Who is Dr. Michael Lacopo?

Dr. Michael Lacopo is the featured speaker at our 2015 Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, October 24, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

He 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. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists, and new findings!

Michael has retired from his veterinary 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. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.

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.

“I’ve heard Mike speak twice – at the Texas State Genealogical Society in 2014 and at RootsTech in 2015. I greatly appreciated his expertise and found his delivery very engaging.”—a Dallas Genealogical Society member.

Details about his all-day program: Thinking, Assessing, & Storytelling: Genealogy Beyond Birth, Marriage & Death.

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DGS Fall Seminar on 24 Oct: Understand Your Ancestors in the Context of Place and Time

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar will be held 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.

“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 web site.

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.

Visit Michael’s blog Hoosier Daddy
Visit Michael’s web site
Visit Michael’s Facebook page

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.

Visit Michael’s blog Hoosier Daddy
Visit Michael’s web site
Visit Michael’s Facebook page

Program details and registration instructions are here.