Anoush Anderson recently received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of
Virginia. While doing lab research by day, she dabbled in family history by night. Finding primary sources
was difficult with her Armenian ancestry, so she turned to indexing. In March 2012 Anoush indexed her first
records through FamilySearch indexing and has been helping develop digitally searchable records ever since
FamilySearch Indexing Description and Demonstration
Aside from your great-aunt's questionable memory (it's not her fault,she's old!), how do you find more information about your family tree? Historical records are the place to go, especially records like baptism, marriage, birth, death, and census records. Prior to the "digital age," if you wanted to find your ancestors in a certain year's census record, you had to spend hours spinning through microfilms, hoping your keen eyes found your family name. There's now a better way. FamilySearch is making a concerted effort to digitize their massive microfilm collection to make them available to the general public and easily searchable. The trick is it takes human eyes to translate older, handwritten documents to a digitally searchable format. Volunteers from all over the world index the names contained in the records, and hours of searching is easily condensed into minutes! This class will teach you the basics
of the indexing process so you can help make the world's records digitally searchable.
BOYD-BRAGG, Dorothy A.
Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D., is a Professor of History, Emeritus, James Madison University. She received her doctorate in history from Temple University; the M.A. from Ohio State University; and the M.A.T. and B.A. from Temple University.
She is the author of fourteen history and genealogy books and numerous articles and reviews. She is a former president of the Virginia Genealogy Society. In addition, she has edited and indexed extensively. She is currently at work with her husband, Captain Robert L. Bragg, on One Hundred and One Aviation Stories I Tell my Friends: More, Much More, Than the Tenerife Crash.
In the Beginning, Augusta County, Virginia, Was [Almost] Everything
Knowing the “genealogy” of the county in which you are researching can often be as helpful as a conversation with your great-grandfather. Augusta County’s evolution is a good case in point. It was formed in 1738 and dramatically evolved since that time—in often unusual ways. Knowing what counties and parts of adjacent states were once a part of Augusta can make your research life a lot more productive. Of course, the same concept is transferable to other areas. In this case, knowing why it was called Augusta County in the first place is also of considerable significance.
I am the current director of the Family History Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, but I have served as a consultant and assistant director for about 8 years prior to becoming director. I have been interested in genealogy since I was about 18 years old, but really started working on it when I went to Brigham Young University as an undergraduate. That was a really long time ago— we won’t mention exactly how long. I have been fairly successful with my family’s history, primarily because a lot of my family was either famous or infamous. I really love helping other people search for their ancestors.
FamilySearch I and II
This series is designed for anyone who wants to become conversant in Family Search/Family Tree, one of the most innovative programs on the web. It is designed to help you record more than ancestors and memories—it will also be one of your primary research tools. It will include how to register, how to enter information, how to do research on family search and cite sources for your information, and how to put in pictures and memories to be recorded for your descendants. FamilySearch II will be a hands-on workshop with individual assistance.
BUTLER, Dr. John M.
My career has involved working in forensic DNA analysis for the past 20 years -- first at the FBI Laboratory and now at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. I have a B.S. in chemistry from BYU and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. I have spoken four times (2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014) at BYU Campus Education Week on the topics of DNAand the Book of Mormon, Genetic Genealogy, Forensic DNA, and Science and Religion. My wife and I are the parents of six children -- all of whom have been proven to be ours by the power of DNA testing.
Genetic Genealogy: What Can DNA Testing Tell Me About My Ancestry?
We inherit DNA from our parents. This genetic material defines our physical characteristics but can also be used to understand our heritage and to connect family lineages. My presentation will review what can and cannot be done with DNA testing and review the basics of genetic markers used today in genetic genealogy tests by companies such as Ancestry, FamilyTree DNA, and 23andMe.
The DNA/Genealogy Collaboration: A Case Study
COOPER, Jean L.
