The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Titled “Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death,” the program will offer four presentations by featured speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo:
- She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
- Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”
- Incorporating Social History Into Your Research
- Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through
“The “Social History” and “Medical Genealogy” topics are…related to my desire for genealogists to tell a story and to understand their ancestors in the context of the place and time and location in which they lived.” states Dr. Lacopo.
Early Bird registration (by October 1) will save you $10.00; the price for all four lectures is only $45.00 for Members and $55.00 for non-Members. The optional box lunch is $12.00.
Program details and registration instructions are available on the DGS website.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.
Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead.
Michael’s interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
He has presented lectures and programs at several National Genealogical Society Conferences and Federation of Genealogical Society conferences, as well state genealogical societies, the Palatines to America Conference, and many local and regional family history meetings.
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