April 14, 2018 Monthly Meeting
Note date change: This is the 2nd Saturday of April
Using Newspapers to Tell and Write a Life Story
by Mary Celeste
Mary Celeste remembers her paternal grandfather as a funny, bed-ridden invalid who died when she was six. Throughout her childhood there were suggestions that he was not as benign as the man she knew and she eventually learned that he had shot her grandmother, but her father, a young witness, refused to speak of the incident. Recently, through digitized, online copies of her hometown newspaper she uncovered the whole story, and much more about the tragedies of her grandfather’s life that led to a greater understanding of his behavior. Learn how newspapers may help you solve a family mystery, and tell their story in a written narrative, as well!
Mary Celeste holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from UM/C and is a retired branch librarian with Mid-Continent Public Library. She has served on the American Library Association’s Genealogy Committee and chaired the ALA Local History Committee, as well as similar positions with the Missouri Library Association. She is currently the Vice President of the Northland Genealogy Society and on the board of the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA). She has spoken at national, state and local conferences and events, but her greatest joy is discovering the stories of her own ancestors and sharing them with her children and grandchildren.
June 2nd Monthly Meeting
Social Media & A Search Engine: Genealogy Tools for the 21st Century
This presentation focuses on the way social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn etc can aid in genealogy research and finding descendants of common ancestors, who may hold solutions to breaking down brick walls. Guests will also learn how to use their search engine to find lesser known websites, records, books, databases and personal memoirs unavailable through sites like Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Tracy Keeney's creative methods for researching her family tree (which had been deemed "practically impossible") and locating previously unknown records spawned the creation of the Armenian Genealogy Group on Facebook which now has over 8000 members worldwide. The demand from group members around the world resulted in the creation of the first ever Armenian Genealogy Conference, which she co-founded and directed. The initial conference was held in Boston in 2016, followed by Detroit in 2017 and the 3rd annual conference will be held in NYC this coming fall. Tracy is also in the process of formalizing the Armenian Genealogy Society.
Midwest Genealogy Center Event Calendar
to take you to the Midwest Genealogy Calendar of Events. In the right sidebar select "View by Subject", then in the drop box, select "Genealogy". That will give you all of the workshops for the current month. At the top, you can click on "next" by the name of the month to see what is happening next month. Most events require registration even though they are free. Registration information is located in the upper left corner.
Universal Class is an on-line learning class that has many subjects. There is one on genealogy called Genealogy 101. It has 13 lessons and 28 exams. You will need your library card and to register for a free acoount. Click here.
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