Spring Conference 2018

Images of Our Ancestors

With Gail Blankenau


8:00 – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am Announcements

9:15 – 10:15 am Connect the Dots with a Migration Study

10:15 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 11:45 am Proof or Consequences: Change How You Approach Evidence

11:45 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm Who is Hiding in Your Drawer?

2:00 – 2:30 pm Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm Probe Those Probates for Hidden Clues


Gail Shaffer Blankenau

is a professional genealogist, speaker and author, specializing in German genealogy, land records, and lineage research. She first became interested in family history by looking for treasures in the attic when she was growing up. As a teenager, she started labeling old family photographs and things progressed from there.

As a professional, some of her recent client projects have taken her to Salt Lake City, Utah, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Missouri, as well as numerous projects in Nebraska. Her own roots are from almost every state east of the Mississippi.

In addition to performing private client research, Gail enjoys speaking and writing about genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Genealogist, Everton’s Genealogical Helper, The National Genealogical Society magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, The Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly and Nebraska Ancestree.