Exhibit Hall Learning Center Schedule

Twenty 30-minutes presentations are scheduled for the Exhibit Hall Learning Center Thursday through Saturday. The FGS 2017 Exhibit Hall is open to the public free of charge. 

Thursday    Friday    Saturday    Presenters

Thursday, August 31:

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m – Forever 

Permanently Preserving your Family History – Shelley Murray

Preserving family history is an important task. Forever makes is easy to preserve this important information and share it with friends and family. With permanent, private, and sharable cloud storage, you can easily use Forever to preserve your photos, documents and soon videos, and hand it down to future generations.

Shelley Murray, an executive at Forever for four years, has helped many families preserve their family history by utilizing new technological advances. Shelley looks forward to connecting with families in the Pittsburgh area who share her passion in preserving family history.

11:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m. – Ancestor Tracks 

Original Landowners in the Keystone State – Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D, CG

Were your ancestors pioneer settlers of any area of Pennsylvania? If so, they may have received their land directly from the colony or state instead of an earlier settler. Learn how to track them, and their allied families, through land tracts using Warrant Registers, online surveys, and connected tract maps.

Professional genealogist, author, educator, and CEO of Ancestor Tracks. Sharon specializes in Pennsylvania research, land records, and ferreting out early German ancestors.  Member of Board of Directors, National Genealogical Society.

11:45 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. – Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Family Tree Basics – Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS

New to family history and ancestry research?  An experienced researcher will share help and advice on starting your family history research project and where to go next.

Marilyn is the library services manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She is program chair and president-elect of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. – Living DNA

High Definition DNA Testing to establish the regional locations of your ancestors – David Nicholson

A key challenge for family historians is identifying the regional locations of ancestors. Where did they live before coming to the United States? Living DNA makes it possible to discover where within the British Isles they are from. This session explores the fundamental principles behind high definition DNA testing and how it can help your research.

David Nicholson, founder of DNA Worldwide Group in 2004, is a successful biotechnology entrepreneur aiming to transform the level of service, quality, and care in the industry.

1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh

Creating Your Personal Education Plan — Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

With so many choices for genealogical education, how can a person pick what is the most efficient time and money spent to achieve their goals? Learn what opportunities are available and their advantages and challenges before signing up for them.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, has been teaching classes for over 20 years, is co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), a past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and coordinator of the IGHR Professional Genealogy course.

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – ArkivDigital

Research your Swedish Roots Using ArkivDigital –Kathy Meade

ArkivDigital's online digital record includes more than 69 million Swedish historical newly photographed color images. The demonstration will guide you through the resources and tools available on ArkivDigital, sharing strategies that will help you the best way to discover your Swedish ancestors.

Kathy Meade has been assisting persons with their Swedish research and giving presentations on Swedish genealogy for more than fifteen years. She is the North American representative for ArkivDigital.

2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. – Bella Italia Genealogy

Hands-on Italian Genealogy – Alessandro Bovino

Open to the expert as well as to the novice, the lecture will let you understand
the invaluable worth of Italian local records – right from an Italian
professional. Learn about how your family tree can be enhanced when using on-site records yet unexplored, like notarial documents or dowry records.

Alessandro Bovino is a native Italian professional genealogist and family history speaker. He was once also a host  for the Swedish TV version of "Who Do You Think You Are?"

3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – MemoryWeb

MemoryWeb Demo: Protecting and Connecting Your Current and Historic Photos – Christopher Desmond

See how the MemoryWeb photo app brings generations of photos together in one place, creates interactive connections between them, and preserves "back-of-the-photo" details forever.

Christopher Desmond is an entrepreneur with a dual background in global economics and app development.  He is an award-winning national speaker and has also presented at a TEDx event.

Friday, September 1:

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Genealogy House Publishers

Book Publishing for Genealogists – Linda Roghaar

From manuscript preparation to printing, learn the important steps to preserve your work in a professional, permanent document or book that will be read and enjoyed by generations to come. These steps apply to everyone and every project. Today's technologies give you more options than ever, but the basic process remains unchanged.

Linda has spent decades in book publishing helping writers get published. Combining standards of traditional publishing with today's technology, she now helps genealogists get their stories written, edited, and published.

10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Flip Pal

Genealogy on the Go – Russ and Diane Barberio

Showing how to use portable equipment to acquire digital images of photographs and documents without the drawbacks of using camera equipment in libraries and archives.

Russ and Diane used Flip Pal equipment in their genealogical preservation company before becoming representatives for the products. They believe this portable equipment will be a boon to "Genealogy on the Go".

