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Learn from a professional archivist how to preserve, protect and archive family records, photographs and artifacts. Best practices for organization, purchasing archival materials and practical records preservation that any home archivist can achieve! Learn how to process your collection of genealogical records from start to finish.

Learn the steps archivists use to process small and large records collections at the archives and how you can use these steps to get a handle on your family records collections!

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation.

She conducts virtual presentations across the United States and other countries for historical or genealogical groups. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well-known book Reviews Editor. She has been a Professional Genealogist for the past 17 years with expertise in Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for the past 32 years.

--Fee: $15 to Non Members (Join now to attend for free)
-- Free to KYGS Members

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Family legends often tell of an ancestor who was the daughter of a chief or some other Indian relationship. Come and find out the truth, myths, facts and information about how to determine if your family descends from Native or First Nations people.

Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research. Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at National Genealogical Society conferences, RootsTech, Federation of Genealogical Societies as well as conferences in Europe and around the United States.

Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages
and archives of Germany, Scotland, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived. Owner of Lineage Journeys, she conducts research for clients and offers presentations in churches, libraries and organizations.

Judy identifies as biracial as European and Indigenous (Oglala Lakota and Métisse) and is actively working in anti-racism and DEI work in her personal and professional life. She is an activist in the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2-Spirit (MMIWG2S) movement.

Judy is the President of the Oakland County Genealogical Society, Vice-President and Social Media committee member and blogger for the Michigan Genealogical Council, and a board member & Awards Chair of the National Genealogical Society, and a member of many societies.

Target Audience: Beginner to Advanced

Costs
Registration fee is $15

Free to KYGS Members
Kentucky Genealogical Society members use the email address associated with your account
and the discount code: MEMBER during registration to register for free.

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If you're not yet a member, join now using the link below and access free programs like this one and dozens of others programs you can view on-demand.

One thing family researchers know, Kentucky's 120 counties are not always the easiest place for a family tree investigation. To be effective at this task, you must keep your ears open for opportunities and mind open to fresh techniques.

With that in mind, our talented panel assembled the content for the 2022 Summer Seminar: Researching Your Kentucky Ancestors.

Our team scouted out the speakers who understood Kentucky from a genealogical perspective. They were seeking those who offered new genealogical perspectives; those with different voices from the genealogical ecosystem who could guide us

01 AUG 7 PM ET KY Open House Conversation with Board of Directors
02 AUG 7 PM ET Kentucky’s 121 Counties with Rusty Heckaman
09 AUG 7 PM ET Investigating African Americans in Antebellum Northern KY with Hillary Delaney
10 AUG 7 PM ET Underground Railroad in Indiana with Jeannie Regan-Dinius
16 AUG 7 PM ET KY Research Collections at the Filson Historical Society with Dr. Patrick A. Lewis
18 AUG 3 PM ET Lyman Draper Manuscript Collection with Lee Grady
23 AUG 7 PM ET Early Kentucky River Towns with J. Mark Lowe
25 AUG 7 PM ET Kentucky Research Insights with Arlene Eakle

What You Get
Participants get complete access to all eight webinars through GoToWebinar, which are spread over four weeks so as not to overwhelm you with information. These online events are recorded and available after the seminar completes for thirty days.

Given the economy, we're keeping the prices of the series extremely affordable: $20 for members and $60 for non-members.
If you're a non-member, you can join the Society for $20 and then get the member rate of $20 (a real bargain)!

Join KYGS Now: https://kygs.org/participate/become-a-member.html Then return to Register

Notes:
You must use the email address you have registered with KYGS or your registration may be cancelled.
We are not able to refund any registrations.

Not sure if you are a member? Send an email to membership@kygs.org for confirmation.

Americans have always been tinkerers and inventors. Records of the U.S. Patent Office can enrich any family's history. Where are they and what can they tell us?

Speaker: Judy Russell
A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side. Visit her website at www.legalgenealogist.com.

-- Free to KYGS Members
Kentucky Genealogical Society members use the email address associated with your account
and the discount code: MEMBER during registration to register for free.

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If you're not yet a member, join now and access free programs like this one and dozens of others programs you can view on-demand.

Annual membership starts at just $20 for a full year of exceptional genealogy programs, tools, and resources.

Monday, September 26, 2022
7:00 pm8:00 pm

Family historians spend years, sometimes decades, gathering and compiling records, photographs, and family heirlooms to preserve the past and guide the future. Let’s talk about ways to ensure that all this hard work isn’t lost in any number of potential disasters.

Speaker: Sara Cochran
Sara is a full-time professional genealogist with over twenty-five years of experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science, and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.

Cost: Free to the Public.

Cemeteries can be extremely helpful for researching Kentucky ancestors. These sacred spaces can hold many clues to help you piece your family tree together, but like a Kentucky karst landscape, cemetery research in the Commonwealth is full of peaks and valleys. With over 43,000 unique cemeteries, Kentucky has more cemeteries than any other U.S. state or commonwealth.

This presentation will provide an overview of the wildly expansive Kentucky cemetery ecosystem. Why are there so many Kentucky cemeteries? How do you research a cemetery when you live far away? Where are the cemetery records? How do you preserve a grave marker for the future? Are grave markers reliable? All these questions and more will be addressed. You'll leave with helpful information to help you leverage cemeteries as a research tool.

Our ancestors often used the judicial systems to resolve conflicts and make estate judgments. Finding court records for your family and neighbors can provide a wealth of information for your research. Understanding the arrangements of the court records of Kentucky can help you find the right documents and answers.

Speaker: J. Mark Lowe

Cost:
Members: $0
Others: $15

Join before registering to attend for free.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
7:00 pm8:30 pm

Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research. The thorough research required by the Genealogical Proof Standard should not be undertaken in a haphazard manner. This webinar provides useful tips on developing an effective research plan, including the importance of crafting a focused research question and prioritizing potentially relevant sources.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG, was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in 2016 and currently serves as President. She was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in October 2021. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer before her 2013 retirement as a partner from the big four accounting firm of EY. She is most proud of her service on the staff of the bipartisan, bicameral, Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress where she helped to craft the historical Tax Reform Act of 1986. LaBrenda is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing. Her research centers on African American families that survived American slavery, primarily in the Carolinas. LaBrenda is the Registrar General for the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States before 1870. To learn more about LaBrenda, visit www.labgarrettgenealogy.com.

-- Free to KYGS Members
Kentucky Genealogical Society members use the email address associated with your account
and the discount code: MEMBER during registration to register for free.

-- Not a Member?
If you're not yet a member, join now and access free programs like this one and dozens of others programs you can view on-demand.

Annual membership starts at just $20 for a full year of exceptional genealogy programs, tools, and resources.