Presenting at a seminar
"Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks" Aunt Merle Didn't Run a Boarding House
Each of us wants to ignore that scalawag, that counterfeiter, or that madam in our family, but the black sheep may prove the most interesting of all. Learn to examine clues in unusual and also common sources. Learn how they lead to locating more records.
A Boy Named Sue
From Idsa March Swarts and Iva Hair to Bigger Head and Knight Knight, there are a lot of funny names out there. See and share some humorous ones in your family.
Searching for the Hooker!
Everyone finds conflicts in data or problems searching for an ancestor. See how searching for the infamous "Aunt Merle" has led to major problem solving - in many humorous ways!
Ohio: The Great Land Experiment
The first state formed from the Old Northwest Territory, Ohio is a state with both the rectangular survey system and metes and bounds. Discover the difference between the two surveys. Explore the development of Ohio through county formation, land sales and land offices.
Early Ohio Wills and Estates
Learn the types of records created during the probate process. Analyze probate information for further clues in your genealogical research. Compare different types of published abstracts of Ohio wills and estates.
Unusual Ohio Courthouse Records
Searching in a courthouse can make us feel that we are good genealogists, covering all the records and using them to the fullest extent. This lecture will show the records that may be overlooked or even unknown to the researcher. Tips will be included on how to analyze information gleaned from records.
Ohio's Recorder's Office
The Recorder’s Office in Ohio contains more than just deeds. Learn the different types of records, including veterans’ records, land plats, street name changes, and partnerships, located within the office.
Ohio's Probate Court
Formed from the Common Pleas Court, the Probate Court offers birth, death, marriages, wills, estates, inventories, naturalizations, and licenses. Learn the dates for vital records in Ohio as they pertain to the court.
Ohio's Common Pleas Court (Clerk of Courts)
The Common Pleas Court was the first court of record in Ohio, continuing from the territorial act of 1788. Common Pleas included what is now known as Probate, Domestic Relations, and Juvenile Court.
Isn't That Special
The population schedules are the most used by the genealogist, especially the beginner, overlooking the lesser known schedules also commissioned by the federal government. Discussion and examples include the agricultural, manufacturers, DDD (defective, dependent, and delinquent), mortality, veterans schedules, and slave schedules. Other census types are also available such as state schedules, social statistics, and compilations of information found in the population schedules.
Using the 1880 DDD
Research the Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent non-population schedule's seven classifications to supplement the 1880 federal population schedule.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Researching Civil War Lives
The Civil War was the bloodiest ever on American soil. What part did your ancestor play in the conflict? Learn alternative types of records for tracing your Civil War ancestors’ military history by following four brothers through their experiences.
See Ya in the Funnies
There is more to a newspaper than just the comic section. Find clues to vital records, probate court record, and land records. Learn how to add social history to your ancestor’s lives by using the local newspaper.
Understanding the Probate Process
The process of settling a deceased’s estate can be frustrating but very informative. Different items found within the packets in the local courthouse can lead to new clues about your family.
The Key to the Courthouse
Do you want the magic key? The key to the courthouse? The way to unlock all the records within? Discussion includes books helpful in planning a courthouse trip; what the different names are for the court office; types of records; even what to wear and how to “pack” for the courthouse.
Pick up the Pencil
You have wanted to begin researching your family tree but have no idea how to begin. Are there special places to look? Is everything “online” for your family? How do you keep track of what you have located? All this, plus more, will be given to the newest of genealogists in their beginning quest of their family’s history, but first, you have to “pick up the pencil.”
Organizing 101, True Confessions of a Pile-It
The home office was a disaster. Chaos reigned. Clutter abounded. Organization was non-existent. How do I re-take control of my home office since it firmly had control of me? And then, how do I become more productive?
Prostitution in the Wild West
From Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to Butte, Montana, San Francisco to Denver, the prostitute was one of the earliest settlers in the mining towns, cow towns, and near military outposts. What was the average "girl" like? Who were the most notorious? Learn about the life and sometimes tragic death of these women.
America's Expansion: The Ohio Country 1783-1812
After the American Revolution and before the War of 1812, the United States consisted of sixteen states. Through the Land Ordinance of 1785, the Greeneville Treaty, and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Ohio became the first state opening the United States to westward expansion. Discussion includes: Background; Major treaties; Battles and skirmishes; Virginia and Connecticut Reserves; Marietta, the first organized settlement; and the new territorial government.
Meeting Plus Speaker Equals Success
Societies often decide to have a speaker at their meeting. Whether it is a monthly meeting, a one-day seminar, or a multi-day conference, there are items to consider. Many societies are unsure of contracts, advertising, equipment, room set-up, and “housing” of the speaker. Discussion will follow the presentation with in-depth discussion of a contract. A sample society-speaker contract will be included in the handout.
"Program, Program, Git yer Program!"
Is your society striking out for ideas for meetings? Is attendance down in your “ballpark?” Are homeruns being hit with lecturers? Find out how to hit a home run at each meeting or seminar.
Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar
Planning a seminar can be a daunting job. Timelines, speakers, contracts, transportation, accommodations, registrations, meals, publicity, and facilities, can all lead to frustration for the seminar chair. By following a guide, the seminar will be easier to plan and won’t be a constant “re-inventing the wheel.”
Past lecture experience: FGS 2004-2010; NGS 2003, 2012, 2013; Ohio Genealogical Society, 2001-2012, 2013, 2014; Southern California Jamboree, 2004-2009, 2011, 2012, 2014; Montana State Genealogical Society, main speaker 2009; Florida State Genealogical Society, main speaker, 2008; Austin Genealogical Society, 2010, plus societies in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, and many OGS chapters.
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Jana Broglin, OGSF