Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau: Karen A. Fortin

Karen A. Fortin
6997 77th Terrace
Pinellas Park, FL 33781-3012
727-510-5271
Website: karenfortin.com
 
Lecture Topics:
  • HISTORICAL CONTEXT:
    • Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Reconstructing Life in a Community Using Death Certificates
    • King Philip's War, 1675-1676: Causes & Consequences
    • Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode Them
    • Was Your Ancestor Accused of Being a Witch?: Exploring the Colonial New England Witchcraft Trials
  • GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES, METHODS, & MORE
    • AmericanAncestors.org: Searching the Online Databases
    • Creating Google Earth Tours
    • Grow a Family Tree: Introducing Genealogy
    • Grow a Family Tree! (Youth version)
    • Local & County History Books
    • Library Catalog Searching for Genealogists
    • Sharing Interesting Ancestors with Family: Writing Brief Narrative Sketches
    • They Died of What?!: Understanding Historical Causes of Death
    • Walking in Their Footsteps: Locating Places Where Our Ancestors Lived and Worked
  • GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS AND SHORT-TALKS
    • Buried Treasure: Exploring Your Family History Collection
    • Salem, 1692 [Short-talk]
    • They Died of What?! [Short-talk]
    • Walking in Their Footsteps: Visiting Places Where Your Ancestors Lived and Worked [Short-talk]
Previous Speaking Engagements
  • Pinellas Genealogy Society
  • Imperial Polk Genealogical Society
  • Suncoast Genealogy Society
  • Pasco County Genealogical Society
  • Clearwater Public Library System
  • Dunedin Public Library
  • Genealogical Society of Sarasota
  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
  • East Lake Community Library
  • South Bay Genealogical Society
Biographical Sketch:
 
Karen Fortin received her Bachelor's Degree in History and her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She worked in a variety of positions at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library in Pinellas Park, FL for 30 years.
 
Karen's love of history, especially family history, led her to an interest in genealogy.  She began volunteering with the Pinellas Genealogy Society in Largo, FL in 2012, and started her own business providing genealogy and history presentations in 2016.  One of her goals is to help people explore historical periods, places, and events so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived.
 
Travel
  • Willing to travel more than 150 miles