Michael Cassara - Genealogy SpeakerMichael Cassara has spoken on a variety of topics at major genealogical conferences, society meetings and in classroom settings.  As a professional genealogist, Michael brings over 25 years of experience in genealogical research to his presentations and is comfortable with groups of any size and ability.  A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Michael is based in New York City, and travels regularly to present on a number of different topics.

Custom talks are always possible, based on your society’s needs, but some current talks include:
  • 21st Century Italian Genealogy – There has never been a better time to do Italian genealogical research! With more and more records now online, this talk provides a strong overview for the beginning researcher, while including some lesser-known resources that will be of interest to even the most advanced researchers.
  • Cemetery Crowdsourcing Cemeteries frequently provide genealogists with clues that exist nowhere else. In recent years, even the most remote cemeteries have become accessible to researchers worldwide, thanks to the internet. This talk explores the future of cemetery research – including BillionGraves, FindAGrave, and other apps and databases – highlighting different strategies and approaches to make the most out of cemetery research.
  • Intro to DNA Over 15 million people have now taken some form of genealogical DNA test, and that number continues to grow exponentially. What types of tests are available and when should each be used? What role does genetic genealogy play next to traditional research, and how can the two be combined for optimal results? How can genealogists fully harness the power of genetic genealogy, and what does the future hold for this field?
  • Large-Scale Digitization on a Small-Scale Budget: Next Generation Archiving for Genealogists and Societies – first given at the APG Professional Management Conference in 2018, this talk explores digitization approaches for individuals and groups trying to get large amounts of content online. Features multiple case-studies and the latest equipment information.
  • One-Name Studies: What Are They and How Can They Help Your Research? A One-Name Study is “in-depth research on all occurrences of a single surname”. In this talk, Michael explores the different types of one-name studies/surname projects, including the latest software and methodology as well as DNA/technology.
  • Putting Things in Their Place: Paying it Forward in the Digital Age – Have you ever found an old photograph, scrapbook, or family keepsake from someone *else’s* family, and wondered how you might track down a descendant? This talk explores the many fascinating ways in which people are doing just that – helping to preserve our unique heritage and return things to where they belong!

For a limited time, you can watch Michael’s talk on “Cemetery Crowdsourcing” from the 2016 RootsTech conference on RootsTech.org at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/michael-cassara

If you would like to book Michael for your group or event, please contact him using this form.

Speaker bio:

Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in New York City, specializing in Italian/Sicilian genealogy, 20th century US immigration, and genealogical technology. He has frequently presented at national conferences, including four years of presentations at RootsTech, a recent talk at the 2018 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, and a popular 2019 APG Webinar on genealogical technology. Additionally, he speaks on numerous topics to local and regional societies throughout the United States. Michael holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University (OL19) and is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group (ProGen 43). 

Michael has served on the board of the Italian Genealogical Group for a number of years and currently serves as its President. In his “other” life, Michael is a leading casting director for theatre and film, having cast over 500 musicals, plays, and movies – in New York City and worldwide. He blogs about his research at DigiRoots.net and can be found online at @DigiRoots
 

UPCOMING TALKS

February, 2021

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
Top Ten Tech Tools for Genealogy.
Genealogy Club of Newtown (CT), 
via webinar

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
21st Century Italian Genealogy… with a New Jersey Focus!
Genealogical Society of Bergen County (NJ)
 
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via webinar

February 25th through 27th, 2021
RootsTech Connect – check back here for details as they’re available, and be sure to register for this exciting and FREE virtual and international RootsTech event!

April, 2021

Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Conference
(Columbus, OH)

February, 2022

Saturday, February 12th, 2022
21st Century Italian Genealogy
North Suburban Genealogical Society (NSGS) / Glenview Public Library


RECENT TALKS

 

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
One-Name Studies: What Are They and How Can They Help Your Research?
Fountaindale Public Library District
(Bolingbrook, IL), via webinar

Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at 10:30 AM (eastern)
Putting Things In Their Place: Paying it Forward in the Digital Age
Virtual Genealogy Association (VGA) – Annual Conference
via webinar

Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 1:30 PM (eastern)

Cemetery Crowdsourcing
Kinseekers Genealogical Society (Lake County, FL)
via webinar

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 7:30 PM (eastern)
Putting Things In Their Place: Paying it Forward in the Digital Age
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, New York City Chapter
via webinar (for members)

September, 2020 
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) – 2020 “Virtual” Conference
  • Facebook Groups: *Now* I’m a Believer!
  • Digital Organization for Everyone

Sunday, September 13th, 2020 at 2 PM
One-Name Studies: What Are They and How Can They Help Your Research?
Monmouth County Genealogy Society (Monmouth County, NJ), via webinar

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Top 10 Tech Tools for Professional Genealogists
New York Genealogy & Technology Group
 – NYG&B, 36 West 44th, Suite #711, New York, NY

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 10 AM
21st Century Italian Genealogy
Italian Genealogy Society of NJ – Clifton Memorial Library, Clifton, NJ

Monday, May 20th, 2019
Top 10 Tech Tools for Professional Genealogists
Association of Professional Genealogists – online webinar

Monday, November 19th, 2018
21st Century Italian Genealogy
Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society – Fairview Park, OH

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Cemetery Crowdsourcing
Monmouth County Genealogical Society – Eatontown Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ.

Friday, October 5th, 2018
Large Scale Digitization on a Small Scale Budget
Association of Professional Genealogists – Professional Management Conference – Kansas City, MO

Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 7 PM
21st Century Italian Genealogy
Sachem Public Library – Holbrook, NY

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at 10 AM
21st Century Italian Genealogy
Passaic County Genealogy Club – Paterson, NJ

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
One-Name Studies For Genealogy
Central Jersey Genealogy Club – Hamilton, NJ

Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Italian Genealogy
Rogers Memorial Library – Southampton, NY

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 7 PM
Cemetery Crowdsourcing
Connetquot Library – 760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Cemetery Crowdsourcing For Genealogy
Central Jersey Genealogy Club – Hamilton, NJ

Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Genealogy Software
Italian Genealogical Group – Bethpage, NY

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
21st Century Italian Genealogy
Capital District Genealogical Society – Colonie, NY

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Cemetery Crowdsourcing For Genealogy
Westchester County Genealogical Society – Dobbs Ferry, NY

Saturday, May 14th, 2016
One-Name Studies For Italian Genealogy: What Are They and How Can They Help Your Research?
Italian Genealogical Group – Bethpage, NY

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Cemetery Crowdsourcing
RootsTech – Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
21st Century Italian Genealogy
RootsTech – Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Putting Things in Their Place: Paying it Forward in the Digital Age
RootsTech – Salt Lake City, UT