Day Seminar "On-Line Genealogy: Tracking Your Ancestors Through Cyberspace..."

  • 18 May 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley


  • Registration after May 15, 2013 must be made the morning of the seminar.
  • Registration after May 15, 2013 must be made the morning of the seminar.

“On-Line Genealogy: Tracking Your Ancestors Through Cyberspace…”

- Using the internet as a genealogy research tool -

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society Seminar

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

Members $30.00  

Non-Members $35.00 

Lunch Included plus Door Prizes



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Bring your laptop or tablet since all auditorium seats have electrical connections with free Wi-Fi.

If you have any questions please call Linda at 812-238-2415 or Jennifer at 812-235-9762 and leave a message.


Jump at this opportunity to hear nationally known speakers in your own back yard.  You can get answers from genealogy experts. The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society is offering you the chance to learn new techniques and methods of internet research.  Also this seminar is a great opportunity to network with fellow genealogists.  We guarantee that both the beginner and well as the seasoned genealogist  will find something of value in this seminar.

 Special Note: The special drawing for the early registrants was won by Charlotte Steenerson.  Charlotte won a one hour consultation with Dan Poffenberger,  Research Consultant, Family History Library.   

Seminar Topics

“FamilySearch 2013 and Beyond” by  Dan Poffenberger  – Research Consultant, Family History Library

Summary –  FamilySearch currently has a variety of websites available:,,,,, and to name a few.  This lecture will take you through the important parts of each, including recent updates and changes then describe the direction FamilySearch is going including the vision of combining the sites and information on them in the future.

“They’re Alive: Searching for Living Persons” - Live Webinar by Thomas MacEntee, High-Definition Genealogy

Summary: Genealogists have many reasons to locate living relatives – from connecting with long lost cousins to performing collateral searches to break down brick walls.  Learn the most effective ways to find living people using Internet search engines and resources. In this session you’ll learn not only why it is important to locate living relatives, but how to leverage the power of Internet to make certain you have the correct contact information.  You’ll also learn how making contact with the living can hone your genealogy research skills and actually help you break down those brick walls.

 “Getting the Most out of the Family History Library Catalogue – Tips and Tricks from a Pro” by Dan Poffenberger

Summary – So many times, the casual researcher will use the Family History Library Catalog and perform a place search not realizing all of the records that can be found with other searches.  The purpose of this lecture is to teach you the tips and tricks that I have used as a professional researcher to have more success with the Family History Library Catalogue at finding the right record more often and more quickly. You also get a preview of the new catalog.

“A Pro’s Strategies for Mid-19th Century U.S. Research: A Case Study” by Dan Poffenberger

Summary – Follow the strategies used during research of an Illinois family that had plenty of twists and turns.  This course describes what I thought I knew starting to research, the sources I turned to and why, as well as what I did or did not find.  It also shows how I was able to use circumstantial evidence to tentatively extend the pedigree of a family blown apart by tragedy before 1850 and the uncommon source that proved me to be right.   

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society

P.O. Box 9347

Terre Haute, IN 47808-9347