Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau: Ann Mohr Osisek

2155 Huron Trail
Maitland, FL 32751-3928
407-645-1440 (phone & fax)
407-463-3798 (cell)
Lecture Topics
  • “Where Have All The Cousins Gone” - Connecting on the Internet
  • “Backing Up To the Boat” - Immigration and Naturalization
  • “Calico & Cornbread” - Finding Your Female Ancestor
  • “He Said, She Said, They Said” - Importance of Oral History Interviews
  • “AAA Isn’t The Only Show In Town” - Diligent Preparation for a Research Trip
  • “Out of the Census Into the Bookstacks” - Using Varied Library Resources
  • “The Paper Trail” - Ins and Outs of Courthouse Research
  • “Dead Men (and Women) Do Talk” - Effective Cemetery Research
  • “Fast Forward In Reverse” - Backing Up To Go Forward
  • “My Family Were Methodists or Were They” - Finding Religious Records
  • “Marching Through The Files” - Importance of Military Records
  • “Local Logic” – Using Local and County Histories
  • “Legends, Lies & Lineages” – Family Fiction vs. Genealogical Facts
  • “Not Just a Clockmaker” – Exploring Your Ancestor’s Occupations
  • “The Myths of Migration” – Concentric Circles in Census Records
  • "Chronological Logic" -- Timelines in Genealogical Research

Luncheon Talks

  • “Once Upon A Desk” - Organization Is Not a Fairy Tale
  • “Go Fishing - I’m Looking for Dead People” – When Your Spouse Is NOT a Genealogist
  • “Genealogy For The Disinterested” –You CAN Become a Family Historian

Classes & Workshops

  • Beginners Class - Includes Home Clues, Recording & Organizing, Vital Records & Courthouse Research, Religious & Cemetery Records, Military Records, Passenger & Immigration Records, Census & Soundex
  • Intermediate Class - Library Research - Genealogical Collections including Newspaper Research, City Directories, County/Local Histories, PERSI and more. LDS Family History Library Research in depth.
  • Programs and Classes may be “customized” to suit your organization or group.

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • •Central Florida Genealogical Society Workshops, multiple times
  • •Central Florida Genealogical Society Programs, yearly
  • •East Central Florida Genealogical Society Co-op Annual Share Fair - 1997-2000
  • •Florida State Genealogical Society Annual Conference - multiple times since 1998
  • •Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, Orlando, FL - 2003
  • •Federation of Genealogical Societies - APG Conference, Boston, MA - 2006
  • •John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC - yearly since 2000 (2012 August class)
  • Florida Genealogical Society, Tampa, FL
  • Tanglewood Genealogy Club, Sebring, FL
  • •The Lee County Genealogical Society, Fort Myers, FL – 2003
  • •The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee, FL – 2003
  • •The Villages Genealogical Society, Lake Co., FL – multiple times
  • •The Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, FL - 2003
  • •Roots & Branches Genealogical Society - Deland, FL - classes & annual programs
  • •Halifax Genealogical Society - Ormond Beach, FL -multiple times
  • •Citrus County Genealogical Society, Inverness, FL - several times
  • •Treasure Coast Genealogical Society, Fort Pierce, FL
  • •Palm Beach County Genealogical Society, West Palm Beach, FL
  • •Marion County Genealogical Society, Ocala, FL - multiple times
  • •Jewish Genealogical Society of Central Florida. Orlando, FL - multiple times
  • •Afro-American Genealogical Society, Orlando, FL
  • •North Brevard Genealogical Society, Titusville, FL
  • •Brevard Genealogical Society, Cocoa, FL
  • •Genealogical Society of South Brevard, Melbourne, FL - multiple times
  • •Volusia County Genealogical Society, Daytona Beach, FL - multiple times
  • •PastFinders of South Lake County, Clermont, FL
  • •Apopka Historical Society, Apopka, FL
  • •Sanford Historical Society, Sanford, FL
  • •Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Orlando, FL Conference
  • •Elderhostel Programs - San Pedro, Canterbury and Deer Haven Retreats
  • •Harry P. Leu Gardens Education Department, Orlando, FL - multiple times
  • •University Club of Winter Park, Winter Park, FL - multiple times
  • •Osceola Library System, Kissimmee, FL - Instituted Genealogy Programs - 1991
  • •Presentations for Orange & Seminole County School Systems
  • •Disney Cruise Lines, Orlando, FL - Workshop at Sea – 1998
  • Willing to travel


A native of West Virginia, Ann has been a Central Florida resident for the past thirty-seven years and has served as Managing Instructor for the Genealogy Programs at the Disney Institute in Orlando, FL. She taught genealogy classes for the Orange County, FL Adult Education Program for nineteen years and was a computer lab genealogy instructor at the Seminole County, FL Community College.  Ann has been a genealogical instructor in the Elderhostel Program in central Florida and teaches a week-long genealogy class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.  Ann is a Past President of the Florida State Genealogical Society, a Past President of the Central Florida Genealogical Society. Ann has completed courses at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research in Birmingham, AL and was a 1997 recipient of The Florida State Genealogical Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of genealogical education.  She has been published in the FGS Forum, the APG Quarterly and numerous genealogical and historical society journals.