Join me at one of these great events in 2022!
Join professional genealogist Michelle L. Spencer for two new genealogy workshops at the Birmingham Public Library on October 1st, 1-3:30 pm. This event is open and free to the public.
Don't Forget to Misspell! Getting the Most from Online Newspaper Research
Do you feel like you are missing something from online newspapers? Some online databases focus almost exclusively on birth, marriage and obituary news, leaving out many events that shaped our ancestors' lives. Learn methods to find the details of the lives of our elusive kin in the digital world.
Sanborn Maps: A Genealogist’s Guide
Sanborn maps are great tools to locate your family, but they can be equally effective to understand much more about our ancestors and how they lived. Michelle will share her tips for getting the most out of these maps using Birmingham and other cities.
Missouri Virtual Family History Conference. Ten Ways Postcards Can Add Leaves to Your Family Tree. Columbia, MO, August 6-7, 2021 (via Zoom).
Missouri Virtual Family History Conference. Sanborn Maps, City Directories, and Newspapers: The Trifecta of Business Research. Columbia, MO, August 6-7, 2021 (via Zoom).
Genealogical Society of Central Missouri, Columbia, MO. Our Ancestors’ Experience During the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic. May 1, 2021 [via Zoom].
Northland Genealogy Society, Kansas City, MO: Kansas City's Experience During the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic, October 3, 2020, (virtual-via Zoom).
Autauga County Genealogical Society, Prattville, AL: Workshop on Preserving Family Artifacts & Engaging Family Interest in the Past, February 16, 2020.
Alabama Family & Local History Workshop, Montgomery, AL. Sanborn Maps and City Directories. August 9-10, 2019.
Missouri State Genealogical Association Annual Conference, Columbia, MO. Newspapers & Genealogy: Getting the Most Out of Print Online. August 2-3, 2019.
Senior Adult Ministry, Trinity United Methodist Church, Prattville, AL. Preserve Family Artifacts & Spark Family Interest in the Past. July 18, 2019.
Researching Your Ancestor's Brick & Mortar with City Directories & Sanborn Maps. Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 10:00 am. North Kansas City Public Library, North Kansas City, MO [via Zoom]
A Genealogist's Guide to Sanborn Maps. Heartland Family History Conference, Topeka, KS. Friday, May 13, 2022 - 3:00 pm.
2022 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference. Patriotism, Prohibition, and (k)ein Prosit: Being German in 1920s America. Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, OH. April 30, 2022 - 3:15 pm.
2022 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference. National Register of Historic Places, Breweries, and Their German Entrepreneurs. Mason, OH. Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 10:45 am.
Researching Your Ancestor's Brick & Mortar with City Directories & Sanborn Maps. Saturday, April 16, 2022 - 1:30 pm. Jacksonville Genealogical Society. Jacksonville, FL [via Zoom]
Ozarks Genealogical Society. A Genealogist's Guide to Sanborn Maps. April 4, 2022 - 7:00 pm. The Library Center, Auditorium, Springfield, MO.
Northland Genealogical Society. Don't Forget to Misspell! Getting the Most from Online Newspaper Research. April 2, 2022 - 10:00 am. North Kansas City Public Library, North Kansas City, MO [via Zoom].
Ozarks Genealogical Society, The Library Center, Springfield, MO
Was Your Family Affected by LaGrippe? April 1, 2019. 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, Kansas City, MO
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and the US Government. Response. August 12, 2018. 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 has been viewed on YouTube more than 40,000 times.
Missouri State Genealogical Association Annual Conference, Columbia, MO
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and Your Family Records. August 10-11, 2018.