Classes Taught By Elaine Powell

Elaine is available to present any of the following programs to any group:

DNA Don’t Lie 

Elaine will explain the three types of DNA tests that are used to determine ancestry — Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and Autosomal DNA. She will illustrate how she has used both y-DNA and autsomal DNA results along with genealogical records to break down her own brick walls. 

Attendees will learn which tests they should and should not take, which companies are the best to test with and why, and what to do with the results when they are received. 

She cites personal examples of how DNA results have helped her to solve mysteries in her own family, and how she discovered her true Hatfield heritage using Y-DNA results. 

Elaine has also participated in DNA Panel Discussions with others from the genealogical community in order to answer the many questions that genealogists have about DNA testing. 

Creating A Family Heritage Album

The Heritage Album class teaches the importance of creating a Family Heritage Album. You will be given a step-by-step plan of action that will teach you everything you need to know to create your own family heritage album — both traditional and digital albums. You will learn how to include the photos, documents, genealogy, and memorabilia of your family, past and present. You will learn how to interview your family members, how to journal the family stories, and how to include genealogical charts in your album.

Dating And Identifying Family Photos

This class will teach you how to date a photo, and will help you to determine who is in your unidentified photos.

Elaine will illustrate several different resources, including your own genealogy documents, to show you how you can identify the people in your photo collection. Handouts are provided to help you identify your photos at home. Class attendees may bring photos to be dated or identified.

Preserving Your Documents, Photos, Genealogy Papers, and Memorabilia

Elaine will teach attendees the proper way to copy, clean, repair, display, and store their photos, documents, family papers, letters, and memorabilia. Attendees will learn everything they need to know to prevent damage and preserve what they own. They will learn how home conditions, humidity levels, and temperature contribute to deterioration of items. Proper storage products, and products that can be purchased to help preserve and protect will be discussed.

Organizing Your Genealogy Papers & Documents

You will learn how to organize the “stuff” you accumulate as you research – all your documents, letters, miscellaneous papers, books, magazines, and more. You will learn the safe way to store your documents and how you can find what you need quickly. You will learn about the basics of file storage, and we will cover the best products to use to store your items. You will learn how to organize paper files as well as Internet files, your genealogy books, your computer documents, and more.

Tips & Techniques For Researching in Archives, Courthouses, and Libraries

While doing research on her Colonial ancestors in Virginia, Elaine Powell discovered what to do and what not to do while researching. This program will help you to avoid mistakes and omissions while doing your own research in courthouses, archives, and libraries. You will  learn techniques so that you can use your research time more efficiently, and get tips for documenting your research properly so that it is acceptable for any lineage society. You will also hear techniques on how to be better prepared, what to do before leaving home, and what to bring on your future research trips.

Lineage Societies — Why you may want to join and how to organize your documents to make the process easier

What is a lineage society? Have you ever thought you might like to join a lineage society like the DAR?  Why would you want to join a lineage society? There are MANY reasons why you might want to join.  How do you find out if you have an ancestor who might qualify you for membership in a lineage society? What are the different lineage societies and how does the application process word. Elaine will answer all these questions, plus show you how to get your ancestral documents organized so that if you do decide to join, you can find your documents quickly. And if you decide not to join, then you will still be organized!

Goin’ to the Chapel…

This program will focus on Marriage Records.  There are several types of marriage records that have been in existence since Colonial times in America. In this program I will discuss those and where you might find them. You will also learn about divorce records and where to find them. 

Genealogy Meets Archaeology

Elaine will present the discoveries she has made and sources found while researching her Virginia ancestors. Archaeological research has allowed Elaine to learn about her ancestors’ history in a whole new way. She will show how and where she did research and what sources others can use to discover their own heritage. 

If you are interested in having Elaine present one of these programs to your group, please contact her through this website or at

Elaine outside of the Ohio County Kentucky Courthouse.