Midnight Madness Genealogical Conference

 

We are excited to present the Midnight Madness program for 2020!  This year's program features 4 nationally ranked speakers, many popular regional presenters, and some fantastic door prizes.  As always, this event is offered at no charge to attendees, and while registration is appreciated, it is not required.  We hope you can join us.

 

National Speakers

 

 

 

Mark Lowe
  J. Mark Lowe CG, FUGA
Deborah A. Abbott
  Deborah A. Abbott PhD

 


 

Lisa Louise Cooke
      Lisa Louise Cooke
Michael John Neill
    Michael John Neill MS

 


Regional Speakers

Kirk Womack
   Kirk Womack
Kevin Wirthwein
  Kevin Wirthwein
Claudia Sweeney
  Claudia Sweeney

 

 

 

Eddie Price
       Eddie Price​​​​​
Place Holder
        Bill Bartelt

 

 


Attendance Incentives

 

 

iPad and River House B&B

 

Details*

 


Schedule

Monday

9:00   Timelines and Manuscripts: A Personal Connection  (J. Mark Lowe, CG FUGA )

Personal records and manuscripts about families which moved around, along with their neighbors are often elusive, but may hold hidden treasure for the persistent researcher.  Discover the people with whom they worked, prayed, fought and married.

 

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10:30 Guion Miller and Your Ancestors Who Claimed to be Cherokee: Those Who Were and Those Who Weren’t (J. Mark Lowe, CG FUGA)

These records and applications detail the consideration of eligible funds under the treaties of 1835-36 and 1845 between the US, the Eastern Cherokee, and the Court of Claims. They typically include extensive family information. These are especially helpful with all families who migrated out of Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas. (including African American and those  with no Cherokee connection.)

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Lunch           

1:00   A Death in the Family  (Part 1)  (J. Mark Lowe, CG FUGA)

Discover the myriad of documents uncovered through the death of an individual . We will look at the basics and dig through more complicated estates with a hands-on approach. Uncover intestate divisions, insolvent estates, and contested wills while learning what you need to know.

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2:30   A Death in the Family  (Part 2)  (J. Mark Lowe, CG FUGA)

Discover the myriad of documents uncovered through the death of an individual . We will look at the basics and dig through more complicated estates with a hands-on approach. Uncover intestate divisions, insolvent estates, and contested wills while learning what you need to know.

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5:00    Beginning Genealogy: Where Do I Start?  (Deborah A. Abbott, PhD)

Attendees will learn the basic genealogy tools needed to successfully trace family histories. The importance of completing genealogy forms, i.e. pedigree charts, gathering home sources, recording oral histories, researching census records, vital records and staying organized will be emphasized.

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Special Collections Department open until Midnight


Tuesday

9:00   Bringing Your Ancestor to Life  (Deborah A. Abbott, PhD)

Your Ancestors are more than names and dates. Discovering the courageous stories that fill the dash between birth and death will breathe life into your ancestors and help in your quest to unlock the unique doors of your family history. In order to share your genealogy with finesse, interest, and appeal, you must answer the “who, what, where, why and how” questions about your ancestors. In this lecture, learn how to recognize the clues that will lead to interesting family stories. While creating and unraveling your family history, we will explore the effective use of censuses, vital records, newspapers, deeds, manuscripts, and other ways to find supporting documents. Case studies will be used.

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10:30 Cluster/Collateral Line Research: Finding Your Lost Ancestor (Deborah A. Abbott, PhD)

Using several case studies, this session will introduce the importance of researching ancestors by using extended family members, friends and community in addition to direct line ancestors. Learn how to develop techniques and strategies that will help increase the chances of locating that long-lost ancestor.

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Lunch            

1:00    Researching Funeral Home Records: Looking for the Dead  (Deborah A. Abbott, PhD)

Funeral home records can be a valuable, but often underutilized resource for genealogist and   family historians trying to identify a date of death, or the names of relatives for an individual. While funeral homes are generally private businesses, their records can still be accessed for family history research if you know where to look and who to ask. Learn what these records contain and how they vary by location and time period. Learn about websites, manuscript collections, archive, etc., that may hold these records.

