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2014 Program Sessions


44A FamilySearch: Future and Vision

Presented by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

FamilySearch is a world-wide leader in providing free genealogical records and resources. This trend continues at an unprecedented rate and will for the next double-decade. Learn more about FamilySearch and where it’s headed.

44B Getting Genealogical Websites to Work for You

Presented by Deborah Cribbs

Those with little or no computer experience can benefit from using genealogical websites. Knowing how to search is the first step. Google, Cyndi’s List, Ellis Island, and many other sites will be covered.

44C   Refresh Your Research

Presented by Ilene Murray

Whether you have been working on your family history for one year or thirty, sometimes it is good to take a long, hard look at what you have. Pick up some pointers on analyzing basic records, looking carefully at genealogy websites, and reviewing basic research techniques.

44D   Connecting the Community through FamilySearch

Presented by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

FamilySearch has a suite of products that help you connect with others who are researching the same ancestral lines that you are. Learn how to leverage the FamilySearch products to connect faster and easier than ever.


44E   Missouri Digital Heritage: Explore Our Collective Past

Presented by Christina Miller

More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library, and other institutions from across the state. Learn what resources are available and tips for navigating the website.

44F   Using the St. Louis County Library's Online Catalog

Presented by Larry Franke

This presentation will demonstrate techniques for searching the library’s online catalog, understanding the Dewey Decimal System, requesting items in the catalog, learning what is not in the library catalog, and more!

44G  Let Your Computer Help Organize Your Data

Presented by Carol Whitton, CG

Are there better methods of organizing your research? You’re writing sources on your photocopies, but how do you write sources on all of those electronic images? You can organize electronically!

44H   Using,, and

Presented by Larry Franke

Why can’t I find what I need at these websites? Isn’t everything online? How can I save or print images? Come and learn the answers to these and many more questions about these popular online databases.

44I   Searching Records at the State Historical Society

Presented by William Fischetti

The State Historical Society in Columbia, Missouri, has an abundance of helpful information for genealogists. Known especially for its collection of newspapers, the society has many more treasures for researchers.

44J   Electronic Resources for Your Irish Research, Part One

Presented by David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

Irish research has accelerated online at an amazing pace over the last five years. Learn what is available from the major genealogical vendors and what is free from a host of libraries and archives with Irish materials.

44K   Successful Scanning

Presented by Ilene Murray

Digitizing your photos is an excellent way to preserve them. Learn how to scan your photos properly, enhance their appearance, and store them for the future.

44L   Finding Your Ancestors on the Missouri History Museum Website

Presented by Dennis Northcott

The Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index is a valuable resource for St. Louis family history research, but it’s not the only place to look. Take an in-depth look at the many catalogs and guides on the site.

44M   Electronic Resources for Your Irish Research, Part Two

Presented by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

Take a deep dive into the fragmentary evidence that is online and develop a strategy to piece it together.

44N   Newspaper Research: More than Obituaries

Presented by Patricia Stamm, CG, CGL

Newspapers hold valuable clues for our family research, which many times go unnoticed. Hear how various Internet websites are making our newspaper research quicker and easier.

44O   Genealogy Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets

Presented by Bob Goode

More and more people are using smart phones and tablets for their genealogy. This session will demonstrate some of the apps that are available for the iPad and iPhone. Similar apps are available for Android users.



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