2014 Genealogy Conference

The Butler Center presents:
2015 Genealogy Conference

lisa louise cooke

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue

The Butler Center is pleased to host Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of www.genealogygems.com, as speaker for its annual genealogy workshop. This day-long workshop, held in the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater on the Main Library campus, is free and open to the public; registration is required.

About the Speaker

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an audio show available at www.genealogygems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app and free toolbar. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews, and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and it recently reached 1.5 million downloads.

Cooke is also the author of four books: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies.

In addition to Genealogy Gems, Cooke works closely with Family Tree Magazine as producer and host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, a regular contributor to the magazine, and curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University.

Workshop topics will include

Ultimate Google Search Strategies and Tips
Google continues to evolve and change every day. In this session, Lisa Louise Cooke will give you an update on the most recent Google changes. Then she will unleash advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren't using, but are 'must-haves' in order to get the best results possible. Here are tips and tricks you can put into practice right away.

Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Yearning to "read all about it?" Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information, and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors. Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools that will get you started.

Google Earth for Genealogy
Google Earth is a 360 degree three-dimensional way to view your ancestors' world! In this class you will learn how to identify old photos, plot and virtually visit your ancestors' homestead, and incorporate historic maps. Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestors' lives, and lends itself very well to collaboration with other researchers. It's one of the best online genealogical tools available, and best of all, it's free!

How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You'll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.

Additional Schedule Information

Please note: Boxed lunches are not available through the Genealogy Conference this year. A lunch break of approximately 1 hour will be provided. Concessions including hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas will be available for purchase in the theater. Conference attendees are also welcome to bring a sack lunch or to purchase lunch at a local eatery, which may be brought back to the Ron Robinson Theater, if desired. Places to purchase lunch within walking distance include Bookends Cafe, the library's coffee and sandwich shop, located next door to the theater in the Cox Creative Center; the River Market, which offers many dining options; and restaurants along President Clinton Ave.

Online Registration is Closed

Registration for the Genealogy Conference is closed. However, the event is free and open to the public, and all interested parties are invited to attend the event. Attendees who did not register prior to the event will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Meet & Greet

Friday, July 24, 4-6 p.m.
ASI Room 124

This event is a casual opportunity for conference attendees to meet each other and this year's featured expert, Lisa Louise Cooke. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Parking is available in the Main Library lot, on a first-come, first-served basis (bear in mind, patrons of the Main Library, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Galleries, and River Market Books & Gifts, also use this lot). The lot is located at 100 Rock St., immediately to the south of the Arkansas Studies Institute building and the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Conference attendees will receive a "1/2 off" stamp on their parking ticket, if they park in this lot.

Paid parking is also available on the streets immediately adjacent to the Main Library campus and in the River Market Parking deck on the corner of River Market Avenue and E. 2nd St.

Limited free parking is available in a lot on the south side of E. 2nd St., between River Market Avenue and Sherman St.