Marian Pierre-Louis, the principal researcher
for Fieldstone Historic Research, regularly speaks at Historical
Societies and Genealogical Conferences. Her talks range from
Genealogy to House Histories to African American research.
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PDF version of Lecture Topics
New Talks for 2012 (click for descriptions)
* 10 Brick Wall Tips for Beginners
* 10 Brick Wall Tips for Intermediate Researchers
* Brick Walls: Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents
* Plan Your Way to Research Success!
* Finding African Americans In Land Records
* Check With the In-Laws!
* The LaCroix Orphans: Focus on Guardianship
* Name Changes in the Age of Ellis Island (1892-1954)
* New Clues from Old Headstones: Using gravestones to find unexpected sources
Why Genealogists Should Care about Carvers
* Pirates and Prisoners: The Registry is more than just Deeds
* Two chairs and a pair of spectacles: Discovering your ancestors in Probate Records
* Deeds & Probate: A Powerful Combination
* Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors
in New England Poverty
* Cemetery Research for Your New
* Don’t Call Your Relatives, Let Them Call
* Researching the History of Your House
* Discovering Immigrant Voices through House History Research
* House History Workshop
* 10 Strategies for African American Research
in New England
Poor, Black and Landless in New England: The Case Study
of Ishmael Coffee
* Early African American Communities in New England
Pirates and Prisoners: The Registry is more than just Deeds
Deeds are an important research tool. But a trip to the Registry
of Deeds can provide much more than just deeds. A deposition can
reveal biographical information about your ancestor or provide
the names of the men who worked at the local mill. You can even
find information about pirates and prisoners. Learn about using
deeds, depositions, mortgage deeds, land plans, certificates and
much more. These often forgotten records might be just what you
need to solve genealogical mysteries.
Two chairs and a pair of spectacles: Discovering your ancestors
in Probate Records
Probate records can reveal more than who
inherited the house. They can provide the names of children and
grandchildren as well
as offer a window into the lives of your ancestors through estate
inventories. Probate records can reveal land owned in far away
states that you never knew about. There can be records for those
who died without wills as well. This lecture explains the benefits
of using probate records such as wills, guardianships, estate inventories
Deeds & Probate: A Powerful Combination
Did you know that all
the members of a family may be named in an old deed? Have you ever
tried to get a close-up view of what
your ancestors wore and the tools they used from an estate inventory?
Learn how to use the records of the Registry of Deeds and Probate
Court to further your genealogical research. Deed and probate records
can help resolve brick walls as well add breadth to your ancestor’s
Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England
Discover how your not so wealthy New England
ancestors may have left behind a wealth of information found in
town poverty records.
Come find out about “strangers taken in”, “warning
out” and settlement law. Marian Pierre-Louis will take
you into the depths of New England town records to reveal the
to find information about your elusive ancestors. This is one
of my most popular lectures.
Cemetery Research for Your New England Ancestors
Locating the gravestones of your New England ancestors can help propel your genealogical research. You may find new information on the gravestones or discover unknown ancestors buried nearby. Researching gravestones in New England can be a little different than other parts of the United States. This talk will help you get the most of your New England cemetery research.
Don’t Call Your Relatives, Let Them Call You!:
How genealogical smarts and a little web savvy can send your distant
cousins right to your inbox
Harness the power of the internet to get the attention
of your distant relatives. A website, blog and even Facebook can
be used effectively to find family members who can help in your
genealogical research. Using the internet is easier than ever these
days. Learn how to create a well thought out blog or website that
will provide enough genealogical data to attract your distant cousins
without giving away your future manuscript. You don’t have
to have a fancy website to have an effective website. Discover
the recipe for success that balances design and content.
Researching the History of Your House
You can research the history of your house whether it is 20 years
old or 150 years old. Marian Pierre-Louis will introduce where
to find the deeds to your house, how to chain a deed, and locating
other sources of information such as the US Federal Census records.
Come learn some tricks to get the most out of your house history
research. This talk is appropriate for both beginners and those
who have some research experience. Note: This talk can be altered
as either a beginner or an advanced research talk. It will also
be customized to your town/county.
Discovering Immigrant Voices through House History Research
history research in larger urban areas provides for fascinating
results. Two-family and multi-family homes often provide a microcosm
of the waves of immigrants that have passed through a city in different
generations. Learn to celebrate different types of housing and
all the secrets they can reveal. Similar to the house history talk
above but more appropriate for cities with an emphasis on the immigrants
who lived there. Note: This talk will be customized for your city/region.
House History Workshop
This workshop is a hands on session to get your audience researching
their homes right away. A classroom setting with computers and
internet connection is ideal. The workshop can be 2-4 hours in
length depending on your requirements.
10 Strategies for African American
in New England
Researching African Americans in New England is a little bit different
than the rest of the country. Learn 10 tips that will get your research
on track quickly.
Poor, Black and Landless in New England: The Story of
Ishmael Coffee was the son of a former slave. He was poor and
never owned property. Discover how this African American left behind
a wealth of records for his descendants to find. Through this case
study learn to trace your New England African American ancestors.
Early African American Communities in New England
An overview of early African American communities in New England,
their unique characteristics, and strategies for getting the most
out of your research. Timeline discussion important dates in New
England African American research. This talk covers the years from
1638 to 1850.
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