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    • 2014 PROGRAM
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 Planning Committee 3 Class Schedule 5 Class Descriptions 13 Biographies Sponsored by: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Fredericksburg Virginia Stake 19 Building Layout Map
    • FAMILY HISTORY DAY PLANNING COMMITTEE CLASS SCHEDULE TIME FREDERICKSBURG VIRGINIA STAKE PRESIDENCY D. Michael Kitchens, Bradley M. Sant, Michael Armstrong 9AM HIGH COUNCIL ADVISOR FOR FAMILY HISTORY J. Peter Baumgarten FAMILYSEARCH INDEXING DEMONSTRATIONS Dan Liggett DECOR Julie Stuehser HIGH COUNCIL ADVISOR FOR MISSIONARIES Eric Sharp FACILITY Jim Hansen, Skip Booren FAMILYSEARCH DEMONSTRATIONS Carrie Taylor, Lyle Baumgarten REFRESHMENTS Darlene Hoedt TECHNOLOGY David Hills ROOM E ROOM G Lost Records Collection Family Search Indexing Tips for Reading Old Handwriting Finding Family Outside of the U.S. Getting Started with AfricanAmerican Research 5 recursos esenciales para la genealogía hispana Using Census Records Of Grave Concern Getting the Most out of Ancestry Researching Pre Civil War AfricanAmericans El poder de la narración de cuentos YOUTH LEADERS Harold Tuttle, Nadia Deskins 11AM WEBSITE MANAGER Abe Erickson Cómo ser el héroe genealógico de su familia Light Refreshments available in Room B 12PM 2PM PROGRAM Jeffrey Wright Genetic Genealogy Using DNA Using Newspapers Beyond Beginnings Storytelling Superpowers Civil War 150 Legacy Project The Power of Youth: Making a Difference The Price is Right 1PM 2 ROOM D Genealogy 102 REGISTRATION Carolyn Sloat PUBLICITY LaRene Olbetter PHOTOGRAPHY Ida Ingram ROOM C Keynote Address 10AM SPECIAL THANKS LOGO & DESIGNS Karen Anderson ROOM B Genealogy 101 FAMILY HISTORY DAY PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Ann Amadori CURRICULUM Katie Derby ROOM A The Ins and Outs of Social Media for Genealogists Designing Your Research Plan FamilySearch/ FamilyTree Discovering Chancery Records El Árbol Familiar de FamilySearch Free Online Research 3 What’s New Qué hay de nuevo y qué sigue
    • KEYNOTE THE LOST RECORDS LOCALITIES DIGITAL RECORD COLLECTION AT THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA GREG CRAWFORD CLASS DESCRIPTIONS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS Virginia localities, most of them in the Eastern part of the state, have suffered tremendous losses of their early records because of intense military activity (predominantly during the Civil War), courthouse fires, and/or natural disasters. At some point, almost everyone conducting genealogical or historical research will face the problem of finding information from a county or city described as a Lost Records locality. Mr. Crawford will describe the collection, which contains images of surviving records from localities where most records are no longer extant, and discuss techniques for overcoming the challenges of researching in an area with widespread loss of records. 5
    • 10AM 11AM GENEALOGY 101 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR READING OLD HANDWRITING GENEALOGY 102 Ann breaks down the first steps to getting started on discovering your family history. This session covers gathering information from relatives, starting FamilySearch accounts, using a Family History Center, using pedigree charts, and some basic research terminology. KATIE DERBY Continuing where Genealogy 101 leaves off. This class will explore the kinds of records available - census, vital, land, and church - where to find them, and what kind of information they contain. Ann will also talk about how to cite your sources accurately when conducting research. INDEXING FINDING FAMILY AND ANCESTORS OUTSIDE THE USA WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES USING THE U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS IN GENEALOGY DANIEL HOROWITZ/ ROOTSTECH RECORDING The United States Constitution mandates that a census of all people in the U.S. be taken at least every ten years. The specific purpose of the census is to provide information to allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives as the population of the country moves and changes. However, the census gathers much more information than numbers alone, and that makes it invaluable for genealogical and local history research. Come learn how to access the census and what information can be gathered from it. ANN AMADORI Paleography is the study of ancient handwriting and there are lots of techniques for reading and interpreting documents from the past. We’ll share these tips and tricks and then try our hand at figuring out some examples together. SERVICE, TEN MINUTES AT A TIME DIANE BRIGGS You’ve heard about indexing, the voluntary transcription of Genealogical records in order to make the digitized images searchable. You may have even benefited from it; you looked up someone in a census; you found someone in Family Search; you’d like to help, but you just don’t know how. You can do one batch or 100, taking as much or as little time as you want. Time to learn! It’s easier than you think, it’s less time consuming than you think, it’s kinda fun! Learn how to sign up as a volunteer and use the indexing software to help make valuable records freely available to everyone. Learn how MyHeritage tools can help break down brick walls in your research of ancestors outside of the United States by harnessing the power of an international family history network. GETTING STARTED WITH AFRICANAMERICAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH DR. SHELLEY MURPHY This class provides the basic fundamentals to begin researching African-American lines; including understanding the records and resources that are available, where to begin, and tips on combating the challenges of researching African-Americans. 