Santa Rosa Family History Conference

Linking Generations

Morning Schedule


9:00 – 9:50 AM      Keynote speaker: Crista Cowan - Getting the Most out of Ancestry

10:00 – 10:45 AM

Using FamilySearch – presenter Merrill White (handouts here)

Crossing the Pond – Learning about your immigrant ancestors – presenter Wendy Wheelwright 

Telling the Tales of our Ancestors - Tips on Writing your Family History – presenter Pat Carhart  (no handouts)

From Bankers Boxes to Order – presenter Jeanne Porter (handouts here)

Census Records – U.S. Federal and State – presenter Denise Beeson 

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Using Ancestry DNA Results to make family history discoveries – presenter Crista Cowan (no handout)

Discovering Your Public Library’s Genealogy Resources – presenter Joanna Kolosov 

Mexican Genealogy Tips – presenter Laura Gonzalez (handout here)

Ellis Island Immigration: A Re-creation - presenter George McKinney (handouts here)

Hidden Treasures of Memory – presenter Sharon Elwell (no handout)

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM  --  Break for lunch and visit the exhibitors in the Cultural Hall

Afternoon Schedule


1:00 – 1:45 PM          Keynote speaker: Merrill White – Family Search from Tablet to Tablet

2:00 – 2:45 PM

Ancestry Search Tips and Tricks – presenter Crista Cowan (no handouts)

Adoption Research – presenter Wendy Wheelwright 

Family History Education through FREE online Databases and Websites – presenter Denise Beeson 

Civil War Records Research – presenter Jeffrey Vaillant (handouts here)

Strengthening Your Evidence: Attaching Sources in FamilySearch and Ancestry – presenter Jean Terribilini (handouts here and here)

3:00 – 3:45 PM

Search Tips and Tricks on Family Search – presenter Merrill White (same handout as 10 am) (handouts here)

Searching for your Germanic Ancestors – presenter Wendy Wheelwright 

Genealogy Software Programs – presenter Jeffrey Vaillant (handouts here)

DNA Advanced Techniques – presenter George McKinney (handouts here) (the Presentation is HERE)

Irish Genealogy – presenter Nancy O’Connor Evans (handouts here)

4:00 – 4:45 PM

Using Ancestry to Meet the Genealogical Proof Standard – presenter Crista Cowan 

Using Timelines and Chronologies for Family History – presenter Sierra Pope (handout here)

Mi Familia – Introducción a la investigación de historia familiar – presenter Alma Paniagua 

From Bankers Boxes to Order – presenter Jeanne Porter (handouts here)

Preserving photograph collections – presenter La Dawn Meade  


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