Building upon my education degree and years of experience in teaching, I offer engaging and interactive classes that use high-interest case studies to demonstrate research tools and methods. My background in theater allows me to present with passionate enthusiasm and lots of visuals. I always include handouts with practical resources and action points that students can immediately begin applying to their own research. If your group is interested in scheduling an event, please contact me to discuss topics, fees, and availability.
Speaking samples: two brief video clips from "Location, Location, Location!" recorded April 2019.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Discover Your Family’s Stories in Historic Newspapers
Discover why newspapers can be the best source for understanding your ancestors’ lives. Master search tips and tricks to maximize your discoveries.
Location, Location, Location! Using Maps, Deeds, and Other Land Records to Place Your Family in History
Learn how to use historic maps, county deeds, and federal land records to make significant family history discoveries.
The Sensational Census: Mining for Gems in Census Records
Are you mining census records for all they are worth? Learn how to pull clues for further research from federal and state census records. Explore the gems hiding in fascinating non-population schedules!
Strategies for Success in Pre-1850 U.S. Research
Pre-1850 research can be challenging! Discover research methods and prioritized record groups to help you find success and break down those brick walls!
Finding Females and that Elusive Maiden Name
Records of the past often leave us very little information about the females in our family history. Learn research strategies to discover more about the lives of these women, especially those elusive maiden names to connect to their families of origin!
Cluster Research: The Ultimate Brick Wall Buster
When records simply don’t exist for an ancestor, how can we overcome the resulting “brick wall?” Learn how cluster research (AKA the FAN Club) can provide the clues necessary to solve the puzzle and break through to the next generation.
Tools of the Trade: Tables, Timelines, and More
We’ll dive into intriguing case studies to demonstrate how tables, timelines, lists and other tools can bring clarity and conclusion out of confusion!
Level Up: Design an Education Plan to Upgrade your Research Skills!
Want to make more family history discoveries? Learn how to create a personalized education plan that fits your goals, budget, time, and learning style.
Revamp Your Research Process
Frustrated by brick walls? Discover how focused research with a step-by-step work flow can help you stop spinning your wheels and start making progress.
Genealogy for Beginners: First Steps to Your Family History
Want to explore your family history but don’t know where to start? These 10 steps will guide your path of discovery!
Navigating with the GPS: The Genealogical Proof Standard
Confused by sources, information, and evidence? What about correlation, analysis, and resolving conflicts? We’ll sort out the elements of the GPS and run our research through “quality control.”
Meet the Müllers, a Moravian Family
This fascinating case study highlights resources for reconstructing an 18th century family’s life in the Pennsylvania Moravian communities of Lititz, Nazareth, and Bethlehem.
Anabaptist Ancestors: Mennonite and Brethren Research
Learn about the rich resources and repositories for reconstructing the lives of your Anabaptist ancestors in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and beyond.
Writing and sharing:
Write Your Family History with a Bite-Size Blog
Want to share and preserve your family history discoveries, but feel overwhelmed by writing a book? I’ll share a method that worked for me and easy steps to get started.
Sensitive Subjects: How to Handle the Family Secrets you Uncover
Murder, suicide, divorce, domestic violence, alcoholism, incest, adultery, mental illness, slaveowners… When we uncover painful secrets, should we preserve and share these family stories?