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.


March 16, 2015
8:00 am : Introduction to the NEW FamilySearch Catalog

(All Levels) This class is required! Learn how to find records in this amazing Library of almost 3 million reels of microfilm, 500,000 printed and manuscript books, with supporting online databases (9,000), and much, much more on 5 full floors! Or in other words: How to find and correctly document your ancestors without being intimidated by the sheer magnitude of the records available.

March 17, 2015
8:00 am : Research FUNdamentals: Basic Sources to Find Your Ancestors

(All Levels) This class will discuss several record types and their application to identifying the correct individuals in each family group. Did you know that at the time a couple is married more than sixteen different original documents may be created? Do you realize that a simple probate case can have more than 100 associated documents? Understanding the laws and reasons for creating different record types will give you additional resources to search in your quest for truth. Come learn about some of the basic record types and the other basic sources needed to begin your research.

5:30 pm : Research FUNdamentals: Strategies for Successful Genealogical Research

(All Levels) Learn specific research strategies that speed up your search time and focus your attention directly on the evidence you need to identify and document correctly the individuals in your family history. Make sure you have the correct family members identified for each family group: if you check and re-check the records already searched to see if they have been copied correctly, all you do is prove that you can read. This exercise does not prove your pedigree is accurate. Proof is built line upon line, document upon document. Some attendees at other retreats have said their research and their family trees were changed forever learning how to search and research differently.

March 19, 2015
5:30 pm : 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