Speaking Engagements:

Are you looking to have a LIVE virtual speaker? Up to 100 people can attend a 40-minute lecture (longer can also be arranged). Please contact us to see if this option might help your society or club. In the meantime, stay healthy.

Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021
Time: 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm CST
Description: “Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors”. Learn more about the military service of your doughboy ancestors using online databases, repositories, and many other resources. Get ideas for sharing what you learn.
Place: Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Plano, TX. (Via Zoom)

Date: 25 – 27 February 2021
Time: Prerecorded Class.
Description: “Write Their Story: From Timeline to Young Readers Book (Part 1 of 2).” Be inspired by a simple process to write a Young Readers Book that shares your ancestor’s stories! Bringing research reports to family gatherings prompts yawns; writing a full-length book feels overwhelming. A Young Readers Book is in the “Goldilocks Zone” between those two extremes. This kind of book is a non-intimidating way to write and read a story.
Part 1 of this 2-video series introduces what a Young Readers Book is, and the decisions to make before beginning your book. The first step is to choose the focus of the book. It can be the story of an immigrant family, one ancestor’s military service, or any other significant person or time period in your family’s history. Then, construct a timeline by collecting the events, dates and places captured from your research effort. The importance of adding depth to a story using contextual information from books, diaries and newspapers to the story is covered. Finally, get ready to write the book!
Place: RootsTech Connect 2021! Links are TBD

Date: 25 – 27 February 2021
Time: Prerecorded Class.
Description: “Write Their Story: From Timeline to Young Readers Book (Part 2 of 2).” In Part 2 of this 2-video series, the method to use the timeline for building pages one-by-one is demonstrated. As each page is built, the story weaves together timeline events with the context of historical events and contemporary images into the fabric of an illustrated narrative. This process can help uncover holes in your research, and can also expanded to the full-length book you have been wanting to write.
Place: RootsTech Connect 2021! Links are TBD

Date: 11 November 2021 (via Zoom)
Time: 7:00 pm
Description: “Ancestors in the US Military: Online and in Military Archives”. Learn how to use online resources to locate information about your ancestors’ US Military service. The discussion will include information about how to use military archives in your research.
Place: Virginia Beach Genealogical Society. Information will be available on their website.

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