Monday, September 20, 2010

SDGS Seminar on 9 October - National Archives and

The San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) Seminar is on Saturday, 9 October from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley.

From the SDGS Newsletter for September 2010:

N.A.R.A. and a representative from will guide us in using the N.A.R.A. website in finding records learning about the N.A.R.A. holdings of special interest to genealogists. We’ll also learn about the partnership between the N.A.R.A and and their website. The presentations will be live demonstrations giving a clear understanding of how these different websites function. Advanced registration is required for this event.

The Many Facets of the National Archives Website, by Kerry Bartels

This presentation focuses on the question, "What Records Do They Have in the National Archives?" Mr. Bartels will demonstrate how genealogists can use the various descriptive tools on the National Archives website to determine which records may be useful in their particular family history research. He will discuss the Archives and how the billions of documents in its holdings are organized.

The session will concentrate on locating descriptions of records in the National Archives valuable to genealogists but little known and little used.

Kerry Bartels is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Riverside in Southern California. He has been a professional archivist since 1977 and has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives. He has extensive experience with county, state, and Federal records as well as private manuscripts of individuals and records of private organizations. Over the years, he has written oral histories and administered a state micrographics laboratory and a conservation laboratory and other specialties. A genealogical practitioner since 1962, he has done research in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Who is Footnote, and what records do they have? by Justin Schroepfer

Justin Schroepfer from Footnote will provide us with a live demonstration of footnote, and explain:

• What’s on Footnote – What content is unique to footnote, how to navigate the content and find out what is on Footnote.
• Basic usage – Demonstrate a basic search, search results, the image viewer, uploading content,
creating footnote pages, etc
• Using Browse to search

• What’s on the search results – how it’s different from other sites
• How to use the facets to change the search results

The Seminar cost is $35.00 per person for SDGS members or $40.00 per person for non-members. Registration includes a seated luncheon. The Crowne Plaza charges $5.00 for all day parking with event validation. To register, please complete the registration form available online here.

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