Collaborate for the Best Results in Genealogy – David E. Rencher


Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series

SPONSORED BY: The BCG Education Fund

David E. Rencher AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

David E. Rencher AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

Collaboration is one of the best research tools in our genealogical resources arsenal. When we’re stuck and don’t know what to do next, we can turn to our network of genealogical, archival, librarian, and other associates to bring a fresh perspective to our research.

This session explores the many ways we can collaborate and create a network that brings rigor to our research and ways to validate our approach. In this session, you will learn:

– How to leverage past research.

– How to expand the scope of your research to enrich your family narrative.

– A fresh perspective on resources you may not have yet tried, or perhaps dismissed.

– New ways to think about “community”.

– The roles that DNA, online trees, Facebook groups, communities, and other resources play in collaboration in the Twenty-first century.

When this session concludes, the undo pressure you may put on yourself trying to do “perfect” research all by yourself will hopefully dissipate into a broader vision of why collaborating with others may forever change the way you approach your research.

BIO: David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS is the Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. His many years of conference experience and working in the genealogical society arenas have given him a deep appreciation for collaboration with others throughout the world.


The Virtual NGS 2021 On-Demand! Viewing Starts 15 June

This lecture series is available to view from home on your computer or mobile device and offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand! packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase.

Select from the 20 or 40 On-Demand! lecture packages with over 85 sessions to choose from. Watch starting 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. Both packages come with access to two full days of NGS 2021 Live! from 19-20 May 2021, the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus sessions. Plus, view the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did not choose from the breakouts (nine more) beginning 15 June. All sessions will be closed captioned.


To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week-long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference and download a copy of the program brochure.