March Program

March 16, 2024 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Speaker: Jennifer Roodzant
After the Fire: Overcoming Record Loss

Zoom only

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9:30-10:00 AM – Sharing and socializing – open mic 

10:00 AM-Welcome and brief announcements followed by the speaker

Program Description

Did you know over six-hundred counties and parishes within the United States have experienced record losses? Jennifer will demonstrate techniques to advance research objectives while working within a burned county. Jennifer will present examples of the methodology used to work around the destruction of sources.

Target Audience: All

Syllabus: 4 pages (I can modify based on genealogical society requirements)


  1. What is a burned county? 1890 census and Missouri WWII record destruction
  2. Maps and statistics about record loss within Arizona and surrounding states
  3. Where to start?
  4. Record loss is a clue to placing ancestors in a historical context
  5. Verify lost records and sources not lost
  6. Enhanced descriptions of jurisdictions and boundary changes
  7. Duplicate, substitute, and replacement sources
  8. Online and offline repositories
  9. Correspondence and home sources
  10. Collateral Research – The FAN Method
  11. Case Study – overcoming record loss
Speaker Bio

Jennifer Roodzant  

Jennifer Roodzant is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in DNA and southern U.S. research. She is a former secretary for the Napa Valley Genealogical Society and is a certificate-holder in Genealogical Research from Boston University and ProGen Study Groups. Jennifer applies the genealogy standards to resolve complex research objectives.