About Cari A. Taplin, CG

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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 migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for several state, local, and national societies over the years including Education Chair for the Austin Genealogical Society, and on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research and consultation services. Cari focuses on midwestern states, methodology and researching family legends. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two/too cute kids.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designation CG a proprietary service mark, of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations. Certificate No. 1058, expires 24 February 2020.

Below is an extensive listing of Cari’s experience and credentials:

Credentials:

Current Genealogical Society Positions

  • Regional Representative • Association of Professional Genealogists • 2016-present
  • Director • Federation of Genealogical Societies • 2016-present
  • Education Chair and Board Member • Austin Genealogical Society • 2016-present
  • News Release Coordinator • Board for Certification of Genealogists • October 2015 – present

Conference Speaker

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies, Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA – “Finding Volunteers and Keeping Them,” “Build Memberships with Study Groups and SIGs,” and “Casting the Net: Denominational and Ethnic Newspapers” – 30 Aug – 2 Sep, 2017
  • Texas Institute of Genealogical Research – “Shining Stars and Hidden Gems: Texas Research Repositories” – 22 May 2017
  • National Genealogical Society Annual Conference – “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories” – 10 May 2017
  • Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference, Dallas, TX – “From Deeds to Dirt,” “Ahead of the Times: Texas Newspaper Research,” and “Who Lives Next Door? FAN Club Research” – 27-30 October 2016
  • Texas State Genealogical Society Annual Conference, Austin, TX – 3 presentations given: “My Cousin Trigger: The Power of Family Legends,” “More Than Obituaries: Using Newspapers to Enhance Your Research,” and “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories to Enrich Your Research” – October 30-November 1, 2015
  • Northwest Genealogy Conference, Arlington, WA – 3 presentations given: “Obituary Obsession,” “The Heart of it All: New England to Ohio Case Study,” and “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories to Enrich Your Research” – August 2015

Seminar & Institute Lecturer

  • Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Society, Annual Seminar, Shreveport, LA – “Using Lists to Find Proof,” “Using Church Records to Find Ancestral Origins,” “Canadian Migration Routes,” and “From Deeds to Dirt: Using Maps” – 12 August 2017
  • International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, British Institute, Salt Lake City, UT – “Using Lists to Find Proof,” “Canadian Migration Routes,” and “Using Church Records to Find Ancestral Origins” in the course “Crossing the Pond” coordinated by Eric Stroschein – 10-14 October 2016
  • Hot Springs Village (Arkansas) Genealogical Society’s Annual Seminar, featured speaker – 4 lectures – 17 September 2016
  • 1st Annual Western Slope Genealogical Conference, Montrose, Colorado – June 2, 2012
  • Estes Park Genealogical Society Annual Seminar, Estes Park, Colorado – August 14, 2010

Classes

  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Land Workshop Part 2: Rectangular Survey System” – 23 September 2017
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Land Workshop Part 1: Metes and Bounds Survey System” – 16 September 2017
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (Austin, TX) – “Get Organized!” and “Intermediate Concepts” – 14 September 2017
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Using Google’s My Maps” – 20 May 2017
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (Austin, TX) – “County Histories” – 28 May 2017
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (Austin, TX) – “Beyond Obituaries: Using Newspapers in Your Research” – 21 May 2017
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class- “Beginning Genealogy Concepts” – 13 January 2017
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (Austin, TX) – “Beyond Obituaries: Using Newspapers in Your Research” – 2 November 2016
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (Austin, TX) – “Beyond Obituaries: Using Newspapers in Your Research” – 25 October 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Beginning Genealogical Concepts” – 12 September 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around” – 13 August 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Intermediate Genealogy Concepts” – 9 July 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Genealogical Education Opportunities, Both Online and Off” – April 9, 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Get Organized This Year!” – March 12, 2016
  • Lifelong Learning Institute (Austin, TX) – “Beyond Obituaries: Using Newspapers in Your Research” – March 8, 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society Education Class – “Beginning Genealogical Concepts” – February 13, 2016
  • Beginning Genealogy series, August 2013 – May 2014 – Boulder Genealogical Society, Education Committee
  • GenProof28 Mentor, February-March 2014, Mastering Genealogical Proof by Tom Jones, 8-week study group
  • Front Range Community College, Westminster, Colorado – November 2013 (4 weekly, 2-hour classes) – Beginning Genealogy
  • Boulder Genealogical Society, Family History Fair – 29 June 2009

Presentations and Webinars Given (since 2010)

