Lisa Alzo

Online Genealogy for the Absolute Beginner

September 11, 2021 | 10:00AM-11:30AM (via Zoom)

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When you’re new to family history, the prospect of diving into the research process can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to navigating the countless number of online databases and other websites related to roots research. This session will walk beginners through the exciting journey of genealogy. Learn how to begin and build a family tree, what information is and isn’t online, what tools are available for recording and organizing information and sources, how to put it all together, and much more!

Lisa Alzo:

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She grew up in Duquesne, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa is the author of eleven books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles.  Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine and works as an online educator and writing coach through her website: Research, Write, Connect. She also developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Lisa is a frequently-invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and webinars. An avid genealogist for more than 30 years, Lisa chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.  Visit for more information.