As a current middle school English teacher and a past Toastmaster, I am well versed in creating engaging and useful presentations. The presentations listed are ones that I already have ready to go and have previously presented a few to my local genealogy groups. If you’d like something more specific or would like a workshop, contact me about the specifics.

I am also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. You can check out my profile here.

Current Presentations 

  • Genealogy for Beginners – half hour to an hour long presentation about how to get started and where to look for information – I normally customize this to each specific group
  • Expanding Your Genealogy Knowledge – for all skill levels that are looking educational opportunities in genealogy online and off. These include FREE online tutorials/lessons as well as those who wish to go more of an academic route. It also includes information on becoming a professional genealogist.
  • Citing Your Sources – for beginners or hobbyists who haven’t done too much citing in the past – This presentation covers the basics of what citation elements need to be included in your research notes on your sources. This does not focus on citations made for publications.
  • Writing Family Histories – an hour long presentation discussing the various ways to present your information, how to get started, and things to keep in mind when it comes to publishing in either book or blog form
  • House History Research – Ever wonder about your current home’s past owners? How the house came to be? What’s original and what’s not? This hour long presentation goes over records you can find AND how to look at the house for clues in dating.
  • Genealogy Beginner Class/Workshop– this will be a series of small presentations that are geared for beginners. We start with the basics of getting started and meet again to cover next steps and where/how to find records besides online. Access to computers during these presentations is a plus.

Presentations in the Works

  • Genetic Genealogy – How to use DNA in your genealogy research!
  • Maps/Land Records – Using land records and maps in your genealogy research – analysis, helping with brick walls, where to locate them, etc.


As a past English teacher, writing is something I love and enjoy. Here are some examples of my published articles:

Nichelle Barra, “Citing Your Sources: It’s Easier Than You Think!” South Bend Area Genealogical Society Quarterly Newsletter, Volume 40, Issue 2, April 2014, p. 17-19.

Nichelle Barra, “Deborah Sweeney’s Dear Mother, Love Daddy: The World War II Letters of Roscoe and Gladys Yegerlehner May 1942-September 1942 Review,” Indiana Genealogist Vol 26, No. 2, June 2015, p.46-47.