Wednesday, August 7, 2013

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 10 August: Mary Van Orsdol

The San Diego Genealogical Society monthly meeting is on Saturday, 10 August 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd, at Jackson Drive) in San Diego.

The speaker will be Mary Van Orsdol, who is the Senior Librarian for Genealogy & Carlsbad History at the Carlsbad (CA) 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 30 years.  Mary has been head of the Genealogy Division at Carlsbad City Library since 1997 and head of the Carlsbad History Collection since 2012.  She researches her own family and has a strong research background in New Netherland.  Her two talks will be:

1)  "Library Skills for Genealogists, or How To Use the Carlsbad City Library Genealogy Collection Effectively."  The Genealogy Collection of the Carlsbad City Library is nearly forty years old and includes over 25,000 books.  Unlocking the secrets can be challenging.  Mary will discuss how to use the collection effectively and provide tips and advice on search strategies.

2)  "New Netherland Research."  Although New Netherland as a political unit lasted only about 60 years, its influence on the developing American society was significant.  Researching New Netherland ancestors is exciting and challenging and requires an understanding of both Dutch and English record groups.  Mary will discuss several important concepts, including personal names, naming patterns, and patronymics, and will explore the various record groups needed to construct a family history of these early American colonists.  She has prepared an extensive bibliography of New Netherland resources that can be used as a checklist for research.

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Doremus Family Resource said...

Will Mary's checklist on "New Netherland Research." be available?