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 15, 2015
8:00 am : "In the Beginning..." everything was Virginia!

(All Levels) Virginia has a unique station in the development of what is known today as the USA. Many of our modern states and counties were carved out of what was once Virginia. Understanding the development of early Virginia is important to successfully and accurately recording your family history.

June 16, 2015
8:00 am : Basic Sources Used by Experts and Professionals to Bypass Burned Counties

(All Levels) Burned courthouses and other repositories create unique challenges in family history and genealogical research. This class will focus on overcoming those challenges.

June 17, 2015
8:00 am : Strategies for Accurately Researching Virginia Families

(All Levels) Learn the strategies of research that assist in correctly identifying and documenting the individuals in your Virginia family history. Make sure you have the correct family members identified for each family group in your research! Beginners and Experienced researchers will increase their research skills as they implement the strategies of fundamental research.

8:00 am : Migrations Into and Out of Virginia

(All Levels) Many individuals, families, religious and ethnic groups traveled through Virginia and some stayed. Tracking your family history and genealogy through this land is important to the accuracy of your family tree.

June 18, 2015
8:00 am : Early Virginia Research: The Jurisdictional Challenge, Part I & II

(All Levels) Finding the jurisdiction that holds the records you are seeking is half the battle. Learn about Virginia jurisdictions and how to combat the challenges.