In my professional life as a brand developer (26+years) and business owner (19 years), I am very experienced in giving large-scale brand presentations and breaking down complex topics into working methodology. I also teach MS Word and MS PowerPoint and have trained users of all skill levels for private corporations including AIG, Haverford Trust Company, and SEI.
My genealogical research started, as many do today, with clicking leaves on Ancestry.com. Since then, I have attended numerous talks and conferences, completed advanced certificate programs, and have stepped up on dozens of society and volunteer projects and initiatives, including a project called “Bergen County in Five Objects,” which received a grant from Bergen County, NJ. In both my genealogical editorial positions, my articles focus on explaining complex research and technology issues and breaking them down into manageable, and actionable, components.
The proposed topics are close to my interest, reflective of my expertise, and I am happy to share these areas of personal expertise with the genealogical community.
I love presenting and am a high-energy presenter who is adept at tailoring my talks to the skill level and interests of those who come hear me speak. I am passionate about growing membership and for societies to reinvigorate their mission and members.”
Believe it or not, researching your Revolutionary and Civil War ancestors has just got a lot more interesting. In this talk, we’ll look at some under-used resources at the State level, a whole new collection at the NYPL, and the digital changes happening at NARA—which brings more access at the same time that records are being retired to deep storage.
There are as many ways to organize genealogical information as ancestors in our family tree—and most find that they improve their methods as their records grow. Michelle D. Novak will explore organizational methods for digitizing, naming, and organizing your paper and digital files, discuss common technology pitfalls to avoid, and present ideas on to help your research live beyond today’s technology. Well draw inspiration from the past, set up common-sense systems, protect against “a matter of when” disasters, and find inspiring ways to share your research with your family.
You’ve clicked leaves. You’ve made discoveries. You’ve hit dead ends. Is that all there is? This talk will introduce new and intermediate family history researchers to easy to reach resources as well as peek into the world of deeper genealogical research. We’ll touch upon working with archives and libraries, meeting the ‘locals’ at your local societies, some practices to organize and stay on top of what you find, ways to share what you find with your family, and how growing a bonsai instead of an oak might save your sanity. Along the way, Novak will offer some great, often humorous, examples from her own research. Get ready for a fast-paced tour through your next steps in your genealogical research!
Explore the resources available, online and off, for getting to know more about your Revolutionary War ancestors—and if they were from New Jersey, you may be in for some extra pleasant surprises. Michelle D. Novak will share her favorite sites and collections for researching records including Fold3/Ancestry, the National Archives, The David Library of the American Revolution, NJ State Archives, and the DAR Library in Washington DC.
- Differences between a Blog and Social Media—and what personality type fits each best
- How is the dialog different between the two?
- How can the two be used in complement?
- What to avoid in both, professional pitfalls
- How to measure success
- What’s a plan for your Social Media—and why you need one TODAY
Few industries have seen as much upheaval as genealogy. What once was a niche hobby is now a multi-billion-dollar business—and it is poised to get much bigger. In its wake, too many Societies have been left scratching their heads about what to do next and how to find their audiences.
The good news is that it’s never been easier to explain what you love to do. All those commercials and TV shows have bought genealogy to millions—and as a community, we need to ride this wave.
This presentation will endeavor to present a personal perspective from the inner workings of Societies. The mental roadblocks, organizational obstacle courses, and “little” thinking that’s holding many Societies back.
Conversely, we’ll look at some examples from Societies and companies that are moving the needle—and how we can hitch onto their momentum.
Your research can come alive with images—but finding, procuring, and preserving images is a daunting prospect for many researchers. In this talk, we’ll look at all three—from the view of a designer, researcher, and photographer, Michelle D. Novak. She will show us ways to find images in collections, how to respect copyrights of those you find, how to organize digital assets, and some tips for protecting the ones in your own collection.