Northland Genealogical Society
Northland Genealogy Society

April 13th Meeting

Medical and Genetic Genealogy
When you have a chronic illness, or autoimmune disease there's always the question if other family members and ancestors suffered. Is there a hidden thread to our ancestors?
Kathleen Brandt, entered genealogy thanks to being a rare disease, autoimmune sufferer. As a former member of the KU Hospital Genealogy Advisor team for a Surgeon General grant, she coaches groups to be their own health advocate and to chart their family's medical genealogy. Note: this is a not a medical presentation, but one more phase toward gathering family and ancestral data. For the beginner to the advanced.
You can see Kathleen's work on TLC and NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? with Tim McGraw (appears on episode), Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd, and Chris O'Donnell, 2014 on the Cynthia Nixon episode; and 2015 episode Ginnifer Goodwin . She is also a researcher with PBS: Finding Your Roots; a guest interviewer for CCTV Biz Asia; and a freelance writer for AARP and Jet Magazine. She's a celebrated Keynote Speaker and is referenced in Genealogy Online for Dummies, 7th Edition, 2014. She compiled and authored Colored Marriages of Saline County, MO. 1865-1870, published April 2014. Military Research Tips is scheduled to be published Dec. 2016.

May 4th Meeting

Beyond the Draft Card:  Researching Your Great War Ancestor
by Danni Altman-Newell
The draft card is one of the most well-known resources available for researching Great War ancestors. But once you’ve located your ancestor’s draft card (or haven’t located it!) where do you look next?  The centennial of the Great War has brought with it increased interest in the soldiers who served and those who supported them. Danni will discuss both military personnel and civilian resources. Resources highlighted will vary from those available online to some lesser-known repositories and museums that you may find helpful.
Dannell “Danni” Altman-Newell is a native Kansas Citian. She began her family history research at an early age, courtesy of spending summers watching her maternal grandparents indexing at the local Family History Center. Danni is currently employed as Operations Director at the National Storytelling Network. She serves as a volunteer for the National World War I Museum and Memorial and as Education Chair for the Heartland Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. Danni is a graduate of ProGen 28. She specializes in Great War and Midwest research loves to gain new knowledge and is passionate about sharing her knowledge through speaking engagements. Danni can be contacted at    

June 1st Meeting

How to Research "Out of the Box" Genealogy Resources
by Lisa Lisson
On-site genealogy research can be some of your most rewarding research. Are you prepared to make the most out of your limited time? Are you missing out on vital information pertaining to your ancestors? Whether researching at a local repository or on an extended road trip, don’t miss out.  Explore strategies, tips and even “out of the box” genealogy resources to get the most out of your next genealogy research trip.
I grew up attending family reunions and hearing the family stories and lore.  I heard the stories, but never really listened. I told myself, “One day, I’ll ask about that.” Fast forward  to a more recent time when my family’s older generation is no longer with us or their memories are lost to dementia.  Had I lost the chance to learn more about my family’s history and where we came from?
Fortunately, the answer was No!  Genealogy research was the answer.  I quickly realized researching genealogy was like trying to assemble the world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle….only I had to find the puzzle pieces first before I could put them together!  But where and how could I find information (or puzzle pieces) of my ancestors’ lives?
I began to read and study. I researched how to research my genealogy.   I collected oral histories. I researched ancestors at state archives and small rural courthouses.  I made mistakes (a lot), but piece by piece I began gathering my puzzle pieces and placing them in our family tree.
I learned strategies for researching traditional and nontraditional record sources and have discovered techniques for finding the location of needed record sources.  My family’s stories and history are not lost ( and neither are yours!).  The answers to our genealogy questions are there, we just have to know how to find them.

Midwest Genealogy Center Event Calendar

Click here to take you to the Midwest Genealogy Calendar of Events.  In the right sidebar select "View by Subject", then in the drop box, select "Genealogy".  That will give you all of the workshops for the current month.  At the top, you can click on "next" by the name of the month to see what is happening next month.  Most events require registration even though they are free.  Registration information is located in the upper left corner.
Universal Class is an on-line learning class that has many subjects.  There is one on genealogy called Genealogy 101.  It has 13 lessons and 28 exams.  You will need your library card and to register for a free acoount.  Click here.


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