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.


June 28, 2013
2:30 pm : New England Ancestors: New Research Strategies That Work

(All Levels) This presentation will focus on two specific strategies: 1) Before you begin searching the records for your New England Ancestors, spend some time learning the jurisdictional breakdown of the state where your ancestors say they originated. Each state is different. And these differences affect what records are available and where to find them. 2) Naming patterns--The 21st century explosion in DNA projects, tied each time to surname by direct descent, brings a new and perhaps unknown dimension into your research. How this new dimension will affect evidence in naming patterns remains to be seen–it's just too early to tell. Still a cautionary note is needed–back up all DNA evidence with actual documents each and every time--evidence from one can strengthen the evidence from the other. We will focus on the computer databases and special sources which list names with origins. Your ancestors may have already been located in a specific place or body of source material—just waiting for you to discover. Login First

6:00 pm : Tennessee and Kentucky: Twin Gateways to the South

(All Levels) Tennessee and early Kentucky are the most difficult states to researcher. Ancestors are often reported lost, or unconnected to their origins. This session will focus on the overlapping jurisdictions of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland. Surviving original sources, lost records, printed sources, newly-indexed records matched with bounty and land laws, migration patterns, overlooked records in previous jurisdictions. Remember that Tennessee and Kentucky are the frontiers of the original colonies. Login First

June 29, 2013
11:20 am : Evaluating Genealogical Evidence

(Experienced) Or, how do you know your records are accurate? Collecting, correctly matching evidence, compiling family units and pedigrees is genealogy. In a recent survey, 98% of genealogists questioned said they wanted their ancestors both documented and proven. What is the difference? Also discussed: “slips of the tongue” evidence, family traditions, resolving discrepancies, and how to bypass record source failure—burned courthouses and lost records. Special analysis tools will be demonstrated. Login First