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The Family Tree - June/July 2004
New England Historic Genealogical Society Event


Electronic and Online Genealogical Resources
Saturday, June 26, at the Bill Bordy Auditorium at Emerson College in Boston

Are you taking full advantage of the vast range of resources available in cyberspace? Are you using these electronic resources wisely? With so many choices, which websites can you trust? And what new developments are ahead for genealogists in the constantly evolving field of technology? These questions and many more will be answered at the NEHGS Electronic and Online Genealogical Resources seminar, to be held Saturday, June 26, at the Bill Bordy Auditorium at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts.

Four NEHGS "techies" will be on hand to show you how to build an effective genealogy toolkit for electronic research. Topics and speakers for the seminar are as follows:

9:00 10:00 am

Researching Your Ancestors on the Internet
Laura G. Prescott, NEHGS membership campaign director

Learn how to efficiently locate data, images, records, and other important resources on both fee and free websites, and how to judge the quality and reliability of the information you find.

10:15 11:15

Tips for Searching NEHGS CD-ROMs
Michael J. Leclerc, NEHGS director of electronic publications

We will show you how to use the powerful search engine included on all NEHGS CD-ROMs to find extensive amounts of information previously hidden in unindexed records. See how a few simple search techniques can increase your search results dramatically!

11:30 12:30

Researching Online: U.S. and Canadian Military Records on the Internet
David Allen Lambert, NEHGS microtext and technology library manager

This lecture will have a dual focus for the attendee. You will be introduced to the best websites for U.S. and Canadian military records and you will gain a working knowledge of the best strategies for searching these records on the Internet.

1:30 2:30

Researching on NewEnglandAncestors.org
Michael J. Leclerc, NEHGS director of electronic publications

NewEnglandAncestors.org has grown to include over nearly eighty million names in over eighteen hundred databases. Discover the depth of material available on this genealogy megasite. All will be revealed in this informative lecture 

2:45 3:45

Finding Old Cemeteries Using Today's Technology
Dick Eastman, NEHGS assistant executive director for technology, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Learn how to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the U.S. Government's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database to locate hidden, overgrown, and abandoned cemeteries. Find out how to use these tools to also locate grave locations, ancestral homesteads, and more.

3:45 4:15

Panel Discussion

The Bill Bordy Auditorium is located at 216 Tremont Street, across the street from the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts. It is easy to reach by car (with parking garages nearby), subway, or train. Register now to attend this very special event!

The cost is $75 for NEHGS members, $85 for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information on this seminar or to download a registration form, please visit www.newenglandancestors.org/events/events, email tours@nehgs.org, or phone toll-free 888-286-3447.


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