Oregon Genealogical Society

2020 Spring Seminar

When:  Saturday, April 18, 2019    - CANCELLED

Time:  9:55 am - 4:00 pm (doors open at 9:30 am)

Speaker:  Pam Vestal
Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Since that time, her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and FGS's Forum Magazine, and her lectures take her all over the country.

Genealogy for Beginners and Beyond
In this class, we'll explore the fascinating field of genealogy as we unearth the clues to our ancestral past. We'll analyze the records our ancestors left behind and learn how to use them to bring the past to life. From online resources we can use at home to more distant collections, we'll discuss where to find the clues to our ancestors' stories, what to do with the information, and how to make sure we don't find ourselves barking up the wrong family tree! This class is suitable for those who are new to genealogy, but includes methodology that can help intermediates as well.
Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find
With so much information available to us today, it can be hard to know how to find what we seek, or what to do with it after we've found it. Discover an assortment of techniques that can help you search the internet more successfully, extract those useful genealogical nuggets from your documents, organize what you've found, and evaluate your evidence. We'll look at tools for locating overlooked records, understanding codes in documents, recovering missing websites, finding evidence of name changes, and much more.

What the Heck Does That Say?: The Challenge of Difficult Handwriting
Deciphering the handwriting in old documents can be difficult, but a few good strategies can make all the difference. We'll look at a variety of ways to figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say, but also what the style of writing can tell us about our ancestors.

Finding the Story Hidden Behind the Genealogical Facts
Our ancestors were real people with passions, problems, loves, and controversies, but the bare facts of genealogy, those important names, dates, and places, don't give us much sense of who these people were or what their lives were like. Learn to dig deeply into the genealogical details to breathe life into your ancestors' stories.

Fee:  $50 OGS members, $55 nonmembers if received by April 4th
         April 5th - 18th  $55 OGS members, $60 nonmembers 

Location:  Northwood Christian Church
                  2425 Harvest Lane
                  Springfield, OR

Questions?  Call 541-345-0399 or email us.