Thursday, September 17, 2020

Virtual 2020 Iowa Genealogical Society Fall Conference -- "Discover New Resources – Expand Your Hunt"

 I received this information from the Iowa Genealogical Society recently:


It’s time to register for the Virtual 
2020 Iowa Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference -- 
"Discover New Resources – Expand Your Hunt"

We are excited to bring you this Virtual program via Zoom meeting.

With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our Spring conference. We moved forward and learned new skills and worked hard to figure out how to bring all attendees a safe Fall Conference. This is our opportunity to provide a quality program and your opportunity to support the Iowa Genealogical Society.

When: Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2020.

Where: Zoom meeting – details will be provided before the Conference to all registrants

Price: $85 – includes the in-person live sessions as well as access to the recorded sessions through October 31.

Click Here to Register Now Don’t forget to mark your calendars!!

What happens when I register and pay?  You will see a Confirmation Page and receive a Confirmation email.

How will I get the Zoom meeting information?  You will receive a series of emails with meeting information, syllabus link, conference meeting tips and reminders prior to the conference.

Our keynote Speaker will be Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA

Paula is a nationally known speaker and a profession genealogist. See Genealogy by Paula for more information about Paula.

She works full time in the area of genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1988, passing the every-five-year renewal assessments by the national Board for Certification of Genealogists. She is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and strives to keep up-to-date by participating in national and local conferences, reading the publications of many genealogical and historical organizations and individuals both off and online.

Technical Support by Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List

Conference Schedule

1)  Friday, October 2 – starting at 9:45 a.m. (Central time)

Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:45 a.m. Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking by Paula Stuart-Warren 
Did great-grandpa traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may give us personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and where to find them.
  • 11 a.m.: The Farmer In The Dell … and in Many U.S. Records – farm records, by Paula Stuart-Warren 
Name 20 places to seek information about ancestral farms. 25? 30? This session and accompanying handout demonstrate the extensive records and places for learning more about ancestral farmers and farms. No matter the present status of the property, there are ways to learn more about the farmers, farm, and related activities.
  • 1:00 p.m.: Research Nugget in the Midwest: Allen County Public Library, by Paula Stuart-Warren 
Among the many great research places in the Midwest is the Genealogy Center of the ACPL in Fort Wayne. Lots of Indiana material and also for other states and many countries. Books, periodicals, databases, links, microfilms, some unique material, large work tables, and staff who are genealogists themselves!
  • 2:15 p.m.: Where Did I Put It? Finding the Stuff You Saved, by Sheri Snodgrass 2:15 pm
You know you downloaded it, but now you cannot find that image. Where did it go? How can I find it? If I just go get another copy, will I be able to find that one? We’re going to look into the ways stuff is downloaded and stored. Then we’ll look at some strategies to help you file them, name them and find that stuff faster.

Saturday, October 3 – starting at 9:45 a.m. (Central time)
  • The US National Archives: The Nation’s Attic, by Paula Stuart-Warren 
Sooner or later our research leads us to the treasures held in governmental archives. For federal government records in the United States that leads to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Researchers often use federal census, military and pension records, and passenger arrival records but these are only a fraction of the genealogically useful records in the custody of NARA. The records of the nation’s civil, military and diplomatic activities are held by NARA. In Washington alone these records total more than six billion pieces of paper; over eleven million still pictures; 99,951 reels of motion pictures; 214,129 sound and video recordings; 2,706,123 maps and charts; 3,525,626 architectural and engineering plans; and 18,934,123 aerial photographs. This hour and syllabus material focuses on the Washington, DC, area facilities, commonly called Archives I and II, finding aids, website, catalogs, access options and research tips. Some discussion covers the Regional branches of NARA, including the finding aids.
  • 11:00 a.m. Finding Maiden Names: Let Me Count The Ways, by Paula Stuart-Warren 
Who was she? Who were her people? This session presents myriad ways to determine what was Great Grandma Margaret’s maiden name. Clues and a checklist guide you in the search. Just because it was “hidden” after her marriage, doesn’t mean it can’t be discovered.
  • 1:00 p.m.: Midwestern & Plains State Level Census Records – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, by Paula Stuart-Warren 
Many Midwestern and Plains states have superb state census records. Learn about the indexes, the many personal details these censuses include, locating the censuses, and alternate sources. The lecture includes many specific examples from these enumerations, provides an overview of state censuses for Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and indicates where they may be found. The personal details vary but may include names of children, maiden names, military service, religious denomination, mother of how many children, occupation, value of real estate, and other helpful details.
  • 2:15 p.m.:  Have You Tried? by Theresa Liewer 2:15 pm
Once you’ve exhausted all the usual suspects – records for the census, for births, deaths and marriages, for land transactions and probates, and so on – where can you go next? We’ll work through a list of resources that you may not have considered and which may give you just what you’ve been hunting for.



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