Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

Speakers Bureau: Clyde & Kathy Stickney

33 Black Hickory Way
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Home: (386) 677-9712
Clyde and Kathy Stickney both graduated from Florida State University with undergraduate and graduate degrees.  They got the genealogy bug at the same time and have been researching their families for 24 years. Clyde’s family traces back from Key West, Florida into the Bahamas (his father’s side) and Barbados (his mother’s side).  Kathy’s family traces back from Alabama to England (her father’s side) and from Indiana to England and Germany (her mother’s side).
They are both graduates of The National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C. and The Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research.  They have had numerous articles published in genealogical and historical magazines.
They are active in their local genealogical society, Halifax Genealogical Society of Ormond Beach.  They are also members of the Florida State Genealogical Society and serve on the FSGS Pioneer Descendant Certification Committee as reviewers and records administrators.  Clyde has proven several family lines as Florida State Pioneers.  Kathy has proven several family lines as First Families of Ohio and First Families of Pennsylvania.
Lecture Topics (Kathy)
  •  “Researching Your Confederate Soldier”  This talk explores 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.
  • "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.
  • "Researching Your War of 1812 Soldier"   This talk begins with a brief sketch of the War of 1812, including sayings and songs that came out of the war.  It then explores the various records available on War of 1812 soldiers.  Topics included are: where to begin your research, discovering your soldier’s unit (muster rolls), military service records, pensions, and military bounty land grants.  Attention is given to the genealogical gems that can come from the various records.  Information is provided on what is available online and how to order copies of records from the National Archives.
  • “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.
  • "Pass It On: Sharing Your Genealogical Research" - After years of genealogy research, we often wonder how to share what we have learned with others.  The talk explores some of the various ways we can share our genealogical research.  Included is a look at: writing a family history, making a heritage scrapbook, writing family articles for genealogical and local historical journals, and posting family information online.  The major questions for genealogists to ask when considering which they want to do are: Who is my intended audience, What is my purpose, and What is the most efficient use of my time?
Lecture Topics (Clyde)
  • “All Rise!  Researching at the County Courthouse” This presentation explores the various types of records that are available at a county courthouse: vital records, probate records, property records, tax records, and court records.  Through various examples the presentation shows how to use those records in genealogical research.
Lecture Topics (Joint)
  • “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. 
  • “Taking City Directories Into the 21st Century” This presentation explores the wealth of information genealogists can find in city directories.  Some examples are: finding a list of newspapers published at the time to enable you know where to search for obituaries, seeing if your ancestor held a city office, finding a list of churches at that time to help in finding church records, and narrowing down a date of death.   The presentation demonstrates how to use city directories with censuses, Sandborn Fire Insurance Maps, and Google Earth.
  • "Digging for Genealogical Gold in Land Records"  Land records can be a rich source of genealogical information.  This presentation is designed to focus on initial sale of land from a government to an individual and covers from colonial times to the present.  Included is a discussion of the various federal land distribution programs and their value to genealogists.
Previous Speaking Engagements:
  • Halifax Genealogical Society - Ormond Beach (both)
  • Genealogical Society of Southeast Volusia County - New Smyrna Beach (both)
  • Roots and Branches Genealogical Society – DeLand (both)
  • Genealogical Society of Flagler County - Palm Coast (both)
  • Volusia County Genealogical Society - Daytona Beach (both)
  • The Villages Genealogical Society (both)
  • Marion County Genealogy Society – Ocala (Kathy)
  • Jacksonville Genealogical Society (Kathy)
  • Amelia Island Genealogical Society (Kathy)
  • Treasure Coast Genealogical Society - Ft. Pierce (Kathy)
  • Central Florida Genealogical Society – Orlando (Kathy)
  • Florida State Genealogical Society 2014 Annual Conference - Gainesville, FL (Kathy)
  • 2014 Family History Conference – Orlando (both)
  • St. Augustine Genealogical Society (both)
  • Genealogical Society of South Brevard-Melbourne (both)
  • Indian River Genealogical Society- Vero Beach (Clyde)
  • 2018 North Florida Genealogy Conference