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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SMCGS Fall 2016 Seminar

Research Rewards 
From Paula Stuart-Warren 
 Genealogy By Paula


Saturday 22 Oct 2016
9am-3pm

Paula Stuart-Warren CG (raised SM), FMGS, FUGA. Paula is a nationally-known lecturer,
professional genealogist as well as an author. Her research specialties include methodology,
 research planning, the U.S. National Archives, Midwestern and Plains states, Minnesota Historical Society,
the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, American Indians and unusual records. 

 A Program of Four Lectures
  • What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans ... From the analysis of known information to the creation of research goals for finding the elusive answers, your research success ratio is improved with careful planning and use of proven techniques. Taking and dissecting raw data so that a detailed research plan evolves is easier than you might think. What do you do next with those documents, letters, family stories, and other items you found or were sent by your aunt? Failure to make a research plan runs the risk of overlooking important clues in the records we already have and repeating the same research. This session includes hands-on exercises. A research plan is truly not a daunting task.
  • NUCMC & Its Cousins: Keys to Lost Ancestral Records ... Where might Great Aunt Sadie’s diary be today? Where might records of the circuit rider from Ohio, Indiana, or Michigan be located? What repository houses the business records of an ancestor? Where might you find the files of a relative who was working on a lineage society application? As our families migrated westward, the records associated with them may have been left in several places. Many genealogists think that there are no records for part of the family but substantial information could be buried in a manuscript collection. There are many finding aids online and off that lead to these nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material. One important aid since 1962 is the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) which is a cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. Almost 2,000 manuscript repositories from all across the U.S. have provided descriptions of manuscripts held in their possession.
  • Newspaper Research: The Dailies, Weeklies and Beyond ... Newspapers are one of the most important research sources. Too often genealogists use only the “generic” newspapers in their research. The ethnic, cultural, college and university, organizational, neighborhood, cultural, foreign language, and religious newspapers are often overlooked. Many of these have been indexed, though it may take some extra detective work to locate the indexes. This session presents details on the tremendous amount of information to be found in the usual newspapers and also these “other” newspapers and on how to locate them and any indexes. Learn how to locate the newspapers all over the U.S. and wring more information from them. 
  • Research Rewards in County Courthouses and Town Hall Records ... Courthouses and town halls all across the U. S. are treasure troves of records for family history research. Learn about vital, probate, tax, divorce, naturalization, criminal and civil court records. Today the records might be in an archive, historical society, on microfilm via the Family History Library, or even online. Learn what these records hold and how to find and access them and indexes. The examples used in the lecture focus on historical rather than current records and on the county and town level records


Menlo Park LDS Church 



Doors open at 8am - Registration, Book Sales & Silent Auction

Family History Center will be open during breaks, lunch and after the Seminar


Preregistration by 14 Oct 2016  -- Members:   $37.00 each   Non-Members:  $42.00 each   LUNCH:  $8.00 each  (registration includes Includes SYLLABUS)

Registration after October 14 & Walk Ins $48.00.

Become a new member, good thru Dec 2017 for $30 and save $5 on the seminar.



*Paula holds the ​Certified Genealogist® credential and is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and strives to keep up-to-date by participating in national and local conferences, reading the publications of many genealogical and historical organizations and individuals. She also gives back to the Genealogical Community. She served two years as a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has been an APG Committee Chair; served six years as a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and continues as an active volunteer in genealogical, historical, and professional organizations. She currently serves on the Federation of Genealogical Societies Board of Directors and chairs the FGS Awards Committee. She has lectured at NGS and FGS national level conferences since the early 1990s.

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