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12 - 12 May 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Presents Issuing Citations That Help “Prove” Your Genealogical Research by Laura Street Chaplin Naperville, IL

Using Dr. Thomas W. Jones’ book: Mastering Genealogical Proof, as a template and resource, this presentation explores, in a hands-on format, how to build essential citations documenting our sources used. Learn why citations are so essential, the 5 W’s of citations, how to craft 2-part citations, and details on the various types of citations. Review basic genealogical underpinnings to understand and implement excellent citations. These include: characteristics of good research questions & the 3×3 Evidence Analysis Process (by Elizabeth Shown Mills). Bring your own thoughts and be prepared to talk to your neighbors during this fun approach to issuing your own citations!Laura Chaplin began researching her family history when she was inspired by a professor at college. Since then, she has spent years researching, attending countless workshops, and traveling across the country on research trips. She is now the owner of Willowtree Research: Family History and Genealogy Services. Laura has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. At the Town & Country Public Library in Elburn she was the History & Genealogy Manager and help them to open their Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center.This in-person event will be held at Nichols Library - Community Room (200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540). FVGS meetings are free to attend. Visit for the 2022 FVGS 2022 Program Schedule. The presentation will be recorded. Members have access to recordings for a limited time.

11 - 11 May 2022 FhGS Presentation: Camp Amache, Colorado's Japanese American Confinement Camp Golden, Colorado

Dr. Bonnie Clark, leader of the DU Amache Project, will present "Community Archaeology at Amache, Colorado's Japanese American Confinement Camp".

The forced removal and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II is a pivotal incident in world history.  Places where they were confined are significant resources for both research about and re-engagement with this critical experience.  

Since 2008, Dr. Clark has led collaborative archaeological investigations at the site of Amache, Colorado’s War Relocation Authority confinement facility. She will discuss the ongoing project, highlighting how archaeology, oral history, and historic documents combine to provide insights about how these confined people can reknit community and reclaim humanity.

Dr. Clark is committed to using tangible history – objects, sites, and landscapes—to broaden our understanding of our diverse past.  She leads the DU Amache Project, a community collaboration committed to researching, preserving, and interpreting the physical history of Amache, Colorado’s WWII-era Japanese American incarceration camp ( 

In 2011, Dr. Clark’s work was recognized by her peers with the University of Denver’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year award and in 2021, she was the recipient of the State Honor Award from Colorado Preservation, Inc. She began her career as a professional archaeologist and now serves as a Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Denver (DU), as well as the Curator for Archaeology of the DU Museum of Anthropology. 

Guests are always welcome for this free 1:00 p.m. MT presentation. The in-person presentation will be at Applewood United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St., Golden, CO 80401. For the ZOOM link, register at

Donations welcome. FhGS supports genealogical research in the Colorado Foothills Counties of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park; provides educational programs, classes and field trips; and preserves and publishes historical records.

07 May 2022 Eastern Washington Genealogy Society in Spokane, Washington Hybrid meeting (Zoom or in person) from Spokane, WA

Thomas Jones will present: "Building a Credible Lineage, Despite Missing Information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records, and Undocumented Publications" A case study teaches how to establish credibility of undocumented genealogies, merge seemingly separate identities, remedy record errors, resolve conflicting evidence, and separate same-named men.

01 - 01 May 2022 Webinar: Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy  via Zoom
Sunday, May 1
Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy  (All)
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Eastern Time (US and Canada)

I’m just compiling our family tree, what can go wrong?’ This session will discuss what ethics and morality mean, and what these have to do with genealogy. Ethical dilemmas in genealogy came to the forefront since law enforcement utilized information from GEDMatch to apprehend a suspected serial killer. These issues include exposing secrets and lies, and unexpected DNA results. Many people have to struggle through ethical dilemmas on their own, so attendees at this session will benefit from considering ethical issues with more empathy and sensitivity

Dr. Penny Walters lectures internationally in person and via webinars, and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics. Penny is the author of 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy,' and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (Amazon)



30 - 30 April 2022 Bay Area Genealogical Society (WI) Annual Conference Virtual-Green Bay, Wisconsin

