Lisa Louise Cooke | Sunny Morton | Diahan Southard

Friday, August 4, 2017

  • Session 1: Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries – Lisa Louise Cooke: In this session we will put Google to the test. Discover Google tools and the process for using them to solve the genealogical challenges you face. You’ll walk away with exciting new techniques you can use right away.
  • Session 2: Write Your Life Story – Sunny Morton: Every life is fascinating when it’s well shared. As the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories, Sunny will teach attendees how to write their personal histories in an engaging way. Attendees will learn how to bring vague old memories to the surface and freshen them up. This session includes: the anatomy of a good story; what kinds of details are interesting; and how to give stories a personal flavor.
  • Session 3: Genetic Genealogy: Here’s What you Need To Know – Diahan Southard: Three kinds of DNA tests, three testing companies, and many different outcomes. Learn the basics and leave with confidence in this new area of research.
  • Session 4: Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers – Lisa Louise Cooke: Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors. Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools that will get you started.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • Session 1: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records – Sunny Morton: Church records can reveal US ancestors’ vital events, family relationships and prior/subsequent residences (including overseas birthplaces!). From the author of the forthcoming book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church and locate and access its records.
  • Session 2: 10 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video – Lisa Louise Cooke: A recent Nielsen Study shows Internet video is experiencing explosive growth. Don’t let the video revolution pass you by! In this class Lisa Louise Cooke of the popular Genealogy Gems YouTube channel will give you ten ways that online video can enrich your family history. Genealogists can use video in countless ways to learn more about their ancestors, enhance their online presence to attract others researching the same family lines, and create intriguing projects to share their family stories.
  • Session 3: The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study – Diahan Southard: This case study integrating YDNA and autosomal DNA testing can teach you how to navigate your own DNA.
  • Session 4: How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth – How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth – Lisa Louise Cooke: Google Earth is much more than just a mapping program. In this presentation you will learn how to harness Google Earth’s capabilities by using is as a multimedia way to tell your ancestor’s story and leave a legacy for future generations. Learn how to incorporate images, videos, genealogical documents, and historic maps and bring it all together in a unique virtual family history tour that you can share on  logs, websites, by email and more, as well as use to further your research through geographic analysis.

Our Speakers

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.   Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books: Turn Your iPad into a GenealogyPowerhouseHow to Find Your Family History in Newspapers,  The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and  Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the video series Google Earth for Genealogy.

More about Lisa

Sunny Morton is a genealogy writer whose work is read by thousands in magazines and online. As a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, she frequently posts on the news, but also loves to share quick research tips, reveal little-known resources or take genealogists for an exhilarating dive into deeper research topics and techniques. She’s also the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories.



More about Sunny

Diahan Southard is Your DNA Guide at Genealogy Gems! She has worked with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been in the genetic genealogy industry since it has been an industry. She holds a degree in Microbiology and her creative side helps her break the science up into delicious bite-sized pieces for you. This busy mom of three is also the author of our series of DNA quick reference guides.



More about Diahan



Friday, August 4, 2017

  • Registration – 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Program – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • Program – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM


1st floor Auditorium
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75201


Cost (Includes parking in the Library garage.):

By July 16 After July 16
Member: $TBD $TBD
Non-Member: $TBD $TBD
Lunch (both days): $TBD $TBD
Lunch Descriptions

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds made prior to the early-bird cutoff date (July 16, 2017) will be granted (less a $10 handling fee). No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after the published Early Bird Cutoff Date (although we will provide a copy of the syllabus).


Feedback from Previous DGS Seminars
I’ve been thinking about her lectures for the last two days.
The information was relevant to both beginners and experienced family historians.
Very engaging with a good dose of humor!