Need a speaker? Luana is a professional genealogist with over 30 years of experience as a researcher. She has lectured in many venues across the United States, including public and professional venues which include the National Genealogical Society, RootsTech, OGS and BYU conferences. She is available for speaking opportunities at conferences, workshops, seminars and banquets.

A full list of her current lectures is available for download. If the topic you desire is not listed, arrangements can be made for a custom lecture or presentation for your group.


  • Can You Hear Me Now? Voice Recognition Software for Genealogists (All)
  • A Powerful Analysis Tool – Using Excel to Expand Your Research Options (I, A)

Online Records and Collections

  • Beyond Ancestry – Overlooked and Underused Subscription Sites (B, I)
  • Read All About It – A Guide to Online Newspapers (All)
  • LDS Resources on the Internet – Where Can I Find Them and How Can I Use Them? (All)
  • The Librarian Knows Where It’s At – Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online (All)
  • ArchiveGrid: The Best Kept Secret Archivists Won’t Tell You About (All)
  • From the Heartland – Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research (All)
  • Hiding in Cyberspace (All)


  • State Census Records – A Hidden Resource (All)
  • The Tax Man Cometh – Using Tax Records to Solve Missing Ancestor Dilemmas (I, A)
  • Grandpa Was a Mason – Locating and Using Fraternal Society Records (All)
  • I Found Him in the City Directory – Extracting Amazing and Important Information from an Underused Source (All)
  • Turning Over in Their Graves – Dead Ancestors Can Help You Break through Brick Walls (All)
  • Follow the Money: Taxes, Wills, and Probate (All)

Professional Development/Business

  • Professional Development Brings Financial Rewards (I, A)
  • How the iPad Changed the Way I Work as A Professional (All)


  • The Research Calendar – A Resource You Cannot Live Without (All)
  • Madison Cheadle Is Found (I, A)
  • It’s the Details That Count: Using Religion, Ethnic Groups and Locations (All)
  • Surveying the Community – Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors (I, A)
  • Finding Hidden Gems: Strategic Searches on the Internet (All)


  • My Ancestors Knew Daniel Boone – Did Yours? Researching Along the Wilderness Trail (I, A)
  • From Ulster to North Carolina – The Scots-Irish Settlers (I, A)


  • DNA: Breaking Down Brick Walls (All)
  • DNA Project Groups – Helping You Get Closer to Finding the Needle in a Haystack (I, A)

Oral History

  • Remember What Grandma Said? How to Successfully Take an Oral History (All)


  • Treasures of the Family History Library (All)
  • Using the FamilySearch Wiki as a Research Partner (All)
  • Archives and Their Collections – Adding Community History to Your Family (All)
  • Treasures and Hidden Secrets of the Illinois Regional Archives – IRAD (All)
  • Digging into the Past – Finding Hidden Treasures in the Library of Virginia (All)


  • My Old Virginia Home – Records and Resources That Open Closed Doors (All)


  • Finding French Ancestors (I)


  • Timelines and Historical Happenings in Quebec (All)
  • Counting Quebecois: Using Census Records in Quebec Research (All)
  • Quebec Repositories, Archives, and Sources (All)
  • Immigration and Naturalization in Quebec and Ontario: Finding Your Lost Ancestors (All)
  • Drouin, Loiselle, and More: Gaining Access to Quebec Church Records (I, A)
  • Deeds, Wills, and Marriage Contracts: A Foray into Quebec’s Notarial Records (I, A)
  • Seigneurial, Grants, and Other Land Records in Quebec (I, A)
  • Boots on the Ground: Accessing Records in Ontario and Quebec (All)
  • And They Came by Way of Ontario (All)

German Research

  • An Essential Pennsylvania German Starter Kit: Overview of Literature & Databases (All)
  • Adding Character: Using Repositories and Archives to Enrich Your Pennsylvania German Ancestor’s Life (All)
  • The Palatine Immigrants – Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online (All)
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories (All)
  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece (I, A)
  • Boots on the Ground – Learning How to Access Records in Germany (All)


    B = Beginner
    I = Intermediate
    A = Advanced
    All = All audiences