Identity Quest 2020 conference presentations

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Morning Keynote

Keynote Recording Kenyatta Berry Researching Your African American Ancestry Beginning your genealogy research can be overwhelming for anyone but even more so for those with African and enslaved ancestry. Kenyatta will provide you with a roadmap to help you navigate your genealogy journey. She will discuss breaking down the 1870 Brick wall, Enslaved Genealogy, Reconstruction, DNA and sharing your story. Attendees will walk away with resources for African American Genealogy, understand the impact of slavery on discovering your ancestry and how DNA can help in your research.

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Blaine Bettinger Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry Y-DNA and mtDNA testing have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant. Handout – Using Y
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Cherie Bush 25 Free Genealogy Websites Subscription websites are great and have many offerings but can be expensive. However, many free websites are available for family history research. These free websites can be a robust and an incredible resource for beginning and advancing genealogical research. An overview of some of these websites will be introduced or act as a reminder of resources available. Handout – Beyond Subscriptions
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Dr. Phillip Baker Palatine Genealogy Palatine and German immigration to America 1700 to 1730 as between 40-50,000 persons. The German group and especially the Palatine region was the largest ethnic group coming to America. They came mainly to Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Jersey and the Carolinas. The reasons for this emigration will be discussed. Handout – Palatinate Migration
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Debbie Gurtler Hispanic Genealogy Learn the basic research steps needed to begin a search for Hispanic ancestors. Among these steps will be: how to identify the locality, what record types are most useful, and how to find help reading Spanish handwriting and understanding the documents. Handout – Intro to Hispanic Research

Reveal | Mayor James McClinton

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Blaine Bettinger Introduction to Autosomal DNA For years, genealogists have focused on Y-DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems. Handout – Intro to Autosomal DNA
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Jenny Coss Heirloom Preservation Learn key conservation principles so you can safeguard your family’s treasures and avoid deterioration of your photos, documents, letters, and memorabilia. Handout – Preserving Family Heirlooms
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Barbara LaClair Native American Genealogy Many people have family stories that an ancestor was Native American, but don’t know how to verify or disprove the story. In other cases, some people know for certain that they have a connection to a Native American tribe, but don’t know where to begin in researching and documenting their ancestry. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the steps for getting started in genealogy research, how to identify possible tribal affiliation if it is not known and look at examples of records and resources that might be helpful in researching Native American ancestry. Handout – Researching Native American
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Craig Foster Irish Genealogy: Getting Started Irish genealogical research is known for being difficult because of unknown localities, lost and destroyed records. But Irish research doesn’t have to be difficult and not all records are missing. This presentation will discuss how to get started, what you need to know, and important records to search when doing Irish genealogy. Handout – Irish Research

Reveal | Kevin Willmott

Reveal | Ralph Hipp

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Blaine Bettinger Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800’s, 1700’s, and beyond. Handout – Autosomal DNA Mysteries
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Barbara LaClair Resources at the Topeka Genealogical Society Library Many people do not realize that there is another genealogical library in Topeka, which includes an amazing collection of records and source materials. This session will highlight some of the records and research resources that are available at the Topeka Genealogical Society, in Topeka. Handout – Topeka Resources
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W. Todd Knowles Getting Started With Jewish Genealogy In this presentation we will discuss how to get started in researching Jewish families. We will discuss the various types of Jews and the records associated with each. Also, we will go through the records that will be helpful as we search for our ancestors. Handout – Beginning Jewish Research
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Thom Reed 10 Steps to Reclaiming Your African Roots The desire to navigate one’s African identity and heritage can be easily overwhelmed by an onslaught of information and resources. Tackling your family history does not have to be complicated if you follow the right steps. This presentation is designed to help you follow a step-by-step process to get started with African American genealogical research. Handout – Reclaiming African Roots

Reveal | Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Session 4

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Blaine Bettinger Chromosome Mapping DNAPainter is an easy-to-use third-party tool that enables you to assign segments of DNA shared with cousins to a map of your chromosomes. Together we’ll look at this powerful new tool, and how you can use it in your research. Handout – Chromosome Mapping
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Sherri Camp Getting Started in Finding Your Identity Get started to find your identity. Learn how to use the print and online resources from the library and from other sources. Receive links to a free pedigree chart and other helpful forms for keeping records as you research your family tree. Handout – Getting Started
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Marty Flannagan Breaking Through Brick Walls Do you feel there’s hope available to break your brick wall and find your family? Attend this class to learn different skills and find what tools you might be missing. You will be introduced to the four “Ws”: Why, When, Where and Whom. Handout – SKILLS
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Kathy Meade Basics of Swedish Research Learn how to trace your Swedish roots. The presentation will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and Swedish geography. The presentation will point out on how to find the key facts about one’s Swedish ancestor such as Swedish name, parish of origin and a significant date such as a birth date that are needed in order to use the Swedish records. We will review the key Swedish records to trace one’s Swedish heritage such as the Swedish church books and where one can find these records. Handout – Basics of Swedish Research