6 OF GRAVE CONCERN PRESERVING AND TRANSCRIBING GRAVESITES ANN AMADORI JEAN COOPER 7 BETH GAINER The final resting place of our ancestors is hallowed ground. Join us to learn how to care for and document grave sites for your own family members and as a service to others. We will cover the modern use of GPS and digital pictures to note grave locations, how to make submissions to the “Find a Grave” and “Billion Graves” projects and the use of these databases in your own research. Also covered are the dos and don’ts of trying to read a weathered gravestone and how photo editing software can make the job easier. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF ANCESTRY CHRISTA COWEN/ ROOTSTECH RECORDING Are you getting the most out of your access to Ancestry.com? During this hour we will cover the five major areas of the Ancestry.com website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research. Ancestry.com is the largest subscription based Genealogy website in the world and it is available for free in all Family History Centers and many local libraries.
    • 11AM 1PM (CONTINUED) RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHING PRE-CIVIL WAR AFRICAN-AMERICANS FOUND AT THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA GENETIC GENEALOGY USING DNA AS A TOOL IN GENEALOGY BEYOND BEGINNINGS - WHAT TO KNOW AFTER YOU’ VE GOT DOWN THE BASICS CIVIL WAR 150 LEGACY PROJECT SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT KATIE DERBY RENEE SAVITS GREG CRAWFORD Genealogists for hundreds of years have relied on records and pedigrees to trace family lines. More than one has run into a brick wall, discovered an error from a prior researcher, or simply had a gut feeling that something wasn’t adding up. Until recently there was no way to help confirm your paper trails or even those hunches you might have had. Now, with affordable DNA testing, many genealogists are discovering this new tool in their kit. Unfortunately, most are not sure what they should do with it. In this lecture you will learn the basics of genetics, how DNA can help you, and the tests available to you. Getting started with your Family History can be a little daunting; but once you get going, the fun really begins. You know the kinds of records out there; but do you know where to find them? What do you do if it is not online, or indexed, or not in English? You know about land records; but what about sexton, colonial, bounty land, guardianship records, or state and territory censuses? Katie will help you keep the momentum in your research by going a little beyond the basics. This course will provide an overview of the Civil War 150 Legacy Project, a partnership project between the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Archivists from the Library of Virginia have been travelling the state for the past four years; uncovering and scanning personal family papers that document the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Virginia. Thousands of previously unknown papers have been scanned and are now available on the website of the Library of Virginia (www.virginiamemory.com/ cw150). The course will highlight the variety of military, genealogical, and family information that has been found and will demonstrate how to use the website. A child born into slavery in 1670 … a mother suing to win freedom for herself and her descendants … a slave’s tour of duty during the American Revolution … a free African American convicted of aiding runaway slaves sentenced to 39 lashes only weeks prior to the end of the Civil War. These are just a few stories that can be found in the vast and diverse collection of records found at the Library of Virginia. They include chancery causes, freedom suits, deeds, wills, coroners’ inquisitions, freedom certificates, governors’ records, legislative petitions, tax lists, newspapers, correspondence, business records, broadsides, and many, many others. Collectively, they tell the story of African Americans, slave and free, who lived in Virginia from the establishment of slavery in the 1600’s until its demise in 1865. The presentation will include online resources offered by the Library of Virginia that provide researchers access to the names and stories of AfricanAmericans found in the collections. USING NEWSPAPERS AS SOURCES FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH JEAN COOPER Historical newspapers provide contemporary sources for births, marriages, and deaths; personal events such as education, epidemics, family visits, and military deployments; official proceedings such as trials and property transfers; and announcements of slave auctions and escapes; and information on professions such as farming and other local businesses. 8 STORYTELLING SUPER POWERS HOW TO COME OFF AS YOUR FAMILY’S GENEALOGY HERO DAVID ADELMAN/ ROOTSTECH RECORDING Have you considered your role as keeper of your family’s history? Tap into superpowers you might not even know you have and learn how others are saving their own family history. It’s easier than you might think! 9 DOCUMENT DIGITIZATION AND ACCESS
