Monday, March 19, 2012

Afternoon Sessions Offered at IGS Conference in Fort Wayne

The afternoon sessions of the Indiana Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference (Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana) will offer a variety of topics, as well as a chance to research at the library's Genealogy Center:

Afternoon Schedule:
12:30 –1:30 PM – Lunch on your Own
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Awards

2:30 – 3:30 PM:
  • Session 3-A: Digging Through Documents Word By Word – Debra S. Miezsala
    Proper scrutiny of each piece of information in a document is essential to understanding that item’s evidentiary value. Studying every word’s meaning and context ensures that evidence has been properly analyzed and comprehended.
  • Session 3-B: Finding Indiana Records and Research in Family Search – Michael Hall

3:30 – 4:30 PM – Break/Vendors/Hospitality

4:00 – 5:00 PM:
  • Session 4-A: Patently Unique: Locating Patent Records, Online and Off – Debra S. Mieszala
    Was your ancestor an inventor? Learn how to locate patent records quickly and easily. Patents offer glimpses of creative genius and add interesting stories to family research.
  • Session 4-B: Writing A Book Using Family Tree Maker and Microsoft Word – Curtis Sylvester, President of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
    Learn how to use FTM for collecting and organizing genealogical info. Then scan and store photographs and records for a future book. Finally, use Microsoft Word to transfer the info from FTM into the book.

5:00 – 6:00 PM – Research in The Genealogy Center

FEATURED SPEAKER: Debra S. Mieszala, CG is a Certified Genealogist specializing in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to help locate family members of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and been published in the NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist and OnBoard!.

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