GeneaQuest 2016 Program

8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration, Door prizes, Raffles, Coffee & Tea

1A: 9:00 - 10:00am - MAUREEN TAYLOR 
Solving the Unsolvable: Genealogical Clues in 19th Century Photos.  Never underestimate the power of a single photo to lead to new discoveries. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages and more.                 

1B: 9:00 - 10:00am - DIAHAN SOUTHARD
A Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy. It seems to be all the rage, this DNA testing for genealogy. But what can it really tell you? Perhaps even more importantly, what CAN'T it tell you? Come learn the basics behind DNA testing and genealogy, and walk away with confidence intros new area of research.

1C: 9:00 - 10:00am - MAUREEN BRADY
Family Search: Preserving Your Family History on Family Tree. Family Tree is designed as a collaborative record of your family, including photos, documents and audio memories. Using her own family data and photos, Maureen Brady will provide an overview of Family Tree, and its mobile apps, including making additions and corrections to Family Tree and using the mobile apps to record today's memories.

10:00 - 10:30am - BREAK
GeneaUs Bar (Chicago, Reunion software, Roots Magic software), Raffles, Door Prizes, Exhibitors

2A: 10:30 - 11:30am - MAUREEN TAYLOR
Photo Detecting 101: Photo Identification Tips and Techniques. Learn ten easy steps to help identify individuals in photographs such as researching photographers, dating costume clues and comparing facial characteristics.

2B:  10:30 - 11:30am - DIAHAN SOUTHARD
Organizing Your GENETIC Genealogy. Perhaps you have tested the genetic genealogy waters and have now found that you are drowning in data and new genetic cousins. With autosomal DNA it is especially tricky to stay afloat as most people have hundreds of matches. This lecture will cover a few methods you can start using today to help you organize your genetic genealogy research.

2C: 10:30 - 11:30 - JULIANA SZUCS
Getting the Most from Are you getting all you can from the records and tools on Ancestry or are you just scratching the surface? Juliana will guide you through the resources and tools available on the site, sharing strategies that will help you find the best route to your ancestors.

11:30 - 1:00pm - LUNCH
Visit exhibitors. Last chance to select door prizes and raffles.

3A: 1:00 - 2:00pm - MAUREEN TAYLOR
Right or Wrong: 6 Things You Need to Know About Picture Sharing Online. It seems east. Upload, post and share. Yet there are pitfalls of permissions, resolution rules, the dangers of right-click copying, the ethics and safety of picture sharing, popular photo sharing platforms, and citing sources of your photos.

3B: 1:00 - 2:00pm - DIAHAN SOUTHARD
DNA Testing and Your Ethnic Origins. Can I find out if I have Native American or African American heritage by taking a DNA test? Why does my test say I have an ancestral origin that is not present in my pedigree chart? Come and get some answers.

3C: 1:00 - 2:00pm - JULIANA SZUCS
Hidden Treasures on Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don't rise to the surface in a general search. From almshouse and agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them and the wonderful clues them that will lead to other records.

2:00 - 2:30pm - BREAK
GeneaUs Bar (,, Legacy Family Tree software). Last chance to visit exhibitors. Pick up door prizes and raffles.

4A: 2:30 - 3:30pm - MAUREEN TAYLOR
Looking Beyond Google: Picture Research for Genealogists and History Buffs. Learn a few basic image search techniques to add new photographs to your family album or locate images for blogs and print publications.

4B: 2:30 - 3:30pm - DIAHAN SOUTHARD
What now? Your Next Steps with autosomal DNA Testing. So you have had your autosomal DNA tested - now what? Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hurt to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making DNA work for you.

4C: 2:30 - 3:30pm - MAUREEN BRADY
Tapping the Power of Family Search. Even experienced researchers often do not know how t tap the power of Family Search's many databases and articles. This presentation will provide a "tour" of the website and will also discuss search strategies and helpful hints for organizing your research time at FamilySearch.

3:30 - 4:30pm - Last chance to pick up door prizes and raffles

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