DGS Fall Seminar Will Help You Become a “Thinking Genealogist”

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar will take place Saturday, October 24, 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.

Dr. Lacopo believes that “The case study and the “Deconstructing” lecture are about critical thinking and understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard, so they are about assessing what you have and what I call being a “thinking genealogist.” ”

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 extra.

Program details and registration instructions are available on the DGS web site.

DGS Fall Seminar on 24 Oct

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that its Fall Seminar will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  “Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage, & Death” will feature nationally-known speaker and genealogist Dr. Michael Lacopo.  The event will be held in the Auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, TX from 9:30 am – 4:45 pm. Directions.

Dr. Lacopo’s four topics will be:

1.  She Came From Nowhere – A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem.  See the Genealogical Proof Standard in action, as well as how to look at a genealogical quandary from a social history perspective.

2.  Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the “Evidence”.  Make sure you are beating your head against the proper brick wall….when, where, and how can facts, records, and evidence be wrong?

3.  Incorporating Social History Into Your Research.  Learn to think outside the box and discover research methods to tell your ancestor’s story in a broader historical context — and you may just find some genealogical gems along the way!

4.  Medical Genealogy: A Primer of Diseases That Killed Our Ancestors and the Epidemics They Lived Through.  Life before vaccinations and antibiotics was no picnic. Discover the meaning of the archaic medical terms we skim over on mortality schedules and death certificates, and understand the medical history of your ancestors.

Dr. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana.  Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, at the same time that he was honing his research skills. He treats his genealogical research as he does medicine – carefully, methodically and completely.  Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has developed 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. Dr. Lacopo has presented lectures and programs at several NGS and FGS conferences, as well state genealogical societies, the Palatines to America Conference, and many local and regional family history meetings.

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Program details and registration instructions are here.