Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA
Some of these lectures can be tweaked to reflect specific geographic areas where the seminar will be presented.
- City, County, & State Archives: Not Created Equally
- Family History Gems in Century and Bicentennial Farms Programs
- The Farmer in the Dell . . . and in Many U.S. Records
- Finding and Using Manuscript and Special Collections Repositories
- Found: One Ancestral Address, the Poor Farm
- Genealogical and Historical Periodicals In Print & Online
- Genealogical Goldmine: The Records of Old Settlers’ Organizations
- Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research
- More than Your Related Family May Have Migrated – Did Family Records Go Along?
- Newspaper Research: The Dailies, Weeklies, and Beyond
- After Military Service: Records of Bonuses, Pensions, Relief, and Other “Benefits”
- Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking [This can be tailored to different parts of the U.S. It can be a 1 or 2 hour presentation.]
- Online & On Track: Railroad Records, Indexes, and Finding Aids on the Internet
- Research Rewards in County Courthouse and Town Hall Records
- Southern Deeds: More than Land (also a version that is generic and talks about all the clues in land records)
- Tho’ They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
- The Three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and Research in School Records
- The U.S. Federal Government: Underutilized Research Resources
- United States Census Records: the Basics and Beyond
- The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Goverment [This can be tailored to different parts of the U.S.]
Research Methodology & Aids
- Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log
- NUCMC & Its Cousins: Keys to “Lost” Ancestral Records [concentrates on finding manuscript resources via extensive online databases that hold golden clues]
- What’s the Problem? (So What Do I Do Next? Some Problem Solving Ideas)
- Developing Successful Research Habits
- Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
- Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
- Genealogical Correspondence by Email and Regular Mail: Effective Use of the Who, What, When, & Where
- Indexes and Databases for American Indian Research
- Online Research Methodology: It’s Not That Different!
- Outdistancing Your Fellow Genealogists: Keeping Widely Updated
- Controlling Chaos: Organizing Your Genealogical Materials
- Seeking Your Comfort Zone As You Approach Different Repositories
- Stuck? Have You Tried . . .? Have You Overlooked . . .?
- They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Ethnic Organizations and Other Collections
- Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Research
- Where Are Those Records They Told Me To Check?
- What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans (audience participation presentation; can also be done as a 2 hour workshop with extensive hands-on work)
- The Art of Successful Genealogical Research Trips
- A Baker’s Dozen: Easy Ways to Begin Writing Your Family History
- Beginner’s Workshop [Can be presented in 2, 3 or 4 sessions, each is one hour long]
- Deeper Online Searching Techniques for the Intrepid Researcher
- Getting the Most Value When Working with a Professional Genealogist
- Problem Solving Sessions [Using prewritten audience questions or Q&A Panel with other professionals]
- 10 Fantastic Free Online Finding Aids
- Using the Internet for Genealogical Research: What’s There and What’s Not
- Genealogy & The Internet: Make It Work For You
- Subscription Databases: Gems That are Worth the Money
Specific Repositories & Geographic Areas
- Genealogical Research in the Dakotas
- Major Midwestern Archives & Their Records
- Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records
- Minnesota Genealogical Research: The Resources are Everywhere
- New Englanders in the Midwest: Key Resources
- New York State Research: The Changing Face of the Modern Era
- Researching Midwestern River People
- Researching at the Minnesota History Center: Minnesota and Beyond
- Research Nugget in the Midwest: The Allen County Public Library
- Research Via the Hallowed Shelves & Tools of the DAR Library in Washington, DC
- Research at the Wisconsin Historical Society: It’s Not Just Wisconsin!
- St. Paul/Minneapolis Area Research Facilities Where You Can Do It Yourself!
- State Census Schedules of the Five State Area MN, WI, IA, SD, ND
- Illinois Genealogical Research
- A World of Records: Using the Family History Library and Family History Centers
- The U.S. National Archives: The Nation’s Attic
German, Irish, and Native American
- World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations [Mainly German]
- They Joined, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections
- German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
- Irish Railroad Workers and Records of the Railroads
- Sources and Methods for Researching American Indian Ancestors [One or two hour presentation](Note: This can be tailored for different parts of the U.S.)
- Researching Midwestern And Plains States Native Americans [Variation of the preceding lecture.]
Professional Genealogy Lectures
- Branch Out: Expanding Your Business Beyond Client Research
- The BUSINESS of Speaking
- Structuring a Successful Genealogical Research Business
- Becoming a Successful Professional Genealogist
Genealogical and Historical Society Topics
- It Ain’t Brain Surgery! Publicity for Society Events & Activities
- Creating the Operating Handbook Your Society Needs
- Increasing Attendance at Your Annual Seminar or Conference
- Problem Prevention and Problem Resolution
- Twenty-First Century Strategies for Handling Society Correspondence
- Your Society Can’t Afford to Do A Seminar? Here’s How!
Luncheon & Banquet Presentations
These are lighter talks with a message and include humor. They are a perfect length (25-30 minutes) for a banquet, luncheon, or at the end of a seminar day. I am willing to provide one of these at no extra cost if done on the day or evening of the event or the previous evening.
- Prepared? Of Course! Genealogical Research Trips & Murphy’s Law
- Why Do I Descend From THESE Families?
- How I Fell Into Writing and Can’t Climb Out
- Names and Genealogy? Mine? Yours? Theirs?
- The Best Ask for Help
- How to “Drag” Your Family into Genealogy
Note: Capsule descriptions are available for most titles listed on this page. Please don’t hesitate to ask for others.
Updated July 2017