What Happened to Uncle Walter? Evidence Analysis and Correlation Uncover a Man’s Dual Identities

Sharon Hoyt, CG
Aug 16, 2023
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About BCG
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Speaker's Introduction
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Who Was Walter Johnson?
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Walter's Middle Name
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Photographic Evidence
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Evidence Mining and Analysis
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Predictive Research
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Walter’s family lost touch with him after his 1920 arrest. Learn how collaboration, evidence correlation, and predictive research solved the mystery of Walter’s fate more than a century later.

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About the speaker

Sharon Hoyt is a researcher, speaker, and author from California’s Silicon Valley. Her primary research areas include New England, New York, the Midwest, Canada, and England. She is happiest when on the trail of a family story, particularly when i
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    Cathy Cline
    7 months ago

    I think I will try some of these tips for researching my father’s cousin who was at the Ohio State Hospital from 1935 until sometime in the 1970s when the mental hospital was closed. My last record for her is her Social Security application in 1977.

  2. AW
    10 months ago

    Very interesting presentation!

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    Traci Ashley
    11 months ago

    Fantastic. One of the best case studies and interesting stories presented here.

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    Elaine Drury
    11 months ago

    Great presentation

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    Helen Schenkelaars
    11 months ago

    Brilliant presentation and explanation of the research process, but a very sad story. I loved how it really unfolded as a story whilst still teaching. Everything was very clear, from the actual slides to progression from one stage to the next. A presenter I shall look out for in future.

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    Leandra Ford
    11 months ago

    Great explanation of research and a fascinating but tragic story. Many tend to think of drug addiction as a more recent problem and it is shocking to think of addiction in someone so young. As one who likes to understand the social conditions experienced by my ancestors, that’s a topic also worthy of further research.

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    Barbara Carpenter
    11 months ago

    Fantastic! I learned new sources, how to use them in a complicated search explained very well. One of my brick walls is in 1880’s Yolo, Placer and Fresno Counties, CA. My ancestor was orphaned at age 3 somewhere between 1884 and 1900. Thanks for the insights.

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    Marlo Myers
    11 months ago

    I wasn’t able to join you during the live presentation, but just finished watching. That was fantastic. Interesting subject matter and well presented. I was especially facinated by the Predictive Research. Thank you. I’ll be watching for your future webinars.


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