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.


March 18, 2016
1:30 pm : American Court Records: Researching the Federal Court System, Part I

(Experienced) Each class in this court series includes careful charts so you can grasp a complex system more easily and search the records with less frustration. This first class discusses the Federal System created under the United States Constitution and special Congressional Investigations such as the Ku Klux Klan, 1871-72. Our focus will be as genealogists who seek evidence of ancestry, evidence that you can match to the records you have already searched.

1:30 pm : American Court Records: Researching the Federal Court System, Part II

(Experienced) Courts with Special Jurisdiction over Specific Persons: Military Courts, Admiralty Courts, Coroners’ Records, Claims Courts. How to find and search these records and match their evidence to your ancestors’ lives. Soldier, Sailor, Merchant, Tailor—These ancestors are covered by several layers of genealogical records.

March 19, 2016
9:00 am : Strategies for Researching American State and Local Court Records

(Experienced) How to locate and search State Courts; County, Town, and City Courts; Extra-Legal Courts such as Vigilance Societies and Miner’s Districts. Many court jurisdictions were established under the authority of the states. The Constitution gave powers not assigned to the Federal government level to the states. These records are rich in genealogical details, although they are infrequently searched by genealogists in a hurry to trace their ancestors.

1:30 pm : Strategies for Locating and Searching Naturalizations and Proof of Citizenship Records

(Experienced) These records are being dumped into large online and digital databases indexed as individuals. How can you be sure you found your ancestor? And how do you follow up what the database says with additional facts?