In addition to the fun time at the North Star Conference, I began to think about the October 28th Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Fall Seminar that will take place in Eau Claire. A whole bunch of genealogists that were at MGS will also be at the WSGS Seminar.
On Friday, October 27th, I am doing a workshop What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans. Yes, I have done this at several seminars in the area, however, this one will be different. Totally different, in that I have all new record examples for the in-session projects.
On Saturday, I will be doing four presentations:
Developing Successful Research Habits
Successful research takes planning time, experience, and patience to be effective. Learn steps and tools for becoming a better researcher both at home and in repositories, and for developing good habits that make the most of your genealogy time budget.
Subscription Databases: Gems That Are Worth the Money
There is an abundance of information on the Internet, and it’s difficult to know which of the paid websites are best for you. That question is always being asked. Learn tips for sorting these out, determining accuracy, digging deeper for some gems, and keeping up on the changes. You will get more for your buck!
Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
Rather research than count sheep? Peruse books at any hour without starting the car or breaking into the library? County, town, and family histories, record abstracts, and more await. Digitized, photocopied, excerpted, abstracted, OCR’d, and indexed books provide a strong likelihood of success via your computer and that medium called the Internet. Add newspapers, documents, family trees, pension records, periodicals, and more to the accessible items and you might be housebound for days (months?). During this session we will concentrate on books. Finding books online might be as simple as typing the title in your favorite search engine and enclosing it in quotation marks. Your search engine (i.e., Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) is your best friend. The majority of the material listed in the handout for this lecture are links to FREE sites.
What’s the Problem? (So What Do I Do Next? Some Problem Solving Ideas)
Most professional genealogists and well-seasoned family historians realize that “dead-ends” or “brick walls” aren’t always final. They have learned to analyze their materials, put the problem onto paper, network with other researchers, learn about new tools, resources, and techniques, and never give up. You will leave this session ready to absorb yourself in the proven methods you learn.
To register for either day visit https://wsgs.org/
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