Category Archives: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Sessions

Family Search-Beyond the Basics – 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.

Locating Vital Records and Obituaries – Jana Meyer

Birth, death and marriage records (als called vital records or vital statistics) contain a wealth of information for genealogists. This session will discuss what information is typically recorded in these records. We will also address how to locate and obtain copies of vital records. Additionally, newspapers are and another important source of information for family historians. This session will also cover how obituaries can be useful for genealogists and how to search historic newspapers for them.

Jana Meyer is an Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society. She received a degree in History from the University of Louisville, as well as a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University f Kentucky. Jana specializes in arranging and describing the Filson’s manuscript collections.

Using Google Earth to Pinpoint Your Ancestors’ Locations on Current Maps – Chris Hettinger

In this course, you will go through some of the basics of Google Earth, (a FREE, electronic, dynamic mapping application). You will be shown how to overlay current digital/virtual maps on to more historical maps to give you an idea of where your ancestors were, and in some cases, how much we have changed from the past.

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.

Brick Wall? Learn to Apply the FAN Principle! – Deborah Campisano

When no record positively identifies our ancestor’s parentage, does it seem he was dropped by spaceship with no kin in sight? By studying our ancestor within the context of community and applying the FAN Principle (Friends/Family, Associates and Neighbors), we may just find the answers we seek.

Deborah Lord Campisano, (BA History), has over 30 years of genealogical research experience – 23 as a professional. She completed genealogical course work at a number of institutes including IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP, and is a frequent lecturer on methodology at local, state and regional conferences. Currently, Deborah is not on the trail, using DNA evidence and traditional research, to identify her mysterious 2X Irish great-grandmother.