Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fox Valley Genealogical Society Fall Conference - September 25, 2010

The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will hold its 17th Annual Conference entitled Ancestor Research: A Fresh Look at Classic Techniques on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

The conference - held at the Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, Illinois from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - will feature noted genealogist D. Joshua Taylor. The one-hour lecturs include:

  • Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends - Just because Great Aunt Mable said your ancestor was from Scotland, doesn¿t mean that he was. Learn how to uncover the truth behind family legends and stories, and how to integrate them into your personal writing and research.
  • On and Off the Net: Locality Searching - Researching by locality is an essential research method for genealogists. Uncover the best resources (both online and offline) for research by localities. Highlights of this lecture include a look at the USGenWeb Project and the resources found in genealogical and historical societies.
  • Successful Searching Online: Clustering for Genealogists - Effective Internet searching cannot be complete with clustering. Learn how to limit your search engine results to websites that will be beneficial to you without having to scroll through thousands of results! Strong emphasis is put on learning and using Clusty and other search engines.
  • Vanity Sketches: Sources and Truths Behind Mugbook Entries - Large volume works including state histories, multi-state histories, and regional histories often include a section devoted to biographical sketches, known as the mugbook section. Learn how to find the source of those sketches, their compilation, and how to evaluate them as a genealogical source.

Click here for more information.  You can register online or download the registration form (downloads as PDF).

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