Michelle Goodrum

Mesa, Arizona USA
Freeland, Washington
Email: michelle.r.goodrum@gmail.com
URL: http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/


Land records; genetic genealogy; federal and state census; methodology; organization of documents and photographs; midwest and western states.


Ancestry DNA: Tools, Tips & Tricks
Introduction to GEDmatch: Tools for Analyzing DNA
Parents for William: A Case Study using DNA & the Paper Trail
The Non-Scientist's Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and DNA

Land Records
Federal Land Records: Digging for Ancestors at the BLM Website
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website is a goldmine of information for those who settled the public land states. It can provide the information to locate their land; identify the neighbors; provide the information needed to order land entry case files; and much more. This presentation is a tour of the website to help you effectively mine the BLM.
Land Records: Using Indexes and Deeds to Move Your Research Forward
The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor's property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Land records allow you to identify exactly where your ancestor's land was located so you can plan a trip to the old family farm. More and more indexes and deeds are becoming available online. Learn how to locate and understand these valuable records.
Searching for Land Records
Using Homestead Records to Tell your Ancestor's Story
Homestead files contain a goldmine of information, adding depth to your relatives' stories. Learn to identify potential homesteaders and the clues their files contain.

Cluster Research Using the FAN Principle (Friends, Associates, Neighbors)
Research Plans: Your Road Map to Success
The Genealogical Proof Standard's Essential Concepts: Or How to Analyze Your Records

Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share
Exercises in Document Analysis
Federal Land Platting Workshop
Reasonably Exhaustive Research: How Exhausting is it?
Using Federal Census Records 1850-Present
Presentations in Development
Anatomy of a Homestead File
Life on the Trail West
Research Logs and Reports: Keeping Track of What You Find
Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve & Share
Google Searches to Move Your Research Forward
Using the Census to Tell Your Family Stories

Speaking Conditions:

Contact Michelle for details. Will develop new presentations and workshops upon request.

Previous Engagements:

Northwest Genealogy Conference, Arlington, WA, 2015, 2016, 2017
Arizona GenBuds Genelaogy Club, Sun Lakes, AZ 2016, 2017
Bainbridge Island Genealogy Club, Bainbridge Island, WA, 2017
Family Discovery Day, Mesa, AZ 2017
Family History Society of Arizona, multiple chapters in Phoenix area, 2012-2018
Genealogy Club at Sunland Springs Village, Mesa, AZ 2017
Mesa Regional Family History Center Day, Tempe, AZ 2015
Saddlebrooke Genealogy Club, Saddlebrooke, AZ 2016, 2017
Sunland Springs Genealogy Club, Mesa, AZ 2015, 2017
Trilogy at Power Ranch Genealogy Club 2015, 2016
TVA Genealogy Club - Trilogy at Vistancia, Peoria, AZ, 2017
West Valley Genealogy Society - Sun City, AZ 2015


Family historian, researcher, speaker, and writer Michelle Roos Goodrum is a Teaching Assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. Involved in genealogy since 1994, when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photos, she is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history. Some of the records are related to her ancestors’ homes which sparked an interested in land records. Michelle is also passionate about genetic genealogy and photography.

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