As I posted yesterday, I have a series of genealogy presentations available for societies, organizations and clubs that are interested in a speaker. I have delivered programs before groups in Florida, Ohio and Indiana, so I am willing to travel. I enjoy making any of the presentations, so I'm open to doing any of them. I also enjoy working with those new to genealogy, so my beginners session gets a lot of exposure and can be a single session or a series of more detailed sessions.
Two of my programs are in costumed 1st person format and aimed primarily at the Revolutionary War era. The last one on the list is still under development. Read #4 as "at the risk of our lives and fortunes."
Genealogical Presentation Topics:
1. Researching Collateral Ancestors: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Relatives!: Case studies will be used to demonstrate how researching siblings, cousins, and neighbors can help connect direct line ancestors.
2. Using Online Resources to Help Solve Brick Wall Problems: A discussion of various online resources used to help complete a family group record suffering from errors and missing information.
3. Mining Family Histories & Genealogies: Boom or Bust? Proceed with Caution!: Family histories and genealogies are a sought after resource. This presentation will examine how they can help and hinder research.
4. “at the risque of our lives and ffortunes”: Researching Revolutionary War Ancestors: Two case studies [Pvt. John Faucett & Capt. Edward Prall] will be used to examine a variety of resources available to tell the story of a Revolutionary War veteran.
5. Using City Directories to Fill in the Blanks in Family Research: This presentation will take a look at city/county directories and what these wonderful resources can offer in filling in missing pieces of family history research.
6. Marriage Records: Different Ways to Record Getting’ Hitched: This presentation will cover different marriage records from colonial times to present.
7. An Introduction to Genealogy: This presentation is designed primarily for those new to genealogy. It can be tailored to be a standard presentation, class, or series of sessions. More experienced researchers will, hopefully, pick up a few pointers as well.
8. A Visit with John Faucett, veteran and pioneer: An 80 year old pensioner relates his early years on the Virginia frontier, life among the Indians, the War for Independence, and pioneering Ohio and Indiana. [presented in 1st person; 1830s costume]
9. A Meeting with Captain Edward Prall of the Maryland Line: Edward Prall relates his story as a New Jersey farm boy, merchant-trader, signer of the Bush Declaration, and officer in one of the Continental Army’s prized regiments at Long Island through the Southern Campaign. [presented in 1st person; Rev. War uniform]