Presentations

To schedule a presentation or conference program, contact Valerie Eichler Lair. Additional topics available that are not listed below are: Researching in Church Records, Vital Records, Courthouse Research, How to Conduct Research in Archives, Newspapers: Obituaries and More, and Why City Directories are Important to Your Research. If you do not see a topic, just ASK!

ATTENDING ONLINE CLASSES: It’s EZ!
60 minutes; Q & A time.

This presentation is perfect for genealogy societies and their members discovering for the first time about the differences between a Webinar and an Online class. You will learn about all the levels of classes online in “Val’s Roots Virtual Classroom” throughout the year. Learn the ins and outs of attending an online class. It’s easier than you think! Societies will also discover how easy it is to conduct Webinars and offer this feature to their members.

 

BASIC GENEALOGY AND A GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
30 minutes; Q & A time; 2 page handout.

This is an excellent choice of programs for community groups to use during a luncheon meeting or for a scout meeting. This presentation covers the basics of getting started into researching your family history and the importance of a genealogical society. There is plenty of time allowed for questions and answers.

 

CEMETERIES:  LET’S TAKE A PICNIC
60 minutes; Q & A time; 2 page handout.

Cemeteries are a “must-do” in your genealogy research! Your work is not complete if you haven’t done all there is to do in cemeteries. Details are given on how to do cemetery research; obtaining sexton’s records; the proper ways to do a tombstone rubbing, photograph, or transcription; and what supplies are needed in your cemetery “picnic basket.” Oh, and don’t forget to bring the food!

 

CENSUS AND VITAL RECORDS SUBSTITUTES
60 minutes; Q & A time; 3 page handout.

When your ancestors are not in the Federal Population Census Schedules or you need a record prior to when vital registrations took place or you have a burned courthouse situation – what records are there? Plenty! There are many records that are called substitutes for census and vital records. What they are and where to find them is discussed in this presentation.

 

CHURCH DENOMINATION ARCHIVES
60 minutes; Q & A time; 3-4 page handout.

Are you still not finding that particular church record that will hopefully provide a date, a name, and a place for your ancestor? It might be a matter of not simply finding a church and its records, but the need to go beyond. Most of the church denominations have archives where records have been placed. This presentation should take the mystery out of this under-used source. Explanation into the location of select church denomination archives will be given and what you need to know about them.

 

CITING SOURCES PROPERLY
60 minutes; Q & A time; 3 page handout.

It is a vital and extremely important part of your genealogy endeavor to cite your sources. Learn the specific elements in a source citation. Many examples are shown and discussed for you to be comfortabe in creating your citations.

 

PROVE IT!  WHAT IS YOUR EVIDENCE?
60 minutes; Q & A time; 4-7 page handout.

Professional genealogists compile pedigrees with the same care as if their research is to be presented in a court proceeding. Then there are many amateur genealogists who are satisfied to copy and cite genealogical data from the most unreliable sources, or from the Internet, without any attempt to verify facts in the more reliable records. This presentation will help you to learn more about what EVIDENCE is in regards to the genealogy world. The meanings of the most commonly used terms are presented, examples of records that should be searched will be discussed, and case studies are shown for you to determine what is evidence.

 

FINDING FEMALES
60 minutes; Q & A time;  2 page handout.

One of the most difficult tasks a genealogy researcher has is finding the maiden names of their female ancestors. It’s apparent in early laws that women did not have names. But ah…they did! Learn some ways of how to overcome the barriers in finding your female ancestors. They weren’t always known as “Mrs. Jones!”

 

GENEALOGICAL PROOF STANDARD:  OUR GPS
60 minutes; Q & A time; 4 page handout.

There are standards all genealogists must follow. Why? What is the GPS? This detailed presentation will answer those questions and give you the guidelines that the pros (and you should) follow.

 

GENEALOGY: DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?
30 minutes designed to fit within your organization’s schedule.

This is an excellent choice of programs for community groups to use during a luncheon meeting. General information is presented about doing genealogy research.

 

GENEALOGY: TRACING ANCESTORS
30-60 minutes designed to fit within your organization’s schedule.

This is an excellent choice of programs for community groups to use during a luncheon meeting. General information is presented about doing genealogy research.

 

THE INS AND OUTS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST
60 minutes; Q & A time; 1-2 page handout.