Jean Cooper has had many roles as a librarian at the University of Virginia Library since 1983. Currently, she works in the Content: Access and Discovery unit of the Library, and serves as Genealogical Resources Specialist. She is the author of "A Guide to Historic Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia" (History Press, 2007), "Index to Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations. 2nd ed." (McFarland Publishing, 2009), and most recently, "Index of Students of the University of Virginia, 1825-1874" (Shortwood Press, 2011). Her blog (uvastudents.wordpress.com) gives short biographies of U.Va. students listed in the Index. Jean received the Virginia Genealogical Society's Virginia Records Award in 2009 for her work in indexing the Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations microfilm collection.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Alma College and her Master of Librarianship from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Using the U.S. Federal Census in Genealogical Research
Starting out as a counting mechanism, the U.S. census, over the years, has addressed many questions about the individuals who live in the United States. Among the information collected is the number of people in a household, names of the members of a household, ages and/or dates of birth, sex, race, marital status, age at marriage, the state or country of birth of all individuals, whether a person was an immigrant, when and from where did a person enter the U.S., whether a person could read and write, or whether he or she had attended school, what was his or her employment, and had he performed military service. Jean Cooper will demonstrate how to use the U.S. census as a source of information in genealogical research
Genealogical Resources in U.Va. Special Collections
The University of Virginia Library provides resources for its students, staff, and faculty in order to support the curriculum.. Many resources used in teaching and learning are also resources that can help the family researcher. The U.Va. Small Special Collections Library contains hundreds of manuscripts donated by Virginia families and organizations. These documents can bring life to your research in genealogy. Jean Cooper will discuss what research materials are available in the U.Va. Library, in both electronic and paper resources.
Katie Derby is a professional Genealogist with a BA degree in Family History/ Genealogy from Brigham Young University. She interned in the Local History/ Genealogy reading room of The Library of Congress. She currently serves as the director of the Culpeper Family History Center and is an adjunct faculty member at BYU-Idaho in the Family History/Genealogy Department. Katie has directed and taught at several regional and national conferences. You can find her online at GenQuery.com and CornersPast.com. She lives in Culpeper, Virginia, with her husband and five children.
An Introduction to Research Methodology
There are several tried and true methods for conducting sound research. This course will give an overview of the tools professional genealogists use, like research plans, timelines, research logs, and defining research goals. Then we will discuss search strategies and techniques that will save time and provide the best evidence. Finally we will touch on evidence evaluation and introduce the concepts of critical analysis and logical reasoning. You thought you were trying to be a Genealogist, but you never guessed that becoming a detective and a lawyer would happen along the way.
I got into genealogy about the same time I got my first computer, when I discovered a family tree among my grandmother's papers. Along with the tree was a reference to some old letters (1790s) which I didn't find until unpacking boxes after moving to Charlottesville. On another scrap of paper included with the letters was information I had never known, that some of my ancestors had lived in Virginia. Here in Charlottesville I joined the Central Virginia Genealogical Association and learned enough about techniques to be able to help Susan Emert teach an Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning (OLLI) class we call "Climbing Your Family Tree," for the past several years. I started a heritage scrapbook as a way to organize, display, and (hopefully) make family history interesting to grandchildren. That first scrapbook quickly expanded to three and will, no doubt, continue to grow. (See class description below.)
Diane Inman has been a family genealogy researcher since the 1980s. She currently serves as treasurer of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association and is the Regent of Jack Jouett Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She has completed the four classes in genealogy offered by the DAR to its members earning her Volunteer Genealogist pin. Diane has also been a Find A Grave volunteer for over six years, adding more than 13,000 memorials and 1600 pictures. She entered the names in the 15-volumesetof “Cemeteries of Albemarle County,” published about 1980 by her chapter.
This class is for anyone just getting started to work on their family history. It will cover how to discover what you and your family already know, how to set up an organizational system for your research, and how to select resources that can help you in your research.
Barbara Vines-Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS, a professional genealogist, has lectured for the past twenty years at conferences in thirty states on research methodology, Virginia and West Virginia resources, and writing and publishing. Editor of the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy since 1996 and winner of the NGS Quarterly Award of Excellence in 2001, she has written articles for a number of publications, including the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the National Genealogical Society Newsletter, the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ newsletter, OnBoard, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. The current editor of National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series.
Sources for Virginia Researching
Learn about the major groups of records for Virginia research, including online, in print, and on microfilm. Discover “quirks” of Virginia records and learn where to look for substitutes for lost records.
