Saturday, August 30, 2008

“Life in the Past Lane V”

The Friends of the National Archives - Pittsfield proudly present their Fifth Full-Day Genealogy Conference “Life in the Past Lane V”
Saturday... September 20, 2008
Location:Williams Inn On the Green
Williamstown, Massachusetts

8:00AM - 9:00AM
Registration and browse the vendor booths; deposit tickets for our free raffle

9:00AM - 9:15AM
Jan Rogge, Friends’ President — Welcome and conference information

9:15AM - 10:15AM
Gregory Pomicter, NARA College Park, MD: "Electronic Scrapbooking." — The lecture will demonstrate one way to collect, organize, and preserve family history documents and pictures in an electronic format. It also discusses the advantages and challenges in disseminating and preserving electronic media.

10:45AM - 11:45PM
Horace Waters, NARA Waltham: "Finding Your Ancestors in Maritime Federal Records." — Using Customs, Coast Guard, Bureau of Marine Inspection, and Fish and Wildlife records, Horace examines what information on our ancestors is available and, using a case study based on his family research, how to find our ancestors. Examples include 19th and 20th century crew lists, fishing licenses, whalemen’s shipping papers and master mariners’ licenses.

11:45PM - 1:00PM
Luncheon — Vegetarian vegetable soup, rolls & butter with the choice of one entrée: Lemon & Herb Baked Chicken or Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce [each served with fresh seasonal vegetable] or Chef Salad with Italian Dressing (on the side); Hot Apple Crisp with Ice Cream Ball (Special needs can be met with advance notice)

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Linda Blaser, Conservator, National Park Service: "Preserving Your Family Papers." — Linda will give us specific information and techniques for preserving our family documents and photographs.

2:15PM - 3:15PM
Jean Nudd, NARA Pittsfield: "Navigating the Bureaucracy: Using Federal Websites." — This lecture presents five free Federal government websites and tells researchers what types of records and what specific information they can find in these databases. It also examines where additional resources can be found to support the information contained on these websites.

3:30PM - 4:20PM
Roundtable — Bring your questions and ask the experts or feel free to browse the vendor booths

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