Is the thought of hiring a professional genealogist causing anxiety? This presentation will take away those feelings by explaining what should be done prior to and during the process of hiring a professional. Websites for locating a professional, the meanings of those initials behind a name (postnominals), explanation of certified vs. accredited vs. pro, and a basic look at what a professional genealogist can do for you will be explained. We’ll also take a look at the expectations on your part (the Client) and the expectations of the professional.

 

LAND RECORDS:  EMPHASIS ON THE RECTANGULAR LAND SURVEY SYSTEM
60 minutes; Q & A time; 4 page handout.

A treasure of genealogical information lies in land records that many researchers do not take advantage of. This program will show you how to find deeds and give detailed steps of actually locating the land of your ancestors in the areas where the Rectangular Land Survey System is used.

 

MILITARY RECORDS:  EMPHASIS ON REVOLUTIONARY AND CIVIL WARS  (also can be adapted for World War I and World War II)
60 minutes; Q & A time; 2 page handout.

Military records are important to your research as there are large amounts of information and documents contained in them. An elusive ancestor may be caught by the clues found in these records, especially during the period of 1775-1875. Did I know that grandma had three additional siblings prior to my obtaining her father’s (my great grandfather) Civil War military records?  NO!  This program will show you things that can be obtained in military records, help you to learn how and where to obtain them, and will cover the Revolutionary and Civil Wars (Union and Confederate). Let’s march in rank together to discover a goldmine!

 

NATURALIZATION RECORDS in GENEALOGY RESEARCH:  OUR ANCESTOR’S BECOMING AN AMERICAN
60 minutes; Q & A time; 4 page handout.

Do you know where to find your ancestor’s Declaration of Intent? What is a Petition for Naturalization? Do you have your ancestor’s Certificate of Naturalization or what is actually in the record books? This presentation will show you what sources are available to find out your ancestor’s citizenship information, as well as explaining the process of becoming an American.

 

ORGANIZE YOUR GENEALOGY: GET O’d!
60 minutes; Q & A time; 2 page handout.

Genealogy cannot be done effectively without being organized. A proven organization system is shown and explained in this fun, interactive presentation. You’ll be saying “I can find anything in seconds!”

 

PASSENGER LISTS:  A BOAT-LOAD OF RECORDS, 1565–1954
60 minutes; Q & A time; 2-4 page handout.

There truly is a “boat-load” of records on passenger lists! Learn what you need to know before searching, how to find these valuable records and available resources, and the information you’ll get about the ancestors who took the journey across the “Big Pond.” In addition to researching for passenger lists, we’ll cover a bit about immigration records.

 

HOW TO PLAN AND PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH TRIP TO THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
60 minutes condensed presentation or 3-hour class; Q & A time; 4-6 page handout.

Success is in the preparation! This shortened version of my Advanced Course’s 3-hour introductory class in getting ready to go to the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City will assist you in how to prepare whether you’ve been to the FHL or it’s your first trip. The presentation is a step-by-step procedure using all of the tools necessary to have success at the FHL. The methods can be used for any research trip!

 

PROBATE:  THERE’S MORE THAN JUST A WILL (OR NO WILL)
60 minutes; Q & A time; 2 page handout.

Whether or not there’s a will, there are many Probate records. A vast amount of information is contained in a Probate/Estate packet. This presentation will show you how to locate these records and what you need to know in doing probate research. It will also explain the probate process and what records are created at each step of the process.

 

PUBLISHING DO’s AND DON’Ts
60 minutes; Q & A time; 2 page handout.

Learn what you need to do and to consider for publishing your family’s genealogy/history. Information about various ways of publishing is provided.

 

SELF-PUBLISHING PROCESS
60 minutes; Q & A time; 6 page handout.

Learn the step-by-step process of how to self-publish your family genealogy/history.

 

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Recently, the European Congress on Sexual Medicine took place in Nice. The concern of doctors and scientists: In our often oversexualized world, some of the myths about sexuality are scientifically straight back. Dr. Christian Ritz, a urologist and member of the International Society of Sexual Medicine, was present at the congress. Even men around the 30 or 40 are partly affected. But with age, the disease risk increases, as studies show. Between 30 and 39, 2 per cent suffer from potency problems, between 40 and 49 years it is already 10 per cent, in later years up to 50 per cent - however, we still assume a higher darkness. We are also particularly concerned about the rise in potency problems among under-40s, which we have observed for several years. Read more about the topic here...

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