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Pitfalls, Brick Walls and Detours: Keeping Your Family Research on Track

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Kansas State Historical Society

6425 SW 6th Street

Topeka, KS 66615-1099

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The Topeka Genealogical Society is proud to announce our 47th Annual Genealogy Conference, co-hosted by the Kansas State Historical Society.

Friday afternoon begins our 2-day conference with local speakers sharing a variety of subjects at the breakout sessions.

On Saturday, Michael J. Hall will be the featured speaker, with four presentations. Mr Hall is the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch (familysearch.org), the largest genealogical organization in the world, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. His responsibilities include working with libraries, archives, historic and genealogical societies around the world to educate how FamilySearch might assist those organizations and to build friendships and goodwill. He is currently serving as a Director at Large for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and formerly served as a Director at Large for the Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS). A graduate of Junction City High School (Junction City, Kansas) in 1972 and he has a BS in Anthropology from Brigham Young University (BYU). He is a US Marine and lives in Orem, Utah with his wife. Michael’s focus of research includes not only Kansas, but military records and Portuguese Records. He currently has a book on how to conduct Portuguese Research at the publisher for release in May 2019.

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Our featured speaker will conduct deep dive sessions with selected individuals to help them break through one of their “brick wall” genealogy problems. These will run in parallel with the break out speakers and you will have an opportunity to observe these “brick wall” consultations. Sign up as an observer for one or more sessions as an alternative “B” activity for Friday afternoon. All participants must be registered for the conference, and should mark their preferred time slot on the registration form.

Saturday also includes an optional Beginning Genealogy mini-session prior to the general session.

There will also be access to representatives from historical and lineage organizations.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE Space is limited. As each session is filled, enrollment will be closed.

Registration: 11:15 AM - 12:00 noon

Breakout Session 1: 12:30 - 1:20 PM

A) Doughboys of World War I - Dr Richard Faulkner

B) Observer - Brick Wall Consultation - Michael J. Hall

Breakout Session 2: 1:30 - 2:20 pm

A) Fraternal Organizations for Research - Danni Altman-Newell

B) Observer - Brick Wall Consultation - Michael J. Hall

Breakout Session 3: 2:30 - 3:20 pm

A) Researching the Shady Side of the Family Tree - Barb LaClair

B) Observer - Brick Wall Consultation - Michael J. Hall

C) *Tour of the State Historical Archives - KHS Staff Member

Breakout Session 4: 3:30 - 4:20 pm

A) Do You Have Mayflower Ancestors? - Della Regenold

B) Observer - Brick Wall Consultation - Michael J. Hall

C) *Tour of the State Historical Archives - KHS Staff Member


SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Registration 8 - 9:30 AM

8:15 - 9:30 AM Beginning Genealogy Mini-Session - Eileen Cox

9:15 Opening Remarks - Marty Flanagan

Featured Speaker - Michael J Hall: Pitfalls, Brick Walls and Detours: Keeping Your Family Reserach on Track

9:30 - 10:30 AM Over Flint Hills and Over Plains: The Value of Military Records and Newspapers

10:45 - 11:45 Inspiring Family Stories: Finding the Grain of Truth

Lunch Break Pre-ordered lunches, or lunch on your own

1:15 - 2:15 PM AdAstra Per Aspera (To the Stars Through Difficulty): Kansas Land Records

3:30 - 4:20 PM A Little of This and A Little of That: Effectively Using Family Search.org

3:30 - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers


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