Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SDGS Meeting on 9 May Features Nancy Loe

The San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) program meeting on Saturday, 9 May 2015 will be at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego, CA 92119).  The program will start at 10 a.m.

Nancy Loe will be the program speaker, with two presentations on:

"Coming To America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors" 
Follow in the footsteps of your immigrant ancestors who approached America’s “front doors to freedom” through Castle Garden or Ellis Island in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about their experiences as they moved from entries on a ship’s manifest to an inspector’s record book in the massive Registry Room. Even if your ancestors arrived at other U.S. ports, this sessions helps you discover what life was like for new immigrants, what records survive, and what you will find if you visit Castle Garden and Ellis Island today.

Nancy Loe, MA, MLS, is a professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist. Nancy has managed archives and genealogy collections in public and academic libraries, including serving as director of special collections and archives at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for nearly three decades. In addition to directing NEH projects to digitize archives for researchers, Nancy has appeared on PBS's American Experience and California Gold, and at Rootstech and Jamboree.

Her Web site,, features blog posts and genealogy guides on search strategies, primary sources, and organizing genealogy research. Nancy is working on her own family tree in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, and Prussia, as well as the United States.

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