Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
will be hosting the
Conference on June 18, 2016
Our speaker will be Paula Stuart-Warren.
Paula is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Her lectures, research, and consultations for individuals, societies, law firms, and Indian tribes seeking records and advice has taken her to many states, courthouses, archives, historical societies, and libraries.
She is the intermediate Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and teaches in other courses at both institutes. She has lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since 1993, and in many states and Canada on a variety of topics.
A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG, and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she serves on the Board of Directors of FGS. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Among the publications she has written for are the former Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, NGSQ, FamilyTree Magazine, and was co-author of Your Guide to the Family History Library. She currently has her own blog at GenealogybyPaula.com.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th St, Tacoma, WA. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for seminar attendees. Call them at (253) 383-0146 for more information.
- Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
Rather research than count sheep? Peruse books at any hour without starting the car or breaking into the library? County, town, and family histories, record abstracts, and more await. Digitized, photocopied, excerpted, abstracted, OCRd, and indexed books provide a strong likelihood of success via your computer and that medium called the Internet. Add newspapers, documents, family trees, pension records, periodicals, and more to the accessible items and you might be housebound for days (months?). During this session we will concentrate on books. Finding books online might be as simple as typing the title in your favorite search engine and enclosing it in quotation marks. Your search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc) is your best friend. The majority of the material listed in the handout for this lecture are links to FREE sites.
- Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
How many genealogists have heard that great-grandpa traversed this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records still extant which may tell us something about his ancestry or where he later went? This lecture addresses these questions. Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and how to determine current day access to the records.
- Untrod Ground: Sources You May Not Have Encountered
Genealogical guidebooks often repeat each other in the sources they teach us about. However, there are many other useful sources. You may already know about some of these – but have you actually used them? Genealogical problem solving involves the creative use of sources that many neglect to use. Resources related to occupation, religion, poor ancestors, traveling companions, and records beyond death are filled with family data.
- Controlling Chaos: Organizing Your Genealogical Materials
How tall are the stacks of your genealogical materials and in how many rooms are your papers and books stored? Is it time you made sense of your materials, organized them so they can be found, and determined what is important to keep handy? How should you store your important materials? Just starting your research? Why not organize sensibly from the beginning? Too far past the beginning? This session will help you deal with these questions, and also provide easy tips to help keep you on top of your organization. Whether you use electronic, paper, or a combination of methods, consistency is the clue. Specific examples will help the understanding of how common sense organizing actually can be. We’ll even discuss some lazy day methods to keep you on top of your filing.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.