Schedule – 4th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference

Here you will find the schedule of presentations for our three day virtual conference that took place September 23-25, 2022. You can buy a pass to watch the recordings here: Buy A Pass to Watch Recordings NOTE: All times are Central Time U.S.A. 

  • Day 1 - sep. 23, 2022

  • Day 2 - sep. 24, 2022

  • Day 3 - sep. 25, 2022

Day 1 - Sep. 23, 2022

8:00 AM - Genealogical Evidence: How to Organize and Verify Your Genealogical Materials - by Eleanor Brinsko

This presentation will guide the audience through organizing the evidence to make the information accessible, learn how to verify the credibility of each piece of evidence, investigate how to ascertain whether the resource is credible, how to resolve the conflict between two sources to determine which source is correct. - Go to Speaker Page

9:00 AM - The Guerra Family's Journey in a New Land - by Arturo Cuellar

This presentation examines the life of Casimiro Guerra and his descendants. Particular attention is paid to the different kinds of records, territorial boundaries, and his ancestors from Mexico. - Go to Speaker Page

10:00 AM - Indexes Are The Key to Unlocking The Records - by Christine Cohen

Indexes can make Probate & Land research so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index? Indexing systems are so complex they require guides, keys, or tables to decipher. Let's review Burr Record, Campbell, Cott System, Liber, Page Key, Russell, Split and Vowel Indexes. Go to Speaker Page

11:00 AM - Enhance Your Family History Storytelling Without Violating Copyright - by Colleen Robledo Greene

Genealogists often incorporate digital content created by others into our personal, society, or professional work. What can you freely use without violating U.S. copyright law? This presentation explains public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works, and the terms and conditions under which you can freely use these materials. Go to Speaker Page

1:00 PM - The Coahuiltecans Over Time: Past and Present - by John P. Schmal

This is such a wide-ranging group that covered so many states (Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Texas) that I would try to categorize some of the groups, talk about their wars, show maps, discuss their gradual disappearance and mention any present-day representations of them. I've always been curious to try and create a more detailed account about them, even though I believe they were more diverse than some suspect. - Go to Speaker Page

2:00 PM - Julian vs Gregorian Calendar; What Does it Mean for Your Genealogy Research - By Leslie Carney

Genealogist researching records need to understand the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar system. Learning which calendar system was used will help you understand the different dates used in the records of your ancestors. - Go to Speaker Page

3:00 PM - Hopping Down the Paper Trail - By Sara Cochran

The records our ancestors left behind often lead us to other records, which sometimes take us down a rabbit hole. Learn how to scour each new record for clues, keep those clues organized, and how to prioritize which clues to chase first so that you stay on track. - Go to Speaker Page

4:00 Pm - Strategies and Tools for Breaking Through Genealogy Brick Walls - By Laurie Castillo

he four ancestral identifiers in genealogy are: Name, Date, Place and Relationship. When something is amiss with one or more of the identifiers, research can stall. Presentation examines each of the identifiers more closely, detailing new strategies for data analysis to help researchers punch through those pesky brick walls. - Go to Speaker Page