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Saturday, October 14
Second Saturday Genealogy  (Second Saturday)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
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.
 
TOPICS: 

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.

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Saturday, November 11
Second Saturday Genealogy  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Ky.
Overcoming Research Challenges
 
PRESENTER: Debra Smith Renard, full-time genealogical researcher and presenter with specialties in adoption and DNA genealogy; founder of Eureka! Genealogy; board member, Kentucky Genealogical Society and Louisville Genealogical Society; member of multiple genealogical and lineage organizations; co-founder and co-leader of the Louisville Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.
 
TOPICS:
1) Researching Your Orphaned Ancestors
Discover the roots of orphanages abroad and their history in America. Understand the circumstances which led to children being placed there. Learn where to look for records today.
 
2) Tackling Tough Cases Using Y-DNA
Know the research questions Y-DNA can help you answer and how. Consider DNA’s role as evidence and what data you should include in a proof argument.
 



Saturday, December 9
Second Saturday Genealogy  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Ky.
 
PRESENTER: Nancy Simmons Roberson is a Michigan native with an education degree from Adrian College.  After 34 years in education as a teacher, a coach and administrator she retired and moved to Kentucky to be near her family.  She has over 40 years of genealogical research experience and is a past president of the Louisville Genealogical Society.  Currently Nancy shares teaching LGS genealogy classes the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Bon Air Public Library in Louisville and is the John Marshall DAR assistant registrar.   She is a member of the Kentucky Mayflower Society, First Families of Ohio and Daughters of the American Revolution.  
 
TOPICS:
1) Heritage Quest Online
HeritageQuest is a genealogical website available through many local libraries which usually let you access it from home. It is a bounty of American genealogical sources.  The collection consist of five core data sets:
  • The entire U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940
  • Over 40,000 Genealogy and local history books
  • Revolutionary War records contains pension and bounty land warrant application files.
  • Freedman's Bank records with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789
2) Tell Your Story --Online Publishing 
Story is at the heart of all we do. Tell your family stories by using those digit family pictures stored in your computer and an on-line publishing company to create amazing projects that your family will love and you will be proud to share.  Publish a book in memory of an ancestor or make a book to commemorate a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.  Don’t leave your family the genealogy without the stories!