Programs

I give programs for local groups, societies, and libraries on a variety of family history topics. Here is a list of available programs:

Becoming American: Research with Naturalization Records
Although one of the most important tools in family history research, naturalization records can often be very difficult to locate. This program will explore naturalization records, the many tools available to assist you in your research, and successful strategies to locate citizenship records, utilizing both online and print resources.

Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors
Using case studies from Chicago, Detroit, and other cities, this program will explore successful strategies for researching ancestors in large urban centers across the U.S.

The Circle of Life: Research with Vital Records
This program will explore records of birth, marriage, divorce, and death, their genealogical content, research strategies to identify exact event dates, and give specific examples of online indexes and records from across the United States.

Coming to America: Research with Ship Passenger Lists
This session will explore the available U.S. passenger lists and indexes, the genealogical information typically found in them, and strategies for finding arrival records of your immigrant ancestors.

Continuing Your Ancestral Search Offline
Despite the ever-increasing amount of information available online, researchers still need to utilize libraries, archives, courthouses, cemeteries, and other locations. This program will explore resources not typically found online as well as onsite research strategies for identifying and locating them.

Genealogy for Free: Free Web Sites for Researchers
With so much genealogical content now available online for free, researchers don’t have to break the bank to find information on their ancestors. This program will explore several of the most popular free sites, including FamilySearch and Cyndi’s List, as well as a number of the lesser-known, yet equally valuable, tools.

Getting Started: Researching Your Family’s Heritage
With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors.

Michigan Online: Family History Tools for the Great Lakes State
This session will explore key Michigan online genealogy resources, including both popular and lesser-known sites, as well as effective search strategies for Michigan research.

Michigan Roots: Genealogy Research in the Great Lakes State
Drawn by high-paying manufacturing jobs and inexpensive land, thousands of people from all over Europe and the United States, including the Deep South, New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, migrated to Michigan during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This session, aimed at researchers whose ancestral trails extend to and from Michigan, will explore these migration patterns and provide an overview of the rich and abundant genealogical resources available in print and online.

Navigating the 1890 Gap: Research with State Census Records
Given the near-total loss of the 1890 U.S. Census, state census records frequently serve as an effective substitute. This program will explore these underutilized resources, focusing primarily on the available schedules from across the United States from that time period.

Researching Your Polish Ancestors
Researchers interested in their Polish roots are faced with a unique set of challenges, from the language to the infinite spelling variations and the shifting boundaries on the map. This program will explore these challenges, important American sources, both print and online, and research strategies that can shed light on your ancestral town in Poland.

Settling the Midwest: Migration to the Great Lakes Region
This session will explore the migratory paths to and from the Midwest, the many ethnic groups that settled here, and what records are available that help tell their story.

Stuck? Research Strategies for Those Brick Wall Ancestors
We all have them, those ancestors that resist discovery. Using successful examples, this program will discuss research strategies, using print and online resources, to employ in locating those elusive ancestors.

Utilizing Fold3 at the Library and from Home
Fold3 is an interactive repository of images of original documents, many from the National Archives, including naturalization records, city directories, and Civil War service records. Named after a traditional flag folding ceremony in honor and remembrance of veterans, the database now emphasizes its outstanding collection of military records and indexes.

Utilizing Newspapers to Locate Obituaries
Obituaries are among the most important resources in family history research, yet they often prove to be the most difficult to find. This program will explore how to identify existing print indexes for local newspapers, take advantage of online resources, and utilize other resources that can serve as an alternative stuff to provide with a lack of an index.

 

Are you interested in something not listed above? Let me know, I’m always working on something new!

Kris Rzepczynski
kris [dot] rzepczynski [at] gmail [dot] com