Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch: Beginning Internet Genealogy

Excited about genealogy, but short on time?  You can make amazing discoveries using online resources!  These true research examples demonstrate the breadth of materials available and suggest next steps for when you have time to go deeper. (Recorded at RootsTech 2014.)

What a treat – it is informative, funny, and instructive… What an excellent presentation! I loved it. I think every genealogist will love it – please don’t miss this one!
Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings

The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: Conducting Story-Driven Research

The most hilarious genealogical lecture you’ll ever hear, this talk traces my research to uncover how one branch of my family was incarcerated in Leavenworth for defying one of the stranger pieces of legislation ever passed. Entertaining for everyone, this talk introduces a new way of approaching your research that will lead to unexpected discoveries.  (Recorded at the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2014.)

Reconstructing Small-Town Jewish Communities in America: A Case Study

While the history of the American Jewish community is largely an urban one, most of us have at least one branch from a small town. This talk will review research approaches for studying your ancestral small town and your family’s role in it. Along the way you’ll hear lots of memorable and surprising stories of what life was like for the residents of these places. (Recorded at the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2015.)

In Search of a Usable Past:  Reconstructing the Jewish History of Homestead, Pennsylvania

This talk examines the surviving records of Jewish Homestead to analyze the larger implications of this community’s story.  Through specific research examples, Tammy will present a broader process for situating our individual family histories in the historical record in order to produce a usable past that informs our present-day conception of ourselves, our identity, and our place in the contemporary Jewish community.  (Recorded at the Library of Congress in 2015.)

A Tale of Two Intertwined Communities: Squirrel Hill and Homestead

This talk explores the surprisingly symbiotic relationship between the communities of Homestead and Squirrel Hill that began in the 1890s and continues to the present day. Originally linked by long-forgotten urban infrastructure, Homestead and Squirrel Hill have since traded community and commerce for generations. Everything you think you understand about about Squirrel Hill will look quite different when contextualized within the longer history and strikingly different social fabric of its neighbor to the south. (Recorded at the Squirrel Hill Historical Society in 2020.)

Finding a Jewish Family’s Roots in Homestead

Tammy Hepps quit her job in New York City to research her family’s history in Homestead’s Jewish community. What did she find? (Video produced by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)

Family History Fanatics: Hidden History of Homestead with Tammy Hepps

Join us for a conversation with Tammy Hepps about the Hidden History of Homestead. She’s dynamic and entertaining and teaches you how to deep dive into your family history. (Recording of a livestream from 2019.)

How to Get Your Tech Start-up Taken Seriously by a Big Company

When a tech start-up cold pitches their offering for partnership with a big company, the working assumption will be that this lead has no value. Learn how a technology startup can overcome this barrier to get taken seriously by a big corporation. (Recorded at Sun Microsystems in New York City in 2009.)

“Great presentation, articulate speaker with highly relevant content.”

“Ms. Hepps of iVillage really knows her Internet. She spoke for about an hour and then fielded questions and then spent another hour after that speaking to individuals who came up to speak with her. She has tons of positive energy.”

“Tammy was excellent! Engaging and witty, approachable and very practical in her advice.”

“very well thought out and useful. the presenter was great and provided alot of real world examples.”