Project Recipe: Weaving a Grandmother’s Letters into a Story

Emily Sienkiewicz

Insight from a published author about a book in progress This very special event features Kathryn Graven, acclaimed author of “Memoirs of a Mask Maker” as she discusses a new project in progress. This is a bit of a diversion from our usual Project Recipe events that focus on completed projects. There’s a special reason. Kathy’s recently published “Memoirs,” honors the women who helped her stitch her life back together after tragic loss. This deeply personal book pulls a narrative thread from Kathy’s personal story to share insight about tending grief and reclaiming joy. With decades of experience as a journalist to inform her process, Kathy is a pro. As you’ll read in “Memoirs of …

Internet Archive: A Gold Mine for Genealogists

Emily Sienkiewicz

We welcome our speaker Thomas MacEntee. He is a professional genealogist who specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others. He will be presenting on the Internet Archive ( This is a free, online library which includes genealogy source documents such as census images, e-books and more. We will learn how to navigate this website. And how to use best search strategies to find and download a variety of materials — archival web-pages, e-books, videos, audio and more. This meeting is virtual only and free to all. But all who wish to attend (members and visitors) must register to receive the receive the e-mail with …

Using Preserving the Digital Legacy of Your Family

Emily Sienkiewicz

Join us for a FREE virtual program on Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET! Join us as we explore the valuable tools of whose mission is to “preserve and provide perpetual access to the digital legacy of all people for the historical and educational benefit of future generations”. Kaitlyn Jarnagin is a trained digital archivist who is interested in making digital preservation accessible to everyone. She received her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and has previously built digital preservation programs in university libraries and archives. She works as the Member Success Manager at, where she strives to ensure that all members accomplish their goals to preserve their digital …

Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories

Emily Sienkiewicz

Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. In this lecture, genealogist Ari Wilkins will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps. For details see

Exploring Cemetery and Funeral Home Records

Emily Sienkiewicz

This class will present how to discover information about your family from the records of funeral homes, cemeteries and grave sites. How and where to find these records will also be discussed. Presented by Debbe Hagner. This class will be held online only via Zoom. Registration is required for all Zoom attendees. For details see

Genealogy and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) – Trouble Ahead? with Thomas MacEntee

Amanda Meeks

While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the afct is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Lerarn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research. This is a Zoom-only presentation. – Zoom Link: A video recording of this presentation may be seen later in the Members-Only area of the RCGS website. Zoom link also at the URL …