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American Ancestors Speakers
The staff at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society are leaders in their field. Our genealogists, archivists, researchers, librarians, conservators, and publishing professionals are world-renowned speakers, representing decades of experience. They present at national and international conferences, lead seminars and workshops across the country, are featured regularly in news broadcasts and television programs, are frequent guests on radio and podcasts, and are published authors. Requested speaking engagements allow for groups—both in New England and beyond—to interact with one of our experts and benefit from their expertise. This service is a great way to provide quality educational experiences for your members, patrons, and communities.
Our experts can present on hundreds of genealogical and historical topics. Below are just some of the recent presentations we have given. These topics can be modified to suit any program format, length, or audience experience level. Don’t see the topic you’re looking for? Let us know in the request form the topic(s) you are interested in.
Popular topics include:
- Getting Started in Genealogy: Learn the basics of family history research. This lecture delves into the best practices for research, basic organizational tools and templates, common records and resources, and more. It’s a great place to start!
- Researching Veteran Ancestors: Interested in researching your ancestors who served in the military? We offer many lectures on tracking down genealogical information for veterans, from Colonial Conflicts through World War II.
- Using DNA in Your Family History: DNA testing can be extremely helpful in genealogical research and breaking down long-standing brick walls but there are still a lot of questions surrounding this newer area in the genealogical world. Our experts can go over DNA basics, the different tests and companies, DNA tools, how to interpret results, and more.
- 17th-Century New England Research: New England is still a strong area of interest and expertise here at American Ancestors. Learn more about essential published resources, where to access essential records, and about migrations in and out of the New England area.
- Writing and Publishing Your Family History: Gain step-by-step tips on how to write, publish, and share your family story with family, the genealogical community, and future generations.
Browse more topics:
- Taking Action: How to Create a Research Plan
- Family Ties: Using Extended Family to Circumnavigate a Brick Wall
- Broadening Your Scope: Employing Ancestral Associates in Your Research
- Knowing the Neighbors: How Neighbors Can Help Solve Genealogical Mysteries
- Making Your Case and Drawing Conclusions
- Choosing a Genealogical Software Program
- Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors
- Hosting an Online Family Reunion
- Choosing a DNA Test for Family History Research
- Researching Women in Archives
- Mining the Treasures in Newspapers
- City and Rural Directories: More than Just Names
- Using the U.S. Federal Census
- Raising the Dead: Finding Clues to Ancestors from Headstones, Family Plots, and Burial Records
- Navigating Notarial Records in Quebec
- Finding Your Ancestor in American Fraternal Organization Records
- Using and Evaluating Mug Books for Family History Research
- Follow the Money: Breaking Down Brick Walls Using Financial Records
- Boston Historic Catholic Records Online
- Using New England Probate Records
- Chinese American Genealogy
- Getting Started in African American Genealogy
- Italian Family History
- Top 10 Published Resources for Early New England Research
- Getting Started in Polish Research
- Applying for Dual Citizenship by Descent
- New York Research and Resources
- Resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy
- Guide to Connecticut Resources
- Lesser-known Irish Land Records
- Preserving Your Family Treasures
- Organizing Your Family History Papers
- Digitizing Your Family History
- Identifying Photographs
- Surveying Your Collection
- Preparing to Donate Your Genealogy
- Conducting, Collecting, and Recording Oral Histories
- Caring for Photos, Albums, and Scrapbooks
- Preserving Born-Digital Items
- Creating an Inventory
- NEHGS: Who we are, what we do, and how we can help
- Using AmericanAncestors.org
- Using AmericanAncesTREES
- Using the Collections at the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
- Preparing for Your Visit to the American Ancestors Research Center
- Database Volunteer Opportunities at AmericanAncestors.org
- Searching Databases on AmericanAncestors.org
- Searching Journals on AmericanAncestors.org
- Searching Study Projects on AmericanAncestors.org
- Writing for NEHGS Periodicals
Types of Speaking Engagements
Off-site lecture requests can take many different lengths and formats. Whether a key-note address, a 1-hour lecture with Q & A, or a longer 3-hour workshop, we can work with you to schedule the format that makes the most sense for your audience and event.
To receive a quote and begin the booking process, please complete our request form below. Requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the intended event date.
As our most popular format, lectures are great for group meetings, events, conferences, and more. Standard presentation time runs forty-five minutes to 1 hour and includes a question and answer period with the presenter. Each lecture is accompanied by an in-depth PowerPoint presentation (dependent on AV set-up) and handout. This is a great way to easily bring the American Ancestors expertise to a genealogical topic of your choosing!
If your group is looking to do a deep-dive into a genealogical topic, the three-hour workshop format is for you! Our three-hour workshops are formatted to provide three 1-hour PowerPoint presentations on a cohesive theme. From military research spanning Colonial Conflicts through the War of 1812, to organizing, preserving, and digitizing your family history, and much more, a three-hour workshop can provide your group with the in-depth expertise they need to move forward in one area of their family history. Our workshops include three PowerPoint presentations, time for questions and answers with the expert, and detailed handouts for each presentation.
Our Five-hour seminar format is our most extensive, in-depth format and is designed to give yourself and your group a full day of genealogical expertise! A five-hour seminar includes five 1-hour lectures on a particular theme with Q & A, time for lunch, and an afternoon break built into the day. Our five-hour seminars have been expertly crafted to give a comprehensive, all-encompassing look at a specific genealogical topic and give you ample time to learn from our valued experts. Our five-hour seminar topics can also lend themselves to being more hands-on and interactive.
Hosting a conference or special event? Consider booking one of our genealogists, archivists, researchers, librarians, conservators, or publishing professionals to start your event off right. Keynote addresses can vary in topic and length, but are typically 1 hour in length. Keynote addresses are customizable to the event and topic at hand.
Hire one of our experts to virtually present to your group on a subject of your choosing! Our custom webinars allow members of your group to hear and watch a presentation in real time, interact with a genealogical expert, type in questions and receive verbal responses, and have exclusive access to a recording of the presentation. Each custom webinar lasts one hour, and can serve a maximum of 500 individual registrants. Webinars may be scheduled for anytime between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM eastern time Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM eastern time on Wednesdays.
To receive a quote and begin the booking process for a custom webinar, please complete our request form below. Requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the intended event date.