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Genealogy Series

   
  • One of the primary goals of the Seguin Public Library is to provide resources for information, education and recreation that will enrich and enhance the lives and minds of users of all ages. To fulfill this purpose, the library offers genealogy training.
  • Our genealogy training will help you discover your family history and teach you how to conduct effective searches.
  • Program is free and open to the public.
  • The Seguin Public Library is teaming up with National Archives for an overview of what’s available for genealogists on the Archives.gov website and show how to navigate to its many resources and tools on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12 p.m.
  • the National Archives Catalog, AAD databases, the Microfilm Catalog, topic pages, articles, reports, and blogs. We’ll explore the Genealogy portal page and see how the website is organized, which will enable you to do even more expansive searches for information.
  • The Seguin Public Library will co-host a six-part Genealogy Series. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube. Sessions will offer a family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels.
  • May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond.
  • June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher.
  • Seating is limited in the Community Meeting Room and face coverings must be worn at all times while inside the building.

NEXT SESSION:
Genealogy Series:
Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives at St. Louis 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Noon
Genealogy Series, 6 of 6: Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives at St. Louis; Presented by Theresa Fitzgerald. 
Genealogy Series - June 15

Genealogy Series - May & June 2021.
  • In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the program sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube.
  • Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher. All are welcome! Session descriptions, videos, handouts, and participation instructions are below.
  • Watch the broadcasts via YouTube
  • Participate and ask questions via chat during the scheduled broadcasts
  • After the scheduled broadcasts, video recordings and presentation materials will be available online.
  • Seating is limited in the Community Meeting Room and face coverings must be worn at all times while inside the building. 
  • Patrons can also watch from outside the library if they would like. 

Preserving and Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks -
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Noon.
Genealogy Series, 1 of 6: Preserving and Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks with Sara Holmes and Noah Durham.

Preserving photo albums and scrapbooks can be especially challenging, often because they are bound and contain a variety of problematic materials. In this session, Sara Holmes and Noah Durham addresses how to work with poor-quality materials commonly found in personal scrapbooks and albums, how to maintain the integrity of the arrangement, and how to store them appropriately. Pro tips for home users provide ways to digitize albums, organize electronic files, and preserve them as electronic records. Examples come from both National Archives and personal collections.

  • Presentation Slides: https://www.archives.gov/files/calendar/genealogy-fair/2021-05-04-holmes-durham-presentation.pdf
  • Handouts: https://www.archives.gov/files/calendar/genealogy-fair/2021-05-04-handout.pdf
  • Live Captioning: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=PreservingandDigitizingPhotos16335
  • YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLugwVCjzrJsVzU4raqGj87E8leVNsoc6S
  • Additional details and handouts on the Genealogy Series web page.
  • Presented by the National Archives Know Your Records Program.

Genealogy Series: Finding Genealogy Resources and Tools on Archives.gov
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - Noon
Genealogy Series, 2 of 6: Finding Genealogy Resources and Tools on Archives.gov

Sarah Swanson will present an overview of what’s available for genealogists on the Archives.gov website and show how to navigate to its many resources and tools—the National Archives Catalog, AAD databases, the Microfilm Catalog, topic pages, articles, reports, and blogs. We’ll explore the Genealogy portal page and see how the website is organized, which will enable you to do even more expansive searches for information.

  • Presentation Slides: https://www.archives.gov/files/calendar/genealogy-fair/2021-05-12-swanson-presentation.pdf
  • YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLugwVCjzrJsVzU4raqGj87E8leVNsoc6S


Genealogy Series: Tips and Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - Noon
Genealogy Series, 3 of 6: Tips and Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds with Missy McNatt and Dorothy Dougherty.

As the family historian, you have amassed information and records that one day will pass to the next family historian. How do you share your findings with others? How you engage young family members involved with all your hard research may be another story. Education staff members Missy McNatt and Dorothy Dougherty will demonstrate fun and engaging ways to connect your research to family members, including your grandchildren. This lecture will highlight activities related to our most popular genealogy records, such as immigrant ship arrivals, U.S. census records, naturalization records, military and pension files. The presenters will also demonstrate new ways to share your research finds in the social media world, using social media formats.


  • YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLugwVCjzrJsVzU4raqGj87E8leVNsoc6S
Genealogy Series: From Here to There - Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Noon
Genealogy Series, 4 of 6: From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees with Cara Moore Lebonick and Cody White.

Researching ancestors who worked for federal agencies is a popular topic at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This presentation will tie together the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Official Personnel Files (OPF) held in St. Louis with agency records located in various NARA field sites. The session will open with what can be found in the OPFs and how to request them. Cara Moore Lebonick will conduct a deep dive into several OPF's of Native women employed by the BIA. Cody White will then explore how further information can be found in the regional records of the BIA. Together Cara and Cody will show how the holdings across the National Archives can provide a more complete genealogical story.

Genealogy Series: 
Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, and More
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - Noon
Genealogy Series, 5 of 6: Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, and more. Presented by Claire Kluskens

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC contains many records about noncombatant civilians connected with the Union Army during the American Civil War. However, the records are underutilized because there is no comprehensive index, no “one” place to look, and require time-consuming research into obscure records. Digitization is slowly changing that, however! This lecture will provide suggestions for research with emphasis on online materials that can help you get started.

Genealogy Series: Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives at St. Louis 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Noon
Genealogy Series, 6 of 6: Merchant Marine Records at the National Archives at St. Louis; Presented by Theresa Fitzgerald. 

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently accessioned the core collection of Merchant Marine Licensing Files, which are now open to the public for the first time at the National Archives at St. Louis. Theresa Fitzgerald will discuss these holdings as well as our auxiliary collections of Merchant Marine records that are complex and closely connected.

 



 



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