Friday, May 18, 2007

Speaking at Questing Heirs on Sunday

This intrepid genea-muser is going on a genealogy road trip this weekend to speak to the Questing Heirs Genealogical Society in Long Beach CA on Sunday. We had QHGS President Liz Stookesberry Myers speak to CVGS in March, and I agreed to make a presentation at her society meeting.

The society meets in the parish hall of the Resurrection Lutheran Church at 1900 East Carson Street in Long Beach CA (approximately 1 mile north of Interstate 405, one block west of Cherry Avenue).

At 1:15 PM, there will be a "Let's Get Acquainted" session where John McCoy will interview me, asking hard questions like "what is a blog" and "what advice do you have..." After a break, I will present "Finding Your Elusive Ancestors in the Census Haystack" starting around 2:30 PM.

The summary of this talk is:

"Have you found ALL of the census entries for your ancestors? If not, why not? Probably because they were not enumerated or indexed correctly - and they are lost in the haystack of millions of census entries. The chances of finding your elusive ancestors in the census have improved since the days of printed name indexes, Soundex card searches, and microfilm cranking at the Archives or the FHC.

"This presentation will briefly survey the available census records, discuss the census taking process, examine the change from microfilm to online access to the census records, and describe methods to effectively search for your elusive ancestors using online census indexes and images."

Linda and I will be away from Friday morning until Sunday night, so blogging may be light. The hotel is supposed to have free high-speed Internet access, but "free" access is not always wonderful.

If you attend the QHGS meeting and are a reader of Genea-Musings, please let me know when I am there. I enjoy talking to my faithful readers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Aah, you're getting close to my hood, but not quite (I'm at the other end of the 605 from the parts where you will be). In fact, I'm curious if you'll be attending the So Cal Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank June 8-10. I sure hope so. I've gone and done the unthinkable and signed up to have a booth there. Lots to do before then. :) Let me know, I'd totally love to meet you!