22 June 2014 ~ Comments Off

New Lecture Topics on Genealogy and Technology

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve added four new lecture topics to my growing list of genealogy presentations:

  • After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research: Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.
  • Genealogy: The Future Is Now:  Do you have trouble keeping up with technology, especially programs, apps and websites that other genealogists seem to be using these days? You’re not alone. After a quick review of how much has changed in the past 30 years, you’ll learn what’s hot, what’s now and how to prepare for the genealogy technology of the future. Participants will gain more than just an overview of current technologies used in genealogy; they’ll understand how to seek out new technologies and determine what works and doesn’t work for their own genealogical research.
  • Scarce New World: Will Privacy Kill Genealogy?: Learn the history of privacy and our ancestors and how the changing perceptions of what should and shouldn’t be kept private will have a serious impact on access to records for genealogical research in the future. Our ancestors lived very public lives – anything they did once they left their home was fodder for public consumption. And thankfully so since we now have access to a multitude of records. But did our ancestors realize that those records would be so easily accessed 100 or more years later? And what about the current move to restrict access to frequently relied-upon records sets – will there be anything left for 22nd century genealogists to research?
  • Wearables and Genealogy: Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait?:  What if you could wear a device that would tell you all about a person as you stood in front of their gravestone? What about a device that told you that a DNA match was attending the same genealogy conference? These ideas may seem too futuristic, but they are available now and waiting to be used by genealogists and family historians. As technology advances, the Internet is being made personal in the form of wearable devices. These devices can not only track how far you’ve walked, what you’ve eaten and more, they can also present information when you are in front of a gravestone or a historical site. Learn about Google Glass, Smart Watches and in-development devices that are slated to become the next new genealogy tools.

Speaker’s rates are negotiable depending upon format and number of presentations given.  In addition, topics can be customized for your specific needs.  Please feel free to contact me for more information.

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