Learn from the best.
Now in its third year, Columbia's own genealogy and family history conference is coming back October 7. Enthusiasts and experts alike can find something to be inspired by in the 2017 lineup.
Dennis Allen has learned, after 30 years researching his own family, that sometimes a back to basics approach is best. His presentation, Cemetery Mapping with Excel, will help you create a new map spreadsheet that has power to find what you need. You’ll also find yourself laughing in his Mom, What Do You Call Aunt Dot? Session about a genealogist's hilarious nightmare. Dennis has volunteered for many genealogical/historical organizations in Iowa and the Midwest, is a seasoned presenter and spends his free time cleaning stones and showing others how to do so safely.
Tim Dollens has been hooked on researching family history since his Aunt Betty Lou asked him to type up her book, “The Zug, Zuck, Zook Family Trail” – about a branch of his tree. He is the current president of the Missouri State Genealogical Association, senior associate with the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, MO, and past president of the Genealogical Society of Boone County and Central Missouri. Don’t miss “Missouri: The Spoiled Brats in Genealogy,” where Tim explains why doing family history research in Missouri easier than it is for many people in other states.
John Dougan serves as the Missouri State Archivist where he oversees the Records and Archives Division in the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. During “Show Me” Military Records, John focuses on enlistment, duty, discharge and benefit records to document both their military service and their family history with examples from the Missouri State Archives. Learn more details about the 9 million records available in “Introduction to Missouri Digital Heritage.”
Melissa Holyoak is a part-time attorney and full time mother of four who strives to find the quickest and most efficient means for recording her family's story. Her workshop, “Modern Ways to Record Our Histories,” will explore some of the questions we may want to answer for our descendants, as well as the various tools we may use for recording our own histories.
Harvey James has been researching his own family history for over 25 years. Although he learned he is not related to the infamous 19th century American outlaw, he has traced his roots to Cornish tin miners and Danish farmers. He loves the new Family Tree function that FamilySearch.org unveiled several years ago, and he has pretty much mastered it. He can help you do the same in “Family Tree 101.”
Jodi McCall Johnson has been doing research for 45 years. She works in the local family history center and is a member of International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. She has also completed week long workshops on English (pre 1837), Welsh and Scottish research and has made two trips to England and Wales to do on-site research. Hear her strategies for finding English ancestors, repositories, websites and general guidelines for research in England.
Cheryl Lang, MLS, is the Manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center branch of Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri. Go on a virtual tour of the Midwest Genealogy Center and get an overview of the resources freely available to you in “Introduction to the Midwest Genealogy Center.” Learn all about the invaluable resources of the U.S. census and how to use that data in “Census Records.”
Daniel Lilienkamp, J.D., is the Reference Specialist in the History & Genealogy Department at the St. Louis County Library. He brings expertise in African American, German and French Canadian (Quebec) genealogy, and will share how to utilize the goldmine of information in European church records during “Accessing European Church Records.” Discover how to find records of your early 19th Century pioneer and Appalachian ancestors in “Finding Your Ancestors in the Draper Manuscript Collection.”
Christina Miller is the Senior Reference Archivist at the Missouri State Archives. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in History anda Masters of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. See what resources can help you during "Introduction to the Missouri State Archives” and explore the various land grant records available at the Missouri State Archives, from the French and Spanish era to the U.S. Land Sales and more during “Gateway to the West: Missouri Land Grant Records.”
Mary Stansfield is the Reference Archivist a Certified Archivist.at the Missouri State Archives. Mary graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in History. From marriage and deed records to court records and coroners’ inquests, explore Missouri court records in “Introduction to Missouri County Records.” Delve into penitentiary, reformatory, and training school records during “Grandpa “Stole Chickens in the Nighttime”: What Penitentiary Records Can Tell You about Your Family.”
Rob Taylor, an avid genealogist, is past president of the Genealogical Society of Boone County and Central Missouri, and is currently the quarterly editor. He has served in several roles for the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA). He’ll answer the infamous questions asked by every aspiring genealogist in “Where Do I Begin?” and "Putting it All Together."
Amy L. Waters, reference specialist at The State Historical Society of Missouri, has traveled to all 50 states and visited every US president's grave. Her session, “Doing Genealogy at the State Historical Society of Missouri,” introduces genealogists to the increasing digital collections on the Society’s website, including the newspapers, plat maps, and manuscripts. Amy will also discuss the strategies for locating materials in SHSM collections.
Eric Wells is the Education Co-Coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network and his latest endeavor, Legacy Left Right, focuses on DNA genealogy. Learn about the basics of DNA testing for genealogy research in “Beginning DNA”, and discover how DNA was used to solve a WWI soldier’s mysterious disappearance in “Applied DNA – A Case Study Using DNA to Break Down Brick Walls.” Wells will discuss problems and potential solutions for publishing research for future generations during “Publishing Your Family Heritage.”