NGS 2023 Speaker Spotlight—Dana Palmer

March 21st, 2023 by Teresa Kelley


Dana Palmer, CG®, CGLSM specializes in lineage society applications, publishing family books, and Midwestern research – specifically Ohio. In addition to her client work, she reviews military repatriation cases and is part of the Mayflower Silver Books team.

Dana is presenting three sessions at the conference.

Session Number: T148
Skill Level: Intermediate
Title: Using Ohio Tax Records to Find Family
Tax records could be crucial to connect your family. Come learn about tax records available in Ohio and how to use them. This lecture will cover how to find Ohio tax records online in the FamilySearch catalog. We’ll discuss why tax records are beneficial to researching your family such as how to find deeds by using the property location found in the tax record. We’ll also discuss how to use tax and deed records to find your ancestor’s property on maps.
Session Number: F246
Skill Level: All
Title: Extra! Extra! Finding Family Using Newspapers
Newspapers can be a great resource for personal news, announcements, and social items. Learn how to find and use newspapers in your research. This presentation focuses on how to locate newspapers online and in repositories and compares some of the most popular online newspaper websites (, GenealogyBank, Newspaper Archive, and Chronicling America). Many tips on how to effectively use these websites will be discussed.
Session Number: S341
Skill Level: Advanced
Title: Wanted! Seeking the Identity of Unknown Parents
Are you struggling to find your ancestors’ parents? Learn how to bust those brick walls and find your family by using a variety of sources. This session examines two case studies for a husband and wife from Ohio who moved westward to Indiana, Illinois, and finally settled in Nebraska. We’ll discuss how their kinship was proven even though many of the traditional records were lacking because their parents died when they were young. We’ll cover how to use elimination to identify potential matches before 1850, guardianship records, final accounts, court journals, and other often overlooked resources. Lots of analysis over several generations and in a variety of sources was used to piece the family together. These case studies provide examples of methodology used to be successful breaking through brick wall lines.

This lecture is part of the BCG Skillbuilding Track.

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