The following topics are designed as one-hour presentations. Other topics can be developed upon request.

These can be presented either in-person or virtually. (Virtual presentations are an economical option for your organization!)

See my list of upcoming events.

Fees are negotiable. Please contact me for availability and pricing.

Civil War:

  • After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans
  • Battling Buckeyes: Researching Ohio Civil War Ancestors
  • For Benefit of the Veteran: Civil War Fraternal Organizations
  • Researching Indiana Civil War Ancestors
  • Researching Your Civil War Ancestors Online
  • State and Local Records for Civil War Research

Sources and Resources:

  • Best Websites and Apps for Finding Local History
  • Between the County and Federal Levels: Using State Government Records
  • Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
  • Farms, Factories & Defectives: The 'Other' Census Schedules
  • The Last Full Measure: Military Burials
  • Mapping Your Family History
  • Silent No More: Researching Deaf Ancestors
  • Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
  • Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years
  • Using Land Records Effectively
  • What Do You Mean There's No Record?! Using Vital Records Substitutes
  • Written in Stone: Tombstones and Other Cemetery Records (Also available in a shorter version for luncheons and banquets)


  • 5 Search Strategies Every Genealogist Should Know
  • Book It, Tweet It, Pin It: Using Social Media to Grow Your Family Tree
  • Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females
  • Documentation: What, Why and How
  • Evaluating Evidence and Its Source
  • Finding Ancestors Before 1850
  • How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?
  • How to Keep Blogging When You Have Boring Ancestors
  • How to Milk a Source for All It's Worth
  • Researching the Family Business
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society
  • Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Research


  • Buckeye Beginnings: An Introduction to Ohio Research
  • Ohio's Jigsaw Puzzle: Understanding Ohio's Land Surveys

Banquet/Luncheon Talks:

  • The Genealogy on Your Bookshelf (a light-hearted look at genealogy in popular literature)
  • What Were They Thinking?! Records That Made Me Do a Double-Take
  • Written in Stone: A Look at Tombstones (a shorter version of my lecture on tombstone and cemetery records)
  • You Have a Story, So Tell It (why everyone has a story and why it is so important that we include ourselves in our family history)