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 Sound 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.

Finding Your Way Through FamilySearch
The search box has become a staple of modern genealogical research. But the FamilySearch website has much more to offer than simply a search box. Learn strategies to access millions of non-searchable records, and discover other useful FamilySearch resources.

He Used to Be My Ancestor: Avoiding Seven Common Research Mistakes
Finding time to research our ancestors is challenging enough. We don’t want to spend time researching people we thought were our ancestor, only to find out later that they aren’t. Learn to identify and avoid seven common research pitfalls that can confuse identity and create those “former ancestors.”

How Do You Know What You Know? Moving Beyond Your Genealogy Database
Genealogical databases are a great tool to store and maintain our family tree. However, they don’t accurately reflect the most important thing we do as researchers—think, analyze, and explain. Databases are simply a list of sources and conclusions. Learn to document the reasoning that connects those sources and conclusions.

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.

The Rest of the Story: Getting to Know Your Ancestor
Names and dates are an important part of genealogical research. Our ancestors did things on a particular day in a particular place which we can identify and record. But does that help us to know and understand them? Researching extended relatives and friends can reveal the rest of the story.

Secrets Within Us: My Genetic Odyssey
Two case studies demonstrate the application and usefulness of two different types of DNA testing. A yDNA test confirms the identity of an illegitimate child’s father, and an autosomal test reveals a previously unknown mystery, completely rewriting afamily’s history.

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 local 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 44118 zip code. Questions? Please contact me!