Arlene H.   Eakle, Ph.D.

President and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc., Dr. Eakle is a professional genealogist with more than 30 years experience in research, consulting, lecturing, and writing. An expert in tracing families from New York, Southern U.S., British Isles, Switzerland, and parts of Germany, she claims a 96% success rate.


December 07, 2015
9:00 am : The Power of Marriage Documents to Prove your Family Tree

(All Levels) Understanding the first record of the family—beginning of the family unit is critical to your research success. Marriage records often reveal identification of Groom, the maiden name of the Bride, and other significant people in the lives of the Groom and Bride. Did you know that a minimum of 16 different official, legal marriage records could be found to document your hard-to-find ancestors? This class will focus on the importance of the marriage record and how it relates to the success of your correctly documenting your family tree.

December 21, 2015
9:00 am : Research FUNdamentals: Basic Sources to Find Your Ancestors

(All Levels) This class will discuss several record types and their application to identifying the correct individuals in each family group. Did you know that at the time a couple is married more than sixteen different original documents may be created? Do you realize that a simple probate case can have more than 100 associated documents? Understanding the laws and reasons for creating different record types will give you additional resources to search in your quest for truth. Come learn about some of the basic record types and the other basic sources needed to begin your research.

December 28, 2015
9:15 am : Research FUNdamentals: Strategies for Successful Genealogical Research

(All Levels) Learn specific research strategies that speed up your search time and focus your attention directly on the evidence you need to identify and document correctly the individuals in your family history. Make sure you have the correct family members identified for each family group: if you check and re-check the records already searched to see if they have been copied correctly, all you do is prove that you can read. This exercise does not prove your pedigree is accurate. Proof is built line upon line, document upon document. Some attendees at other retreats have said their research and their family trees were changed forever learning how to search and research differently.

10:15 am : Looking at the Books: Genealogy Data at your Fingertips

(All Levels) Genealogy sources understood thoroughly enable you to trace your hard-to-find ancestors better than any discussion on how to trace a family tree. And allows you to understand specific historical evidence to prove your family tree. Login First

11:30 am : Tracing Women in Military Records:
Proof of Marriage and Other Relationships

(All Levels) Women as participants; women as claimants’ women as beneficiaries. Military records are among the very best sources to trace women and document their lives.