Virginia Genealogical Society

Join VGS for Our First Virtual Conference!

Beyond Fundamentals: Techniques to Jumpstart Your Research

Cari A. TaplinOn 24 October 2020, spend the day (virtually) with Cari A. Taplin, CG®.  Cari is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio, but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG), the President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and is the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari’s personal research focuses on Midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

We are excited to have Cari, a nationally known speaker, join us for our first virtual conference. The day will include four lectures, door prizes, and the VGS annual meeting.

Schedule and Program

Saturday, 24 October 2020
(all times are Eastern Time)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

10:00-11:00 a.m. Session 1: "Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research"

In-depth and difficult research tasks create large amounts of data to compare and analyze. Discover analysis methods using tables and timelines to solve problems.

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Session 2: "How’d You Find That? Tips for Finding Hidden Records" 

Obscure and hidden records are “out there” that can solve tough problems. How do you find them? Hear tips and methods for finding these records.

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:25 p.m. VGS Annual Meeting

1:25 – 1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Session 3: "From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research with Maps" 

Our ancestors existed in a time and a place. Maps are one way to give the names and dates in our genealogical research more life, context, and excitement. Where did they live? What would they have seen? How did they get around? Cari will examine various ways researchers can use maps to trace their ancestors and their research.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Session 4: "The Power of Family Legends: I am Related to Roy Rogers"

Cari discusses family legends as she takes you through a brief outline of the life of Roy Rogers (Leonard Slye). Then, through census research, illustrates her family’s legend of being related to Roy Rogers. The lecture also includes a short documentary “Searching for Roy” created by her cousin, Betsy Greer, that further demonstrates the importance of family legends.

Session Recordings

Sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for 90 days after the conference. So, if you can't attend on conference day, you can still register and watch the sessions at your convenience.


Registration is $40 for VGS members; $45 for two VGS members watching from the same device; $50 for non-VGS members; $55 for two non-VGS members watching from the same device.

The conference will be streamed through GoToWebinar.  On or before 19 October 2020, you will receive an email with additional instructions for attending the conference. The email will contain a sign-up link as well as information on how to download the conference syllabus. Use the link in the email to finalize your sign-up for the conference before 24 October 2020 which begins at 8:50 a.m. Eastern Time.

Registration is now open at EventBrite. Registration closes at midnight, Eastern Time, on 18 October 2020.

We look forward to "seeing" you there!


The speaker for this Conference was provided by funds from the Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.