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The following topics are designed as one-hour presentations either in-person or virtually.  I have other topics under development so do not hesitate to contact me if you do not see what you need here.

  • Don’t Forget to Misspell!  Getting the Most from Digital Newspaper Research
  • Sanborn Maps and City Directories: A Genealogist’s Guide
  • Using Postcards, Letters and Memorabilia to Unlock Your Family History
  • Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and Your Family Records
  • Using Government Documents to Discover Your Ancestor
  • Using City Directories to Fill in Historic Context: Two Case Studies
  • Research Your Family Business Using Sanborn Maps and Newspapers
  • City Directories: Google for a Different Generation
  • Historic Context from Unusual Sources
  • Researching Your Ancestor’s Brick & Mortar Can Help Break Down Your Brick Wall
  • Roma: A Small Town Life (dinner talk)
  • Are You My John Peter? (dinner talk)


In August 2018 I had the great honor to speak at the National World War One Museum and Memorial on the centennial of the outbreak of Spanish Influenza Pandemic and the US Government response to it.  The Museum recorded the event in Kansas City and you can find it here on YouTube.  It has been viewed more than 40,000 times.  I have spoken at a number of venues both large and small across the globe to groups who numbered as few as five to some that counted well over 100.  I would love to share my energy, enthusiasm and knowledge with your group about an historical or genealogical topic!  Contact me today.

First I want to share a bit of background about me. I began public speaking in 1986 when I discovered speech and debate in high school.  From that point on I was hooked on public speaking!  In my professional life I have spoken on a broad range of military history, local, regional and international issues and on community and personal resilience after devastating events. Below you will find a list of my recent speaking engagements.

Previous Speaking experience listed on the Events page.

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