Victor Morris has served as a full-time instructor for the LDS Church Educational System with Seminaries & Institutes of Religion for 23 years. He is glad to be in his home state of Virginia where he was born and raised. He has been the Director of the Charlottesville Institute since 2006 and is currently the US East Area Coordinator for the online seminary program that serves over 1,000 students. He was graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in History and received an advanced degree in Law Concord University.
Brother Morris and his wife Lucy are the proud parents of three children. Perhaps one of the best- known facts about Victor is that he was raised in the remarkably sizeable family of fourteen children—eleven boys and three girls. This has left a distinct mark in his personae, which has proven magnificent for his job, as it seems that he never runs out of tales to tell, and he can also get along with just about anybody.
iPad, Therefore I Am!
Not just for iPad users, this presentation will introduce you to the latest and greatest in the “app” world that will aid you in your family history work.
MURPHY, Dr. Shelley
Dr. Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl,” is a native of Michigan residingin Central Virginia, adaughterto Calvin and Verna (Worden) Murphy, a proud mother of two adult children and a sister to four brothers. Dr. Murphy has been an avid genealogist for over 25 years and is known for her inspiring and interactive Methods and Strategies for genealogy research. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with “Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner” and the “Central Virginia Heritage,” a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She hosts her own blog at www.familytreegirl.com Dr. Murphy is also known by her tagline, which is “Know your roots, they are long and strong.”
Challenges of African American Genealogy Research
This is session is not just for persons who are researching African Americans; it is for all. Learn how to set up a timeline and develop a research plan. Where to locate resources and records for African American research and how to combat the challenges you are faced with when dealing with African American genealogy.
Southern Claims Commission and Pension Files: A Must for Genealogy Research
This session will provide an overview of how to set goals for your genealogy research, setting up a timeline and develop a research plan to conduct military research. You will get an overview of military pension records and the Southern Claims Commission. Attendees will hear the types of information that is included in the records, where to obtain these records, and what can be done with them.
Donna is an adjunct professor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) at the University of Richmond where she has been teaching both credit and non-credit courses since 2000. Her genealogy classes are regularly offered through the Osher Program and the Think Again Program at the University. She also teaches “Researching Your Heritage at the Library of Virginia,” a Road Scholar Program through Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, Donna speaks to community groups and lectures on genealogy throughout the Richmond area. Some of the topics she presents are genealogy on the web, beginning to advanced family history research, Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker workshops, and researching at the Library of Virginia.
Researching at the Library of Virginia—Without Leaving Home
This program will show you ways to do online genealogical research at the Library of Virginia (LVA). Without leaving home, you can access an abundance of resources, digital records, and databases. This presentation will include a demo of LVA’s website and how to use their online catalog; a review of valuable and genealogical guides and indexes; and time exploring various digital collections and databases. Get ready to log on and start researching!
Researching at the Library of Virginia – Making the Most of Your Visit
Researching at the Library of Virginia (LVA) can be overwhelming because there is such a wealth of genealogical records and resources available. This presentation will give you an understanding of the archives and library collections; hep you prepare for your visit; and identify a plan of action to make the most of your research time at the LVA. In other words—how to overcome being overwhelmed!
Mr. Somer is a Family historian dating back to Jamestown and the Mayflower including Pennsylvania Dutch and Knickerbocker Dutch.
Where Were Your Ancestors Before They Disappeared into the Mists of Time?
This class will (hopefully) give some methods and clues to help you find where your people were before they showed up in the place where you found them.
TYCHONIEVICH, Dr. Luther
Luther teaches computer science at the University of Virginia and chairs the Technical Standing Committee for the Family History Information Standards Organization. A frequent presenter at RootsTech and other family history technology conferences, his specialties include the under-the-hood design of family history software and data, the research process itself, and the dynamics of collaborative genealogical research.
The Inherent Structure of Research: Avoiding Pitfalls
Family history research involves many different components, from deciding what questions to ask to deciding which of a set of conflicting sources to believe. This talk will explore the entire process, from events happening in the past through to your deciding what to believe, and all of the research in between—including both recommended practices and what people really do, highlighting common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Genealogy Software Under the Hood: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You
The software you use to do genealogy was designed by humans who, by necessity, chose to model.