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.

Schedule

May 02, 2014
2:30 pm : Virginia Research: The Jurisdictional Challenge, Part I & II

(Experienced) This class will be taught in two separate hours. Virginia has suffered major record loss by fire, flood, and general chaos over 400 years. And early Virginia genealogical sources—at least through 1820, omit large chunks of people—a research fact most genealogy textbooks neglect to tell you. Consider these omissions--wills (40% to 80%), probate inventories ( up to 60%), tax and tithable lists (10%-20%), church records (over 50%), deeds (up to 50%), censuses (up to 35%), passenger lists (over 40%). These startling facts require a new, different, more effective genealogy approach. Login First

 
3:50 pm : Virginia Research: The Jurisdictional Challenge, Part I & II

(Experienced) This class will be taught in two separate hours. Virginia has suffered major record loss by fire, flood, and general chaos over 400 years. And early Virginia genealogical sources—at least through 1820, omit large chunks of people—a research fact most genealogy textbooks neglect to tell you. Consider these omissions--wills (40% to 80%), probate inventories ( up to 60%), tax and tithable lists (10%-20%), church records (over 50%), deeds (up to 50%), censuses (up to 35%), passenger lists (over 40%). These startling facts require a new, different, more effective genealogy approach. Login First

May 03, 2014
10:00 am : Tracing Your American Ancestors Who Lived through Colonial Wars

(All Levels) Much record loss has occurred in Virginia and throughout the American South where Virginians settled early—South Carolina, Georgia, even Tennessee and Kentucky, and Louisiana. Records generated by Colonial Wars and Indian disturbances have survived at all record-keeping levels. This session will concentrate on what these records are, where they can be found, how to search them, and how to prove your family relationships using these sources. Be the first genealogist to identify and extend your Colonial Virginia ancestry searching records few genealogists check! Login First

 
11:20 am : Why Revolutionary War Records are Important?

(All Levels) More than 425,000 males aged 16-60 (some even younger who lied about their age), and some women served in the Revolutionary War (1774-1783). Over 85,000 drew pensions from the Federal Government. This means these pensioners survived the War long enough to file an application after the first full pension act was passed in 1832. An unknown number received state pensions before that time or other aid and assistance from county and state agencies. Login First