02 January 2010

Florida: Palm Beach, NARA records, Jan. 13

Join the jolly genealogists of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County at their next meeting, "digging for treasure in your pajamas," on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.

Tracing the Tribe thinks they mean digging for treasure while wearing pajamas, not that there is buried treasure in your pj's. Of course, Tracing the Tribe hasn't seen your pj's.

The day's program features 11.30am SIG sessions (Belarus, Lithuania), 12.30pm brick wall session, 1pm business meeting and the main event, all at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach.

Fee: members, free; others, $5. Dress: Bunny slippers optional (NOTE: This is Tracing the Tribe's feeble attempt at a joke!).

The speaker is Rob Richards, National Archives Records Administration Archivist, from Atlanta, Georgia, whose complete topic is "Digging for Treasure in Your Pajamas - Searching NARA records with your personal computer."

Until recently NARA records were only available on site at national or regional offices. NARA is now digitizing and placing online many genealogically important records.

The program will identify records at NARA and demonstrate how to search those records for specific information using your personal computer. It includes both a PowerPoint presentation and live Internet searches. The topic is suitable for beginners and experienced researchers.

Richards holds a BA in History (University of Nevada Las Vegas) and and MA in Library and Information Science (University of Illinois). He has been with the National Archives for seven years, with four in Denver before his move to Atlanta as senior archivist. He has given many workshops concerning NARA records, many on genealogical resources.

See the website for more information. Brick wall session questions may be submitted in advance.

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