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.
 

 
DNA
 
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.
 
Organizing Your DNA Testing
 
DNA testing has become an essential part of most genealogical research, but it is very complicated keeping track of the details. This session will discuss how to manage the testing process for multiple individuals, how to save DNA data so that it can be uploaded to other websites, and how to keep track of correspondence with other DNA testers.
 
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
 
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
 
Overwhelmed with too many paper documents and digital files? 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.
 
 
Methodology
 
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.
 
Technology
 
Cloud Computing for Genealogists
 
If you've been hearing the term "cloud computing" the past few years, but are unsure as to how it will impact the way you do genealogy, this presentation will answer a lot of your questions.  Learn how cloud computing meets your needs for storing and securing your information, for using new kinds of software tools, for collaborating with other genealogists, and for keeping your information handy on all of your computing devices.