Fellowship Hall of Unity Baptist Church, 311 Smokey Road, Newnan, Georgia
Lunch is on your own.
The records most frequently used by genealogists are birth, marriage, and death records, along with census population schedules, obituaries, and tombstones. There are literally thousands of alternative records that can be used to supplement your research and to help place your ancestors in context.
This seminar explores a number of record types that most genealogists skip or gloss over, and reexamines less frequently consulted portions of familiar records. These records can provide new clues and insights to open new research doors and help break down brick walls.
U.S. courthouse records have been damaged, destroyed, moved, or stored over the centuries. Prepare yourself in advance for on-site and online research by consulting authoritative sources. Learn why records may not be available in the courthouse, what may have happened to them, and where they (or replacements or substitutes) may exist today.
Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
In the course of our genealogical research, we often become engrossed in the collection
of information snippets, failing to put them into a logical perspective. We lose sight of the fact that the people we're tracing participated in the life of their historical times, led complex lives, and interacted with one another.
Organizing the information we collect into a biographical profile can help you begin to recognize character traits and decision patterns. And the profile also provides an invaluable, portable research tool that avoids your taking voluminous amounts of notes with you on research trips.
This seminar presents a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile. We will discuss:
- Establishing your ancestor's every location,
- Learning about other people in your ancestor's life,
- Studying local, state and national history to determine what events may have influenced or motivated your ancestor,
- Studying personal events that may have influenced or motivated your ancestor, and
- Effectively organizing materials into a profile that can be used for additional research and for writing.
This approach will not only help you organize your research, it can become the basis for writing detailed biographical sketches or novels about the people whose lives you have been researching.
Planning a Very Successful Cemetery Research Trip
Cemeteries are fascinating places, and family history researchers can learn a great deal
when visiting a cemetery. Part of the challenge in the first place is to locate the cemetery where your ancestor or relative is buried. And when you get to the cemetery, there may be more to be learned than just what's carved on the tombstones - the administrator or sexton may have files with lots of information too!
Advance preparation is definitely the key to a successful cemetery research trip. That means advance research, determining who and what you want and need to research on-site, making contact with the living people who can help you find the dead ones, as well as taking the right tools with you to record information you find.
This seminar presents a methodical approach to preparing for a successful cemetery research trip and detailed suggestions about what tools to take, how to record the information, and what to do with it when you get home.
Books for Sale
Two of George Morgan's books will be available for sale at the seminar:
How To Do Everything: Genealogy, published in 2012.
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, McGraw-Hill in August 2013, co-authored with Drew Smith.
He will sign copies bought at the seminar, and feel free free to bring copies of his books you may already have for him to sign that day.
GGS can accept cash, check, or credit card for purchases.
About our Speaker
George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at conferences and on genealogical cruises around the world.
George is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. The third edition of his bestselling tenth book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was published in 2012. He and Drew Smith have co-authored a new book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, that was published by McGraw-Hill in August 2013 and leads the genealogy sales charts at Amazon.com.
He has just ended a four-year term as Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and has been an officer for many other genealogical and professional organizations. He is a member of the APG, ISBGFH, and other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.
He is co-host with Drew Smith of The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.
Registration & Cost
- Mail in registration needs to be postmarked by Friday September 26, 2014
- Online registration deadline is Wednesday October 1, 2014
An additional $5.00 late registration fee will be charged for registrations after these dates and at the door. All pre-registrations will be guaranteed handouts, late registrations are not although we make extra copies.