    • 2PM CUSTOM CLASSES DEMONSTRATIONS 5 RECURSOS ESENCIALES PARA LA GENEALOGÍA HISPANA  FAMILYSEARCH.ORG (ROOM F) THE PRICE IS RIGHT FREE ONLINE RESOURCES DESIGNING YOUR GENEALOGY RESEARCH PLAN KATIE DERBY SHELLEY MURPHY What could be better than finding your ancestors while wearing your pajamas and sitting on your couch? Doing it for free, of course. Come explore a few of the many wonderful, and wonderfully free, online Genealogy resources. From vital records, to newspapers, to books, to land records, there is a wealth of information online just waiting for you to find. Before setting out on a road trip, you have to have to plot your course. The same goes for Genealogical research. This class guides attendees on how to analyze records and resources, understanding Murphy’s “So, What?” principle, setting up a timeline, and developing a research plan. SONIA MEZA/ROOTSTECH RECORDING FAMILYSEARCH/FAMILY TREE DAVID ADELMAN/ ROOTSTECH RECORDING WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT’S NEXT THE INS AND OUTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GENEALOGISTS RON TANNER/ROOTSTECH RECORDING A discussion of the features that have been added to Family Tree since the last RootsTech and how to use them. Plus a roadmap of the upcoming features. SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT Social Media is a powerful tool for Genealogy research. Come learn the tips, ticks, and tools that you will need to successfully navigate the social media network.  This presentation will cover some of the more popular platforms and give you guidance how you could use them for genealogy.  Whether you are new to social media, or can’t put it down, this class has something for everyone. DISCOVERING CHANCERY RECORDS A WEALTH OF GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION JULIE CABITTO Chancery records contain the proceedings and findings of Chancery Courts which handle things such as divisions of estates, land disputes, divorce petitions, and business partnership issues. These records can include vital records, wills, depositions, plats & other amazing information! This class will cover how to find chanceries, how chanceries can help you, and how to use chancery information with USGS or Google maps to find cemeteries. 10 SEARCH RECORDS OF YOUR ANCESTORS (ROOM G AT 10AM) EL PODER DE LA NARRACIÓN DE CUENTOS CÓMO SER EL HÉROE GENEALÓGICO DE SU FAMILIA (ROOM G AT 11AM) Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records. You can also search in the catalog, books, genealogies, and the Wiki. FAMILYSEARCH FAMILY TREE (ROOM F) CONNECT YOUR GENERATIONS THE POWER OF YOUTH: MAKING A DIFFERENCE Discover your place in history. See what is already known about your ancestors, add new details, and share your family’s story. Upload photos & documents and tag them to your ancestors to preserve their legacy. JOHN BYTHEWAY/ROOTSTECH RECORDING FAMILY ATLAS (ROOM F) (ROOM G AT 1PM) John Bytheway talks about his name, Bytheway, about how we reflect Light and he tells about his father’s experiences during World War II, serving on the air craft carrier, Saratoga, near Iwo Jima a few days before the flag was raised there. He also relates how his father chose good friends who were an example to him, taking him to Christ - the power of youth. MAP YOUR FAMILY HISTORY Trace your ancestors migration around the world and pinpoint the sites of important family events. Import your family data directly from your RootsMagic or other genealogy software, then create and print personalized family maps. FAMILYSEARCH INDEXING (ROOM H) INDE EL ÁRBOL FAMILIAR DE FAMILYSEARCH HELP MAKE RECORDS SEARCHABLE ONLINE QUÉ HAY DE NUEVO Y QUÉ SIGUE Make a difference by joining the growing number of people who are helping to make historical records freely searchable online. (ROOM G AT 2PM) RON TANNER/ROOTSTECH RECORDING 11
    • ANN AMADORI BIOGRAPHIES Ann found her interest in Genealogy in the mid 70’s after attending a Sunday School lesson on the topic.  40 years later she still enjoys working on her own lines and helping others with their research. Mostly self-taught, she has shared her experience by teaching classes in Beginning Research, Ancestral Quest, Family Search and Family Tree. She served for 15 years as a Family History Consultant and has been the Director of the Fredericksburg Family History Center for 4 years.  She has also served as the director of this conference. She and her husband, Robert, have 2 grown daughters and 9 beautiful grandchildren. BIOGRAPHIES DIANE BRIGGS Diane discovered indexing around 1993 when it consisted of a disk with a program, hard to read pages of microfilm printouts and contracts to finish a certain amount of typing within a certain time frame.  After she moved in 1995, there wasn’t indexing available in her new ward.  She re-discovered indexing on-line in 2013 and loved it so much, she set a goal to index 12,000 names that year.  She made her goal in early January of 2014, just a little late.  If you knew her, you wouldn’t be surprised that she met her goal...or that she was a little late! Diane warily began arbitrating in August of 2013 and loves that as well, although she doesn’t find it as relaxing as indexing.  She’s very excited to be able to pass on her knowledge, skills and passion for indexing to others! 12 13
