Traditional documentary research, genetic genealogy consultations, workshops and lectures, and writing services.
Contact me (as shown at the bottom of the page) for rates, fees, and availability. Lectures on
genealogical and computing topics such as those shown in
this list are available. Lectures on other topics can be requested given enough time to prepare the lecture before the event date. New topics are always in development, but are not listed here until complete.
Learn to link families using autosomal DNA test results from any testing company. Maximize impact on your genealogical research goals. Includes how to use test results such as those from 23andMe and Family Tree DNA Family Finder tests.
Mitochondrial DNA: Tools and Techniques to Go Beyond Basics
Learn advanced uses of mtDNA. This lecture uses case studies to demonstrate databases and analysis methods using mtDNA for genealogy. Low resolution and full mitochondrial sequences are discussed.
X-DNA: Inheritance and Analysis
Learn uses of X-DNA. This lecture uses case studies to demonstrate databases and analysis methods using X-DNA for genealogy.
MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS
Learn to correlate DNA test results with traditional research as part of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Case studies demonstrate principles and techniques that work. This can be presented as a one-hour lecture, but is most useful when presented as a hands-on half-day workshop for those already familiar with the basics of genetic genealogy.
DNA Analysis Tools
A plethora of analysis tools at all levels are now available for genetic genealogy. Some are scientific tools that genealogists can also use. Some are designed specifically for genetic genealogy. Learn to make use of these tools to advance your genealogical research.
atDNA Chromosome Mapping
Genetic genealogists have developed techniques for mapping segments of DNA to a specific ancestor. This can be useful when a DNA match occurs and one of the testers hasn't documented a complete and accurate lineage. This includes discussions of the amount of DNA shared by different relatives, how multiple common ancestors can complicate calculations, and how to triangulate between multiple matches.
DNA and Genealogy (One-day Beginner Workshop)
A one-day workshop combines four of the topics above. The first four combine as a good beginner workshop. Case studies demonstrate principles used in Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA (nuclear DNA) tests for genealogical purposes.
Genetic Genealogy Analysis and Tools Seminar (One-day Intermediate Workshop)
A genetic genealogy workshop primarily for researchers who are a step beyond the beginner level. A brief review of genetic genealogy basics and company offerings will start the day. Less-experienced researchers in genetic genealogy will learn how to get started with the latest applications and tools. Those who already understand the basics of genetic genealogy will get more from the case studies used to illustrate intermediate tools and techniques. Tools illustrated may include GEDmatch, DNAgedcom, ADSA, GGK, GenomeMate, and/or others as appropriate to the case study.
The foundational knowledge needed to get the most from this seminar can be obtained in several ways. Attendance at an all-day seminar on genetic genealogy, attendance at multiple DNA sessions at major conferences, studying the "Genetic Genealogy Journey" column written by Debbie Parker Wayne starting in the October-December 2013 issue of the National Genealogical Society /NGS Magazine/, or reading any of the genetic genealogy books and blogs recommended by Debbie. Many of these items are freely available from links on Debbie's website at http://debbiewayne.com/presentations/gatagacc_biblio.php. See the topic "Foundational Knowledge for Genetic Genealogy."
Ancestors Hidden in the Statutes: Easy Ways to Find Ancestors By Name and Laws Affecting the Records They Leave
Tips on using local, state, and Federal statutes (laws) that may help find your ancestors. Learn to interpret documents based on the law as well as the social conventions of the time.
Passing On: Probate and Inheritance Laws
Inheritance laws affect how a person passes on their property after death, whether a person dies intestate or with a will. Learn to interpret documents using real-life examples. Includes differences in Spanish- and English-influenced laws affecting women.
Hers and His: Marriage, Divorce, and Family Laws
Family relationships have always been complicated. Laws were often ignored when a man or woman allowed human feelings to overrule legal obligations. Learn how to find the laws and when and why the laws may have been flouted. Includes differences in Spanish- and English-influenced laws affecting women.
Ours and Theirs: Tax and Land Laws
Tax and land records can provide clues to the lifespan of an ancestor, if you can interpret the records according to the laws of the time. Tax records can also tell you how your ancestor may have lived. Learn to interpret records using real-life examples.
Court Records: Hidden Gems in the Courthouse and Related Sources
County courthouses hold more treasures than you know. Deeds, wills, and probate records are only the tip of the iceberg. Learn what else can be found in the courthouse, newspapers, and records of corrections departments, and how to use that information to solve your genealogical puzzles.
