ONLINE AT HOME VIRTUAL PROGRAM

All published times are in Eastern Time.

THURSDAY, 26 MAY 2022

BONUS RECORDED SESSIONS SPONSORED BY ANCESTRY®. These sessions do NOT include live questions and answers.

11:00 a.m., BONUS RECORDED SESSION, All Levels
Newspapers.com(tm) Strategies for Success
Jenny Ashcroft

12:30 p.m., BONUS RECORDED SESSION, All Levels
Intro to Probate Records on Ancestry®
Crista Cowan

2:00 p.m., BONUS RECORDED SESSION, All Levels
Coming to America: Finding Arrival Records and Stories
Juliana Szucs

3:30 p.m., BONUS RECORDED SESSION, All Levels
Case Study: Finding John Lee–From Slavery to Freedom
Nicka Sewell-Smith

FRIDAY, 27 MAY 2022

11:00 a.m., WELCOME

11:05 a.m., OPENING SESSION, All Levels
The Chinese Who Built America’s Transcontinental Railroad
Gordon H. Chang, PhD

The completion of America’s first transcontinental railroad in 1869 was a monumental achievement. Yet, the stories of the Chinese workers who constituted 90 percent of the labor force on the western portion are largely unknown. Gordon H. Chang, author of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic History of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, will shine a light on this neglected history through the extensive findings from biographical and genealogical work by descendants of railroad workers.

12:15 p.m., NATURALIZATION, Intermediate
Understanding the Naturalization Process in the United States
Seema Kenney
Focusing on the courts, we’ll review six ways to gain US citizenship as well as ways in which citizenship was lost and perhaps regained later.

1:30 p.m., LUNCH BREAK—CONNECTION SESSION ONE
Enjoy your lunch and have fun meeting your fellow attendees in five-minute, random mini-sessions on Zoom.

2:00 p.m., DNA, All Levels
DNA Ethnicity in 2022: More Inclusive, Specific, Accurate, and Meaningful
Diahan Southard
A five-company comparison will show how DNA ethnicity results are more inclusive, specific, accurate, and meaningful to genealogical exploration.

3:15 p.m., METHODOLOGY, Intermediate
It Gets Even Better Offline
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Three cases show how online research leads to unique offline sources and serendipitous results, demonstrating ways to solve genealogical puzzles involving ancestral biographies and relationships.

4:30 p.m., BREAK—SLAM IDEA! SHOWCASE
SLAM film fest highlights

5:00 p.m., AFRICAN AMERICAN, Intermediate
Tracing the Enslaved and Formerly Enslaved in Newspapers
Ari Wilkins
The lecture will discuss researching different types of newspapers, information that can be gleaned from advertisements, and how newspapers can lead to other sources.

6:15 p.m., CONNECTION SESSION TWO
Join breakout groups to meet others, exchange ideas, and share information about common research interests.

6:55 p.m., CLOSE
Announcements for Saturday.

7:00 p.m., VIRTUAL EXPO HALL OPEN
The virtual Expo Hall is open for all attendees—at-home and in-person.

SATURDAY, 28 MAY 2022

11:00 a.m., WELCOME
The Saturday program offers a choice of topic and speaker for each session.

11:05 a.m., WESTERN STATES/LAWS, Intermediate
Las Leyes de California: Spanish Colonial Laws and the Records They Produced
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Spanish colonial law governed Las Californias before 1850, greatly influencing early state laws and creating unique records for researchers in California and beyond.

OR

MILITARY/FEMALE, All Levels
Widows, Mothers, and More: Finding Women in Civil War Pension Files
Nichole Gilkison LaRue, CG
Wives, mothers, sisters, in-laws, neighbors, female soldiers, and more! Civil War pension records aren’t just for finding information on the men in your family.

12:15 p.m., INCLUSIVE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, Beginner
Organizing Non-Traditional Parent Relationships on the Family Tree
Carly Lane Morgan, JD
Solutions for the organizational issues that arise when family structures don’t fit the traditional mother, father, and children model.

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ARAB AMERICAN, All Levels
Arab American Genealogy Research
Reem Awad-Rashmawi, JD
Arab American genealogy research focuses on recent immigrants and those in the US for many generations. Strategies include methods and resources in the US and abroad.

1:30 p.m., LUNCH BREAK—CONNECTION SESSION THREE
Enjoy your lunch and have fun meeting your fellow attendees in five-minute random mini-sessions on Zoom.

2:00 p.m., BCG SKILLBUILDING, Advanced
Document Analysis: Digging Into Details
Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
Seek the story behind the document by studying the background and context. Assess the reliability of the source and the information it contains.
Sponsor: BCG

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ASIAN AMERICAN, All Levels
An Introduction to the World of Asian American Genealogy
Grant Din
Asian Americans have overcome many obstacles to make major contributions to American society. Learn about the surprising resources available for your research.

3:15 p.m., CENSUS, All Levels
Census Data: More Than Just a Population Count
Janis Minor Forté
The census population schedule gives data on individuals. The supplemental schedules provide data on the community. These schedules help complete the family by identifying missing kin.

Essential US Immigration Collections for Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
Colleen Robledo Greene, MLS
Significant changes to US immigration laws in the early 1900s created new situations and types of records that drastically impacted Mexican immigrants and families.

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MAPS, Beginner
Understanding Time and Place by Finding, Using, and Creating Historical Overlay Maps
David M. McCorkle
Learn how to use websites and software to overlay old maps on top of modern maps to help understand where and how your ancestors lived.

4:30 p.m., BREAK
Opportunity to chat with other virtual conference participants, visit the Expo Hall, or join a discussion group.

5:00 p.m., GERMAN RESEARCH, Beginner
German Records and How to Use Them: What Documents Exist for My Ancestor?
Katherine Schober
New to German genealogy? Learn the best documents available to help you discover the details of your ancestor’s life.

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HISPANIC, Beginner
Migration in the Southwest, Including California 1598‒1821
Henrietta Martinez Christmas
Spanish ancestral migration into the Southwest from 1598 to 1821 followed a system of royal roads or Caminos Reales, which came out of Mexico.

6:15 p.m., CONNECTION SESSION FOUR
Join breakout groups to meet others, exchange ideas, and share information about common research interests.

6:55 p.m., WRAP-UP AND CLOSE

Questions? Contact the NGS Registrar at [email protected]