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2023 Conference Details & Schedule

Cheri Hudson Passey is an experienced and sought after speaker who helps the genealogist discover new areas of information about their ancestors. and uncovers details of traditional resources not usually known.   


Topics Include



They Lived Where? How to tackle New to You research locations. – Finding a branch from our tree that lived in a place we have never researched can leave us clueless about where to begin. Learn methods and strategies for understanding the records, history, and best practices for tackling a new research location.

Analyzing Probate Records. Follow the Clues left after death.  – Probate Records can shed light on your ancestors even when there's no will. Learn how and use these records to find clues and help answer your research questions.

Diving into Directories. Ways to find family and clues between the pages. City Directories once were where people went to look for information on people, businesses, and locations. Today we can use them in our research to locate addresses and find clues to more records that may hold important information.

Evidence:  Direct, Indirect, or Negative.  It Depends! – Do you know the difference between Direct, Indirect, and Negative evidence? Need clarification about why it matters? In this session, examples of each of the three types of genealogy evidence will be presented, along with explanations on how to recognize and use each to climb your family tree.

Light Breakfast, Lunch, and Breaks

Your registration includes the following:


  • Light Breakfast - Rolls, fruit. juice and coffee.
  • Breaks – A morning and afternoon break between classes let you stretch and visit with friends.
  • Lunch – Enjoy lunch and visit with friends in the hall. 

Conference Schedule (8:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.)

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 8:00 - 8:45 A.M.  Registration
 8:00 - 8:45   Light Breakfast
 8:45 - 9:00  Welcome and Announcements
 9:00 - 10:00 They Lived Where? How to tackle New to You research locations.
 10:00 - 10:30  Break - Visit with Vendors
 10:30 - 11:30Analyzing Probate Records.  Follow the Clues left after death
 11:30 - 12:30  Catered Lunch - Visit with Vendors
 12:30 - 1:30Diving into Directories. Ways to find family and clues between the pages.
 1:30 - 2:00  Break - Visit with Vendors
 2:00 - 3:00  Evidence:  Direct, Indirect, or Negative. It Depends!
 3:00 - 3:15  Questions and Answers & Adjournment


Registration is open to the public. Registration includes all of the lectures, a syllabus, handouts, 2 raffle tickets, light breakfast and box lunch. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Our popular raffle includes books, software, and genealogy items that every genealogist needs. Registration fee is non-refundable. Walk-in registrations will be accepted the day of the event @ $85. (Lunch and syllabus not guaranteed for Walk-ins). For your comfort, please bring a light jacket or sweater.



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