The Newberry Library Colloquium

Tapping Genealogical Sources for Scholarly Research
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History; Ginger Frere, Reference Librarian; Grace Dumelle, Genealogy and Local History Assistant

Local and family history sources can enrich any historical research concerned with the lives of individuals. What are these sources and why would you want to use them? Join the genealogy reference staff as they discuss genealogical methods and explore the natural affinity between genealogists and scholars of history. They will present some examples of cases where genealogy sources and methodology have made the difference in scholarly research. Find out how an Australian historian discovered an unexpected railroad connection, why a Newberry fellow used Ancestry.com, and how a genealogy newspaper database contributed to the Newberry 125th Exhibition.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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