Wednesday, March 21, 2007 to host six-week teleconference series on family history

International authors and educators to present teleconference workshops on family history in March and April, 2007.

A six-week series of teleconference presentations on a wide variety of family history topics will be offered from March 18 – April 23, 2007 at 8 PM each evening by the of Waltham, MA. Over twenty-five notable historians, authors, educators and entrepreneurs will discuss everything from new methods for using traditional resources to emerging on-line resources and technological tools for family historians and practical case studies will abound throughout the series.

For more information and links to specific presentations, please see our teleconference webpage at

Featured presenters include Thomas J. Kemp of (A NewsBank company); Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG, and Thomas Jones, PhD (co-editors of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly); Suzanne Russo Adams, AG (The Generations Network); Maureen Taylor ("The Photo Detective" for Family Tree Magazine); Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD (DNA Detective); (Jonathan D. Galli (Chain Enterprises); and Sharon Varnum Sergeant (

The cost for each teleconference session varies from free to $15 per session for the consultation and the PDF handout and example illustrations. Recordings for some sessions are also available as MP3 and PDF downloads.

Myrt of exclaims, "Teleconferencing is a fun & easy way to experience real-time learning & find time to talk with like-minded researchers. I simply love the idea of connecting with other researchers in real time, where no typing is required! It's a great use of technology to further our understanding of genealogy research methods."

Indeed the dynamics of real-time learning and sharing anywhere in the world through the use of easy to use technology – telephones and home computers – is a dream come true for family historians who are often hundreds of miles away from their ancestral roots and resources.

Timely presentations include: Disaster Preparedness for Family Historians; Emerging On-Line Resources & Technological Tools; Ancestral Cash: Finding Lost, Missing and Hiding Ancestors cached away at; A New Genealogy Research Methodology: Electronic Sources and Resources ; and on April 1 DNA & Genealogy: "Weird DNA" for April Fool's Day (seriously fun and informative!).

Case Studies include: Finding Mariners, Seafaring Ancestors, Ships and Maritime News with; Same Man? Finding the Right "Smith:" Tracking Peter Faulkner with; Using Post Roads, U.S. Mail Contracts, Stagecoach Routes, Livery Stables and Inns to Find Your Ancestors with; Migration Case Studies.

Traditional resource presentations include: 19th & 20th Century Research; Scholarly Writing for Any Genealogical Publication; Identifying and Preserving Family Photographs; Uncovering Clues in Your Ancestors' Neighborhoods: Using Maps in Genealogical Research; Using Probate Records as a Shopping List for Other Sources; French Canadian & Metis Marriages; Loyalist Research; Newspaper Research Tips; Other Sources with Genealogical Clues .

Informational sessions and infomercials include: Provenance: "Information to Artifacts and Artifacts to Information"; Out of Print Genealogies: How Good Are They?; Jamboree! Genealogy and Family Heritage in Logan, Utah, March 24, 2007; New England Regional Genealogical Conference, April 26-29, 2007; Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, August 15, 2007; The Lincoln Connections: Everyone’s Connection to Abraham Lincoln.

A special "Ask the Experts: General Problem-Solving" session is also planned for any and every type of research question imaginable.

When asked why people in this modern era should study their ancestry, Jonathan D. Galli offers, "Genealogy is more than just names and dates on a page. When you know where to look and what to look for, we can easily find interesting detail about a variety of aspects of real people’s daily lives. People whose lives have had a direct influence on our lives today. It’s fascinating to uncover the chain of events from then to now, have a real connection to the past, and really make these people alive again."

For more information, contact:
Contact: Sharon Sergeant Phone fax 253-323-215148 Lake St., Waltham, MA 02451

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