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UW-Eau Claire and Historical Society
to Offer Genealogical Workshop Nov. 10

RELEASED: Oct. 5, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Special Collections and Archives at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, along with the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives, will hold a genealogical workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.10, at McIntyre Library on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Lori Bessler, microforms librarian and outreach coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Colleen McFarland, university archivist and head of Special Collections at UW-Eau Claire, will lead three programs in a single workshop designed to provide information on locating and organizing family history. Everyone from the novice to the advanced genealogist will find these programs useful. The workshop will be held in a computer lab, Room 1033 of UW- Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, so all attendees will receive hands-on experience with the online resources that will be highlighted.

Following are descriptions of the three programs included in the workshop:

  • "Oh Darned! Where Did I Put Uncle George?" — Organizing and compiling your research, presented by Bessler. Doing genealogy requires the constant collecting, sifting and winnowing of minute pieces of information. Organizing this mountain of facts and documents will make it easier to plan research trips, find information when needed and relate facts to each other in the proof of ancestry. This session will focus on systems designed to simplify the work of the genealogist. The instructor will start by laying a foundation using manual paper-based systems and will apply this foundation to choosing genealogy software; however, the instructor will not make recommendations for specific software packages.
  • "Wisconsin Historical Society Collections and Services" — presented by McFarland. The Wisconsin Historical Society has one of the top 5 genealogical collections in the country. There are over 4 million items in the library archives and thousands more at the Area Research Centers across the state. This session will show you how to locate those collections using the online catalogs, the historical society Web site and the Web sites of the various ARCs. It will also highlight services provided by the staff at the library archives and Area Research Centers.
  • "It's All Online! Or Is It?" — presented by Bessler. There is so much online now for the genealogist! How does a genealogist determine what is factual and what is fluff? This session will provide information about content, organizing online research, citing sources and how to keep up with all of the new information found on the Internet. It will provide instruction about Ancestry.com and many free Web sites that contain valuable information for the family historian.

There is a class fee of $35 for members of the Wisconsin Historical Society or $40 for non-members. Attendance for each session is capped at 30 participants. A morning session of this workshop will be added if demand warrants. Refreshments will be provided.

To register or for information, see the Wisconsin Historical Society Web site or contact Bessler at 608-264-6536 or McFarland at 715-836-3873.

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