Oregon Genealogical Society

Fall 2017 Seminar

The Fall 2017 Seminar will be held October 28th at the Northwood Christian Church, located at 2425 Harvest Lane, Springfield, Oregon.  This is at the intersection of Hayden Bridge Road and Harvest Lane.  This is a new location for our seminars.  Please mark the date on your calendars.
 
Our presenter will be Connie Lenzen from Portland, Oregon.  Connie Lenzen, CG, became interested in genealogy when her grandmother asked her, “Have you seen what is in Grandpa’s diary?” That volume opened up a world of mystery and intrigue as she pieced together the family stories. In the process, she discovered the fascination of placing ancestors in time and place. It made history a real entity, and it inspired her to follow the path that led her to a career in professional genealogy.
 
Connie is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a past president of that organization. She works with clients on a variety of projects ranging from adoption research to complex kinship problems to published family histories. Examples of her work are posted on the BCG website. She currently teaches the Foundations module for Boston University’s online Genealogy Certificate Program.
 
Connie has served as a National Genealogical Society Director (NGS). She authored the NGS Research in the States guide, “Research in Oregon,” and has written articles for the NGS Quarterly. She has served on the boards of local and state genealogical societies and has provided volunteer service for many other societies.
 
The topics Connie will be presenting are:
 
I Know They Existed, But I Can't Find Them; Twentieth Century Research
Genealogists have one, two or three generations of ancestors to track through the 20th century; a century marked by an emphasis on privacy and the closure of records. What do you do if grandpa and grandma did not leave information about the family's birthplace? Or, what do you do if you don't even know grandpa and grandma's names?
 
Where do you turn after you have exhausted your home records, your relatives have told you everything they know, and those elusive folks didn't leave tracks on the Internet?
 
Taming the Piles; How to Assemble and Correlate the Evidence. 
You have worked hard to locate those records. Problem is, some evidence contradicts other evidence. How do you determine what is right? Do you need to look for more evidence, or is what you have enough? Learn strategies to help you write up your findings and meet that "Genealogical Proof Standard.
 
Break Down Brick Walls with Evidence Analysis
Genealogists collect pieces of information and try to assemble them into the story of their ancestor. In the "honeymoon phase" of genealogy, the researcher looks for and finds names, dates, and places. Genealogy seems to be easy.
 
Before long, the famous "brick wall" makes its appearance. At that point, reality (or disappointment) sets in; all of the answers are not easily found, and genealogy is really hard.
 
The answers are out there; they really are. It's a matter of learning how to sift through the "stuff" and find the evidence.
 
Proving A Maternal Line When Grandma Didn't Tell Us Who Were Her Parents
Tracing women is a challenge for genealogists. The research goes beyond censuses, probates, and deeds. Bits and pieces of evidence must be ferreted out and compiled into indirect proof of parentage. This case history shows how to find an ancestress' parents by researching the men in her life.
 
The registration form will be available in a few days.  We look forward to seeing you at the Seminar.
 
Do you have suggestions for topics or speakers for a seminar? If so, please email them to education@oregongs.org.