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library

Discover the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection – Scott Holl

The National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection is a unique and convenient source of genealogical information. Access the collection's rare materials anywhere in the U.S. through your local library's inter-library loan service. Visit the collection on site at St. Louis County and discover even more research possibilities.

Scott Holl is manager of the History and Genealogy Department, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Living DNA

Behind The Scenes at Living DNA – David Nicholson

Living DNA takes you on a tour behind the scenes of DNA testing. Gain a greater understanding of the process for taking your DNA swab through the scientific steps in the lab and the complex algorithms computations and learn what makes Living DNA unique.

David Nicholson, founder of DNA Worldwide Group in 2004, is a successful biotechnology entrepreneur aiming to transform the level of service, quality, and care in the industry.

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. – Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Family Tree Basics – Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS

New to family history and ancestry research?  An experienced researcher will share help and advice on starting your family history research project and where to go next.

Marilyn is the library services manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She is program chair and president-elect of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – Your DNA Guide

I Have DNA, Now What?! – Diahan Southard

Do you have some DNA test results but aren't sure what your next steps should be? I will tell you in plain-english where to click, and what to do in order to maximize your DNA testing experience.

Diahan is Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic genealogy results.

3:15 p.m.-3:45 – Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

What is SLIG and Why Should I Attend? – Peg A. Ivanyo

Haven't been to an institute before?  Or perhaps just haven't yet made it SLIG? We will discuss what an institute is, what to expect at SLIG, and how it will further your genealogical education.  Short presentation with plenty of time for open Q&A.

Peg has served on the SLIG committee for seven years. She presently serves as director of the institute, and as an officer of the Utah Genealogical Association, SLIG's host organization.

4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. – Atlas Preservation, Inc.

How to Clean Historic Gravestones & Monuments – Jonathan Appell

A short video on a recent & ongoing project produced by Jamestown Rediscovered. How to Care for your Ancestors Historic Gravestones & Monuments. What you can do yourself to help preserve and read eroded tombstones.

Jonathan Appell is a gravestone conservator and President of Atlas Preservation. He has worked with memorials for 30 years &  teaches workshops nationally on preservation. Additionally he works on historically significant projects.

Saturday, September 2:

 9:45 a.m.-10:15. a.m. – D/2 Biological Solution

Preserving America's Oldest Gravestone in Jamestown, VA – Ted Kinnari

The only existing historical records might only be carved into a gravestone. Once they become difficult or impossible to read they have lost historical context. Gravestone Cleaning can be performed by anyone with the proper supplies and techniques. Learn what to do and what not to do to safely clean historic stones.

Ted Kinnari is the President of D/2 Biological Solution,Inc  He is a member of the Greater Boston Area Architecture & Planning. Formerly at Price Thomas Restoration, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Museum. Education, Columbia University. 

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – James M. Beidler Research

The Making of "The Family Tree Historical Newspaper Guide" – James M. Beidler

Jim Beidler spent 20 years working in newspapers and the last couple researching and writing the definitive guide to historical newspapers, to available in early 2018. Take advantage of a rare chance to see "behind the scenes" creating a book for historians, genealogists and anyone interested in genealogy's "oldest new hot" record group.

Beidler has authored two commercially published books on German genealogy and writes the newspaper column "Roots & Branches" as well as serving as editor of Der Kurier, the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society journal.

11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Living DNA

High Definition DNA Testing to establish the regional locations of your ancestors – David Nicholson

A key challenge for family historians is identifying the regional locations of ancestors. Where did they live before coming to the United States? Living DNA makes it possible to discover where within the British Isles they are from. This session explores the fundamental principles behind high definition DNA testing and how it can help your research.

David Nicholson, founder of DNA Worldwide Group in 2004, is a successful biotechnology entrepreneur aiming to transform the level of service, quality, and care in the industry.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. – MyHeritage

Core MyHeritage Features to Drive Genealogical Discoveries – Mike Mansfield, MSLIS

Learn about content, technologies, and services at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and to find previously unknown ancestors.

12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Family Tree Basics – Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS

New to family history and ancestry research?  An experienced researcher will share help and advice on starting your family history research project and where to go next.

Marilyn is the library services manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She is program chair and president-elect of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – MyHeritage

Advanced Discoveries with MyHeritage – Mike Mansfield, MSLIS

Ready to take your research to the next level? This session will focus on three new features at MyHeritage—DNA, PedigreeMap, and Book Matching—which will help you learn even more about your ancestors and family history.

 

Exhibit Hall Learning Center Presenters

 

Mansfield, Mike – MyHeritage

Mike Mansfield, MSLIS, is the Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage and has been professionally active in the genealogy domain for the last 18 years.