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2024 WGS Annual Conference

  • October 05, 2024
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC)
  • Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex


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  • Member Early bird registration - By Sep 15, 2024 –
    Includes registered members of any Kansas or Oklahoma Genealogical Society.
  • Non-Member Early Bird registration by Sep 15, 2024
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Save the Date:  October 5th, 2024

Join us in the Metroplex Complex for another great annual conference - In Person!  Join us and spend a day with Cari Taplin.   

Cari is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies.

Her personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife, and a mother of two young adults.

As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. She also lends help and shares her expertise as an administrator on the highly popular Facebook Group “The Genealogy Squad.” Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists.

Cari is the owner/creator of the fun and informative website Genealogy Pants, click here to visit it:

Conference Topics

Using Timelines to Analyze Your Research – In-depth research creates large

amounts of data. Discover analysis methods using tables & timelines to

solve problems.

The program includes an Introduction of analysis techniques including examples of timelines and tables:

  • Creating a timeline; using a variety of tools such as word processor, spreadsheets, timeline software.
  • Timeline tips and tricks – color coding, footnotes/citations.
  • Using timelines to separate individuals of the same/similar name.
  • Creating tables.
  • . . . and more.

From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research With Maps – Our

ancestors existed in a time and a place.  Maps are one way to give the names and dates in our genealogical research more life, context, and excitement. Where did they live? What would they have seen? How did they get around? Cari Taplin will examine various ways researchers can use maps to trace their ancestors and their research.

How’d You Find That? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records – ‘Out

there’ records can solve tough problems. How do you find them?

In this lecture we will take a survey of possible obscure record examples and talk about miscellaneous loose papers and manuscript collections as well as published sources. Local Historical and Genealogical Society Archives can be treasure troves for finding these hidden gems. Another great source for “hidden” records are university and college archives. We will look at ways to find and access those collections.

Time will be spent locating items in digital books including Google Books, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and others, to discover ancestors in digitized collections and reveal previously unknown details.

An Obituary Obsession – Exploring obituaries as a starting point in

genealogy research. Cari has become obsessed with their flavor and nuances. She has collected over 200 obituaries for her ancestors. Older obituaries are especially fun to read and some can be very detailed or even gory. She will discuss how to find obituaries, what data you can gather from them and share some of her favorites.

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