2008 Patriots & Pioneers History and Genealogy Conference
Detailed Class Description
L-11 Computer Lab Researching Your Civil War Ancestor (Jim Miracle) - This computer lab will give you strategies to discover ancestors and relatives in your family that fought in the Civil War. He will detail internet and other local sources to discover clues to learn about their service, their units and their participation in a struggle that changed our country forever.
L-12 Computer Lab Computer Genealogy Programs (Catherine Sams) - This computer lab focuses on the different genealogy programs available to help with your research and how best to utilize them based on your needs.
S-11 Obits: A Short Life Story (Julia Engle) - This will be a discussion of proper obituary writing, writing your life’s history and a review of researching your genealogy using obituaries as a guide.
S-12 Finding My German Ancestors (Ernie Thode) - Beginners and intermiate genealogies will find out what a genealogist wants to know, what can go wrong in your research. He will highlight problems with German names and nicknames, spelling, locations and indexing challenges as well as numbering and dating systems differ and special calendars. He will also guide you to find very small towns or places no longer in existence and what resources and areas you should investigate to find your families.
S-13 The Underground Railroad in Southeastern Ohio (Henry Burke) - From the Ordinance of 1787 creating the Northwest Territory which prohibited slavery, through the Underground Railroad of the Ohio Valley to the local Black History in the Civil War, this class will discuss them all. It will also include discussions of the laws, customs and realities in our region.
S-14 Researching the History of Your Home and Property (Nancy Hoy) - Learn how to research homes or property using various methods. What does your home’s architecture tell you about its history? What do deed and tax records tell you about your property? What other resources are available to help in your search to discover information about the owners, the house, property or businesses operating in them?
L-21 Computer Lab Southeast Ohio on the Web (Ernie Thode) - This computer lab on Southeast Ohio genealogy will include online demonstrations of the Web sites Cyndi’s List, Linkpendium, Ohio Genealogical Society and individual chapter Web sites, the Ohio Historical Society including the Ohio Death Certificate Index and the Ohio Memory Project, the Digital Shoebox project of images of southeastern Ohio, the FamilySearch labs project which includes digitized images of all Ohio death certificates from 1908 to 1953, local mailing lists, some free censuses available online, and sites with free digitized local history and genealogy books: Google books, BYU digital collections, and HeritageQuest Online. If time permits, the SAR 1810 census project will be demonstrated.
S-21 Beginning Genealogy 101 (Larry Perkins) - Always wanted to research your family history, but don’t have a clue how to get started? Just recently started your search, and don’t yet have a good grasp on what resources you should be checking? This class is for you.
S-22 Preserving Your Family Photos (Rachel Verhoff) - She will provide an overview of how to organize, evaluate, care for and store your family photographs. Attendees will learn about dating photographs, basic research tools, and proper archival organization and care of their photographic heirlooms.
S-23 A Multicultural Look at Genealogy (Ada Adams) - This session will explore different aspects of research, documentation and dissemination of the rich history of the multicultural people of the Ohio River Valley.
S-24 The Forts of Ohio (Gary Williams) - The earliest years of Ohio’s recorded history were filled with conflict as Americans, Europeans and Native Americas struggled for control of the region. For the white intruders of this era, log forts became the key to survival in this wilderness. The story of these forts is the story of Ohio’s beginnings and features some compelling tales.
S-25 The Not So Fashionable Frontier, Everyday Dress of the Ohio Company, 1788-1803 (Bill Reynolds) - Attendees will learn about the mode of dress of the Ohio Company settlers , its relationship to the living conditions and source of supply. He will discuss store ledger books, taylors account books and will give first hand accounts that will provide a balance to those “folks back east” and their fashionable ways.
Free Lunch and Exhibits - Lunch is included with your registration fee. There are 5 choices of subs and salads from Subway®. Various groups will have exhibits to view and will be staffed to answer any questions about various historical, genealogy & heritage societies in the area.
L-41 Computer Lab Researching Your Civil War Ancestor (Jim Miracle) - This computer lab will give you strategies to discover ancestors and relatives in your family that fought in the Civil War. He will detail internet and other local sources to discover clues to learn about their service, their units and their participation in a struggle that changed our country forever.
L-42 Computer Lab Computer Genealogy Programs (Catherine Sams) - Computer Lab Computer Genealogy Programs (Catherine Sams) - This computer lab focuses on the different genealogy programs available to help with your research and how best to utilize them based on your needs.
S-42 Washington County Graves Registration Projects (Scott Britton) - He will give an overview of various efforts by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution to identify and catalog the final resting places of Military Veterans buried or memorialized in cemeteries in Washington County. Find out what information is being collected, what information is currently available for research and who you can assist with this project.