  • Sun City Genealogy Society, Georgetown, Texas – “Get Organized!” – 21 Sep 2017
  • Long Island, NY Library – “From Deeds to Dirt: Using Maps” – 22 July 2017
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society – “Using Google’s My Maps” – 7 June 2017
  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars – “Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips” – 10 March 2017
  • Association of Professional Genealogists, Virtual Chapter -“PERSI Possibilities: Better Searches with ACPL’s Periodical Source Index” – 1 March 2017
  • Austin Genealogical Society, Austin, TX – “Making Molehills out of Mountains: Get Organized this Year!” – 28 February 2017
  • Williamson County Genealogical Society, Round Rock, TX – “Using Lists to Find Proof” – 16 February 2017
  • Southern California Genealogical Society, Jamboree Webinar Series – “Who Lived Next Door? Using the FAN Club in your Research” – 18 January 2017
  • Sun City Genealogy Club, Georgetown, TX – “A Nose for the News” – 17 November 2016
  • Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society, Bryan/College Station, TX – “A Nose for the News” – 28 September 2016
  • Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference – “PERSI Possibilities: Better Searches with ACPL’s Periodical Source Index” – 22 September 2016
  • Bear Creek Genealogical Society, Katy, TX – “From Deeds to Dirt: Analyzing Research with Maps” – 8 September 2016
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society – “The Third Coast: Research in the Great Lakes States” (webinar) – August 3, 2016
  • Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Burbank – “An Obituary Obsession” – June 5, 2016
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society – “From Deeds to Dirt: Analyzing Research with Maps” (webinar) – March 2, 2016
  • Central Texas Genealogical Society – “Who Lives Next Door? Using the FAN Club in your Research” – March 28, 2016
  • Lake Kiowa Genealogy Club – “Who Lives Next Door? Using the FAN Club in your Research” – February 25, 2016
  • Williamson County Genealogical Society (TX) – “From Deeds to Dirt: Analyzing Research with Maps” – February 18, 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society – “Get Organized This Year!” – March 12, 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society – “Beginning Genealogy Concepts” – 13 February 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society – “It’s in the Bag: Preparing for a Research Trip” – January 26, 2016
  • Austin Genealogical Society – “Newspapers” – November 7, 2015
  • Texas State Genealogical Society, Annual Conference, Austin, TX – 3 Lectures “My Cousin Trigger: Power of Family Legends,” “More than Obituaries: Using Newspapers,” and “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories” – 30 October – 1 November, 2015
  • Central Texas Genealogical Society – “Obituary Obsession” – August 24, 2015
  • Weld County Genealogical Society – “From Deeds to Dirt: Case Studies in Analyzing Research with Maps” – July 3, 2014
  • Estes Park Genealogical Society – “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County and Local Histories to Locate Ancestors” – May 8, 2014
  • Castle Rock Genealogical Society – “An Obituary Obsession” – April 19, 2014
  • Mountain Genealogists’ Society – “The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County and Local Histories to Locate Ancestors” – April 10, 1014
  • Midwestern Ancestry Research Group, Castle Rock, Colorado – “What I Don’t Know About Illinois Research” – March 6, 2014
  • Broomfield Genealogical Society – “The Power of the Family Legend” – February 20, 2014
  • Boulder Genealogical Society – “My Favorite Civil War Ancestor” – February 4, 2014
  • Larimer County Genealogical Society – “Evernote for Genealogy” – November 21, 2013
  • Foothills Genealogical Society – “The Power of the Family Legend” – November 20, 2013
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming Genealogical Society – “The Power of the Family Legend” – October 8, 2013
  • Weld County Genealogical Society – “Evernote for Genealogists” – October 3, 2013
  • Boulder Genealogical Society – “Evernote and Evidentia” – October 1, 2013
  • Castle Rock Genealogical Society – “The Power of the Family Legend” – September 21,2013
  • Boulder Genealogical Society – “Genealogical Education: Institutes” – August 6, 2013
  • Adams County Genealogical Society – “A Nose for the News” – July 10, 2013
  • Colorado Chapter APG – “Evernote for Genealogists” – May 4, 2013
  • Niwot Family History Day, Niwot, CO – “The Power of the Family Legend” – April 27, 2013
  • Estes Park Genealogical Society, Estes Park, CO – “The Power of the Family Legend” – March 14, 2013
  • Colorado Genealogical Society, Denver, CO – “A Nose for the News” – February 15, 2013
  • Larimer Genealogical Society, Fort Collins, CO – “Piece by Piece, Page by Page” – September 20, 2012
  • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, CO – “Census Hurdles” – March 6, 2012
  • High Plains Heritage Genealogical Society, Brush, CO – “Finding Newspapers Online” – February 2, 2012
  • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, CO – “Beginning Census Records” – February 2, 2012
  • Larimer Genealogical Society, Fort Collins, CO – “The Power of the Family Legend” – November 17, 2011
  • Computer Interest Group (CGS), Denver, CO – “Evernote for Genealogists” – November 14, 2011
  • Castle Rock Genealogical Society, Castle Rock, CO – “A Nose for the News” – September 17, 2011
  • Longmont Genealogical Society, Longmont, CO – “Evernote for Genealogists” – September 14, 2011
  • Mountain Genealogists Society, Evergreen, CO – “The Power of the Family Legend” – June 9, 2011
  • Anthem Ranch Genealogy Society, Broomfield, CO – “An Obituary Obsession” – February 8, 2011
  • Hispanic Genealogy Research Group, Denver, CO – “Evernote for Genealogists” – February 5, 2011
  • Larimer Genealogical Society, Fort Collins, CO – “Finding Newspapers Online” – November 18, 2010
  • Heritage Eagle Bend Genealogical Society, Parker, CO – “An Obituary Obsession” – September 18, 2010
  • Broomfield Genealogical Society, Broomfield, CO – “A Nose for the News” – September 16, 2010
  • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, CO – “Using Reunion for Mac” – August 3, 2010
  • Longmont Genealogical Society, Longmont, CO – “The Power of the Family Legend” – 14 July 2010
  • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, CO – “Creating Websites for Family History” – 1 June 2010
  • Mountain Genealogists Society, Evergreen, CO – “An Obituary Obsession” – 13 May 2010

