Passenger Records, Evidence, and Organization – Julie Miller

March 24th, 2019 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

Advanced Research in Passenger Arrival Records

SESSION: W126, TIME & DATE: Wednesday, 08 May 2019, 11:00 a.m.

Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS

Passenger arrival records are the link that connects the old country to the new and completes a chain of events for our ancestors. These records may provide a wealth of personal information or only basic data. But they are more than a list of names.

If you have found a passenger list, you may have overlooked some clues. Knowing how to mine these records for information could lead to additional knowledge about your immigrant ancestor.


Indirect Evidence Overturns a Direct Evidence Conclusion: From Hypothesis to Published Article

SESSION: T241,TIME & DATE: Thursday, 09 May 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Board for Certification of Genealogists

Direct evidence is a piece of evidence that answers, by itself, a research question. It is usually the easiest evidence for genealogists to use, but it can be incorrect.

Take the case of Philip Hart of Goffstown, New Hampshire. There was direct evidence that he had two wives, but indirect evidence revealed that he had three. Was the error made knowingly to suppress the controversial truth?

This case study will be used to show the process of taking a problem from hypothesis to publication in a genealogy journal.


Four Essential Building Blocks to Organizing Your Genealogy

SESSION: F307, TIME & DATE: Friday, 10 May 2019, 8:00 a.m.

Organization is the foundation of successful research. But there is no perfect system for all genealogists, every person needs to choose what will work best for them.

Researchers often say that organizing their genealogy and keeping it organized is just too difficult and so they ignore it. They think organizing will take too much time and be too complicated. The truth is that organizing with a simple system and consistently using that system saves time.

Julie has been organizing and setting up systems for her client’s genealogy for years. In this presentation she will guide you through four simple steps that will start you on the road to organization.

BIO: Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Colorado. She speaks on a wide variety of genealogy subjects both locally and nationally. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and NGS Magazine. Julie was the NGS interim Education Manager (2018), and is a member of the NGS Conference committee. She is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society and has been a volunteer at NARA-Denver for twenty-one years.