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Discovering Your U.S. Ancestors with speaker Sunny Morton!


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The Niagara County Genealogical Society is hosting a day-long Family History Seminar with guest speaker Sunny Morton!

Sunny Morton is an internationally-known, award-winning writer, editor and speaker for the multibillion-dollar genealogy industry. Her voice is heard on the Genealogy Gems Podcast, which has more than 2 million downloads worldwide. She is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, the U.S.’ premiere publication for genealogy hobbyists. She is a popular speaker at events across the country, including the world’s largest genealogy conference, RootsTech, held annually in Salt Lake City. Sunny is especially known for her expertise in tracing U.S. ancestors; her unique comparisons of the industry’s largest websites; and her inspiring presentations on how to reconstruct and tell meaningful stories from the past.

The topic of the day is "Discovering Your U.S. Ancestors." Whether your family has been in the U.S. for two generations or two hundred years, this series helps you explore your U.S. roots in lively, one-hour segments targeted to the advanced beginner and intermediate genealogist.

Session 1: Which Way Did They Go?! A humorous song introduces this panoramic look at U.S. migration history and how to track our on-the-move ancestors. You’ll see what kinds of records mention old and new residences, a unique transportation timeline for U.S. history, where to learn about migration routes and how to correlate findings from several sources into a narrative about an ancestor’s life.

Session 2: What’s So Special about Special Censuses? Learn to find and use fantastic “extras” from US censuses (1840-1910), many of which are now online: the Veterans, Mortality, Slave, Agriculture, Manufacturer and Social Statistics Schedules. These often reveal details about ancestors’ vital events, work, health, military service and communities, in the process pointing to additional records.

Session 3: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records. Church records can reveal US ancestors’ vital events, family relationships and prior/subsequent residences (including overseas birthplaces!). From the author of the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church and locate and access its records.

Session 4: Urban Genealogy. Many of our U.S. relatives lived in cities—big and small—which may offer unique genealogy research resources. Learn tips from the author of several of Family Tree Magazine’s City Guides for finding ancestors in city directories, urban and suburban maps, voting records, local histories and other rich local records.

The schedule for the day is:
9:00 Registration and Coffee (included)
9:30 Session 1
10:45 Session 2
11:45 Lunch (included)
12:45 Session 3
2:00 Session 4

The registration cost for the event is:
$35 for NCGS members
$45 for non-members
$50 for non-members that includes a NCGS membership for 2018

LIMITED SEATING! Please pre-register by May 26th, 2018 to reserve your seat at: www.niagaragenealogy.org or call Dawn at 716-439-4107.