Publications & Projects

  • “Forensic Genealogy,” course for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, January 2017
  • “Form Strong Membership Bonds Using SIGs and Small Study Groups,” FGS Forum, Fall 2016, Vol 28, No. 3, p. 11.
  • “Education is Key: Enhancing Member Benefits Using Education,” FGS Forum, Summer 2016, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 8.
  • “Research: U.S. Midwestern States,” course for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, May 2016
  • Who Do You Think You Are?, season 8, episode 1, Aisha Taylor, aired 3 April 2016
  • “Seven Sites for Missouri Research You Don’t Want to Miss,” Crossroads, Utah Genealogical Association, Winter 2016, Vol. 11, No. 1, pg. 20.
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Iowa Genealogy,” January 2016
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Arkansas Genealogy,” January 2016
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Oklahoma Genealogy,” January 2016
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “South Dakota Genealogy,” January 2016
  • “Spotlight: Victor S. Dunn, CG,” article in On Board, BCG publication, January 2016.
  • Miriam Wiener, CG Emeritus,” article on the BCG Springboard Blog, 17 December 2015.
  • “Electronic Resources: Organize and Publish a Family Tree,” course for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, March 2015
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Obituaries in Genealogy: A Research Tool,” June 2014
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Anatomy of a Death Record,” November 2013
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Anatomy of a Marriage Record,” November 2013
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Anatomy of a Birth Record,” November 2013
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Establishing Proof,” October 2013
  • Legacy QuickGuide™ “Researching the Family Legend,” September 2013
  • “A Map is Nice but a Local is Better,” NGS Magazine, October-December 2013, Vol. 39, No. 4
  • “How Potty Training Can Help Your Genealogy,” NGS Magazine, October-December 2011, Vol. 37, No. 4 (reprinted in the Williamson County Genealogical Society’s Chisholm Trail in April 2016)
  • “The Power of Family Legends: How I am Related to Roy Rogers,” NGS Magazine, January-March 2011, Vol. 37, No. 1
  • “Timeline 3D”, software review, The Digital Genealogist, May/June 2009, Vol. 3, No. 3, pg 43
  • “Be a Virtual Volunteer”, The Digital Genealogist, January/February 2009, Vol. 3, No. 1, pg 9
  • “Search Engines” • Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly • August 2003
  • “Message Boards” • Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly • May 2002, Volume 34, No. 2
  • “Volunteering Via the Internet” • Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly • February 2005, Volume 71, No. 1
  • “First Word” Series • Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly • 2006-2011