S-43 Research To Join Patriotic and Lineage Societies (Beverly Schumacher) - Learn how to compile and complete an application for any hereditary society. Learn how to check it to be certain you have everything you need and submit it in the correct order. When do you need original documents? When can you substitute a copy of a copy of a copy? What if you don’t have a marriage record? Do you highlight or underline? Do you sign in blue ink or black magic marker? Do you write on the front or the back of your documents? The main purpose is to get the application approved with the least amount of aspirin. If I don’t have the answer, she’ll get it for you!
S-44 Farmers’ Castle: Belpre History Then and Now (Nancy Sams & Charlotte Powell) - They will discuss the 1789 pioneer founders and what has happened to Belpre through the years. They will provide information on the extensive Underground Railroad display, genealogy research area and other historical collections or keepsakes available at the Farmers’ Castle Museum in Belpre.
S-45 Finding Your Ancestors in Pennsylvania (Larry Perkins) - Learn tips to improve your chances of finding information on your Pennsylvania families. With a much longer history than Ohio, what additional sources are available and where can you find them?
L-51 Washington County Genealogy Research (Ernie Thode & Sharon Gardner) - These two Washington County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society members will develop a foundation for you, from material and locations to find valuable clues and indexes to often overlooked resources, to make your local family research successful.
S-51 The ABC’s of Public Relations (Lynne Bodny Shuman) - With more than 30 years working with Not-for-Profits in several states, Lynne has come to know that marketing a small organization can be a challenge. She will explore the many resources available for marketing that are free or of little cost to organization like Historical Societies, Museums and other non-profit groups.
S-52 Local History and Genealogy Resources in the Marietta College Library (Linda Showalter) - The Special Collections at the Marietta College Library includes rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other historical materials. Linda recently served as project archivist in preparing the Manuscripts and Documents of the Ohio Company of Associates for preservation and digitization. Learn what is available for research, what has been found in the preparing materials for storage while a new library is being built and how this process will improve research opportunities in the future.
S-53 Genealogy and DNA (Catherine Sams) - Presentation on how DNA results can be used in genealogy research to establish relationships and find new cousins!
S-54 Washington County Civil War History (Scott Britton) - This class will be heavily story-oriented regarding men on both sides of this conflict. Some are humorous, some tragic and still others that are inspirational. Learn some of the more interesting and remarkable tales of some of our local famous and infamous citizens who changed our country’s history during a period that split our nation and pitted brother against brother.
S-55 Native American Archeology in Washington County (Wes Clarke) - Topics will include the historic and prehistoric Marietta Earthworks, new discoveries and history of the search through the Marietta Earthworks.
L-61 Computer Lab Computer Genealogy Programs (Catherine Sams) - Computer Lab Computer Genealogy Programs (Catherine Sams) - This computer lab focuses on the different genealogy programs available to help with your research and how best to utilize them based on your needs.
L-62 Surnames: What My Family Name Means and Why Can’t I Find It In Records? (Eric Richendollar) - This lab will give an overview of the history of surname formation and the various types of surnames. It will also discuss some of the reasons why some surnames can be difficult to find in the records, particularly when searching indexed sources.
S-61 Wood County Genealogy Research (Jim Miracle) - This experienced researcher who has been President of the West Augusta Historical Society will talk about how Wood County resources dating back to West Augusta county before the Revolutionary War. From its rich Civil War heritage and leadership in West Virginia’s statehood to its significant industrial and Oil & Gas history, there are many trails to follow to successfully track down your ancestors in Wood County.
S-62 Put Meat on the Bones of your Revolutionary War Soldier: How to Research and Publish a Book (Millie Covey Fry) - Learn how to do the research needed to put some “meat” on the bare bones of your Revolutionary War soldier. She will discuss how one patriot and his family lived on the Monongahela Valley frontier in Virginia from 1774 - 1808. Then she will show how you too can write a small book, self-publish it, develop publicity and sell the story of your Revolutionary War patriot.
S-63 Early History of Free Masonry in Ohio and the Northwest Territory (Ken Finkel) - From the Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Paul Revere, George Washington and others prominent in the Revolutionary War, freemasonry comes to Marietta by way of Fort Harmar’s Jonathan Heart, Captain of the 1st American Regiment. The class will review the history of the early years of freemasonry and its influence in the new territory.
S-64 Talking the Talk With the Pioneers (Louise Zimmer) - Join Louise as she spins an intriguing web of stories about the earliest pioneer settlers and their descendants. Her spellbinding tales of our area’s pioneer past always captivate audiences of all ages.