Diana Crisman Smith

PO Box 152987
Cape Coral, Florida 33915-2987

Phone: (440) 281-6288

Business Phone: (440) 281-6288
Email: TalkGenealogy@aol.com

Contact between 10:00 am to 08:00 pm Eastern Time


In August 2010 at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Knoxville, she was presented the Association of Professional Genealogists APGQ Excellence Award, recognizing exceptional articles submitted to the organization's quarterly magazine.


  • Research in Scandinavia (especially Denmark)
  • Midwest Research
  • Essential Methodology
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis
  • Professional Development

  • Lectures:

    Scandinavian Topics

  • Not All Vikings Were Horrible: Researching Danish Ancestry
  • Beyond the Sea: An Overview of Scandinavian Migration to America
  • Basic Scandinavian Research
  • Searching for Niels, Ole or Sven: Scandinavian Patronymics and More
    Advanced Topics
  • I Know She's Out There Somewhere! Finding Female Ancestors
  • It Takes A Village: Community Research
  • Mining Collateral Lines for Fun and Genealogical Profit: Researching Sideways Around Brick Walls
  • To Transcribe, Extract, Abstract: What's the Difference?
  • Beyond Vital Events: Making Them Real
    Basic Methodology
  • Who Says So? Documenting Your Sources
  • The US Federal Census: Good, Bad, and Ugly for Genealogists
  • There's More to Immigration than Ellis Island
  • Using the Family History Library Catalog: More Than a Catalog
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Beginning Research
  • Now That I've Found Them, How Do I Keep Track of Them?: Organizing Your Research
  • The World's Largest Genealogical Library in Your Own Backyard: Using the LDS Family History Centers
  • You Can Get There From Here: Using Maps
  • Surveying the Land: Public Domain or Metes & Bounds or What?
  • Blankety-Blank Forms in Genealogical Research
  • Extra! Extra! Ancestors Exposed in the News: Using Newspapers in Genealogy
  • What's Black & White and Read Online: Using Online Newspapers in Genealogy
  • Counting on the Census: Using the US Federal Population Census
  • Researching with Bridget: The Genealogists' Home Bookshelf
  • So Many Ancestors, So Little Time: Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip
  • Strolling Through the Park: Revealing Ancestors in the Cemetery
  • Somewhere in Time: Using Timelines to Put Families in Context
  • Getting the Right Genealogical Date
  • Beyond Death Records: Will, Probate, Inventory
  • An Orderly Life: Using Directories
    Special Topics
  • United We Stand: Using Civil War Pension Records
  • What's a Homesteader? US and Canadian Homestead Records
  • Well, They Didn't SWIM Over! Using Passenger List Records
  • Talking With Grandma: Interviewing the Living for Leads to the Past
  • Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research Techniques
  • The Quakers are Our Friends
  • Here Comes the Family: Preparing for the Reunion
  • The Importance of Belonging: The Role of Genealogical Societies in Your Research Plan
  • Who Needs Genealogical Conferences? Everyone!
  • Genealogy is a Journey of Discovery: Start It Right and Keep It Right (full-day seminar)
    Professional Development
  • Here I Am! Marketing Yourself
  • Keep the Message Consistent: Deliver from Proposal to Syllabus to Presentation
  • The Story of John Doe: Case Studies As Teaching Tools
  • Something for Everyone! Or Not? Establishing the Right Presentation Mix

  • Speaking Conditions:

    Will provide computer and projector
    Request sponsor provide appropriate size screen for audience
    Request Lavaliere microphone (for groups over 20)
    No home housing
    Will develop new lectures if requested. Although lectures shown are 1-hour (with question period), many can be developed into part of a longer group of lectures for workshops.
    Also works as a team with husband Gary M. Smith for a unique program experience.

    Previous Engagements:

    Samples of major speaking engagements include:

  • Oklahoma Genealogical Society Seminar
  • National Genealogical Society Conference in the States, Raleigh
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Orlando, Boston, Fort Wayne, Philadelphia, Little Rock
  • Lake County Library Lock-In
  • RootsMagic Cruises - Caribbean and Mexico
  • West Virginia Palatines to America
  • Ohio Genealogical Society Conferences
  • Fairfax, VA, Fall Workshop
  • Family History Centers, MI and OH, 2000-2011
  • Cleveland Computer Assisted Genealogy Group
  • FlyAway Genealogy at Sea
  • Bessemer Historical Society (Pueblo, Colorado)

  • Bio:

    Diana has been researching since childhood and served as a lay librarian at the local Family History Center for more than twenty years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, including a regular column in the NGS NewsMagazine and the APG Quarterly; she was a frequent contributor to Digital Genealogist Magazine, as well as penning a regular column that ran for two years in the Cleveland Sun Newspapers). In addition, Diana also wrote “Chapter 4: Scandinavia” in The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe (2013). She is Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Treasurer, Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Treasurer, Florida State Genealogical Society, and founding member of the Great Lakes Chapter of APG - as well as a Past District Director of APG. She has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) the last twenty years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical endeavors after concluding a career in software consulting.

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