Monday, August 15, 2011

Upcoming Event : From Stone to the Internet, August 22

The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society will be pleased to present "Preserving Our Heritage From Stone to the Internet," Monday, August 22, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library, Decatur.

The lecture, given by avid historians and preservationists, Peter & Anita Rodgers, will discuss family history research focused on tombstones.  Special emphasis will be given to stone cleaning techniques, taking quality tombstone photographs, and placing your findings online for preservation and sharing.

Tombstone Photo Collage by Anita Rodgers
It has been suggested that you are not a "real genealogist" unless you've visited an ancestral graveyard.  Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers will be discussing all of the tools you need to take your cemetery trek, including methods for locating burial sites and obituaries.  There will be a Q & A period at the end of the presentation.

Before the 7 p.m. program will be a Family History Essentials mini-class at 6:00 entitled "What I Learned at Ancestry Day," presented by yours truly.  I will be discussing many of the points made in my previous posts "Things Learned at Ancestry Day," will elaborate on several, and provide copies of some of the handouts that were distributed by during the event.

The public is invited to attend, membership is not required.  For more information contact the society.  

A special bonus for the evening...the library will be giving away several decades of bound volumes of the Genealogical Helper magazine.  The Helper is no longer in publication but was a pioneer genealogical magazine.  Many of the articles regarding general & ethnic research methodology still apply today - a good addition to your reference shelf.

Nameless Picture of the Day
unknown woman, cabinet card
photographer - W. H. Blair, Martin, Michgian  

Can you identify the young woman in this photo?  Please contact us if you any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the five character catalog number with your e-mail.