October 3, 2020: Our Ancestors' Experience During the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic
Northland Genealogy Society, Kansas City, MO (virtual)
The influenza outbreak came in waves that lasted almost 3 years from mid-1918 through early 1920. I will share with you the situation across the state of Missouri and in the Kansas City area. This presentation will place the pandemic in context of when, why and where it occurred. Understanding context provides genealogists with the best tools to search for records. The presentation covers what records exist, where to find them and a few surprising sources of information that may help grow your tree.
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CANCELLED: September 20, 2020: Sanborn Map Workshop
This meeting will be rescheduled when in-person meetings are possible!
Sanborn Maps were the Google Maps of their day. Sometimes using them can be challenging since each map was created by an individual and not all of them used the same key. Learn the jargon and see some of the examples for Autauga County and surrounding areas.
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research(IGHR 2020)
I attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research this year via Zoom. The Georgia Genealogical Society put on a great week, the first to go virtual. I learned a great deal from Angela McGhie in the Intermediate Genealogy Course. My goal was to "up my game" by gaining more knowledge on many sources I use regularly, but not surprisingly, taking a week to focus on skills and sources led to many "ah-ha" moments. I highly recommend Angela as an instructor; it requires skill and a good sense of humor to conduct week-long virtual classes that do not lag or want for focus.
February 16, 2020: Workshop on Preserving Family Artifacts & Engaging Family Interest in the Past, Autauga County Genealogical Society in Prattville, AL.
In today’s modern world many of us think that no one is interested in the possessions and memories that are so dear to us. But these items have a story to tell - your story! I believe there is nothing more important than sharing our past experiences with our families. I will include a few suggestions on how to engage family members (yep, even those eye rollers). I will share tips on preserving memories and mementos and offer ideas about to whom you might leave your legacy.
2019 Alabama Family & Local History Workshop
City Directories: & Sanborn Maps: A Genealogist’s Guide. Sanborn maps were the Google maps of their day, providing detailed information for cities and towns across the United States. When combined with city directories they can be a powerful tool to find your ancestor through their place of business, their home and more!
2019 Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference
Newspapers & Genealogy: Getting the Most Out of Print Online. Most genealogists know newspapers as a source for basic information about our ancestors: births, marriages and deaths. Online newspapers contain much more information to help us better grasp the rich details of their lives. This session provides tips on a range of print sources, including the big online databases and lesser-known ones. Learn how to use this technological source to your advantage!
Senior Adult Ministry, Trinity United Methodist Church, Prattville, AL, July 18, 2019
Preserve Family Artifacts & Spark Family Interest in the Past. In today’s modern world many of us think that no one is interested in the possessions and memories that are so dear to us. Michelle Spencer, a local genealogist who is passionate about the past, will talk about the importance of sharing our stories with future generations. She has a few suggestions on how to engage our family members (yep, even those eye rollers). I shared tips on preserving memories and mementos and offer ideas about to whom you might leave your legacy.
Ozarks Genealogical Society, The Library Center, Springfield, MO, April 1, 2019
Was Your Family Affected by LaGrippe? The influenza outbreak came in waves that lasted almost 3 years from mid-1918 through early 1920. My family was directly affected when my grandfather's first wife died on April 1, 1919, one hundred years ago today. I will share with you the situation across the state of Missouri and in the Ozarks. This presentation will place the pandemic in context of when, why and where it occurred. This context provides genealogists with the best tools to search for records. The presentation covers what records exist, where to find them and a few surprising sources of information.
National WWI Museum & Memorial Lecture, August 12, 2018
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and the US Government Response
In 1918 the influenza pandemic swept across the United States and killed an estimated 50 million people globally. Discover how World War I shaped the spread of the disease and the U.S. government response to it. The lecture can be seen on YouTube.
2018 Missouri State Genealogical Society Annual Conference
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and Your Family Records. This session provided an overview of the 1918 epidemic and provide tips for discovering how it affected your ancestors through military, vital and other records.