Family History Workshops
The Kentucky Genealogical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society co-sponsor a Family History Workshops on the second Saturday of most months (see exceptions below) at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway in Frankfort, Kentucky.
The typical workshop format is:
10:30 am to 11:30 am–Program
11:30 am to 12:30 pm–optional box lunch (see details below)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm–Program
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm–Tech Talk (a session related to using technology for genealogy)
The workshops are FREE, but registration by noon of the preceding Friday is required. An optional box lunch may be reserved, if requested at the time of registration, for $7 (payable at the door).
To register, call the Kentucky Historical Society Library reference desk at (502)564-1792, ext. 4460, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is free, located across the train tracks from the Kentucky Historical Society.
*Exceptions to the second Saturday date:
A Family History Workshop is not held in August due to the Kentucky Genealogical Society's Annual Seminar, which is held on the first Saturday each year. The November Family History Workshop is held on the first Saturday due to a conflict with the Frankfort Candlelight Tour.
Saturday, March 8, 2014: SPECIAL EVENT — TIME CHANGE
RootsTech Family History Fair
The Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Genealogical Society cordially invite you to the first ever, RootsTech Family History Fair! Join KHS and KGS for a day-long family history event, sponsored by the RootsTech Conference! In February 2014, the annual RootsTech Conference takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah – the largest national genealogy conference in the country. This year, several sessions were selected for recording to be shared exclusively at Family History Fairs around the world. The Kentucky Historical Society has been selected as one of the participating venues!
What this means: On March 8th, our regularly scheduled Second Saturday will take on a slightly different shape. Our sessions will begin earlier (10:00AM) and end later in the day (3:45PM). During that time, we will be providing ten sessions (a keynote the first hour then three concurrent sessions in each of the other three time slots), giving you the option to choose which session you want to attend! Just like a real conference! This event is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED! Lunch will be handled in the same way – you must pre-order a lunch before noon on Friday, March 7th.
Schedule for the day (You can stay as long or as little as you like. You can choose the number of sessions to attend and pick the subjects you want to see!):
ALL SESSIONS ARE RECORDED
9:00AM - 10:00AM: Doors to KHS open + registration (Yes, the library will be open as well for early research)
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Keynote: Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist) and Dr. Spencer Wells (National Geographic Genographic Project Director) [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
11:00AM – 11:15AM: Break
11:15AM – 12:15PM:
- Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Joshua Taylor [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
- Begging for Spit: DNA Testing and Your Family by Blaine Bettinger [Klotter Classroom]
- Basic Online Resources for the Beginning Genealogist by Lisa Alzo [Keeneland Gallery]
12:15PM – 1:30PM: Lunch (pre-ordered box lunch, or locally on your own)
1:30PM – 2:30PM:
- Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com by Crista Cowan [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
- Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls by Tim Janzen [Klotter Classroom]
- How to Scan an Elephant: Digitizing Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie by Denise Levenick [Keeneland Gallery]
2:30PM – 2:45PM: Break
2:45PM – 3:45PM:
- A Beginners Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited [Brown Forman Conference Hall]
- How to Use YouTube for Family History: Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel by Lisa Louise Cooke [Klotter Classroom]
- Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink [Keeneland Gallery]
Download the full schedule for session descriptions and speaker bios.
Sessions will be held in the Brown Forman Conference Hall, the Klotter Classroom, and the Keeneland Gallery.
The sessions shown in each room will be fully recorded versions, taped at the 2014 RootsTech Conference! These sessions were delivered by nationally recognized leaders in the genealogy field. Stay tuned for a description of each session and speaker bios.
Saturday, April 12, 2014:
Family History Workshop Topic: Researching Virginia
Session 1: Virginia Research 101
This session examines the basics of Virginia research with an overview of the vital statistics, government, and manuscript records that are available to researchers online, in print, on microfilm and in textual format.
Session 2: The Law of the Land: Inheritance in Early Virginia
Understanding colonial law, basically modified British common law, and the changes brought by the Revolution may help resolve ancestral issues. Primogeniture and entailment are explained.
About the Speaker: Victor S. Dunn, CG, has been a Board Certified Genealogist since 1999. He is the coordinator and instructor of the Virginia Research Track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He has a B.S. and an M.S. from Virginia Tech. In addition to numerous national speaking engagements, Victor has had many articles published, including several in the NGS Quarterly. He resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and daughters.
Tech Talk Topic: To Be Announced
Last Update: 17 Feb 2014