2018 Spring Virtual Genealogy Conference Lineup Announced: Passionate About the Past

By Vanessa Wieland

If you’re looking for a boost to your genealogy skills, our virtual genealogy conference lineup will inject your genealogy with new fuel. Register now, as you won’t find these presentations together anywhere else—and certainly not for this price!

See the presentation lineup below!

Events and Activities

We’ll have plenty of live events, from our keynote to Q&As with genealogy experts. We’ll also have daily giveaways on the discussion boards, so get ready to ask questions and interact with your fellow attendees! What’s more, our conference moderators will be on hand all three days so you won’t go without an answer.

Keynote presentation for the 2018 Spring Virtual genealogy conference

Passionate About the Past

Tune in live for this keynote on April 7th at Noon ET (11am Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) from Paula Stuart-Warren. Paula’s contributions to genealogy have been recognized with several awards. In this 30-minute keynote, she’ll talk about how genealogy is so much more than a hobby. She’ll be available for a brief Q&A at the end as well.

You’ll also get exclusive access to three live Q&As over the weekend. First, join the editors of Family Tree Magazine on Friday afternoon, when we’ll answer your questions with tips for getting past your brick walls. Your moderators, Shannon Combs-Bennett and Gena Philibert-Ortega, will be offering live Q&As on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. These Q&As are a fantastic way to get solutions to the problems stalling out your research.

Virtual Genealogy Conference Lineup

The best thing about our virtual genealogy conference: All of these presentations can all be downloaded and watched on your own schedule, so you don’t have to miss a single moment!


The science behind DNA testing and genetic genealogy

The Science Behind DNA

by Shannon Combs-Bennett
How does DNA testing work? Get the science behind genetic genealogy without having flashbacks to sitting in science class with this 30-minute presentation.

Testing with LivingDNA

by Roberta Estes
This video will cover testing with Living DNA. You’ll learn how it differs from other testing companies, how to take the test and what information the company provides to help you find your family history.

Using Social Media and DNA to Find Family History

by Andre Kearns
This case study will show the methodology used to formulate a theory about Andre’s ancestor, then how he used DNA testing and technology to research that story. You’ll get to see how testing and technology come together in a real family history.


by Shannon Combs-Bennett
MyHeritage’s entry into DNA testing just might be a game changer. Learn about the tests and analysis tools this company offers as well as how to incorporate it into your genealogy research.

The Ethics of Genetic Genealogy

by Barbara Rae-Venter
In this presentation, Barbara will talk about ethical methods of using DNA testing to find family history while incorporating compassion and sensitivity into the process.


Use Findmypast to find your past, especially in Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh records.

Mastering Findmypast

by Sunny Morton
This video will cover the online site FindMyPast, including what records are in the database, how to search them, unique collections and other unique features.

Using Twile

by Gena Philibert-Ortega
You can use Twile to document your family history in a timeline. Learn how to use this website to share and enhance your genealogy research.

Searching Records on

by Jen Alford
This video presentation will cover, including what records it holds, how to search the site and use it for genealogy. You’ll also get other hidden resources the site contains.

4 Ways to Use FamilySearch

by Sunny Morton
In this presentation, Sunny Morton demonstrates how to use the site’s online tools to find your ancestors’ details.


Apply Sandborn maps to your genealogy research

Applying Sanborn Maps to Research

by Lisa Louise Cooke This presentation will cover where to find and how to use Sanborn maps in your genealogy search.

Devil in the Details

by Nancy Hendrickson.
Learn how to incorporate historical events and details when telling our ancestors’ stories, including how those events would provide background context to their lifestyles and decisions they would make.

Your Ancestor’s Tax Records

by Peggy Clemons Lauritzen.
Learn how to find tax records for your ancestors and what information they include. Then, learn how to apply the information to your research.

Loose Records in Archives

by Melissa Barker
This video presentation will cover the “loose” records in archives – what they are, where they can be found, what might be contained within, and how to use them.

Finding Your Female Ancestors

by Gena Philibert-Ortega
This video will cover how to find records of female ancestors, dealing with missing names, maiden names and other problems unique to finding women in our family history.

African-American Newspaper Records

by Timothy Pinnick
Tim will talk about how to find African-American newspaper records to document your family history.


Looking for a refresher? Our brand new Foundations Track includes some tried-and-true techniques and resources, along with a strong foundation in the basics.

An Embarrassment of Riches

Along with the presentations above—that you get to download and keep to revisit anytime you want—you’ll get access to plenty of swag that you can download and use to kick your genealogy into the fast lane. Sign up now so you don’t miss out on these great presentations.