Diane's Michigan Genealogy Talk Details


Diane's Michigan Genealogy
Genealogy Talk Details



  • Let your fingers do the walking!
    Dig into city directories and see what we can learn from them. Just how much can they tell us about our ancestors and other family members? Learn what they have to say about the community where our family resided. How can that help us in our research?

  • Those Pesky Females
    Having trouble with your female ancestor's surname? Just what was her name at birth, at death and in between.

  • Gram & Gramps Were from Canada eh?
    Point out what is available to the genealogist researching these distant shores. Especially emphasizes resources for the province of Ontario.

  • Fasten Your Seatbelt - Genealogy on the information highway
    using the internet in your research. Look at some great sites to use and explore your search engine.

  • Mistakes Everywhere
    Show examples of mistakes found in vital records, obituaries, census records etc. and discuss ways to try verifying the information.

  • Count Your Census?
    Discuss U.S. and or Canadian census records. WhatŐs on them, how accurate are they, what is a census year, and lots of other tidbits.

  • The Grave Yard Shift
    Tips on how to find your ancestors burial site. Why bother? What can you find there?

  • Did I Say That?
    Effective query and letter writing tips. Will discuss how best to approach your writing before you put pen to paper. DoŐs and DonŐts to help you get the best results.

  • Sourcing: Now How Do I Do That?
    Talk about what is a source, why you should source and how to source in a way thatŐs right for you.

  • Where the heck is it anyway?
    Tips on how to organize and store your genealogy papers and notes. Is there a better way?

  • Over Wayne County Way
    Researching in Detroit and Wayne County (MI) can be overwhelming. This presentation gives tips on how to find what you need, where to go or if you need to go there at all.

  • The walls come tumbling down.
    Tips on cracking or breaking down those brick walls in your research.

  • Family Tree Fact or Fiction
    How to determine if what you see in family trees on the internet is accurate. Can you trust what's printed there?

  • The Keepers
    Items you never, never throw away. Let's delve into what you already have and decide what you must pass on to the younger generations.

  • Love Makes the World Go Round
    A fun look at love and how it creates our genealogy research.

  • It's a small world
    Finding family where you least expect to and when you're not even trying. Also what can joining a genealogy society do for me?

  • Family History Bug
    Beginning genealogy, How to get started and a refresher course for those somewhat experienced.



  • Interested in a subject not listed? Contact me. Email me
    I'm always working on something new!

    Each talk is 45-60 minutes, includes a hand out and time for questions and answers.


    Equipment Requirements: I need a screen, projector and a table to set up my computer. If you do not have a projector I can bring one.

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