Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference Preview: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 111

By Vanessa Wieland

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In This Episode

Lisa Cooke Podcast

  • News from the Blogosphere: Five Ways to Have the Best-Ever Virtual Genealogy Conference!
  • Top Tips: How to get the most out of the Virtual Conference
  • 101 Best Websites
  • Family Tree University Crash Course
  • Publisher’s Desk

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

Diane Haddad

News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

In this episode, Diane talks about her favorite Five Ways to Have the Best-Ever Virtual Genealogy Conference!


Top Tips

Family Tree University DeanHow to get the most out of the Virtual Conference with Family Tree University Dean, Vanessa Wieland

Live elements:

  • live keynote with Lisa Louise Cooke including a live Q&A
  • ask questions on the discussion boards and Shannon and Gena will provide answers in a live webinar.

Presentation tracks/subjects:

  • DNA
  • Records (census, naturalization, marriage records)
  • Technology
  • Research methods
  • Preservation

The best part of the virtual conference is that classes are recorded and downloadable, so you never have to choose between two presentations happening at the same time!

Presenters: Lisa Louise Cooke, Josh Taylor, Roberta Estes, Denise Levenick, Sunny Morton among our illustrious crew.

SWAG, Giveaways and Activities
The virtual conference includes:

  • a daily book giveaway
  • discussion boards on topics, including the always-popular Share Your Stumpers and Surname boards
  • resources to go with the videos
  • SWAG bag full of goodies
  • plus other fun things throughout the weekend when you’re taking a break between presentations


101 Best Websites

David FryxellLisa talks with David Fryxell about three websites:
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress website includes old photos, maps, books, newspapers (including the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps), and more for free. Search the catalog.
The American Memory Project
Chronicling America (newspapers)


Family Tree University Crash Course

Gena Ortega, Virtual Conference ModeratorEnjoy a preview of one of the many terrific classes you’ll be enjoying in the Virtual Conference. Conference moderator and instructor Gena Ortega shares tips from her class on Marriage Records, including:

  • what makes them so unique
  • types of marriage records
  • where to look



Allison Dolan

Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

After gathering loads of great ideas at the conference, use these resources to help you document your genealogical findings:

Source citation cheat sheet