Genealogy @ the American Library Association Conference

The 2013 American Library Association Conference is in full swing and genealogy is a hot topic among reference librarians who want to improve their ability to help library patrons. Proof of this can be seen in one of the pre-conferences being offered on Friday, “Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: Chicago Style Genealogy”

The program features a terrific line-up of topics and speakers (including Matt Rutherford, MLIS, Curator of Genealogy and Local History at the Newberry):

“ChicagoAncestors.org - Discover the Past by Address,” by Matt Rutherford, MLIS. ChicagoAncestors.org is a Newberry project which uses Google Maps to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.

“And the Rockets’ Red Glare: Sources for War of 1812 Research,” Curt B. Witcher, FUGA, FIGS.  This presentation will cover both popular and lesser known sources for War of 1812 research, including a close-up look at the War of 1812 pensions being digitized through the FGS Preserve the Pensions initiative.

“Genealogical Education Opportunities,” Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL.  Genealogy patron questions are rising.  Educate yourself through this interactive workshop to evaluate which learning opportunities are best for your own needs and budget.

“OCLC WorldCat and FamilySearch,” Chip Nilges and Michael J. Hall. Learn how the recent partnership can enhance the research experience from the beginner to the expert.

“Beginning African American Research,” Sandy Joseph.  Discover the many African American resources that are available to you and your patrons.

This is an exciting opportunity for librarians from all over to share their passion for genealogy and for assisting other researchers.

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