Drew's Genealogy Seminars

The following is a list of all of Drew Smith's genealogy seminar topics. Please contact Drew by email at drew@ahaseminars.com or by phone at (813) 263-2028 to discuss availability and fees.

Before You Test: DNA Basics You Need to Know
Avoid wasting time and money by learning which type of DNA test to take, and exactly what you can expect to get as a result.
Understanding and Using Your Autosomal DNA Test Results
Autosomal DNA test results contain information that can be used to identify relatives. Learn to interpret the results and then make successful contact with matches.
Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
The research process includes goals, questions, sources, information, evidence, and conclusions. Learn to use task management software, research logs, and other tools to keep track.
Using Evernote for Capturing Notes and Ideas
Learn to use Evernote, a tool that allows genealogists to capture, organize, preserve, and synchronize (across multiple devices) small pieces of information, including ideas, notes (typed, handwritten, and audio), photos, online articles, web pages, and URLs.
Organizing Your Genealogy Files and Correspondence
Overwhelmed with too many paper documents, digital files, and email messages? Learn to organize these so that you'll quickly find just the one you need.
Organizing Your Research Trip
Leaving home to do research will be most successful when you plan and prepare. Learn exactly what to do before, during, and after the trip.
Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls
Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
Understanding Copyright and Plagiarism
Concerned about the legal and ethical issues surrounding genealogical materials?  This presentation explains what copyright is, what is and isn’t protected by law, how to legally use others’ copyrighted work, and how to avoid committing plagiarism.
Online Research
Using FamilySearch.org to Find Genealogical Records
Over the past few years, FamilySearch.org has become one of the largest online repositories of genealogical records.  Learn how to search and browse, how to save and share results, and how to get help with the available resources.
Front Page News (and Beyond): Finding Archived Newspapers
The stories of our ancestors' lives, from birth to death and everything in between, can be found in the pages of archived newspapers. Learn whether those stories are already somewhere online or on microform in a library.
Where Is the Book with My Family in It?
Before beginning their own research, good researchers seek out the research already done by others.  Find out how to do an exhaustive search for books, periodicals, and other published or unpublished printed research material that may save you time in your own research.
Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls
Online genealogy forums provide an opportunity to ask others questions about brick wall problems. Learn how to find and search through relevant mailing lists, message boards, and social networking groups, and how to craft the perfect online research query.
Social Networking for Genealogical Researchers
New technology tools provide exciting new ways to connect with other researchers.  From blogs to wikis, Flickr to YouTube, social bookmarking to LibraryThing, and Facebook to Twitter, this presentation will provide a grand tour of many different categories of social networking tools that can add power and fun to research.
I Read the Blogs Today, Oh Boy!
How can you keep up with the latest genealogy news and information? Learn how to discover new genealogy blogs and to use Feedly to read and manage hundreds of blog subscriptions.
Something Wiki This Way Comes
Wikipedia transformed the online search for general information, and now genealogists have new sources of information in the FamilySearch Research Wiki, the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki, and WeRelate. Learn what a wiki is, how to navigate a wiki, and how to contribute your own content in order to help others.
Online Surname Search Strategies
Learn how to determine how common your research surnames are, and what the best online search strategy is for each surname.  Discover where ancestors with those surnames can be found, and which other genealogists are working on the same names.