Friday 12 October 2012 6:30 – 9:30 PM

An evening with Curt B Witcher.

6:30 – 7:00pm Reception
7:00 – 8:30 Pain in the Access: Getting More from the Internet for Your GenealogyLibrary, archive, government, and GenWeb internet sites have much to offer genealogists if one knows how and where to look–and it is not as complicated or painful as it might first seem. This presentation demonstrates various websites and creative strategies for getting information that is more meaningful from the web, and guides genealogists to using the Internet for more than just hunting for names.
8:30 – 9:30 Dessert & Coffee and Mix & Mingle. 

 Saturday 13 October 2012

The seminar will consist of 4 sessions during the day.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
Session 1
9:00 – 10:15
Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research KeyThis lecture explores how the idea of “America, the Great Melting Pot” may really be a flawed concept and that identifying the particular ethnic group of one’s ancestor or potential ancestor can pay significant research dividends. Concepts in this lecture include building a historical context for one’s ancestor, studying population clusters, recognizing patterns of all sorts (naming, migration, settlement, etc.), understanding the “push and pull” of migration (i.e. the motivations behind families or individuals migrating), and locating repositories for various ethnic groups.
10:15 – 11:00 Break
Session 2
11:00 – 12:45
Boot Camp & Roll Call:  An Overview of Military Records and New Sites and Sources for Military Research

This extended session takes an in-depth look at military records, from the earliest times of our country’s history to the present day. Discussed are the five major types of military records; where one can find such documents; the typical data found in sample records; and contents of what one might call other “minor” military records. Then our presenter explores the growing number of consequential websites for military & family history researchers – from bibliographic databases to sites that provide copies of first-hand accounts and images of actual records.
12:45 – 2:00 Lunch
Session 3
2:00 – 3:15
All That Other STUFF!: Other Census Records Beyond the Population SchedulesLearn about the many census schedules that researchers often overlook when using federal population census records. Agricultural, manufacturing, mortality, slave, social and statistical censuses are among the types of census schedules explored in this talk. Using all these schedules in combination with the population schedules provide significant additional information about ones’ ancestors and his/her community.


3:15 – 4:00 Break
Session 4
4:00 – 5:15
Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy CenterBy providing a detailed description of the holdings of the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library, this lecture folds research methodology into an exploration of the resources of the nation’s second largest genealogical research facility. The presentation considers not only the materials available for research on-site but also how researchers can access data about the collection remotely.