Next Meeting: February 28, 10:00 AM MT
Speaker: Jenna Smith
Topic: Solving Complex Problems with Indirect Evidence: A Midwestern Case Study
Jenna will use a case study to demonstrate tips and techniques to solve complex research problems using indirect evidence. The research goal was to prove the identity of an early Oregon settler from Ohio using documentary and DNA research. This webinar will focus on the documentary research used to identify Jane's parents and their ten children. Various record collections were used, including state and federal census records, newspaper articles, deeds, and a Civil War pension application.
Jenna Smith is a forensic genealogist who specializes in solving complex cases involving probate, real estate, and oil and gas cases. She started college as a math major with a computer science minor who took genealogy classes for fun. After many detours, she graduated from BYU in April 2016 with a degree with an emphasis in family history and genealogy (and a minor in math). She has thirty-five years of research experience and enjoys helping friends and family solve tough research problems.
Jenna first attended Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2017 when she unknowingly registered for the advanced practicum. She survived and returned for many more institutes, including both forensics courses in 2021 and the DNA Dreamers series in 2022-2023
She is a mentor for the Association of Professional Genealogist forensic special interest group. She serves as a family history consultant in her community – helping new and experienced researchers develop more advanced skills. She has lectured on a variety of topics, including developing a research plan and solving difficult problems.
She loves living less than fifteen minutes from the family history library after being away for 25 years. She is happiest when she is relaxing on the beach, playing pickleball or spending time with her husband, three sons, and three daughters-in-law.