    • JULIE CABITTO JEAN COOPER As a child, Julie’s grandmother took her along on a research trip to the National Archives and Julie’s been doing Family History ever since.  Now, more than 20 year later, she has a lot of research experience to draw from.  She currently serves as a Family History Consultant in White Oak Ward and teaches Family History Sunday School classes to the youth of that ward.  She’s taught classes on using Family Search in the past and is looking forward to sharing some of her 13 years of experience using Chancery Records to further research.  She lives in Stafford with her husband and 3 children. Ms. Cooper works as a Cataloger and Reference Librarian, and Genealogical Resources Specialist at the University of Virginia Library. She is the author of A Guide to Historic Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia (History Press, 2007), Index to Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations. 2nd ed. (McFarland Publishing, 2009), and most recently, Index of Students of the University of Virginia, 1825-1874 (Shortwood Press, 2011). Cooper maintains a blog offering short biographies of individual students indexed in this work – http://uvastudents.wordpress.com. She also received the Virginia Genealogical Society’s Virginia Records Award in 2009 for her work in indexing the Records of AnteBellum Southern Plantations microfilm collection. Ms. Cooper has a B.A. from Alma College, Alma, MI, and an M.L. from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. SHANNON COMBS-BENNETT GREG CRAWFORD Shannon earned her BS in Biology from Indiana University with the aspiration of becoming a genetic counselor. Instead she became a stay at home mom and over a decade later Shannon began actively pursuing her family history. Shannon writes a personal blog called Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian (http://tntfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/) where she talks about her discoveries in pursing her family history and anything else that pops up. In January 2013 Shannon began writing for the In-Depth Genealogist as their Tech Blogger and also writes the Lineage Society column for their digital magazine Going In-Depth. Currently she also serves as the Youth Education Chair for the NextGen Genealogy Nextwork. You can follow Shannon on Twitter @tntfamhist and on Facebook (https://www.facebook. com/TntFamilyHistory). Greg is a native of Alabama. He is a graduate of Auburn University where he received a B.A. and M.A. in History. Greg was hired as a Local Records Archivist at the Library of Virginia in 1999 to process local court records, mainly chancery causes. He is currently the Local Records Services Program Manager. 14 15
    • KATIE DERBY DR . SHELLEY MURPHY Katie has a B.A degree in Family History/ Genealogy from Brigham Young University specializing in US South research.  She interned in the Local History/ Genealogy Reading Room at The Library of Congress.  A teacher and lecturer, Katie has taught at several regional and national genealogy conferences and societies. She is the former Curriculum Director of the annual Charlottesville Family History Conference, and has served in the same capacity for this conference.  She has been a Family History Consultant and trainer and she currently serves as the Director of the Culpeper Family History Center. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Katie’s full professional profile can be found online at apgen.org. She lives in Culpeper, VA with her husband and 5 young children. Shelley, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator for MAAGI, presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences.  She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Shelley is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. BETH GAINER RENEE M. SAVITS Beth has been discovering her own Family History from the age of six, when her grandfather began to bring her to cemeteries and tell her stories about her ancestors who were buried there.  By age 12, she was entering stacks of family group sheets into one of the earliest versions of Genealogy software, and by her late teens, she was a self proclaimed Family History addict.  While she is mostly self-taught, she has also taken formal classes in Genealogy through Brigham Young University and has attended many Genealogical conferences through the years.  She just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Poland, where she and her father spent their days in churches and archives, tracking down her ancestors.  She currently serves as a Family History Consultant at the Culpeper Family History Center, and resides in Rappahannock County with her husband and two daughters. Renee received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and her Masters in Arts in History from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has worked at the Library of Virginia for the past 15 years, currently managing the Civil War 150 Legacy Project. She is working towards obtaining her Digital Archives Specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists. 16 17
    • BUILDING LAYOUT MAP G NORTH PARKING North F MAP E D B BRAGG ROAD MAP H A South C RESTROOMS SOUTH PARKING 19 = DOORS
    • FAMILIES ARE FOREVER “AND HE SHALL TURN THE HEART OF THE FATHERS TO THE CHILDREN, AND THE HEART OF THE CHILDREN TO THEIR FATHERS” Malachi 4:6