Presentations & Publications


“The History of Pleasant Hill School and Cemetery,” Cornsilk, vol. 40, no. 3 (Fall 2021).

“How has the Census changed throughout the years?” Cornsilk, vol. 39, no. 3 (Fall 2020).

“Hidden Heroes of WWII: DeKalb County Women on the Home Front,” Cornsilk, vol. 39, no. 1 (Spring 2020). (See the online version of this article here.)

“Hidden Heroes of WWII: An honor roll of DeKalb Co. women veterans,” Cornsilk, vol. 38, no. 4 (Winter 2019). (See the online version of this article here.)

“1906: A New Minister at the Kingston Methodist Church,” Cornsilk, vol. 38, no. 2 (Summer 2019). (See the online version of this article here.)

“Two Brothers Operate Tinning Shop,” Cornsilk, vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2019). (See the online version of this article here.)

“Letters from a DeKalb Kaiser in the Great War,” Cornsilk, vol. 37, no. 4 (Winter 2018). (See excerpts of this article here, or see all the WWI letters here.)

(The Cornsilk is the quarterly magazine of the DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society.)


“DeKalb County Women in WWII”

November 2021 – American Legion Auxiliary, Willard Aves Unit 1010, Kingston, IL

November 2020 – DeKalb County Genealogical-Historical Society, Sycamore, IL

I presented a Veteran’s Day program highlighting the stories of female WWII veterans from DeKalb County, IL. This program was based on my research and blog series, “Hidden Heroes of WWII.” Learn more about the project here: DeKalb County Women of WWII.

“Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” (Panel discussion)

August 2019 – Heartland Hospice, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb, IL

I participated in a panel discussion about WWII in DeKalb County, and how it affected the local residents and agriculture. I shared stories, photos, and memorabilia from my grandmother, who served in the Navy WAVES during WWII, and my grandfather, who was a local farmer at that time. This event was held to commemorate the end of WWII.

“Organizing your Digital Genealogy Files”

March 2019 – Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL

This presentation was about digital preservation for genealogists. I talked about how digital archiving is different than backing up your digital files, and the essential steps for digital archiving. My blog series on this topic can be found here!

“Getting Started with Blogging for Family History”

October 2018 – DeKalb County Genealogical-Historical Society, Sycamore, IL

I hosted an informal Q&A about blogging for family history. During this conversation I talked about why people start family history blogs, setting up your website, writing blog posts, and privacy concerns. I also gave a tour of my own WordPress blog, and shared my own experiences of blogging and writing.

“Sharing the Stories of Your Ancestors”

June 2018 – Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL

img_0444I shared a presentation about Storytelling in Family History at the Wilmette Public Library in June. This presentation gave an overview of various options for sharing family stories, provided many examples of storytelling projects, and shared the basics of storytelling structures. Topics included recording oral histories, live storytelling, family history writing, blogging, photo books, family heritage cookbooks, social media, and more. As a librarian, I also provided a handout with many additional resources available at the library. See the blog series on this topic here.

Presentation at the 2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

January 2018 – Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago 

Creation and use of heraldries in Early Modern Spain presentationI presented my paper, “Creation and use of heraldries in Early Modern Spain: An investigative case-study of Nobiliario genealógico de varias casas de España,” at the graduate student conference, hosted by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. This paper was based on my ongoing research about a Spanish heraldic manuscript. I hope to publish this paper in a scholarly journal this year! See my slides here.

Spanish Genealogical Manuscript poster presentations

April 2018 & November 2017 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


I presented a poster at the 2017 iSchool Research Showcase and the 2018 iSchool Master’s Student Research Showcase, both at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The title of my poster was “The 450-year life of the Nobiliario genealógico de varias casas de España: A brief biography of a manuscript.” Click here to see a copy of my poster! (This is the same Spanish manuscript that I wrote about in this blog post!)

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