PUBLICATIONS


Crossroads
Jan Joyce, “Hypothesis Development to Solve Genealogical Challenges:  Conflicting Evidence for George Joyce and the 1800 Census ,” Crossroads, 12 (Summer 2017).


Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly
Jan Joyce Ahrens, “Using Indirect Evidence and Sibling Relationships to Prove Mary Duey as the Mother of Samuel Joyce,” Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, 57 (May 2017): 161-166.


​Excelsior College, Genealogy Practicum
Jan Joyce Ahrens, “Are Susan Gliddon of Bridgerule, Devon, England, and Susan Gliddon of Summit County, Ohio, the Same Person?” in Excelsior College, Genealogy Practicum, Module 7, “Assembling the Evidence,” Supplemental Readings (2016).

Dr. Ahrens is available to speak at your institute, conference or genealogy society. Here is a sampling of the lectures that are available.

LECTURE TOPICS


Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogy Problems

This lecture focuses on teaching how to develop multiple hypotheses for difficult genealogical problems. Researchers often naturally develop one scenario, or hypothesis, that logically explains the situation. That working hypothesis takes root and then we move forward, supporting it without considering alternative hypotheses. Often we are on track. However, in more complex genealogical challenges, developing multiple hypotheses early can prove more successful to opening up our thinking, exploring additional possibilities, and arriving at a successful conclusion.


Making Family Research Videos to Share with Others

You love your genealogy research but at family gatherings and cocktail parties others’ eyes glaze over when you start talking about it, right? Now you can learn how to convert all that information that YOU LOVE into a fascinating piece of video that THEY WILL LOVE! This works well for family, friends and clients.


Using a Location and Timeline Analysis Chart to Determine if it is One or More People of the Same Name

When an ancestor appears to be in several locations over a short period of time, one may be concerned that it is multiple individuals. The use of a Locations and Timeline Analysis Chart (LoTac) can help prove, or disprove that there is multiple persons. A case study helps illuminate the use of this methodology.

CONFERENCE & SOCIETY LECTURES

Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County
Lecture Series 2017-2018
Jan Joyce Ahrens, "Solving Your Genealogical Challenges Using Creative Hypotheses Development," Lecture Series 2017-2018, live workshop, The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, (Santa Cruz, California: GSSCC, 7 September 2017).   


Southern California Genealogical Society 

Jamboree 2016

Jan Ahrens, "Easily Create a Video of Your Family Research to Share with Family," workshop, 47th Annual Souther California Genealogical Society - Jamboree 2016, (Los Angeles, California: SCGS, 5 June 2016), session SU-B.


Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

Lecture Series 2016-2017

Jan Ahrens, "Easily Create a Video of Your Family Research," Lecture Series 2016-2017, live workshop, The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, (Santa Cruz, California: GSSCC, 5 January 2017).   


Association of Professional Genealogists

Professional Management Conference 2016

Jan Ahrens, "Employing Multi-Media as a New Product and Revenue Stream - Video Module," lecture, 2016 Association of Professional Genealogists - Professional Management Conference, (Fort Wayne, Indiana: APG, 22 September 2016)