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Lectures

Jack Butler is an experienced speaker and former college instructor who can provide lectures, classes or workshops on any of the topics below for your next Conference, seminar or society meeting. Please email Jack to discuss your program needs.

Here are some of Jack's previous engagements.

NEW Turning Google Into a Genealogy Search Engine
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: This presentation addresses using a wide variety of Google tools and capabilities to improve your search for your ancestors.

NEW A Dozen Resources You Should be Using But Probably Aren't
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Euipment required: a screen
Description: Like all humans, genealogists are creatures of habit. When we start researching a new family line or a new ancestor in a working line, we tend to fall into our habitual pattern. We run through our usual resources, such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, maybe a few others. This presentation addresses resources that we all should use regularly, but which we probably don't. Some are sources, and some are sites where you can find multiple sources.
Handout: Click here for the handout.


NEW The Courthouse Burned - What Now?
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: Most of the records that we routinely use in the search for our family history originated in the County Courthouses of America. When the records in the courthouses where our ancestors lived were destroyed by fire or other calamity, our search becomes harder. This presentation provides some steps to take when you encounter the dreaded Burned County

The Tombstone Just Said "Wife of..." - Finding the women in your family history
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: The title came from a woman's grave marker that I once came across in a family plot. There was no name - it just said �Wife of" ...whatever the husband's name was. Women make up half of our genealogy, but because of things like this stone, it is often a hidden half. This lecture addresses a wide variety of records that often contain information about our female ancestors, along with how to find them.

The U.S. Census - Thirteen Things You Probably Didn't Know
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: The U.S. Census is typically one of the very first research resources that a new genealogist encounters, and with good reason. The collection of U.S. Census reports constitutes the single largest collection of information about our American ancestors in the 19th and 20th centuries. Unfortunately, many of its excellent clues are routinely missed by researchers. This presentation is designed to help you fully utilize this great resource. It addresses where and how to find the information most frequently missed by genealogists, and how to take advantage of what you find.


Died Suddenly on Friday, of a Gunshot... - Finding Kin in Early Newspapers
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: Since the first multi-page American newspaper was published in Massachussetts in 1690, newspapers have not only been sources of the traditional dates sought by all genealogists, but they have also served to put our ancestors lives into context. They tell us not only when and where they were born, married and died, but they also provide us insight into how they lived. This lecture discusses, with examples from newspapers from around the country, what kind of information is provided and how to find it. Also discussed are sources for online images of early newspapers, newspapers on microfilm and other sources of early news.

And Now The Rest of the Story, getting beyond the statistics in our ancestors lives
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description Discusses finding and using timelines, journals, diaries, newspapers, local histories and other non-typical records that take us beyond the usual birth, marriage and death dates and gives us a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.
Handout: Click here for the handout.


Before They Were States...Finding and Using Territorial Records
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: The United States was born owning territory outside the 13 original states and the thirty two U. S. States that were carved out of that original excess land and the other territory gained over the years had Territorial governments before they became states. Territorial records are those records generated by the organization and settling of those 32 territories held by the U. S. prior to their eventually achieving statehood.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye - Genealogy and the County Courthouse
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1-3 hours
Equipment required: a screen
Description: This lecture can be an overivew of the most valuable of genealogical records found at the courthouse, or it can be an indepth look at the various Courts and the records that they generate. In modern times, the average person rarely ever interacts with their local courthouse. In our ancestors time, the County Courts were an integral part of their day to day lives. Records generated by criminal and civli cases are discussed, as are probate files, divorce, Marriages, deeds, wills and estates, mortgages, taxes, naturalizations, and even business contracts were all recorded at the local courthouse. Also includes planning tips for preparing and executing courthouse visits.

Land Records - an Under Utilized Resource
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: Land records existed in America for more than 160 years before the first U. S. Census was taken.Taken together, land records are second only to the Census both in the volume of records available and in potential genealogical information the records provide. The variety and richness of family information provided by this resource will likely astound you.

Records From the Indian Wars
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: There were six major Indian wars in the southeastern U. S. that left genealogically significant records. Most of them lasted between one and two years, and one of them lasted more than seven years. This lecture briefly discusses each of the Indian wars and then uses examples to describe each of the record types generated by the wars. Where to find the records in online, microfilm, and print resources is also discussed.

Wills & Estates - Genealogy's Gold Mines
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Length: 1 hour
Equipment required: a screen
Description: Wills, administrations, inventories, inheritance, settlements and trusts, the types of records generated by the probate process are a wonderful source of genealogical information. This lecture covers the types of estates, examples of the documents found in them, and where to find them.

 

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