Lecture – Diana Elder

January 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
on Zoom

Presenter: Diana Elder

“Getting Things Done and Family History: Productivity Tips and Tools” 

How do you stay productive when you have numerous genealogy projects? Learn a system to capture to-do items, prioritize projects, and erase overwhelm.
Diana is a professional genealogist, teacher, author, and speaker. She has eighteen years of research experience and holds a credential for genealogy research through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Diana is Accredited in the United States Gulf South Region which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Diana serves as a Commissioner for ICAPGen and works with a team teaching about the Accreditation process through webinars, classes, and a series of videos hosted on YouTube.

Diana graduated from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Education. She is the author of the bestselling book Research Like A Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and creator of the “Research Like a Pro” study group and e-Course. Diana co-hosts the Research Like a Pro genealogy Podcast with her daughter, Nicole Dyer, and writes regular articles on their website, FamilyLocket.com.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Laura Hedgecock

“Practical Tools for Family History Writers”

Ready to explore software tools to help you write your stories? This session will show a range of software, smartphone apps, and websites which help writers find context, come up with and develop ideas for family and ancestor stories, and hone writing skills. Participants should have some familiarity with web browsers, word processing, and smart phone apps.

Laura Hedgecock is an author, speaker, freelance writer and GeneaBlogger passionate about helping others tell stories which connect loved ones with their family and ancestry.

Her book, MEMORIES OF ME: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TELLING AND SHARING THE STORIES OF YOUR LIFE, guides and empowers memory collectors with down-to-earth, practical advice and creative ideas. Her website, TreasureChestofMemories.com, provides pragmatic advice on preserving and sharing memories and family stories.

Laura serves as President of the 3400+ member GeneaBloggers organization and is a member of NGS, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Toastmasters, and Detroit Working Writers. She authored BLOGGING FOR FAMILY HISTORY, which provides a road map for launching a blog and making it successful.

She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and Chicago Tribune.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here. Please note that we cannot respond to same-day requests.

There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG this month. Contact webmaster@venturacogensoc.org for more information.