Many families take great pride in their colonial ancestral lines. This presentation examines the research plan and process of proving such a family line from Ohio back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Online research is always helpful, but results of offline research at archives, repositories and libraries should not be forgotten for the thrill of documentation. Anyone who is interested yet reluctant about beginning colonial research, this presentation hopes to take away the worries and replace it with wonder.
Genealogy trips can be “the bomb”—or they can bomb. An unsuccessful trip can most often be prevented by following the steps, cautions, and counsel in this presentation. A fun and lively presentation with stories of personal disasters and serendipity, this is a great way to get ready for that first (or many) genealogy research trips.
Beginning researchers are often unaware of the existence of county histories within the United States; intermediate researchers are often unaware of the process behind the submitted stories. Both groups benefit from using a county history as a jumpstart to their research. Determining which counties have histories, how to find them, and how to evaluate the details for accuracy are important steps. This presentation will demonstrate the abundant information just waiting to be found, tested, and included in our family histories.
Before Ancestry there was FamilySearch—and FamilySearch continues today as a thriving and consistently updated website for researchers. While many researchers are fond of FamilySearch Wiki and the main research page, this presentation focuses on the hidden gems within the wonderful research world of the FamilySearch indexed and unindexed digitized records.