Category Archives: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Sessions

Tackling Tough Cases Using Y-DNA – Debra Renard

Y-DNA testing can help you tackle big research challenges.  Learn approaches for finding a surname, refuting surname connections, distinguishing family groups and determining patrilineal origins.  Solve the mysteries! (All expert levels)


Debra Smith Renard, the founder of Eureka! Genealogy, is a researcher and lecturer specializing in genetic genealogy.  She is co-leader of the Louisville Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group.  Debra is a board member of the Louisville Genealogical Society, and is Secretary of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is also a staff genealogist for the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.  Debra speaks at the local, regional and national levels and is especially passionate about helping those with unknown birth family find their roots.

Googling Your Family Tree – Chris Hettinger

There is a lot more to Google than simple searches.  Learn about their other tools that can help you in your research including books, newspapers, maps, blogs and advanced search tools.


Christ Hettinger is an engineer by trade and a genealogist by hobby. He has been researching his family tree for nine years. He and his wife have been married for 11 years and they have 3 children, all named for ancestors, of course. When he is not working as a design engineer for GE Appliances, he spends time with his family. He also frequently leads 80 Cub Scouts on adventures as the Cub mater of the Cub Scout pack at his church. While he should be sleeping, he can often be found remodeling his home, hobbying in electronics, or researching his family tee. Chris likes to use technology to make things more organized and efficient and loves to share his knowledge with others.


FamilySearch: Your Next Best Friend – Pam Brinegar

An essential tool for family historians, FamilySearch is home to the largest collection of free online records.  You will find information no matter what historical period or country you’re researching.  FamilySearch, with its extensive wiki, learning center and online classes, is a top resource.  We’ll discuss how creative catalog searching, including the use of keywords, can help us obtain the best results from this unique, rapidly-expanding site.   (All expertise levels)


Pamela Lyons Brinegar is a board-certified genealogist who specializes in Kentucky and African American research. Pam developed and taught for several years a popular eight-week family history course offered through he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kentucky. She is the recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment grant and a writing excellence award from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She is perhaps best characterized by a Louisa May Alcott line from the novel Work: “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her mind.”

Learning the Basics of Family Search – Joseph Kraig (This will be a two part class)

This class will help users of FamilySearch/FamilyTree learn some of the programs unique capabilities beyond the basics. Many new options have been added to the programs and these will be explored.


Joseph Kraig is a native of Louisville but has lived in diverse locations Spain, Scotland, and Seattle, Washington, and Darian, Connecticut in the United States. Louisville has, however, always been the place to be. Joe’s roots start early in this country back to the 1600’s with ancestors that fought in the Revolution. Joe also has roots that go back to Germany. When Louisville was considered “THE” location for German families coming to the United States before the Civil War, his family got caught up in that struggle with his ancestor fighting in the Kentucky 5h for the Union.

Joe has attended several local schools and has several degrees including two in computer related sciences that are useful now in doing family history research. Until recently, Joe served as a Family History Center Librarian for nearly 20 years. He and his wife now serve in the LDS Area as Family History Advisors to leaders of the LDS Church in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.