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.


April 29, 2016
9:00 am : How to Search a Cemetery—The Horrors and the Thrills

(All Levels) Have fun locating all the resources available to you doing cemetery research. Beware of the dangers and pitfalls others before you have experienced. It is real thrill when you find your family in the cemetery. But, make no mistake—cemetery searching is not for the faint of heart!

9:00 am : Strategies for Collecting Tombstone Readings, Sextons’ Records, and More

(Experienced) You will learn where and how to find readings cemeteries. Often, there will be more than one reading for your cemeteries of interest—some done in times gone. Some of today’s old stones are hard to read but were easily copied earlier. This class will lead you to some great resources!

1:30 pm : Family, Civic, and Private Cemeteries; and Church Graveyards

(Experienced) Record-keeping practices and survival of records differ in each of these kinds of burial grounds. You will get to share an amazing body of information online and offline. There is a good possibility that cemeteries may not all be online for a long time. Do we need more boy scouts with Eagle projects?

April 30, 2016
9:00 am : Municipal Cemeteries and Military Burials

(Experienced) The bigger the cemetery, the more you need to know about it: what the stones say, where ethnic and religious groups are buried, and where the sextons’ records can be found for those that have been closed or relocated.

1:30 pm : Tombs, Crypts, Mausoleums, and Urns

(Experienced) Regional and cultural practices for burying the dead. Using cemetery evidence to prove origins—the burial ground is one of the richest sources you will have. Graves are sacred to families and origins. If you can, visit in person—remember, “No one has been lost before 5:00 pm, Sonny!”