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Virtual Fall Seminar 2023

Nov 11, 2023 -- 9 am - 4 pm (PT)

Early Bird Member price: $35 (thru 10/31/23)
Early Bird Non-Member price: $50 (thru 10/31/23) *

Member price: $40
Non-Member price: $55 *

A Day of Tools and Tech

Have you ever wondered if you’re missing out on how some genealogists are using tools such as Trello, Microsoft Word or Excel, Google and more? Learn what’s currently hot in the world of apps and websites and how you can start using them! During this full-day virtual seminar, Thomas MacEntee will present four sixty-minute sessions, each including a question-and-answer session.

Seminar Time Schedule (Pacific Time Zone):

 9:00 am - 10:00 am Session 1 - You Use WHAT for Your Genealogy?
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:30 am Session 2 - Google Tools for Genealogists
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session 3 - Genealogy Tech with Thomas
 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Break
 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Session 4 - Tech Troubleshooting - What Would You Do?
 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Closing and Door Prizes

Session 1 - You Use WHAT for Your Genealogy?

We’ll review a group of familiar apps and websites that are being used in creative ways by the genealogy community. You’ll also learn how to think “outside the margins” and start repurposing other apps and sites for your genealogy research.

Session 2 – Google Tools for Genealogists

As genealogists, many of us know the value of using every possible record set and resource during research. We call it a “reasonably exhaustive search.” It is a main element of the Genealogical Proof Standard as put forth by the Board for Certification of Genealogists © . But are we taking that same approach and care when it comes to using Google? More than just a search engine, there are many tools at Google that can help you work smarter when it comes to your family history research.

Session 3 – Genealogy Tech with Thomas

Having trouble getting SOLID and TRUSTWORTHY advice about genealogy technology? Need to purchase a new scanner, printer, or external hard drive? Do you need more information before you move to “The Cloud” or even a VPN? During this participatory session, you’ll be able to ask your genealogy tech questions . . . or just listen to questions from other users!

Session 4 – Tech Troubleshooting – What Would You Do?

Let’s face it. Dealing with technologies used for genealogy research is often a hassle, especially if you’re not a “digital native.” Learn the basics of tech troubleshooting, how to contact a tech vendor and get results, the best ways of finding tech help online, and how to create a “tech troubleshooting protocol” for future problems. We will also cover some of the most frequent tech problems and solve them collaboratively as a group.


Katerina Schmidt

Meet Our Speaker:

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.



* The seminar sessions will be recorded. GFO members who register for the seminar will enjoy a discounted member price and will be given access to recordings of the sessions thru December 31, 2023. If you would like to become a member please visit our GFO Membership page.  In the "Additional Information" comment field, be sure to mention "FALL SEMINAR" and we'll extend your NEW membership (2 additional months for a one-year membership, 4 additional months for a two-year membership).