Alice Hoyt Veen

14998 Odessa Place
Bouton, Iowa 50039

Phone: 5154919625

Business Phone: 515-491-9625

Contact between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm US Central


Board for Certification of Genealogists


Iowa and Midwest research. Research methods.


Introduction to Genealogy: Preserving Your Family’s Unique Heritage
Every family has a story to tell. Learn the basics to get started in this satisfying and fascinating pursuit.

Research Plans & Research Logs : Where are you going? Where have you been?
Just as it’s necessary to map the route for a road trip, your genealogical journey will be more satisfying and successful if you set out with a solid research plan and record your progress as you go along.

Making Sense of the Shambles: Organizational Tools for Genealogy
As family historians, we tend to be the “Keepers of Everything,” from treasured original family documents and photographs to printed copies found online and at repositories. It’s difficult not to become overwhelmed and disorganized. When you reach the point that it’s easier to print new copies of records than to find your old copies, you know you’ve arrived at critical mass and it’s time to get organized!

Federal Census Records: Pathway to the Past
This presentation explores the decennial federal census. Although the main focus is the population schedule, special schedules such as agricultural, industrial, mortality and statistical are introduced.

Special Censuses & Non-population Schedules: Beyond Population
Among the most useful and least-used federal Census Bureau records are those created as supplementary schedules. Not confined to population, these schedules provide priceless insights into how our ancestors lived, worked, and interacted with their communities. Exploration of National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Record Group (RG) 29, Records of the Bureau of the Census, enhances our family histories with new perspectives into the past.

State Census Records: Genealogical Jewels
Thirty-seven states have enumerated their citizens in years separate from the federal census. These genealogical jewels fill the gaps between the federal decennial years and provide a wealth of information about your family.

The Genealogical Proof Standard: Put the Power of GPS to Work for You!
This introduction to the GPS explains the basic five-step research process. Content includes:

  • What is the GPS and where does it come from?
  • Why are standards important for all researchers?
  • Discussion of the five step research process
  • Case study: the GPS at work

    The “Reasonably Exhaustive Search”: When is Enough, Enough?
    To meet accepted genealogical standards, research must be as thorough as possible. But how do you know when you’ve met that standard? When is enough, enough? This presentation explores the “reasonably exhaustive search.”

    Documentation & Citation: Keep Calm and Cite Your Sources!
    Keeping track of information sources is an important step in the research process, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Learn the basics for documenting the sources you access for family information. Presentation includes simple, practical examples and step-by-step practice.

    Analysis & Correlation: Strategies for Success
    Learn the basics for evaluating sources, information and evidence. Explore strategies for comparing and contrasting evidence.

    Resolving Conflicts in Evidence: Making the Case
    Different sources often provide different answers to the same question. How do you separate what’s valid and what’s not? This presentation discusses strategies for resolving conflicts in evidence and for reaching a “well-reasoned conclusion.

    Written Conclusions: Share What You Know
    You’ve asked a focused question about your ancestor, conducted a “reasonably exhaustive search,” analyzed, correlated and resolved all the evidence. Now share what you know!

    It’s a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats
    True genealogical writing is based on standardized numbering systems and formats. Learn to understand the numbers you see in published genealogies and how to present your own findings in recognized formats.

    Become a “Legal Eagle!” Basic Legal Context for Genealogists
    To effectively assess and use the records created by our ancestors, it’s necessary to understand the legal and historical context that created those records. Learning the basics is not hard and many helpful resources are available as we endeavor to become “legal eagles.”

    Journey to Certification
    What does it mean to be a “Board-certified genealogist?” This program details Alice’s personal journey to achieve genealogical certification and how you can do it, too.

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    All programs are adaptable to fit your organization's needs.Masters for handouts are supplied. New topics may be developed upon request.

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    Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified genealogist specializing in Iowa and Midwestern research. She is an Iowa native with pioneer roots extending to Iowa's territorial era.

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