Grandpa Was a Tail-gunner: Researching Army Air Corps Ancestors

Over 2.4 million men and women served in the Army Air Forces (aka Army Air Corps) during World War II. This presentation provides strategies and methods for discovering their stories, whether they served on air crews or in support units. Learn what individual and unit records are available, where to find them, and how to interpret and analyze their content using a variety of contextual resources.

Seeing the Patterns: Organize, Visualize, and Evaluate the Evidence

We gather lots of information, data, and evidence as we research our ancestors. The difficulty lies in analyzing the information, correlating and comparing it to data gathered from multiple sources, evaluating the evidence, and ultimately concluding what it all means. Organizing data using timelines, chronologies, charts, tables, and other assemblages can help us visualize the evidence to make it easier to analyze and evaluate. We can discover gaps and missing information, see how pieces of the puzzle fit together (or don’t), and uncover new paths for research.

Her Name was Not Unknown: Finding Female Ancestors

“What’s her maiden name?” “What happened to her after her husband died?” “How do I start researching my great-grandmother?” We’ve all felt the disappointment of seeing the word “unknown” to describe a female ancestor’s name. How do we go from “unknown” to finding a name? This presentation will explain techniques, methodology, and resources vital to family history research. Enhance your research skills using a 5-step approach to researching (and finding) female ancestors.

Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong – Assorted Courthouse Records

Webinar Abstract: Courthouses are an underutilized resource and they are not as hard to maneuver as most people think. Under their roof you will find fabulous records! This presentation will concentrate on the County level courthouses, the fabulous records contained……
Analyze This! Scrutinizing Evidence for Problem Solving

Deeper Analysis: Techniques for Successful Problem Solving

Webinar Abstract: The Genealogical Proof Standard states that analysis and correlation of data are necessary before we can say something is proven, but what techniques are best? Many people collect information but don’t know how to manipulate it for evidence analysis. Spreadsheets, timelines, maps, charts and tables are a few of the techniques that will be discussed to pull out evidence needed to answer research questions.

Location, Location, Location: Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

Webinar Abstract: Locality research is key to making progress in genealogy research. An understanding of the history, geography, records, and repositories for the research locality is the foundation for building a solid research plan and finding additional information about your ancestor.