The Indiana Genealogical Society's annual conference is April 28 at ACPL in Fort Wayne. Even if you don't have Indiana ancestors, you will definitely learn something new at the conference.
The featured speaker is Debra S. Mieszala. She is is a Certified Genealogist specializing in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to help locate family members of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and been published in the "NGS Magazine," "The Digital Genealogist," and "OnBoard!".
Her talks are:
- Lessons From A Snoop: Collaterals and Associates - Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.
- Digging Through Documents Word by Word - Proper scrutiny of each piece of information in a document is essential to understanding that item’s evidentiary value. Studying every word’s meaning and context ensures that evidence has been properly analyzed and comprehended.
- Patently Unique: Locating Patent Records, Online and Off - Was your ancestor an inventor? Learn how to locate patent records quickly and easily. Patents offer glimpses of creative genius and add interesting stories to family research.
- Bringing Our Soldiers Home - Thousands of lost soldiers and airmen from past wars were never recovered. Some were missing in action, killed in action, or prisoners of war. Learn about the project that aims to bring them home, and how genealogy is aiding in that effort.
- What's New With FamilySearch with Michael Hall from FamilySearch
- Finding Indiana Records and Research in FamilySearch with Michael Hall
- Becoming an Expert on Using Ancestry with ACPL librarian Melissa Shimkus
- Writing a Book Using Family Tree Maker and Microsoft Word with Curtis Sylvester, President of the Allen County Genealogical Society
I'm looking forward to a great conference. Will you be there?
Disclosure: I am Vice President of IGS and served on the 2012 conference committee.