The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Forsyth County Genealogical Society


“Digging Deeper into Your Family History”

With Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 AM–4:00 PM – Registration 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

$42 for NCGS or FCGS members – $52 for non-members

Price includes lunch.

You may register and pay online at the NCGS website –  To take advantage of member pricing, you may first join NCGS by visiting the membership section of the website.

Register by June 10 to be assured of lunch and program packet!

The workshop will be held at the Knollwood Baptist Church,

330 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem NC 27104

Dr. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana. He retired from his veterinary medicine career in 2013 to pursue genealogical research full time as a profession. He is a national and international speaker and has contributed to numerous journals and periodicals. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales of our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past. More about Dr. Lacopo may be found at

The full-day workshop will include the following four lectures:

“Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the Evidence.” When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn’t “add up” it’s time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is especially pertinent today with so many family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.

“More than the Census: Our Families Did Exist Between those 10-Year Intervals” This lecture will show the researcher that it is important to identify our ancestors’ whereabouts in as many local records as possible. A lot can happen in ten years! If you don’t look harder, you won’t find them.

“Incorporating Social History into Your Research” Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must-read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed.

“She Came from Nowhere” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogy Problem”. This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as employing a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research, and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere”.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website.

Note that a limited number of rooms for out-of-town attendees will be held at the Best Western Plus Hanes Mall Hotel in Winston-Salem, NC. Please contact the NCGS about availability.