Carol Beauchamp from Fort Bend County Libraries' Genealogy and Local History Department will present a special family-history-research program, "Researching American Civil War Records," on Saturday, July 23, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.
Beauchamp will show researchers how to trace ancestors who served on either side in the American Civil War. Learn how and where to obtain copies of compiled military-service records and pension-application files for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Databases such as Ancestry.com, Family Search and Fold3 will be discussed, as well as holdings in the Genealogy and Local History Department.
The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library's website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on "Calendar," select "George Memorial," and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the library's Genealogy and Local History Department.
How do you search Ancestry.com? I'd guess most people start with the "hints" that are featured in the top center of a subject's profile page. After that, Ancestry makes it really easy to do a general search by clicking the "search" button in the top right corner of the page.
Once a user clicks "search," a myriad of possible record matches show up on the page. Those with the strongest possibility of matching are at the top of the list.
Ancestry.com allows you to inspect each record and attach it to a subject if it is a match, Users can do this until there are no more familiar looking records in the set.
Today. I was doing some client research and utilized that top-corner search button. That yielded four different ship-passenger records for my subject: a person who worked on a ship.
However, once I had retrieved the four records from the search box, I went to the database New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 and performed the search again. Sixteen more results were retrieved that didn't come up in the general search.
So take this as a friendly reminder: the general search function at Ancestry.com is handy, but it's not absolute. Always locate the specific database and execute another search there.
RootsTech, the largest family history and technology conference of it's kind, has put out their Call for Presentations for their 2017 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Topics for consideration include but are not limited to finding, organizing, research and methodology, preservation, family traditions, sharing, stories, and photos.
RootsTech also explores the relationship between technology and genealogy, so how-to and problem-solving presentations are encouraged.
There is also an Innovator Summit for developers and entrepreneurs.
Details on submissions and be found at the RootsTech 2017 Call for Presentations page. Hope to see you there!
Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from? Are you curious about their military service or daily lives? Begin your family-history research at Fort Bend County Libraries' Local History and Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Library staff will present two programs in June to help the beginning family-history researcher pursue their genealogy search.
The class "Family-History Research: Native American Indian" will take place on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab. Learn about the tools, books and records that are available for tracing Native American Indian ancestors. The application process to become a tribe member will be discussed, as well as instructions for contacting Tribal Headquarters.
The class "Family-History Research: Genealogy 101" will take place on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab. Get a basic introduction to many of the resources that are available to the beginning genealogical researcher. Items that will be introduced include print resources, materials that are available on microfilm, and online tools. Learn how to fill out basic genealogical forms.
The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library's website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on "Calendar," select "George Memorial," and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library's Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the department at the library.
Amy Lenertz, MLIS is the founder of Raincross Information Services.