JANUARY 26, 2017
YOUR NEXT STEP: ORGANIZE AND SHARE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Speaker: Steve Szabados
The focus of organizing your genealogy research should be to make it easy to find
your information when you need it. Steve Szabados, genealogy speaker, author and
columnist, will share how he organizes files, documents, etc. for easily use and
retrieval. Come learn his secrets!
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
BUILDING A RESEARCH TOOLBOX
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee, via webinar
Are overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are
you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists
of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized,
easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere. This session is a webinar
and will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
MARCH 23, 2017
DISCOVERING YOUR UK / IRISH ROOTS ONLINE
Speakers: Debra Dudek
This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques of the three
big UK and Irish databases: Find My Past, Scotlands People and Roots Ireland. Learn
what’s new within these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how
privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.
APRIL 27, 2017
FILE ORGANIZATION FOR THE GENEALOGIST
Speaker: Carole Magnuson
Information gathered from a multitude of sources is most useful and easily found
again when its organized in an orderly and logical way. This class will demonstrate
various ways to organize a collection, reduce piles of paper, and put information
in a format that can be used as a foundation for a family history book or CD/DVD.
Evernote, the note-taking, organizing and archiving app will also be discussed.
MAY 25, 2017
ADVANCED GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
Speaker: Tina Beaird
Time to start utilizing the information you have collected while tracing your family
tree. This course will show you how to interpret records for more accurate results.
Plus, learn about lesser-known family history resources, like city directories, yearbooks
JUNE 15, 2017
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL—FINDING ANCESTORS AMID THE RUBBLE OF DISASTER AND MISFORTUNE
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee, in person
Horatio Spafford, author of the hymn It Is Well With My Soul, overcame immense tragedy,
misfortune and disaster (the death of his only son, the Great Chicago Fire, a shipwreck
which killed his four remaining daughters) to not only stay true to his values but
to help others and still keep a positive outlook on life. How did our ancestors persevere
and survive in the face of disaster – natural, manmade and financial – so that we
could be here today to tell their stories? Learn how to not only locate your ancestors
amidst the rubble, but give voice to their stories.
Co-sponsored by the Batavia Public Library; meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia
JULY 27, 2017
SWEDISH GENEALOGY IN A COMPUTER WORLD
Speaker: Kathy Meade of ArchivDigital
This presentation will focus on the many free and subscription sites offering a variety
of records associated with Swedish history. This is a do not miss presentation for
anyone who has Swedish ancestors.
AUGUST 24, 2017
ORGANIZING DIGITAL PHOTOS
Speaker: Caroline Guntur
As a Professional Organizer, Caroline helps people just organize, digitize, and preserve
their photos, slides, home movies and other family treasures, so that future generations
can enjoy them too!
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
MIGRATING TRAILS INTO AND OUT OF VIRGINIA
Speaker: Peggy Lauritzen, via webinar
Our ancestors were on the move a lot. Land was precious to them and influenced when
and where they lived. This lecture will focus on the varied groups that populated
the Shenandoah / Ohio Valley Region, the culture and customs, where they came from,
and what influenced them to move in, stay, or move on.
This session is a webinar and will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
OCTOBER 26, 2017
OVER THERE—CIVILIAN SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR
Speaker: Sarah Kirby
Often we think of only military service when we consider ancestors in war. Sarah
will share a different perspective as she shares resources and strategies for researching
DECEMBER 7, 2017
HOLIDAY SOCIAL / YEAR IN REVIEW
Join us as we share holiday cheer and camaraderie as we complete our annual year-end
review of activities.