 BAGS Annual Conference. FREE! Online via Zoom  To register for any or all sessions send an email to 
BAGS is offering three webinars:9-10:30 a.m. CDT 
Jello Molds, Peacocks andTurtle Soup, History of Food & Genealogy by Gena Philbert-Ortega. My ancestors ate What? My ancestor ate what?! What our ancestors ate was very different from the food that we eat today. Learn more about how food history interacts with your family history including food availability, food during war time, and what our immigrant ancestors ate.
11-12 p.m
Americans took awhile to get familiar with how diseases were spread, what precautions could be taken to minimize exposure, and why vaccinations were so important. While the medical community promoted sanitation and healthy lifestyles and the US government got involved in encouraging the eradication of diseases, in 1849 and lasting about two years, Wisconsin was overtaken by a cholera epidemic that was quickly at pandemic level. Did your ancestor die of the disease? So many did that a lot of deaths escaped being recorded. Many statistics were disguised so that public panic would be minimized. Learn the facts surrounding the outbreak as well as the effect politics and economics had on how the pandemic was handled; it just might solve one of your family history dilemmas.
If your ancestors lived in Wisconsin anytime between 1920 and the early 1930’s, there is a chance that their lives were impacted by Prohibition, specifically if they lived in Milwaukee or Green Bay. During those times, the Great Lakes were a virtual thoroughfare of illegal liq- uor transportation and the state’s access points on Lake Michigan became destinations for those transporting, obtaining, and stopping the movement of alcohol, most often imported from Canada. Learn more about how the state’s resi-dents were affected, including how the state’s beer industry, on a large scale, survived the dry period (1920-1933).

23 - 23 April 2022 Using DNA Strategically: Tools to Identify Ancestors with Diahan Southard Virtual via Zoom

One day virtual seminar on the use of DNA in genealogy. There will be four beginning to intermediate level lectures by leading genetic genealogy specialist Diahan Southard. Videos of the lectures will be available to attendees for two weeks following the event.

23 - 23 April 2022 US Immigration & Naturalization Correspondence Fils 1890s-1950s: Overview and Update Albany, New York

US Immigration & Naturalization Correspondence Files 1890s-1950s: Overview & Update 

1 pm via Zoom

Presenter, Marian Smith, will provide an overview of US Immigration Service Correspondence Files, 1891-1957, and US Naturalization Service Correspondence Files 1906-1946, both of which have become more accessible to researchers in recent years.  In addition to describing the different file series, she will explain all the old (and new!) finding aids available to identify a specific correspondence file and request it from the National Archives.  Throughout, correspondence file examples will demonstrate the breadth and depth of these rich record resources.

Marian  Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS,) later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS.)  She now occasionally speaks to groups on US immigration and nationality records and anxiously awaits returning to research at the National Archives.

(Non-members of CDGS may register for this free program starting on the 16th of April)

23 - 23 April 2022 Ancestors Who Served: Research in Military Records - VGS Spring 2022 Conference virtual

Join us for our spring conference held virtually this year which includes four lectures by well-known genealogists on a variety of military research topics. VGS members: $30; Non-members: $40.

Register at:

If you can’t attend in person, no worries! The recordings will be available for 90 days after the conference.

 Researching Your World War I Ancestor in Virginia – Craig Scott, CG®, FUGA – Researching military service after 1900 is problematic because of record loss in a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The purpose of this lecture is to provide an introduction to World War I research and to get started on an efficient and productive research strategy. 

Records of the Forgotten: War of 1812 – Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG®, CGLSM – The War of 1812 is often called the Forgotten War.  Genealogically though, it can be one of the most relevant to finding ancestors pre-1850. Its records are many and cover multiple generations, producing many research clues. We explore useful federal military records and some non-federal records.

Soldiers’ Homes—A Lasting Legacy – Rick Sayre, CG®, CGLSM, FUGA – Soldiers’ homes were operated from 1865 to 1930 by the federal government. There were also homes operated by the states and private organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Over 400,000 individual records exist for just the federal homes. Learn about the genealogical riches buried in these records.

Finally Remembered: Black Revolutionary Patriots of Central Virginia – Dr. Shelley Viola Murphy – There is limited information and resources about the Blacks who served during the Revolutionary War. This session will provide some insight about the Revolutionary War and the lives of the Patriots, their challenges, and their service.

23 - 23 April 2022 2022 Spring Hybrid Seminar Englewood, Colorado

The Colorado Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Angie Bush has accepted our invitation to be the speaker at the CGS seminar on 23 April 2022 as a hybrid meeting – in-person and virtual via Zoom - 9am - 4:30pm. In-person event will be at Hampden Hall, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO.  The fee for this event is only $35. Ms. Bush will give 4 sessions: Building a Detailed Family Tree; First Steps for Evaluating Your DNA Test; Latest Developments in Company Tools for DNA; Meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard with DNA.

23 - 23 April 2022 Conquer the Clutter! Organization for the Frazzled Genealogist Virtual

9:45 am Eastern Time - 2:30 pm

Featured speakers:

  • Sara Cochran, "From a Box in the Closet to a Treasurered Family Heirloom" and "Disaster-Proofing Your Research"
  • Kelli Bergheimer, "How to Clear the Mess on Your Desk"

Great door prizes from Census, Collectionaire, Family Chartmasters, Gaylord's, Genealogical Publishing Company, Genealogy Bank, Internet Genealogy Magazine, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Newspaper Archive, RootsMagic, Vivid-Pix, and more!