Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau: Kathy Stickney

33 Black Hickory Way
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Home: (386) 677-9712
Kathy Stickney graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in elementary education and a Masters degree in library science. She has been researching her family for 20 years. Her mother’s father’s family came from Germany and she has researched them extensively both in this country and in Germany. Most of her father’s family fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. She has methodically researched and written magazine articles about their involvement in the war. Her novel on them titled For Those I Love was released by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC in August 2013. Kathy is a graduate of The National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C. and The Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research at Samford University.  Kathy has had articles published in The Florida Genealogist,  Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine, The Patrick Henry Orator(quarterly publication of the Henry County Historical Group), the Ohio Genealogical Quarterly, the UDC Magazine, and the NGS Magazine. Kathy has combined her love of genealogy with her love of scrapbooking and has done several heritage scrapbooks.  She is a member of the Florida State Genealogical Society and serves as a member of the FSGS Pioneer Descendant Certification Committee.
Lecture Topics
  • “Researching Your Confederate Soldier”  (Using her father’s family members as a case study, Kathy traces them through the various records available on Confederate soldiers and their units.  Records illustrated include muster rolls, trench rolls, register for a hospital, register of prisoner of war, oath of allegiance, roll of surrendered prisoners, company transfer, home guard rolls, and pension records.  Information is provided on how to research a given unit, discover its chain of command, and the battles it fought.  People are encouraged to dig deeper and even visit the various battlefields. )
  • "Cemetery Research: Off Line, On Line, and In Person" (This talk explores sources for the various ways a researcher can locate the cemetery in which their ancestor is buried.)
  • “Reading German Church Records”  (Church birth, marriage, and death records from the 18th and 19th century are used to show how the researcher can glean genealogical information even without being able to speak or read German.  Less used records such as confirmation records and communion records are also illustrated.)
  • “Creating Your Heritage Scrapbook” (Using several heritage scrapbooks she has created, Kathy shows how to create your own heritage scrapbook.  The talk provides guidance on what to include and what not to include.  The emphasis is on preserving your family history in a way that will engage your family members who might otherwise not be interested in your genealogy.)
  • "Using Special Federal Census Schedules"  (This talk features a discussion of some of the non-population census schedules as well as one of the schedules for special population groups.  It covers the years for which these schedules are available, how they are linked to the Census of Population, what is contained in each schedule, how to use each schedule, the value of each schedule to a genealogist, and where copies of the schedules and transcriptions are available.) 
  • Finding Out More About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers  (This is a different type of newspaper presentation.  The purpose is to introduce the audience to the wealth of information they can obtain about the everyday lives of their ancestors.  The talk will begin with a look at primary uses of newspapers for genealogists: obituaries, marriage announcements, and birth announcements.  The talk will continue with a look at additional uses of newspapers for genealogists: education, occupations, political affiliation, community involvement, military service, and rattling the skeletons in the family closet.  It ends with a few suggestions of online sources for newspapers, some free and some subscription.)
  • Establishing Generational Relationships Prior to the 1880 Census This presentation shows difficulties in inferring generational relationships from the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses and then explores numerous types of records that the researcher might consult to establish such relationships.  Record groups include vital records, probate records, land records, military records, and civil and criminal court records.   Records that involve the dower rights of a wife are a surprisingly rich source of information for establishing generational links.  The presentation includes numerous examples from actual records to illustrate the types of information each record group contains as well as how to use that information to establish family relationships.  (Presented jointly with Clyde Stickney)
Previous Speaking Engagements:
  • Halifax Genealogical Society - Ormond Beach
  • Genealogical Society of Southeast Volusia County - New Smyrna Beach
  • Roots and Branches Genealogical Society - DeLand
  • Genealogical Society of Flagler County - Palm Coast
  • Volusia County Genealogical Society - Daytona Beach
  • The Villages Genealogical Society
  • Marion County Genealogy Society - Ocala
  • Jacksonville Genealogical Society
  • Amelia Island Genealogical Society
  • Treasure Coast Genealogical Society - Ft. Pierce
  • Central Florida Genealogical Society - Orlando
  • Florida State Genealogical Society 2014 Annual Conference - Gainesville, FL
  • 2014 Family History Conference - Orlando
  • St. Augustine Genealogical Society
  • Genealogical Society of South Brevard-Melbourne
  • Florida State Genealogical Society
  • Indiana Genealogical Society
  • Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
  • First Families of Pennsylvania
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
  • First Families of Ohio and Settlers and Builders of Ohio
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Halifax Genealogical Society
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy