Wednesday, January 16, 2008

CGSSD meeting on Saturday, 19 January

I received this announcement of the CGSSD program from Linda Hervig:

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 9:00 am to noon.

* At 9:00, User Groups will meet for Family Tree Maker and Reunion/Macintosh.

* There will be a break at 10:15.

* At 10:30 after announcements, Mary Van Orsdol will present “What do you find in PERSI?”

The PERiodical Source Index is compiled by the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Periodicals containing genealogical information are indexed, within certain limitations. This online resource is available from the Carlsbad City Library. Copies of the articles can be ordered from ACPL.

Mary Van Orsdol is the Genealogy Librarian at Carlsbad City Library. She received her B.A. in history from the University of California, San Diego, and her M.A. in American history from the University of Minnesota. She received her M.L.S. from UCLA and has worked as a librarian for over 25 years. Mary has been the head of the Genealogy Division at Carlsbad City Library for 11 years. She researches her own family and has a strong research background in New Netherland.

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pine Road turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any A, B, or S space. Please refer to our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website for driving directions and a map.

PERSI is one of the most important "traditional research" resources because most periodical articles are not every-word indexed in any database (only if the publisher has an index either online or on paper). The records in the periodicals are often unique and very helpful to solving brick-wall research problems.

Unfortunately, I'm going to be away this next weekend (no, I'm not going to the Chargers game...) and will miss this program. I'm counting on my CVGS colleagues to brief me on the PERSI presentation.

No comments: