9:00 – 9:45 AM – Registration and Vendors
9:45 – 10:00 AM – Welcome
- Session 1-A: Lessons From A Snoop: Collaterals and Associates – Debra S. Mieszala
Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.
- Session 1-B: What’s New With FamilySearch – Michael Hall from FamilySearch
11:00-11:30 AM – Break/Vendors/Hospitality provided by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
11:30 AM -12:30 PM:
- Session 2-A: Bringing Our Soldiers Home – Debra S. Miezsala
Thousands of lost soldiers and airmen from past wars were never recovered. Some were missing in action, killed in action, or prisoners of war. Learn about the project that aims to bring them home, and how genealogy is aiding in that effort.
- Session 2-B: Becoming Expert At Using Ancestry – Melissa Shimkus, librarian at the Allen County Public Library
Ancestry.com is one of the largest genealogical databases available. Join us in learning how to perform advance search techniques, read the results, and become expert within Ancestry.
12:30 –1:30 PM – Lunch on your Own
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Awards
FEATURED SPEAKER: Debra S. Mieszala, CG is a Certified Genealogist specializing in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to help locate family members of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and been published in the NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist and OnBoard!.