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.


February 20, 2017
10:00 am : Why Church Records are Important for Genealogical Research

(Experienced) This class will focus on why church records are significant for genealogical research. Because these records are so often unused searching for ancestors in church books and other church records is a new research strategy. And you will learn about matching evidence tin church records to other documents.

11:00 am : Religious Belief Dictates the Records Kept and Preserved: U.S. and Canada

(Experienced) This class will describe the similarities and differences in religious belief and provide a finding aid to archives and records for most of the congregations—websites and online images; physical locations for original records; special manuscript collections; and search strategies to use the record more effectively.

February 27, 2017
9:00 am : Church Records in the British Isles

(Experienced) This class will focus on church records of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Isles of the Sea. Research strategies and checklists for the records of specific jurisdictions are included. If you have been spinning your wheel with your British research remember that the Church in the British Isles is a public institution. And many of the records are created by law.

10:00 am : Tracing Hard-to-find Ancestors by Religion: Marriage Records

(Experienced) The power of marriage records as a genealogical source is clouded by the loss of records for too many families. This class will explore these records as they are created by a wide variety of churches—ensuring that there are more records than you will ever be able to search in your lifetime. And the ones you need, may now be online!

11:00 am : Non Conformists: How to Identify and Find Your Ancestor's Congregation

(Experienced) This class will discuss the many non-conformist congregations that were not part of the establishment. Their existence provides substitute sources to fill in the missing data in your genealogy.

March 06, 2017
11:00 am : Using Evidence in Church Records to Trace and Prove Family Relationships and Migration Patterns

(Experienced) It is truly time for you to prove the relationships on your pedigree! Online genealogy information still leaves a lot to be desired in proof. The words “appear to,” “reputed to be,” “may prove,” are use too often. And a lot of pedigrees have no sourcing at all. They just assume if they give you a name and place that you can find the evidence you seek yourself. This class will show you how.