PIQUA — Family history is of great importance to many people and this is especially true of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“The family is central to our happiness is what we believe, and further, the blessing of family forever is something we extend to all people,” said Amie Tennant, an LDS church member as well as a research genealogist. “Even someone who is not religious can understand the blessing of knowing where you come from.”
Tennant will be one of several presenters at a family history seminar hosted by the congregations of the Piqua and Sidney wards on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the LDS meetinghouse, located at 475 W. Loy Road, just east of Piqua.
Anyone interested in learning about genealogy and searching their family histories is welcome to attend the free event. Registration will be from 8-9 a.m., followed by a brief welcome session before classes begin.
Three sessions will be held:
• First Session — 9:25-10:15 a.m. — Genealogy 101 and FamilySearch for Beginners; Beginning DNA and genealogy: putting the genes into genealogy; If You Don’t Find Grandma on the Internet; Migration Trails to the Ohio.
• Second Session — 10:25-11:15 a.m. — Social Media: Breaking Down Brick Walls; Causes of Death and Death Certificates; Advanced Search Strategies at Family Search; Treasures in Township Records.
• Third Session — 11:25 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Social Media: Breaking Down Brick Walls; Beginning DNA and genealogy: putting the genes into genealogy; Advanced Search Strategies at Family Search; Migration Trails to the Ohio.
Tennant will be discussing social media, which she has found to be an invaluable aid in family searches. “I started using Facebook group pages in different regions of the United States, and posted my big problem on Facebook. I had a question for 20 years and hadn’t been able to find anything about this family,” she recalled.
Within less than 24 hours of posting, Tennant had an answer to her query.
“A town historian saw that post and recognized the name I was asking about, and sent all the information I needed,” she said. “I started using social media more — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. I couldn’t believe how many different special interest groups there are on Facebook. There are all sorts of resources online.”
Tennant’s involvement in the genealogy community includes serving as recording secretary for the Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society and recently accepting the position of head content specialist at RootsBid.com. Her adventures in genealogy can be read at www.rootsbid.com/blog or on her personal blog, www.mykithnkin.blogspot.com.
In addition to Tennant, presenters will include Dana Ann Palmer (CG) a board-certified genealogist and president of the Warren County Genealogical Society; Peggy Clemens Lauritzen (AG), accredited genealogist; and Stephen McDonald, a medical doctor (MD, FACP) and avid genealogist since childhood, whose medical background bears on his presentations of genealogical DNA techniques and the analysis of death certificates.
“This seminar is free, which is not very common,” Tennant pointed out. “To have one that’s free and to have both certified and accredited genealogists is a really big deal. We just don’t get that level of expertise around here.”
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