Need a speaker for your society, library, or archive? Below are the topics I am currently offering. I’m always interested in developing new ideas. If you have something specific your group may be interested in that you’ve not seen elsewhere, I’d love to hear from you. My schedule can be found on the “See Me!” section of the home page, or on the Events page.


Analysis and Correlation: Two Keys to Conclusions
Careful analysis of individual records may reveal more evidence than we might think. Careful correlation combines all the evidence to solve difficult research problems.

Beyond the Docket Books: Digging For Gold In Probate Packets

Probate records provide an intimate window through which to view the lives of our ancestors, revealing information about them that make their identities unique.

Buried Treasure: Finding Your Ancestors in Ohio’s Local Government Records Collection
Ohio’s Local Government Record Program has preserved a wealth of records that can’t be found elsewhere. Learn what they are and how to access them.

Making Sense of Metes and Bounds
Beginning at a place of confusion, thence to a point of understanding, this presentation helps researchers conquer the difficulties working with this type of property description.

“Not Online” Doesn’t Mean Out of Reach
Even when a record we need is not online, the internet can make accessing it easier. Learn tips and tricks to research from afar.

Order In the Court! A Brief History of Ohio Courts and the Records They Created

Ohio’s court system has undergone numerous revisions since its Northwest Territory days. Learn about the evolution of different courts, their jurisdiction, and records they created.

Power Platting: Technology Tools to Create Pictures From Property Descriptions
A compass and graph paper still work. However, software tools add power and flexibility in the platting of property to aid in your research.

Trace Your Ancestors Using Tax Records
Far from being just a list of names and dates, tax records contain clues that help sort out identity, kinship, and other tricky research challenges.

Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence

Without documents telling us what we need to know, how can we answer our research questions and arrive at sound conclusions? By using indirect evidence!

Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research
Pennsylvania can be a confusing genealogical landscape to researchers of all levels. Learn about commonly used, records methodologies, and repositories for successful Pennsylvania research.

Using Deeds In Your Genealogical Research: Location Isn’t Everything
Deeds are people records, not just property records. Learn to uncover clues about identity, kinship, marital status, and more by digging deeper into deeds.

Using Google Books: Five Ideas For Genealogical Success
Explore five ways to use Google Books and unlock a tremendous amount of genealogical information, all from the comfort of your computer chair.

My current speaking fee is $75 per one-hour presentation, which includes a 4-6 page handout and travel to/from any location within a 60-mile radius of the 44123 zip code. Questions? Please contact me!

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