Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Ky.
PRESENTER: Gail Jackson Miller, CG – Professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in Kentucky and Tennessee research. Gail has more than 40 years experience in genealogy. She grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky with all of her family lines extending back to the early 1800s in Kentucky or Tennessee. Her personal research continues to enhance her general knowledge of families and records. Gail has more than 20 years of professional experience working with clients with Kentucky and Tennessee roots with ties to surrounding states. She has spoken at a number of national conferences including the 2017 National Genealogical Society Conference Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1999, Gail became a certified genealogist through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She helped to open the LDS Family History Center in Bowling Green in 1989 and is the current Director. She is a past president of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society and served as the editor of their publication, The Longhunter, for eleven years. Gail was also editor of the Muhlenberg County Genealogical Society's The Heritage for several years. Prior to her professional work in genealogy, she was a nationally recognized biology teacher working with both high school and college students.
1) Solving Difficult Problems With Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists
Many beginning and even experienced researchers find research in Kentucky and Virginia difficult prior to 1850. Non-existent birth records, multiple men of the same name, and movement of people between census years present significant challenges. Problems involving families so poor that they never owned land or settled an estate, as well as financially successful families, can be studied with tax lists. Tax lists are among the few records that trace our ancestors yearly. Virginia and Kentucky tax lists are some of the most complete in the nation. Learn to better use original tax lists to solve your difficult research problems.
2) Developing a Successful and Efficient Research Plan
Many family genealogists and professionals believe that their goals are straightforward: to solve whatever problem their ancestors or their clients present. Identifying how to attack research problems and organize the research process is always an issue. Even though time limitations are less rigid for the family genealogist than the professional, they still exist. Learn research planning techniques that will save time, save money, and ensure success, whether you are a family genealogist of a professional.