March 17, 2020
Presenter: Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz
BIO: Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a genealogist, writer, and speaker with 20 years of experience in researching her family’s origins in Poland, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the State University of New York in Buffalo and a master’s degree in endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her passion for genealogical research started when she was a graduate student, after she was given a copy of her great-grandparents’ marriage record as a gift. After reading the names of a previously- unknown generation of ancestors on that document, she was hooked. She currently volunteers as administrator and regular contributor to a number of genealogy-related Facebook groups, and serves on the board of directors for the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts. Her articles have been published in the journals of the Polish Genealogical Society of America and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, and she is also the author of a genealogy blog, From Shepherds and Shoemakers. Julie currently resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her husband and their youngest daughter.
TOPIC: Crowdsourcing is a powerful research tool for genealogy which can lead to the discovery of new information, resources, strategies, and insights, but misinformation is always a concern. Julie will offer examples of crowdsourcing done right and demonstrate the benefits that can be gained from online forums such as Facebook groups, Rootsweb/Ancestry message boards, and more. She will also offer tips and suggestions for online etiquette and writing a successful query, so that you can feel comfortable and confident in leveraging the power of social media for your genealogy research.
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