I’ve been honored to present the following topics throughout the United States.  Thank you to each group who invited me to speak. I took a sabbatical in 2019 & 2020 as I found my day job to be quite challenging. Now, I’m getting back “out there”.


Saturday, March 5, 2022: “What Else is in the Newspaper?” was hosted virtually by the Clermont County (Ohio) Genealogical Society. It was a great group with lots of great discussion on the topic. Thank you for hosting me.

Saturday, October 22, 2022: “Genealogy and GIS: A Beginner’s How-To” was hosted by the Virginia Genealogical Society as part of their virtual conference the weekend of October 21-22, 2022.  This was a great conference and I was so happy to be a part of it. Thanks for choosing me!


Wednesday, October 20, 2021: “Genealogy Research for the Thrifty” was hosted as a webinar by the DuPage County Genealogical Society.  As my first presentation since 2018, it was lovely to get the chance to share some thrifty resources for research. Thanks for having me!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018: “Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy” was hosted as a webinar by the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.  It was fun sharing research techniques and history of the Jewish people. Members can access the recording through the website.

April 6-8, 2018: Family Tree Virtual Spring Conference
As part of the 2018 Spring Conference I was asked to record:
Searching Records on JewishGen.org by Jen Alford
This video presentation covered the website https://www.jewishgen.org/, including what records it holds, how to search the site and use it for genealogy, as well as other hidden resources you can use to find your ancestors.

Friday, April 6, 2018: Four sessions on Jewish Genealogy hosted by the Fairfax Virginia Genealogical Society as part of the 2018 Spring Conference held in Falls Church, Virginia. I presented the following sessions:

  • “Oy vay! You Want to Research Jewish Ancestors?”
  • “Research Strategies for Jewish Genealogy”
  • “Jewish Genealogy on the Internet”
  • “Getting the Most from JewishGen.org”

Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 1 PM EST: “What Else is in the Newspaper?” was hosted by the Montgomery County (Ohio) Genealogical Society at the Dayton Public Library.

Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11 AM EST: “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy” was hosted by the Virtual Genealogical Society.  A recording of the presentation is available to members of the society.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017: “7 Ways to Use the Cloud” was hosted as a webinar by the Wisconsin Genealogical Society. I had a great time explaining the benefits of using the cloud for my genealogy and I hope I inspired others to do the same!

Sunday, February 5, 2017: “Get Your Story Out There!” was held at the Licking County Genealogical Society‘s meeting at the Licking County Public Library in Newark, Ohio.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 (3 hour workshop): “Getting Started Researching Your Jewish Ancestors” was hosted by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society and the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. I met some wonderful genealogists, reconnected with some grade school memories, and had a great time in my old hometown. Thanks again for having me present!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017: “Get Your Story Out There!” was hosted as a webinar by the Minnesota Genealogical Society. I appreciated all the great questions and even got some ideas for approaching my own writing projects. Thanks to the society and Valerie Eichler Lair for being the host.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM EST: “Researching Your Jewish Ancestors” was hosted as a workshop by the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had an amazing time as so many enthusiastic people shared their stories with me. I even got a great tour of Grand Rapids. I can’t wait to visit the area again!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1 PM EST: “We’re Here in America, Now What?” was hosted as a webinar by the Southern California Genealogical Society. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM EST: “Genealogy and GIS: A Beginner’s How-To” hosted me as part of the Florida State Genealogical Society’s Fall Virtual Conference. What a great opportunity for learning! Don’t miss this great opportunity next time.


October 16, 2016 at 1:45 p.m.: Allen County (Ohio) Genealogical Society hosted me for What Else is in the Newspaper? It was a great venue and group of genealogists. Thanks for having me!

September 10, 2016 at 1 p.m.: Montgomery County (Ohio) Genealogical Society had me present How Land Records Can Open Doors in Your Research. It was a great group of inquisitive genealogists and they asked many excellent questions. Thank you for hosting me! For those that would like the pdf of the syllabus, please download here.

September 7, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST: Minnesota Genealogical Society hosted me as I presented 7 Ways to Use the Cloud for Your Genealogy Research via a webinar.

