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2021 Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture reveals the most powerful methodology available to genealogists. Family historians often begin their genealogical quest by researching only their direct ancestors. For many reasons the direct ancestor they search for may have left few records. The records that survive may not shed light on where the ancestor came from or who his parents were—or any other question about an ancestor. The records that answer questions about an ancestor are sometimes only found by researching his relatives, friends, neighbors, associates, or enemies.

Presenter: Melinda Henningfield, CG

Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG®, is a professional genealogist, lecturer, and author. She specializes in solving complex genealogical problems involving DNA, separating and identifying individuals with common names, as well as migration, and immigration. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and education from the University of West Florida, a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of science degree in Nursing from the Oregon Health Sciences University, and a certificate as a Nurse Practitioner.  She has written articles published in BCG’s OnBoardCrossroads, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and other genealogical publications. A native of Florida, she has deep southern roots on her mother’s side and northeastern and southern ancestry on her father’s side.

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