Statute and Story: Laws and Social History in Family Research (One-day Workshop)
A one day workshop combines the five topics above into four sessions. Find the laws that affected your ancestor's life and resulted in the documents left behind. Learn to interpret documents based on the law as well as the social conventions of the time. Case studies from Texas and Southern U.S. states demonstrate principles used in tax, land, probate, and family unit research. Includes differences in Spanish- and English-influenced laws affecting women.
Using the Genealogical Proof Standard in Everyday Research
How any genealogical researcher, novice or experienced, can and should use the Genealogical Proof Standard: plan and execute a "reasonably exhaustive" search; properly cite your sources for positive and negative results; analyze and correlate the information found; resolve conflicts in the evidence; and document conclusions in writing.
Proof! Making the Case
A case study demonstrates how to analyze and correlate conflicting information, then write a proof argument to make the case.
Spice It Up: Adding Historical and Social Context
Make your family history an enjoyable read by including more than the begats. Examples show how to find and use sources that provide pertinent information to place your ancestor's story in historical and social context.
Bypass the Roadblock: Getting Beyond A Sticking Point
Tips and tools to help get around the proverbial roadblock or brick wall.
Planning and Tracking Research
Tips, tools, and forms to efficiently plan, execute, and track genealogical research. Eliminate time-wasting duplicate searches in a source checked years earlier and forgotten.
Timeline Techniques and Tips
Tools and tips on using timelines to get the most out of information in a record. Includes sample timelines from multiple genealogical software programs and manual forms you can customize.
Organizing for Research and Sharing: Paper and Electronic Files
A comparison of organizational methods; organizing your files for easy accessibility and sharing information.
Tips on finding tax records, using them as substitutes for missing records, building a profile of your ancestor and the neighborhood.
Directory Assistance: Using City and Other Directories
Learn to get more from city directories and other types of directories. Directories offer much more information than just the one-line entry naming your ancestor. This lecture focuses on ancestors who lived in towns, large and small, and also covers directories your rural ancestors may be found in.
Special Collections: Diaries, Letters, Daybooks, Business Records
Learn to find and access those less-used records hidden in archives and university libraries. Published papers are easily accessible once you know where to look.
Finding Online Books and Journals
Google Books is only one place to look for electronic versions of books and journals. Many websites provide access to publications critical to family historians.
Vital Signs: Birth, Marriage, and Death from Many Sources
Getting the most from vital statistic records and finding substitutes for missing records.
Using the U.S.
Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Website
Tips on finding land records on the website and how to order
additional records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Using the Texas General Land Office (TX GLO) Website
Tips on finding land records on the website and how to order
additional records from the TX GLO.
From GLO to Judges: Southwestern Land Case Study
Learn to find family stories in land case studies in southwestern states where land grants from Spain and Mexico were made before U.S. ownership. This case study uses information found in Texas General Land Office records and follows the clues through other records in six Texas counties to build the story of a Virginia man who came to help Texians fight for independence from Mexico. Case studies from southwestern state land grants illustrate less-used as well as commonly used land grant documents that record family and local history.
Enhancing Your Civil War Story: Finding Family History in the Official Records
Using information in the Official Records to add historical context to your Civil War ancestor's biography. This takes you beyond what can be learned from the compiled service record and pension file.
Finding and Using Census Records Effectively
A discussion of census record repositories, effective search techniques, and how to analyze information on census enumerations. Useful links are available in this blog post.
Those "Other" Census Records
Careful analysis of those tick marks in pre-1850 census records, state census enumerations, and non-population schedules reveal so much about our ancestors. Research and correlation techniques are illustrated to properly interpret this evidence.
Online Search Techniques of Highly Successful Genealogists
Tips on advanced search techniques and less-known sites, how to track online activities in a research log, and how to locate new online sources to meet your genealogical research goals.
Online Research: Basics and Beyond
Basic online resources and finding "hidden" information online:
USGenWeb, vital statistics, cemeteries, TexShare and similar resources in other Southern states, maps (topo maps and map layers), land records, and more.
Online Research: University and Archive Resources
Finding and using document images, newspaper lists, state and federal laws, state history timelines, books, and photographs online.
Online Research: Historical Gems and Less-Used Resources
Finding and using forestry archives, religious archives, military records, economic conversions, language translations, and other useful tools for genealogists.
Certified, Accredited, Professional: What's the Difference?
Some in the genealogical community are confused about the differences between genealogical credentials and those who offer professional services. This presentation covers the credentialing and professional organizations in the U.S. The discussion is aimed at those interested in becoming credentialed genealogists, those considering hiring a professional, and genealogical event planners who need to understand the plethora of initials following a name.
List of DNA Reference Works - this is a select bibliography of genetic genealogy references online and in print used for all of the DNA lectures described above.