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 10, 2017
10:00 am : Movement of Ancestors Into, Across, and Out of New York

(Advanced) This class will focus on the migration patterns for New York genealogy research including Why Maps are Important with several examples and where to find maps that reflect these migrations. We will also examine how access to genealogy and historical periodicals is essential; the significance of geography and religion to settlement patterns; the building of the Erie Canal and the canal system of the state; and the records and sources that document these considerations.

11:00 am : The American Revolution in New York

(Advanced) The American Revolution in New York was especially important for the documentation of hard-to-find ancestors: birth, marriage, and death records; family relationships, migration of related families, origins of New York ancestors—all of these are directly related to this War and its aftermath including the War of 1812 and the Canadian War.

April 24, 2017
9:00 am : Genealogical Resources for Western New York

(Advanced) How to Trace a Pedigree Across Western New York is a major challenge for New York Research. Traditional basic sources were not kept as you expect to find them. Substitute records and sources are needed. This class will examine the substitute records—where to find them and how to use their evidence. Case Study of Job Smith—how to use Land Company records.

10:00 am : New York Immigrants: British, Irish, Scottish, and French

(Advanced) New York launched a Nation of Immigrants: Over 80% of all immigrants arrived in New York—millions did not stay very long—they moved on.

11:00 am : New York Immigrants: Dutch, Italian, German, and Russian

(Advanced) The immigration records for much of the population of the United States are New York records. Castle Garden and Ellis Island belong to us all.

May 01, 2017
9:00 am : Skip New York? No!

(Advanced) Finding the Basic Genealogy Sources in New York and using their evidence to expand your family tree.

10:00 am : Locating New York Genealogy Resources: Special Projects and Collections

(Advanced) Special Projects and Collections online and offline—how to find them, how to determine their authenticity, and how to use them. Why Indexes are important and how to find them. Classes in Part One and Part Two include practical online demonstrations. We syggest that you have your laptops or tablets handy to follow along.

11:00 am : Locating New York Genealogy Resources: Special Libraries and Archives

(Advanced) Special Libraries and Archives—Why they are important and why you will want to use their books, maps, and manuscripts.