From mega sites to local records, learn about using different types of resources from presenter, Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Time: 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Registration Deadline: 12:00p.m., September 23.
The day before the webinar, a Zoom link will be emailed to the email address used at checkout. Groups or friends, please register individually.
Not refundable. Find full details, below.
- Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
- Time: 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. CDT (includes a 15 minute break between lectures and a 30 minute lunch break.)
- Location: Webinar (Details below)
- Registration Deadline: 12:00pm Thursday, September 23, 2021.
- A recording of the webinar will be available to registrants for 30 days following the event.
- All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
About the Presenter
Lori B. Bessler is a Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society and specializes in family and local history. She has lectured throughout the Midwest on genealogical topics such as organizing research, writing family history and finding genealogical collections. Lori has researched family history for over 40 years.
Mega sites and what to expect: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, MyHeritage.com, FindMyPast.com and many other sites claim to have all you need for family history research. They all provide quite a bit but do you really understand what they have and why? Online family trees, digital collections, databases and more. You need to understand how to find their content in order to know what to expect and what not to expect from these mega sites.
Federal collections: The United States Federal Government has many documents that can tell you more about your ancestors. What are these collections? Where are these held? How can you access them? Which are online and which are not? Library of Congress and the National Archives are just 2 institutions that will be presented.
State and regional collections: State Libraries and State Archives hold many collections that can help you draw out the family stories. There are online catalogs to list their collections but do you know how to get the most out of these catalogs? Have you found the digital treasures that are being created at the state level? There are regional repositories around the country that may hold even more collections! WorldCat.org, ArchiveGrid, Internet Archive and other sites will be presented.
County and local collections: Local libraries, county courthouses and historical societies have many resources that can help you put together more stories about your family. There are also other organizations within a county that may hold unique collections you will not find at the state or federal level. This presentation will help you set up a research plan that will organize your search at the county and local level.
Webinar details: After registration closes, we will email you the link needed to participate in the webinar. You will need a computer with internet access to participate. Participants will be able to ask questions. If no internet access is available to you, you may be able to participate by call-in for audio-only access. If you don't see the email in your inbox, check your junkmail folder, just in case. A recording of the webinar will be available to registrants for 30 days following the event.
Discount codes must be applied during checkout. They cannot be applied after checking out.
- WHS member discount: WHS members, enter your WHS member number in the discount field at checkout.
- WSGS member discount: WSGS members, use the discount code WSGS at checkout.
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