Presentation Schedule

Prepared Presentations:

I. Myths, Legends and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research

Can you handle the truth?

Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Genealogy Roadshow,” and “Finding Your Roots.” But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover?

Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora’s Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they’re hiding from you.

II. The Wonders of WikiTree: Adventures in Colloaborative Genealogy

Are you looking for new ways to solve old problems?

Is your current genealogy website seeming a bit stale lately?

Join Michael for a fun examination of WikiTree and learn how to leverage the power of Collaborative Genealogy to break down walls, find new sources and help you grow the shared family tree.

All you have to do is sign the Honor Code and get involved. Participants are asked to imagine what their ideal genealogical website would do for them and bring questions.

II. A. WikiTree Workshops:  1-2 hour sessions where current members of WikiTree gather to share ideas on how to use WikiTree.

III. What’s in Your Genes? Deciphering DNA Testing

Do the DNA Testing commercials have you curious?

Are you considering taking a DNA test but wonder who to test with?

Clueless about spitting or swabbing?

Join genealogist Michael Lee Stills for an introduction to DNA testing. We will unravel the four types of DNA and their appropriate tests, discuss the pros and cons of the major testing companies, discover who owns your DNA once you test and answer many of your questions before you buy your first DNA kit.

Schedule Events



Tuesday, January 21st,  Myths, Legends and Lies. Heritage Quest Research Library Sumner, WA. 10:30am to 12:00pm. Meeting begins at 10am.

Saturday, February 1st, Myths, Legends and Lies.  Clallum County Genealogical Society, KSQM Meeting Room, Sequim, WA. 10:30am to 12:00pm. Meeting begins at 10am.


***Moved to the State of Washington***

Friday, February 8thMyths, Legends and Lies.  Christ Church, Swansea, MA. 3:00pm – 5:00pm.


Wednesday, July 11th. What’s in Your Genes? Deciphering DNA Testing. George Hail Free Library, Warren, RI.. 11:00am to 12:30pm.

Saturday, Jun 23rd.  WikiTree Workshop.  Prerequisite:  Must have already joined WikiTree.  Bristol Historical & Preservation Society, Bristol, RI. 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Saturday, Jun 16th. The Wonders of WikiTree  – Mass. Society of Genealogists: Bristol Chapter, MA


Tue, Sep 19th.  The Wonders of Wikitree – Swansea Library, MA

Wed. Sep 20th, The Wonders of WikiTree *abbreviated* – Rehobeth Genealogical Society – MA

Thu, Nov 9th.  Myths, Legends and Lies – East Providence Library, RI