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.


July 15, 2016
9:00 am : Is Your Genealogy Already Compiled: Looking at the Books

(All Levels) This class will point out what you are missing if you are skipping over the books. Don't miss out on new research, discovery of records thought lost--some wonderful information is awaiting you. And the ability to increase your winning streak, this class will open new avenues of research you have not yet considered. How to create a working bibliography and why you need one! Will also be demonstrated.

9:00 am : How to Interview Your Ancestor!

(All Levels) Did you know you could interview your ancestor? This class will introduce you to records and sources that contain “first person” accounts in your ancestor’s own words. And demonstrate proven methods to use records and sources created during your ancestor’s lifetime.

1:30 pm : Preliminary Survey, Re-survey, and other Surname Strategies

(All Levels) What is a preliminary survey and why is it important? Is it necessary now that I can look online and find my ancestor already matched to original documents? What is a re-survey? How can you benefit from surname strategies that professional genealogists employ in their own work? Answers to these questions can jump-start even the hardest genealogy problem.

1:30 pm : Sources that Provide Genealogical and Biographical Details

(All Levels) Is it true that genealogy is enlarged biography; and biography is really genealogy in disguise? In this class you will discover many resources to assist you in locating genealogical and biographical details for your ancestors both online and offline. There are genealogy details awaiting your discovery that will help you extend your ancestry and prove your family traditions are true!

July 16, 2016
9:00 am : Is Your British Genealogy Already Compiled?

(All Levels) British genealogists have left us a legacy in genealogy data that by-passes record loss, migration from country to country, inaccurate history coverage, and deliberate propaganda by government authorities. Were the Irish as despicable as they were portrayed? Were the Welsh as lowly as history stated? Thousands of genealogies compiled from the 1400’s on are now available—and few modern genealogists have examined them, let alone used their information. You will be the among the first to benefit from these sources.

9:00 am : Manuscript Collections and Professional Files of British Genealogists

(Experienced) In this class we will discuss how to identify, find, and use manuscript collections and professional files of British genealogists—what they contain, how to judge accuracy and completeness of family genealogies, and how to match what you find with what you know and need to know.

9:00 am : Personal Genealogical Records

(All Levels) In this class we will discuss British monumental inscriptions—country by country and county by county; personal papers by surname and compiler/owner; and family histories in manuscript and print by family surname. In the archival world, these sources are considered “personal records.” This understanding will enable you to find them online and offline in the libraries you patronize.