Government of the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records

Emily Sienkiewicz

Government of the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records. This lecture will explain Freedom of Information Laws and how genealogists can use them to obtain often inaccessible record sets and to learn about how systems of records are organized. A variety of jurisdictions and case studies will be discussed. About Alec Ferretti: Alec is a New York City-based professional genealogist who has worked for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high-net-worth clients. Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th-century immigrants to the United States. He is a regular lecturer at genealogical societies and conferences. He serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & …

Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research

Emily Sienkiewicz

Funeral programs are a unique artifact prevalent in African American communities. Produced at death, these programs record biographical details along with family names, dates, and locations. All the data that we family researchers love to have in our own collections. Join Genealogist Renata Y. Sander to learn more about identifying funeral program collections and how they might inform your own family history. About the presenter: Renate Yarborough Sanders is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors, enslavers, and free people of color. She authors two blogs: “Into the LIGHT” and “Genea-Related;” and produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database. Renate cohosts “Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy,” and she has served as panelist and guest on …

Writing a Register-Style Sketch

Emily Sienkiewicz

Do you have notebooks, digital files, and family tree programs full of information you’d like to write up for your family? Whether you just want to write about your grandparents, write an article, or compile a whole book, the Register style is a widely used genealogical format that has been used for more than 150 years. Moving from the past toward the future, generation-by-generation, the basic building block of the system is the family sketch—treating a couple and their children in an organized and interesting way. Join Senior Genealogist and author Kyle Hurst to learn how to use our new Register-style template and present your family history research in an understandable way. For details see …

Will the Real Fact Please Stand Up? Evidence Analysis for More Accurate Genealogies, with Sarah Kirby

Emily Sienkiewicz

How do you know that Ancestry hint is for your ancestor? How do you deal with different “facts” for the same event? Learn how to identify and separate clues from facts, misinformation, and obscuration. This program will be presented virtually via Zoom and will be recorded. Registration is required, and closes 24 hours before the event begins. A link to the Zoom meeting and a handout will be emailed to registrants the evening before the program. For details see omaha.bibliocommons.com/events/654fa4e2e7f74a2a00424eea

Using AI in Family History Research

Amanda Meeks

We’ve all seen the headlines about Artificial Intelligence- this new technology seems to be able to do everything from producing complex digital images to creating songs! But have you wondered how it might be able to help your family history research? In this lecture, Senior Genealogist Melanie McComb will discuss exciting possibilities for using AI to support your research—including assistance with report writing, digitally restoring family photos, and more. She will also address aspects of AI that genealogists should be cautious of, such as accuracy and copyright concerns. Join us as we explore this exciting new technological frontier! For details see www.americanancestors.org/events/using-ai-family-history-researchq

Excel for Genealogy

Amanda Meeks

You may know and use Excel to crunch your budget numbers, but have you thought about using it specifically for genealogy? Even if you’re new to Excel, we will teach you the basics of building a database right, then we’ll cover how to think through your options to make the exact database that meets your specific needs. Then, as we show you ways to use Excel in genealogy, we’ll add tips to take your skills to the next level whether you’re using your own computer or the library’s. Presented by Lori Coffey. This will be a hybrid meeting held in-person in the Local History Room (2nd FLr) and online via Zoom. Registration is only required …

Where Did Your U.S. Ancestors Go to Church? 5 Ways to Find Out

Amanda Meeks

Finding a U.S. ancestor’s church affiliation is the first key step to discovering their stories in related records, but it isn’t usually easy. Learn 5 essential strategies, illustrated by inspiring examples. Viewers will come away with sensible, actionable steps they can apply to their own research. Register at familytreewebinars.com/webinar/where-did-your-u-s-ancestors-go-to-church-5-ways-to-find-out/

Genealogy Basics: Wills & Probate Records

Amanda Meeks

When other records are hard to find, especially before about 1850, wills and probate records may help fill the gaps. In the best circumstances, they include data about family members, age, death date, and more. Family relationships can be established, and details about the person’s economic status, as well as details about who is included and who is left out of bequests can add the human element to family history. Register online at: bit.ly/3KIzuIz Questions? Contact Cathy at CathleenA@ci.salinas.ca.us For details see salinaspubliclibrary.org/learn-explore/research-learning/events/virtual-genealogy-basics-wills-probate-records