Conferences, Workshops and Classes Attended

  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), June 2017 – “Mastering Genealogical Documentation,” Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG
  • Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR), May 2017
  • Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), March 2017 – “Applying Genetic Genealogy to a Forensic Specialty,” Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), January 2017 – “Forensic Coaching Lab: From Inquiry to Affidavit,” Catherine Desmarais, CG and Amber Tauscher
  • Professional Management Conference, Association of Professional Genealogists, Fort Wayne, Indiana – September 2016
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, Springfield, Illinois – August 2016
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, July 2016 – “Practical Genetic Genealogy,” Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, June 2016 – “Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy for the 21st Century,” Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, Kelvin Meyers, and Michael Ramage, J.D., CG
  • GRIP, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, July 2015 – “Problem Solving with Church Records,” Rev. David McDonald
  • Austin Genealogical Society, Annual Seminar, Judy G. Russell, May 2015
  • Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR), January 2015 – “Preparing the Field: Understanding the Agricultural Records of our Ancestors,” J. Mark Lowe
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), January 2015 – “From Confusion to Conclusion,” Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell
  • Rocky Mountain Genealogical Seminar, October 2014 – J. Mark Lowe
  • GRIP, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, July 2014 – “Law School for Genealogists,” Judy G. Russell and Ricky Sayre
  • Colorado Genealogical Society, Spring Seminar, Judy G. Russell, March 2014
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), January 2014 – “Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum,” Angela McGhie, coordinator
  • ProGen16, ProGen Study Group, June 2012 – December 2013
  • Rocky Mountain Genealogical Seminar, October 2013 – D. Joshua Taylor
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Fort Wayne, Indiana – August 2013
  • GRIP, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, July 2013 – “Mastering Genealogical Proof,” Tom Jones
  • IGHR, Samford University, Course 4 – Advanced Methodology by Elizabeth Shown Mills – June 2013
  • RootsTech, Salt Lake City, Utah – March 2013
  • National Genealogical Society Home Study Course, November 2011 – August 2012
  • GRIP, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, July 2012 – “Beneath the Homepage,” D. Joshua Taylor
  • National Genealogical Society Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio – May 2012
  • Colorado Genealogical Seminar, Spring Seminar, Geoff Rassmusen, March 2012
  • Colorado Chapter of Palatines to America, Fall Seminar, Lloyd Bockstruck, October 22, 2011
  • National Genealogical Society Conference, Charleston, South Carolina – May 2011
  • National Genealogical Society Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah – May 2010
  • Tom Jones Writing Workshop, Denver, Colorado – Sept. 24, 2010
  • CCGS Conference, featuring Tom Jones, Denver, Colorado – Sep. 25, 2010
  • “Got an Idea for a Book? Publish It!” – Workshop Series, Roots Publishing Workshops, 2010-11, Boulder, CO
  • Colorado Genealogical Society Seminar, featuring Joshua D. Taylor, March 2010
  • Family History Expo, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2009
  • FGS National Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah – 2005
  • “English Genealogy: Methods for Successful Research” by Sherry Irvine • 8-week class offered online through MyFamily.com – 2005
  • “Immigration and Naturalization” by George G. Morgan • 8-week class offered online through MyFamily.com – 2004
  • CCGS Regional Conference, Denver, Colorado – September 2002
  • Colorado Genealogical Society (CGS) Annual Seminars, held in the Spring, 2002-present

Awards

  • The Distinguished Service Award, 2014 – from the Boulder Genealogical Society
  • Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize, 2013
  • Real People Writing Real History Award (with Mary McRoberts), 2007 – Boulder Heritage Roundtable

Society Memberships

  • International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH)
  • Lone Star Chapter, APG
  • Austin Genealogical Society
  • Texas State Genealogical Society
  • Williamson County Genealogical Society
  • National Genealogical Society
  • German Genealogical Society
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Society
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Wood County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Association for Professional Genealogists (APG)
  • Genealogical Speakers’ Guild
  • Daughters of the American Revolution

Journals and magazines read on a regular basis

  • The Genealogist
  • The American Genealogist
  • National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Society Register
  • National Genealogical Society Magazine
  • Association for Professional Genealogists Quarterly
  • Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly

Past Genealogical Society Positions

  • District 13 Representative • Texas State Genealogical Society • 2016-2017
  • Coordinator ProGen 28 • October 2015 – March 2017
  • Nominating Committee • Federation of Genealogical Societies • 2016
  • Membership Committee • Federation of Genealogical Societies • 2014 – 2016
  • Volunteer at Carnegie Library, Genealogy Collection • Boulder, Colorado • 2001-2009; 2013 – 2014
  • Education Committee • Boulder Genealogical Society • 2013 – 2014
  • Nominating Committee • Boulder Genealogical Society • 2013
  • FORUM Committee • Federation of Genealogical Societies • 2013
  • Web Site Editor • Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS) • 2006 – 2013
  • President • Boulder Genealogical Society • 2011 – 2012
  • Recording Secretary • Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS) • 2008 – 2011
  • Vice President • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2010
  • Website Editor • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2001-2008
  • Quarterly  Editor • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2006-2009
  • Project Coordinator • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2006-2009
  • Delegate to the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS) • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2006-2010
  • Delegate to the FGS • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2005-2006
  • Member of Library Committee • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado • 2002-2006
  • Library Volunteer Coordinator • Boulder Genealogical Society, Boulder, Colorado• 2003-2004

 

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