Luncheon – Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

 
African American Research, Writing and Publishing
Char Bah
9:00-10:00
a.m.
(S11) Overview of the Freedman Cemetery Book:
The Alexandria’s Freedman’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom
Learn about the process of developing a research plan for a major historical and genealogical project that resulted in a book.  This project can be used in your research.  The book will be available for purchase.
10:30-11:30
a.m.
(S12) Identifying and Researching a Community to Uncover Descendants
Learn how to flush out organizations, schools and associations that are no longer operating in the community to find descendants for your historical and genealogical projects.
1:15-2:15
p.m.
(S13) Traditional Publishing:
Your Historical/Genealogical Research Projects
This lecture will focus on finding the publisher for traditional publishing.  We will discuss preparing the book outline, manuscript, book proposal and marketing plan.
2:45-3:45
p.m.
(S14) Self-Publishing: Your Historical & Genealogical Research Projects
Getting published is not easy, but this lecture will give you lots of insight into the self-publishing world including free resources to help you.  We will also discuss the pros and cons to self-publishing.

 
 
Methodology
Elissa Scalise Powell
9:00-10:00
a.m.
(S21) Twenty Years of Stuff – Now What Do I Do?
Piles of files? Whether of your own creation or inherited from a relative, organizing, preserving and sharing through publishing the family history will be discussed as well as consideration of the collection’s final disposal.
10:30-11:30
a.m.
(S22) From Research Question to Report:  The Process from A to Z
Learn efficient techniques for attacking research problems from correctly forming a question through analysis, research, and reporting by writing your findings as you go.
1:15-2:15
p.m.
(S23) Show Me the Carfax:  The Purposes of Documentation
Like buying a used car using the “Carfax,” good genealogy needs documentation.  Without it, we may end up with a “lemon” or “crash” into a “brick wall.”
2:45-3:45
p.m.
(S24) Deeper Analysis:  Techniques for Successful Problem-Solving
The Genealogical Proof Standard states that analysis and correlation of data is necessary, but what techniques are best?  Spreadsheets, timelines, maps, charts are just a few.  Using these written tools helps us to see the data in a new light.

 
 
Intermediate DNA
Diahan Southard
9:00-10:00
a.m.
(S31) Jack and Jill:  Can DNA Reveal the True Story on the Hill?
Using Jack and Jill as our example, we will cover the ins and outs of autosomal DNA and what it can actually reveal about two people, their heritage, their relationship, and their story.  We will examine media stories to help uncover fact or fiction, including the role of law enforcement.  All to determine if DNA can really help determine why Jack went tumbling down the hill.
10:30-11:30
a.m.
(S32) DNA Third Party Tools You Actually Need
When your list of needs for genetic genealogy analysis are not met at your DNA testing company, you may find yourself adrift in the world of Third Party Tools.  All of them are created by innovated, talented genetic genealogists trying to provide better solutions to the problem of analyzing and using your data. It is easy to become quickly overwhelmed by your options and to get mired in the problem of evaluating these tools, without ever making progress.  We will talk about sites you have heard of, like GEDmatch and DNA Painter, and likely, some you haven’t.  This one hour will save you hundreds of hours and get you to your genealogy faster.
1:15-3:45
p.m.
(S33W) Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Working in pairs or small groups you will get a chance to take a DNA case step-by-step to learn exactly how to explore your autosomal DNA match list and make family connections. We will learn to find the right generation of relationship, maximize the shared matches tool, and the power of genetic networks. No computer required. ($25 fee; must be registered for conference to attend.)

 
 
Colonial Land, Law and Religion
Chuck Mason, CG
9:00-10:00
a.m.
(S41) Founding the Colonies:  Settling the Land
People from several European countries first settled the colonies before the British gained control of the Mid-Atlantic Colonies. Who settled the area and what lasting effect did they have on future inhabitants?
10:30-11:30
a.m.
(S42) Dividing the Land
The division of land was different in each colony. Some was land given to proprietors; other land was given to noblemen.  All of these factors affected how the land was passed onto others and the documentation left behind.
1:15-2:15
p.m.
(S43) Government and the Law
Although people of several nationalities settled in the colonies, it was under British Common Law that they lived. These laws affected many aspects of the colonists’ lives. The laws also affected the records that were left behind.
2:45-3:45
p.m.
(S44) Religion in the Colonies
Although the Church of England was the established church in some colonies, it was not in others. Many different religious groups settled in the colonies. These religious groups all affected life in the colonies. The records of the churches are vital to colonial research.

 
 
Virginia Research
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS
9:00-10:00
a.m.
(S51) Beyond Deeds:  Those Other Land Records
Land ownership generates numerous records in addition to the deed of sale.  These frequently overlooked records can provide clues (and sometimes actual answers) to the researcher’s questions.
10:30-11:30
a.m.
(S52) Virginia Online
From small county society web pages to those of large research libraries Virginia online research opportunities abound.  We’ll explore what’s out there and how to find some of the more obscure but significant items.
1:15-2:15
p.m.
(S53) Virginia’s Hidden Jewels and Buried Treasures
We’ll explore some useful but lesser known records—some regional, some state-wide, but all richly rewarding.
2:45-3:45
p.m.
(S54) Virginia’s Court Records:  Beyond Deeds and Wills
Have an ancestor who owns no land and leaves no will, a remarried widow, three men with the same name – court records generated as part of the everyday functioning of the county or city government can often provide a clue if not a solution to your problem.

 
 
Beginning Land Platting Workshop
Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
9:00-11:30
a.m.
(with 30
minute break)
(S6W) Beginning Land Platting Workshop
This hands-on session will help you learn how to plat a deed using the metes and bounds system.  Learn the basics of identifying a neighborhood and locating a drawn plat on a topographic map.  Attendees should bring a pencil and calculator. ($32 fee includes ruler and protractor; attendees must also be registered for conference.)