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Women, Tragedies, Oral History and Eastern European Research Have What in Common?

March 21, 2015

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, History Center

Expert genealogist Lisa Alzo will be here to help you with your difficult female lines, finding heroes and villains in your family tree, oral and social history, and Eastern European Research. Join Lisa for four amazing sessions over the course of an entire day.  

Morning Sessions

Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters: Researching Your Female Lines

Most historical records have been created for and are about men, making it more challenging to research the women in your family tree. This presentation will discuss five key strategies for tracking down those elusive female ancestors, and the importance of documenting your discoveries for future generations.

Three Slovak Women: Telling the Story of One Slovak-American Family Using Oral and Social History

Three Slovak Women chronicles the lives of three generations of Slovak women living in the steel town of Duquesne, Pa. This presentation demonstrates how an “accidental genealogist” used traditional genealogical research along with oral history techniques, and social history to flesh out the stories of her female ancestors.

Afternoon Sessions

Crossing the Pond: Successful Strategies for Researching Eastern European Ancestors

A vast number of immigrants came to America from Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Border changes, language differences, political considerations and exotic-sounding surnames often complicate the search for Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Rusyn, Slovak, Ukrainian and other Eastern European ancestors. This presentation discusses traditional methods and online resources for tracking ancestors both in the U.S. and the old country and offers techniques for overcoming some of the most common obstacles and problems faced during the research process.

Murder, Mayhem, and Town Tragedy

“Help police!  I want the police!” “Here’s the police!” Bang!  In 1936, rogue cop Martin Sullivan betrays his badge, his friend and his community and murders five people in the small town of Duquesne, Pa. Through the tale of this tragedy, learn how to use key genealogical records to explore the heroes and villains in your own family tree.

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of nine books and hundreds of magazine articles.  She can be reached at www.lisaalzo.com

$22; members $18, box lunch $12. Box lunch options: chicken salad on whole wheat; smoked turkey on whole wheat or veggie wrap. Box lunch includes sandwich, kettle chips, pickle, cookie and soda.

This class is eligible for 4 general LEUs

Registration includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience.

Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

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Lisa Alzo


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