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2:30    Researching in Archives and Libraries  (Deborah A. Abbott, PhD)

We are all aware that the internet has placed a massive amount of genealogical information at our fingertips, but the reality is that you can’t research your entire family history online. In order   to complete the “bare branches” on your family tree, you will need to the help of all kinds of people and find it necessary to visit many different places. If you are to be successful in your genealogical research, you will eventually need to visit many libraries and archives. Visiting libraries and archives in the community where your ancestors lived can open doors to your family history. Archives and Libraries contain a vast range of printed books, copyright materials in a variety of formats and databases that are not available on the internet. Learn how to best research in these repositories and understand the types of research resources that you will miss if you research entirely online.

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5:00    Hoosiers in Blue: The Average Enlisted Man in the Indiana Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865.  (Kirk Womack)

This is a program describing the life and possessions of an average enlisted man in the Indiana   Infantry during the Civil War. The presentation is accompanied by a display of items that a soldier would have been issued or purchased for themselves.

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Special Collections Department open until Midnight


Wednesday

9:00      The Genealogist's Google Search Methodology for 2020! 

It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology changes rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to search success. Come learn the Google Search Methodology for Genealogy updated for 2020.

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10:30     7 Awesome Apps for Sharing Family History

Learn how to captivate family members' compelling stories and imagery! We’ll cover seven easy-to-use mobile apps that will help you tell your family history stories in a riveting way, that will have them asking for more.

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Lunch         

1:00       3 Cool Cases Solved: How to Identify Your Photos     

In this session, you’ll see how free tech tools and creative sleuthing turned unidentified photos into identified treasures. You can do it too, and this class will show you how!       

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2:30       Future Technology and Genealogy Strategies that You Need.

Learn how to capitalize on how technology is changing the flow of information and explore three areas that are poised to thrust ahead in the future, making this an exciting time to be a family historian.

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5:00     Baseball in Evansville: Booms, Busts and One Global Disaster  (Kevin Wirthwein)

Join Evansville native Kevin Wirthwein as he recounts baseball’s illustrious history in the River City.

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Special Collections Department open until Midnight


Thursday

9:00   Tried and Tested Tidbits  (John Michael Neill, MS)

Tips and techniques that we all knew at one time buy occasionally need to be reminded about.

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10:30 Locating Emigrant Origins  (John Michael Neill, MS)

This lecture discusses a series of general ways to determine where your emigrant ancestor originated.

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Lunch 

1:00   Researching Through Footnotes  (John Michael Neill, MS)

Using Historical Books and Articles for Genealogical Research

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2:30   Research on a Tight Budget  (John Michael Neill, MS)

How to make the most of your research dollar using cost-saving techniques that do not hinder the quality of your research.            

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5:00  You Have Your DNA Results....Now What Do You Do With Them?  (Claudia Sweeney)                

This program will discuss how to best use your DNA results to further your family research.

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 Special Collections Department open until Midnight       


Friday

9:00    Lincoln's Neighbors: Connecting to Lincoln Through His Neighbors   (Bill Bartelt)

To fully appreciate the Indiana Lincoln years, we must understand the people he knew as neighbors, employers, and friends. This presentation will briefly look at some of those people.

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10:30  Tale of Two States  (Eddie Price)

Many of Illinois’ most prominent historical figures were first Kentuckians. The two states share claim to one of America’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

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Lunch  

1:00  Lineage Societies: Everything You Need to Know to Complete your Applications

Representatives from many different lineage societies will be present to answer questions and offer assistance.

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 Special Collections Department open until Midnight


 

*Attendance Incentive Details

Each attendee will receive a “passport” card.  Be sure to have your card stamped at each class you attend.  Once you have 18 stamps, put your card in the drawing for the prize you hope to win.  Do not lose your card, replacements are not available.

It is not necessary to be present to win.  Trip may be taken at the time of the winners choosing.  Winner must schedule trip him/herself.