: Learn how Scrivener—a multifaceted word processor and project management tool—can help you plot, organize, and write your family history narrative. Scrivener by Literature and Latte is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Priced under $50, this powerful application seamlessly takes you from idea to outline to finished product. Learn how to set up your writing projects, how to use Scrivener's virtual "corkboard" to storyboard--visually plot out the story you want to tell, how to store notes, citations, images, and research materials,  compile your finished draft for printing or exporting for final formatting, manage multiple projects, and much more!  Presenter will demonstrate a current writing project as an example.

10 Ways to Jump Start Your Eastern European Research - Lisa A. Alzo
Summary & Description: Learn the key steps for tracking down your Eastern European Roots. Curious about your East European roots but don’t know where to begin?  This session will show you how to “jumpstart your genealogy!” Learn the basics and how to investigate your family’s history using both traditional and online sources. Learn which records to tap into to identify your ancestral village, how history impacts genealogical research, and ways to utilize the Family History Library. Tips for contacting possible relatives and writing to foreign archives, as well as strategies for overcoming the most common pitfalls and problems will also be discussed.


Intro to DNA & I've had My DNA Tested, Now What? (2-part class) - Taught by Anna Swayne from Ancestry.com
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Understanding and Using MyHeritage - taught by Mark Olsen
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Flip-Pal mobile scanner Discussion and Demonstration - taught by Dale & Leland Meitzler

Summary & Description: This program will be hands-on and explain why the Flip-Pal works so well for genealogical scanning - both of documents and photographs, as well as small artifacts. Demonstrations of scanning, as well as the stitching of large images is demonstrated. Also - using Adobe Photoshop Elements (included in Creatity Suite 3.1) for genealogy purposes is demonstrated.


Legacy Software Unofficial, Unscripted Legacy Users Gathering - led by Lonnie Gardner


Federal & State Censuses, and Substitute Name Lists, Part 1  - taught by William Dollarhide

Summary & Description: 
Based on Dollarhide's  2-vol., Census Substitutes & State Census Records book; and Dollarhide's Name Lists books for each state, this lecture will include a syllabus handout showing all state censuses for the 37 states that took state censuses. Another handout shows the major substitute name lists for all states. The lecture/slideshow will refer to the handouts, and adds several examples so a good understanding of what is available can be determined.

Federal & State Censuses, and Substitute Name Lists, Part 2  - taught by William Dollarhide

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Based on Dollarhide's Name Lists books for each state, this lecture will include syllabus handouts related to lost Federal Censuses, and other Federal Census details. An essay, What Are Name Lists? is also included in the syllabus, and the list of Substitute Name Lists in that essay will be discussed in detail, with several examples.  The lecture/slideshow will refer to the handouts and provide examples of several censuses and substitute name lists, those at the National level and those at the state level.


English Research Before 1650, Part 1&2 - taught by Arlene Eakle

Summary & Description: This is a two-session class.  Session One:  Important considerations and little-used jurisdictions (at least by American genealogists).  In other words, where to look and what to look for.   Session Two:  Sources and search strategies to document your English pedigree. You can research early English records in the Family History Library almost better than in England itself because all the records are concentrated in one library open from 8 am to 9 pm.

Colonial Tidewater Virginia Research - taught by Arlene Eakle

Summary & Description: There are some new sources and new evidence of where the early Virginians come from.  Remember that “in the beginning all was Virginia” and Virginia was settled from the Tidewater inland, westward, and northward.


U.K. & Irish Research on the Internet - Taught by Dwight Radford

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Irish Research at the Family History Library - Taught by Dwight Radford

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Understanding & Using the Subscription Databases at the Family HIstory Library - taught by Joy Price

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Understanding & Using FamilySearch FamilyTree - Taught by Joy Price

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Pennsylvania Research, Part 1 & 2 - taught by Linda Brinkerhoff

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his is a two-session class.  Session One:  Basic research sources, where to find them and specific search tips to use them effectively.  An emphasis is on finding births, marriages, and deaths.  Session Two:  Pennsylvania Land and Tax Records.  The Family History Library has acquired property records for Pennsylvania in abundance.  You will make great headway proving ancestors who begin in Pennsylvania and move on to Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and points South.

New England Colonial Towns - taught by Linda Brinkerhoff

Summary & Description: If you attend this class, you will receive a checklist of New England Towns and where their records are.  Some surprising libraries and archives have rich holdings for your New England ancestors, including the Family History Library.


Deciphering German Handwriting - taught by Kevan Hansen

Summary & Description: Clues to reading German handwritten script as well as printed fraktur.

Identifying German Location and How to Access Them - taught by Kevan Hansen

Summary & Description: Keys to identifying locations in United States records as well as German sources. Determining where the records are once a town has been identified.


Heritage Quest: The Treasure Chest - taught by Maureen MacDonald

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Heritage Quest: U.S. Research the Easy Way - taught by Maureen MacDonald

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All Sources are NOT Created Equal - taught by Maureen MacDonald

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Locating Colonial Massachusetts Ancestors - taught by Maureen MacDonald

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Using MyCanvas to Compile YOUR Book - taught by Cecily Kelly

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2014 Salt Lake Christmas Tour