The program focuses on commonly used records such as immigration, military, land, African American, and naturalization. Complementing those core lectures will be presentations on lesser-known federal records useful to family historians. The group spends one day at Archives II in College Park, Maryland, and there are optional evening sessions at the Library of Congress and the DAR library.
Enrollment is limited. Application brochures will be mailed early February 2015. The class fills very quickly. Tuition is $400 for applications postmarked on, or before, 15 May 2015, or $450 thereafter. Scholarships are available. Add your name to our mailing list to receive a brochure by either filling out the Mailing List Form; e-mailing us; or writing to NIGR, P.O. Box 118, Greenbelt, MD 20768-0118.
Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CGSM, FMGS
National Institute on Genealogical
Research (NIGR) and the larger genealogical community
are mourning the loss of
Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CGSM, FMGS, who
died on January 16, 2015,
after a battle with cancer. Patty was widely known as
the Director of NIGR
for the past seven years, guiding
hundreds of attendees during their first research
endeavors at NARA in
Washington, D.C.She is being remembered for her
expertise, generosity, ready
smile, and remarkably broad career. Her specialties were
federal records, lineage applications, and methodology.
Patty was actively involved at every societal level. Her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Maryland made her a valued organizational volunteer. Certified by the Board of Certified Genealogists® since 1999, she was a trustee of the BCG Education Fund and its treasurer. She was the treasurer of the National Genealogical Society from 2003 until 2006.She served on the board of the Maryland Genealogical Society for several years, including one term as treasurer. She became the registrar of the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society in 1998, a position she still held at her death. She had been a volunteer staff aid at NARA since 2005 and served as a mentor for the ProGen 6 study group.
lectured nationally, including at
NGS conferences, and continued to present locally.She wrote Research in
Maryland of the NGS Research
in the States Series, authored several guides published
in the Maryland
Genealogical Society Journal, and
was a long
time contributing editor to The PGCGS
Bulletin. She received the Jane Roush McCafferty, CGSM, Award of
Excellence from the Prince
George's County Genealogical Society in 2009. In May of
was named a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society
for her outstanding
scholarship, contributions to MGS, and the genealogical
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas Shawker, with whom she shared a passion for genealogy, her mother, four siblings, and six nieces and nephews.
Information about upcoming NIGR programs will be posted here soon.
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