Second Saturday Family History Workshop: Genealogy 201/202 with Phyllis Vannoy Spiker

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The Kentucky Genealogical Society joins the Kentucky Historical Society with a series of free family history workshops each month at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Topics range from how to begin documenting your ancestry to specialized resources for experienced genealogists. (See bottom or side menu for registration information)

Genealogy 201/202: Found a Record - What Next?            
Join us for a two-part intermediate session on genealogy methodology. Our speaker will  follow the process from evidence found, planning the next steps and establishing a compelling proof argument. 

Speaker Bio: Phyllis Vannoy Spiker began genealogical research in 1981 with an eight week course “Beginning Genealogy” followed by an eight week course “Virginia & West Virginia Genealogy”. She belongs to numerous historical and genealogical societies at the national, state and county level; including the National Genealogical Society & Association of Professional Genealogists. She has research experience at National Archives and Records Administration Archives (NARA) I and II, and NARA Regional Archives in Atlanta and Philadelphia, Daughters of the Revolution Library and Sons of the Revolution Library and the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT. She has researched at county libraries, court houses, and state archives in thirteen states. She has attended several national and state genealogical conferences.

Since August 1994 Phyllis has been the Volunteer Genealogy Specialist at the Special Collections Library, Margaret I. King Building, University of Kentucky. Until November 2012 she led the Genealogy Special Interest Group of the Central Kentucky Computer Society in Lexington. She adheres to the current Genealogical Proof Standard of American Professional Genealogists and National Genealogical Society. She enjoys working one on one with researchers convincing them to get a copy of the original documents; helping them to interpret the documents and deciding the next step. She manages her and her husband’s family lines and their DNA results.

She was born in Monongalia Co., WV and has a BS, Medical Technology from West Virginia University (WVU) and has been a research assistant and Instructor at WVU and an instructor at St. Phillips College, San Antonio, TX. She and her husband, Jim (US Army Ret.), have lived in Lexington since 1991.  They have two daughters, a son and two granddaughters.

Morning session runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by an hour break for lunch. Second session runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A light box lunch is available at a cost of $7 payable at the door when requested in advance. Registration for these free workshops is required by noon of the previous Friday.

For more information or to register, contact:

Martin F. Schmidt Research Library Reference Desk

(502) 564-1792, ext. 4460