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Friday June 1st Broadcast Schedule
(all times are Pacific Daytight Time (GMT -7:00)

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David McDonald, DMin, CG®
FR008 / Level: B, I
The Draper Manuscripts: Clues for the Ride West
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT

L. C. Draper spent much of the 19th Century collecting narratives and ephemera from Revolutionary-era soldiers and their descendants, as well as those who encountered native Americans in the trans-Appalachian west. Housed at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, these materials can give researchers a boost in breaking through brick walls in that region.

David McDonald, DMin, CG®
National lecturer and course coordinator for various institutes including SLIG, GRIP and ISBGFH. Instructor at IGHR. Past president & former trustee, BCG & NGS. State society officer and newsletter editor.

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Jill Morelli, CG®
FR016 / Level: B, I
FamilySearch: The Other 70%
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Did you know, if you do a surname search at FamilySearch you are only reaching 30% of the documents that are available online? Maximize your experience by understanding how the documents are arranged to make finding your document within the 70% easier. We will also discuss the limitations of some of the access points w/in FS. With FS digitizing their records, this topic couldn’t be timelier.

Jill Morelli, CG®
An enthusiastic genealogist, Jill Morelli, CG lectures, writes and researches her family and those of others. Her lively presentations on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique record sets, and Scandinavian research convey information that is readily useable by attendees whatever their skill level. She blogs and teaches an online course on demystifying the BCG certification process.

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Debra M. Dudek, MSc
FR024 / Level: B, I, A
Allied with the Allies: WWI Canadian, European and Red Cross Records
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

Discover the records available for ancestors who served in British, Canadian, and French military units, as well as resources for Red Cross nurses and volunteers.

Debra M Dudek, MSc
Debra M. Dudek, MSc, is head of adult and teen services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.

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Craig R. Scott, CG®, FUGA
FR032 / Level: B
The French and Indian Wars
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

Learn about the Anglo-French Wars, including the one George Washington started. Known as the Seven Years War it was actually nine.

Craig R Scott, CG®, FUGA
Craig R. Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 6,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in problem solving, publishing and the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He was a faculty member and coordinator at IGHR and SLIG for many years.

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Lisa Louise Cooke
FR040 / Level: B, I, A
How Alice the Genealogist Avoids the Rabbit Hole
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Don’t let unexpected genealogical finds drop you down the rabbit hole any longer. We’ll cover concrete strategies for staying focused on what matters most, while not losing track of opportunities that present themselves. You’ll learn about free tech tools that you can put in place to give you peace of mind, take back those lost hours, and help you be more productive.

Lisa Louise Cooke
Lisa Louise Cooke is CEO of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy education company featuring The Genealogy Gems Podcast, available at in iTunes, and the Genealogy Gems app. Her books include Mobile Genealogy, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox Second Edition, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and she has published 100+ videos at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel. Cooke also produces The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, regularly writes for the magazine, and teaches for Family Tree University.

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Angela Walton-Raji, BA, MEd
FR047 / Level: B, I
Documenting Women in the Civil War
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

Women served in the Civil War, leaving behind more than simple stories. An enormous untapped source of serve records of these brave women is found at the National Archives. These women were hired as nurses, matrons, laundresses and cooks, and were from all backgrounds and social classes. Their records are at the National Archives and this session will explain how to find them.

Angela Walton-Raji, BA, MEd
Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as a genealogist, lecturer and blogger. She has given numerous webinars and most recently taught a 4-week seminar in Native American genealogy for Family Tree University. She hosts a weekly podcast and continues to write and teach beginning researchers, embarking on their genealogy journey for the first time. Ms. Walton-Raji lives in Maryland, where she continues to research and write.

Saturday June 2nd Broadcast Schedule
(all times are Pacific Daytight Time (GMT -7:00)

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Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®
SA010 / Level: B, I, A
Finding Substitutes for Vital Records
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT

War and natural disasters have taken their toll on many of our nation’s county courthouses. Let’s look at some helpful sources that may still exist.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, has become a favorite speaker at conferences and webinars. Her experience runs deep into the hills of Appalachia. She serves as a Family History Center director, and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy and Family Tree University.

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Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
SA020 / Level: B, I, A
How to Get More from Your DNA with GedMatch.com
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Learn how and why you should mine your autosomal DNA results for genealogical gems using the most popular third-party tool for genetic genealogy.

Shannon S Christmas, MCP
Shannon S. Christmas, MCP, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas.

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Mary Kircher Roddy
SA030 / Level: I
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. The same skills are necessary for onsite courthouse and archive research. Presentation includes 15+ indexing systems and strategies to use when you can’t find the index or instructions to it.

Mary Kircher Roddy
Mary Kircher Roddy, a CPA, earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History from University of Washington. She writes for several magazines and lectures live and via webinars.

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Michelle Roos Goodrum
SA040 / Level: I, A
Using Homestead Records to Tell Your Ancestor's Story
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

The process of applying for a homestead left an extensive paper trail. These files contain a goldmine of information and clues about your ancestors' lives. They can add depth to your relatives' stories. Learn how to identify potential homesteading ancestors; the process & requirements of making a homestead claim; the different kinds of homestead laws; and how to obtain, organize and analyze these files.

Michelle Roos Goodrum
Family historian, researcher, speaker, and writer, Michelle Roos Goodrum is a teaching assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. Involved in genealogy since 1994 when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photos, she is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history. Some of the records are related to her ancestors’ homes, which sparked an interested in land records. Goodrum is also passionate about genetic genealogy and photography.

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Katie Gertz
SA050 / Level: B, I, A
Ellis Island History and Experiences
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

This presentation describes the history of Ellis Island, the immigration center in the US where over 12 million immigrants entered this country. This presentation also delves into what experiences an immigrant faced once entering this country through Ellis Island. In addition, we will look at locating records that can be accessed online at Ellis Island websites.

Katie Gertz
Katie is currently serving as the president of the East Valley Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona, and secretary for the Family History Society of Arizona. She became her family historian in 2008. Gertz has attended many genealogy workshops and seminars and began giving presentations to genealogy clubs and societies in 2011. She owns her own computer business which she has operated since retiring from AT&T after 30 years of service. She has an MBA.

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Nicka Sewell-Smith
SA060 / Level: I
Full Circle: Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

Descendants of former slaveholders come from all walks of life. DNA and renewed interest in family history research continue to unearth this phenomena for thousands of people every day. In this session, learn how to confirm slaveholding ancestors and the tools needed to trace and identify living descendants of their formerly enslaved.

Nicka Sewell-Smith
Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 19 years of experience as a genealogist.

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