Schedule – 3rd We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference

Here you will find the schedule of presentations for our three day virtual conference that took place March 23-25, 2022. You can register to attend here: Buy Pass To View Recordings NOTE: All times are Central Time U.S.A. 

  • Day 1 - MAR. 23, 2022

  • Day 2 - MAR. 24, 2022

  • Day 3 - MAR. 25, 2022

Day 1 - Mar. 23, 2022

8:00 AM - No Surnames? No Problem! Researching Indigenous Ancestors in Mexico - by Nefi Arenas

Compared to the rest of Mexico, research in Nuevo Leon can be relatively easy. However, records in some of its towns and cities have some unique characteristics that could keep you from finding your ancestors. This session covers a few very specific research strategies for towns like Cadereyta, and Marin. - Go to Speaker Page

9:00 AM - Probate Where There's A Will or Not - by Christine Cohen

The Probate process took place to find heirs and creditors, whether there was a will (testate) or not (intestate). Various records may be found in probate files, including wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. - Go to Speaker Page

10:00 AM - Using computer programs to manage your family tree

If you are still managing your family tree with pen and paper and or another system to manage it then this presentation is perfect for you. Learn first hand how software can make you more efficient and help you find ancestors faster. Go to Speaker Page

11:00 AM - Extra! Extra! Find Your Family in the Newspaper! - by Sara Cochran

If you only think about obituaries when you think of newspapers for genealogy, you may be missing out! We take a look at the types of information we can find about our family in the paper and then learn where to find it – online and offline. Go to Speaker Page

1:00 PM - Your 19th & 20th Century Mexican Ancestors in the U.S. - by Colleen Robledo Greene

A new border, new laws, a violent revolution, two world wars, and changing economic and political conditions significantly impacted your Mexican ancestors who came to or were born in the United States after the mid-19th century. - Go to Speaker Page

2:00 PM - Major Archives and Libraries for Texas Genealogy Research - by Laurie Castillo

There are some impressive collections of Texas historical records, documents, and images available at a number of locations in Texas. There continue to be projects to organize, index and digitize these materials to make them easier to locate and use. More of these resources are available online than ever. - Go to Speaker Page

3:00 PM - Are Ancestry's ThruLines True Lines? - by Irma Salinas Holtkamp

In this presentation you will learn how to evaluate and use information in Ancestry's Thrulines tool to further your genealogical research. - Go to Speaker Page

4:00 Pm - Location, Location, Location: Land Records Matter - by Lisa Medina

This presentation provides context for the value of land records in genealogical research, as well as the historical background of land acquisition and distribution in the United States. Woven throughout the presentation are examples of land records and repositories helpful to research in the U.S. - Go to Speaker Page