` Rochester Genealogical Society

RGS Special Events May 1, 2021


"Genealogy in Bloom" with Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®

The Rochester Genealogical Society is proud to present an all-day event featuring nationally known speaker, Ms. Roddy is a professional genealogist based in Washington State. She was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2019. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and currently serves a Treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her website and blog is: https://www.mkrgenealogy.com/. Come and join us.

When: 11:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. EDT

Where: via Zoom, Registration was required by April 23 - it is now closed

The event will feature four presentations:
1. Using Spreadsheets in Genealogical Research 11:00 am
Are you afraid of spreadsheets because you don’t know how or where to start? Or are you comfortable with spreadsheets but think there might be a trick our two out there that you don’t know? In this talk, Mary will get the beginners up to speed, and share with experienced users tricks she’s learned in more than 25 years of spreadsheet use as an accountant, a writer and a genealogist.
2. Ins and Outs of Indexes - Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds and More 12:45 pm
Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them.
3. Writing the Story When They Left No Stories 2:15 pm
You've spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it's finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your relatives - yes, even your spouse and children! - will want to read. She will show you how to take your data and "fluff it up" with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors' lives.
4. I Remember Mama - But Not Her Maiden Name 3:30 pm
Women can be hard to identify.  If they married, they probably changed their names. See more than 20 great strategies for finding the maiden name of "troublesome" women in your family's past - and a few more strategies for discovering married names for those sisters, daughters and aunts who have "disappeared." 






Presentations Schedule