August 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.: Ashland County (Ohio) Genealogical Society  (Ashland, Ohio) invited me to present What Else is in the Newspaper?  What a great group of people were in attendance!  I particularly enjoyed the very helpful nature of the attendees. They kept coming up to me with ideas for additional newspaper finds and help with my own family research. It was a true pleasure!

August 6, 2016 at 10 a.m.: Marion County Area (Ohio) Genealogical Society (Marion, Ohio) asked me to present Getting the Most from FamilySearch. The society members were lovely to meet and I appreciated the many excellent questions. Thank you for inviting me!

July 14-16, 2016: Midwestern Roots Conference (Indianapolis, Indiana). Many thanks to all of the wonderful people I met at the conference! It was a joy to get to know you and I hope you found some inspiration for your own research! Present Meets the Past: Learning How to Use Your Computer to Become a Better Genealogist (2-hour computer workshop), 
Jewish Genealogy on the Internet, Genealogy and GIS: A Beginner’s How-To,  Blogging for Genealogists

July 5, 2016: Delaware County (Ohio) Genealogical Society kindly invited me to present We’re Here in America, Now What?.  I loved hearing the immigrant stories that each of them have unearthed in their own families.  Thank you all!

June 2, 2016: Ontario Genealogical Society hosted me as I presented What Else is in the Newspaper? via a webinarIt was cool that I was able to attend their Annual Conference remotely as part of their webinar series.  Thanks to all who attended!

April 28, 2016: Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference (Mason, Ohio) Thanks to everyone who attended my presentations!  I had a great time and hope that I gave you some ideas for your research and sharing with your family.
Jewish Genealogy on the Internet (You can order the cd from Dicobe Media)
7 Ways to Use the Cloud

April 1, 2016: Fairfax (Virginia) Genealogical Society Spring Conference I had a fantastic experience as I shared four presentations with the attendees.
How Land Records Can Open Doors in Your Research.
What Did that Property Look Like?
Genealogy and GIS: A Beginner’s How – To
Genealogy and GIS: Digging Deeper.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society hosted The Basics of Land Records via a Google Hangout for its members.


Saturday, July 25, 2015-  Topic: Beginner’s workshop at the OGS Library, Bellville.

Sat, June 6, 2015- Global Family Reunion Special Event. This was a great time at the OGS Library in Bellville, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015- Topic: Genealogy and GIS: A Beginner’s How-To with the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Sat, May 30, 2015- Topic: 7 Ways to Use the Cloud at the OGS Library in Bellville, Ohio.

Saturday, April 11, 2015- Topic: Jewish Genealogy on the Internet at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Friday, April 10, 2015- Topic: 7 Ways to Use the Cloud at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015- Topic: 7 Ways to Use the Cloud with the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Thursday, February 12, 2015- Topic: Jews that Came West Sponsored by FGS.

Thursday, February 12, 2015- Topic: Documenting Your Family Heirlooms. Sponsored by FGS.

Friday, February 13, 2015- Topic: GIS & Genealogy: Digging Deeper. Sponsored by RootsTech.

Saturday, February 14, 2015- Topic: We’re Here in America, Now What? Sponsored by FGS.


Sunday, December 7, 2014- Topic: Techniques for Tracking Your Family Heirlooms at the Licking County Public Library sponsored by the Licking County Genealogical Society in Newark, Ohio.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014- Topic: Researching Your Jewish Ancestors with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Visit http://familytreewebinars.com/jenniferalford to watch for yourself!

Thursday, May 8, 2014- Topic: Technology for Tracking Your Family Heirlooms with the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Saturday, May 3, 2014- Topic: Junior Safari Expedition Camp at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Sandusky, Ohio.

Saturday, March 15, 2014- Topic: Blogging and Genealogy at the Union County Genealogical Society at the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Ohio.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014- Topic: Saving Memories Forever at the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave.


September 15, 2013- Topic: Blogging and Genealogy at the Columbus RootsMagic User Group Meeting.

June 15, 2013- Topic: Beginning Jewish Genealogy at 10 AM at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library.  

Monday, June 3, 2013- Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy at 6:30PM at the Licking County Public Library in Newark, Ohio.  Attendance was open to all and was sponsored by the Licking County Genealogical Society.

Saturday, May 4, 2013- Topic: Discover Your Ancestors by Digging into Genealogy at 10 AM at the Franklin-Springboro Library.