Developing Successful Research Habits
Successful research takes planning time, experience, and patience to be effective. Learn steps and tools for becoming a better researcher both at home and in repositories, and for developing good habits that make the most of your genealogy time budget.
Subscription Databases: Gems That Are Worth the Money
There is an abundance of information on the Internet, and it's difficult to know which of the paid websites are best for you. That question is always being asked. Learn tips for sorting these out, determining accuracy, digging deeper for some gems, and keeping up on the changes. You will get more for your buck!
Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
Rather research than count sheep? Peruse books at any hour without starting the car or breaking into the library? County, town, and family histories, record abstracts, and more await. Digitized, photocopied, excerpted, abstracted, OCR'd, and indexed books provide a strong likelihood of success via your computer and that medium called the Internet. Add newspapers, documents, family trees, pension records, periodicals, and more to the accessible items and you might be housebound for days (months?). During this session we will concentrate on books. Finding books online might be as simple as typing the title in your favorite search engine and enclosing it in quotation marks. Your search engine (i.e., Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) is your best friend. The majority of the material listed in the handout for this lecture is links to FREE sites.
What's the Problem? (So What Do I Do Next? Some Problem Solving Ideas)
Most professional genealogists and well-seasoned family historians realize that "dead-ends" or "brick walls" aren't always final. They have learned to analyze their materials, put the problem onto paper, network with other researchers, learn about new tools, resources, and techniques, and never give up. You will leave this session ready to absorb yourself in the proven methods you learn.
8:00 AM Registration and Vendor Exhibits Open
9:00 AM Welcome
Vickie Schnitzler, WSGS President
Presentation of Wisconsin Historical Society/WSGS Family History/Genealogy Book Award
Lori Bessler & Vickie Schnitzler
Presentation of WSGS Virginia V. Irvin Award
9:30 AM Developing Successful Research Habits
10:30 AM Break/Vendor Exhibits Open
11:00 AM Subscription Databases: Gems That Are Worth the Money
12:00 PM Lunch /Vendor Exhibits Open
1:30 PM Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
2:30 PM Break/Vendor Exhibits Open
3:00 PM What's the Problem? (So What Do I Do Next? Some Problem
SPECIAL BUFFET LUNCH
Tomato Basil Soup and a Sandwich Buffet including ham, turkey, roast beef, Cheddar and Provolone cheeses, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, dill pickles, leaf lettuce, mayonnaise, and mustard served with white and wheat bread and potato chips, finished with a cookie, will be offered for $15.00. Served with hot tea, regular and decaf coffee to drink.
Meals must be ordered by September 27th.