Lectures and Presentations

Available Presentations

I offer a variety of genealogy presentations for your library, society or even your Family reunion.  I can also customize a presentation to fit your needs. If you have a special presentation in mind or are interested in one of the current lectures or new presentations for 2019 please feel free to inquire

Honorarium based on venue. Travel expenses may be applied.

All lectures are accompanied with Power Point presentations unless otherwise requested. Syllabus available for all presentations $2.00 per copy, also available in PDF format (cost based on venue) for venue reproduction. 

See list of presentations below. 

2018 Lectures

Probate Records: The rest of the story

Looking past cemeteries and wills to uncover forgotten history and relationships.

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Patents and Deeds: Ancestral Footprints

Knowing the difference and finding unintended genealogy gems between heretofore and appurtenances.

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Lineage Societies: It starts with one

Considerations for a successful Lineage Society Application.

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Early Migration routes of the Old Northwest Territory

From the Great Lakes to the Ohio River. The roads and tributaries in between.

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Map reading for Genealogists: When North isn't

Understanding terminology found in deeds, patents, and surveys. Locating old  properties on new maps.

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Land Acts that defined the United States

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, Land acts defined and dictated everything from our Constitution to our migration and settlement.

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2019 Lectures

Using Surveys and Corresponding Notes to Identify Bygone Homestead Locations.


 Ohio – A living “surveyors museum.” Where to find and how to use 18th and 19th century surveys to locate bygone homes on 21st century maps. 

The influence of Zane’s Trace on Ohio’s Immigration and Landscape

 How Zane’s Trace opened the door for new roads and migration routes from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky, forever changing the landscape of Ohio 

Understanding and Applying Land Acts and Surveys to Genealogy.

 A look at land acts, survey methods and early transaction methods that will give you a better understanding of how to research land records. 

Conflicting evidence of Zane’s Trace - Could it all be correct!

 Zane’s Trace; why historians remember it as they do. Why none of them agree and why all of them may be correct! 

Probate Records: The Rest of The Story!

 So many mysteries and doors can be unlocked when you dig past the wills and partitions. 

Unlocking Families Using Land Records

 Using a variety of records and looking beyond the Who, What, Where, and When in the opening lines lead to discoveries, clues, and sometimes surprises