Discover Your Roots, Discover Yourself:
Putting Your Roots Into Context
Our Fall 2013 Genealogy Conference is on Saturday October 26th. This all-day conference features F. Warren Bittner, a nationally recognized genealogy speaker who will present four lectures. For a registration brochure and registration form, please click here. To register online using a credit card, please click here.
F. Warren Bittner, CG
Warren is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with thirty years of research experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University. His master’s thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and in 1989-90 he studied Chinese at a graduate level at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated contracts to microfilm and index records at over 100 archives in seven countries and where he planned the German book acquisitions and Internet publications. Before that he worked for four years in the extraction unit of the Family History Library, where he was coordinator of third-party indexing projects and where he developed and trained volunteers in Spanish indexing projects. He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and repositories. He made several appearances on the PBS television series, Ancestors 2. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and other genealogical organizations.
Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters
Genealogists’ goals are to establish identity and prove relationships; for many cases complex evidence is the ONLY way to do this. Using multiple sources, follow a case study by weighing the evidence to solve a complex problem.
“Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context
Read to understand your ancestors in their own world on their own terms. Learn how to find books about the cultural, political, social, and occupational lives of your ancestors. See examples from some fascinating books and learn the origin of the title quote.
Secrets of Success with FamilySearch.org
The free website FamilySearch.org has many facets of records, resources, and teaching tools. Learn the intricacies of the FamilySearch Catalog which lists resources available through Family History Centers. The website also has an online wiki which provides invaluable interactive help, and over 500 video lessons. Learn how to use each facet efficiently.
Exhausting Research to Find an Impossible Immigrant
See how the principle of “Reasonably Exhaustive Research” is used to find a “brick wall” immigrant family despite repeated dead ends and misleading clues. Can you guess how the search will turn out?
WRAP-UP SESSION: PANEL DISCUSSION
The Fall Conference will conclude with an opportunity to ask the speakers questions during a panel discussion moderated by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG.
By Sept 17
After Sept 17
Registration includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
DATE: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9 AM to 4 PM. Check-in & continental breakfast begin 8 AM
Wildwood Golf Club
2195 Sample Rd.
Allison Park, PA 15101
FROM McKnight Road north or south, turn east onto Cumberland Road at Lowe’s. Go 2.5 miles, during which Cumberland Road changes into Sample Road, then turn left into Golf Club. Free valet parking available. Google Maps
The EconoLodge Wexford (107 VIP Drive, Wexford PA 15090) 15 minutes from the conference. Rooms are about $76. Please call the hotel at 724-935-1000. Home2Suites is a new Hilton property about 5 minutes from the conference location, with rooms in the $130 range. Their number is 412-630-8400. There is a variety of hotels in the Cranberry area close to the I76 Turnpike exit.
There will be a number of door prizes being awarded during drawings at the lunchtime break.
AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY:
The Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists is hosting a lecture the previous evening to the conference, Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at Wildwood Golf Club. The lecture “Proof Arguments: How and Why?” will be presented by F. Warren Bittner, CG. To sign up for this event please see: http://www.greatlakesapg.org/index.html.