Cari A. Taplin, CG

Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that's what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) and as the President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari's personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she's not working on her genealogy, she is a wife, and a mother of two young adults.

December 4th, 2021 - LIVE Webinar!

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10:00 AM - How'd You Find That?!? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records

Obscure and hidden records are "out there" that can solve tough problems. How do you find them? Hear tips and methods for finding these records.

In this lecture we will take a survey of possible obscure record examples and talk about miscellaneous loose papers and manuscript collections as well as published sources. Local Historical and Genealogical Society Archives can be treasure troves for finding these hidden gems. Another great source for "hidden" records are university and college archives. We will look at ways to find and access those collections.

Time will be spent locating items in digital books including Google Books, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and others, to discover ancestors in digitized collections and reveal previously unknown details.

WorldCat & ArchiveGrid will be demonstrated as well.


11:15 am - Who Lived Next Door? Using the FAN Club in your Research

By researching our ancestors' Friends, Associates and Neighbors (their "FAN club") we can learn a lot more about their lives and break down brick walls that we may have been working on for quite some time. In this lecture, Cari Taplin will explain the FAN club principle or cluster genealogy, as set forth by Elizabeth Shown Mills and adopted by many genealogical researchers. Cari will give several case study examples of how this method of researching can take your research to the next level, place your ancestors in context to the social history surrounding them and give new insights to their lives.


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