Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens

Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens will be near her childhood stomping grounds when she comes to Chicago. She was born in Evanston, raised in Glenview, and attended high school in Des Plaines. This Illinois native has a lot to share with conference attendees.
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Ms. Kerstens is a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer, the author of numerous articles, a frequent speaker at local and national conferences, and editor of Genealogical Computing and the NGS News Magazine. Liz co-authored GeneWeaver, software for tracking your family health history.

Clooz™, the software she developed to electronically organize genealogical research, will be the subject of the first of her four presentations.

Having grown up near the largest city on the Great Lakes, it is only fitting that she present They Went Down With the Ship, But Do Their Records Survive? This topic discusses the many shipwrecks that have occurred on the lakes over the last 300 years. If your ancestor was in a shipwreck, Elizabeth can tell you where you might find records about them.

A current resident of Michigan, Liz is well qualified to present In Search of Michigan Ancestors.

Finally, she will present Finding A Needle in the Haystack of Territorial Papers. Tips will be given for wading through the voluminous collection of territorial papers housed by the National Archives to successfully find your ancestor.

Be sure to check out Clooz™ at Booth 300, sold by Ancestor Detective, LLC. Finally, if you do see Ms. Kerstens in the hall, please congratulate her. On May 1st she received the “Most Outstanding Volunteer” award for her work at the Plymouth Historical Museum in Michigan.

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