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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SMCGS Spring 2014 Seminar

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

“Brick Walls:  Bust ‘Em, Don’t Build ‘Em”


Menlo Park LDS Church - 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

Members $20 Non-members $25Lunch $8
Register Online with Paypal  by Apr. 25
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Family History Center open at breaks, lunch and after seminar

  8:00 – 9:00
REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction Items & Book Sales
  9:00 – 9:15
INTRODUCTIONS
  9:15 – 10:15     LECTURE ONE
“Assumption Is the Mother of All Screw-ups” – Susan Goss Johnston
Genealogy research requires the creation of hypotheses, but those sneaky, silent assumptions that creep into our work may result in maple branches grated onto our oak tree.  Learn how to avoid making those assumptions.
10:15- 10:40
BREAK
 10:40 – 11:40   LECTURE TWO
“Writing Your Family History One Byte At a Time” – Susan Goss Johnston
Writing a family narrative is a great way to highlight conflicts and holes in your research; and a fascinating narrative will bring your family to life.  Learn how to write it one byte at a time.
 11:40 – 12:45   LUNCH
LUNCH – Time to check out the Silent Auction Items, Book Sales and the Family History Center

 12:45  –  1:45   LECTURE THREE
“Seven Strategies For Finding the Hard Ones – Part 1” -  James Baker
Sometimes our genealogy research hits a “brick wall”.  Mr. Baker will present his seven strategies to “find the hard ones”.  He will talk about the methods for finding new data, the results, and the “payoff”.  Examples of successes using these strategies will be presented.
 1:45  –  2:00   BREAK

 2:00  -   3:00   LECTURE FOUR
“Seven Strategies For Finding the Hard Ones – Part 2” – James Baker



Directions to Menlo Park LDS Church - 1105 Valparaiso Ave. MP

From 101 North or South:  Exit 101 at Woodside Road and proceed west to the El Camino.  Turn left onto the El Camino.  Proceed south through Redwood City and     Atherton to Menlo Park.  Turn right at the stoplight at Valparaiso.  Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks.  Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church.

From 280 North or South:  Exit 280 at Sand Hill Rd. east and proceed east to the El Camino.  Turn left onto the El Camino.  Proceed through Menlo Park to the stoplight at Valparaiso Ave.  Turn left onto Valparaiso.  Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks.  Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church. 


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