National Archives technician to give 'Introduction to Genealogy' programs at MPL

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Finding your ancestors is called genealogy. For some people this is a hobby, for others an obsession. It will bring you hours of frustration and years of satisfaction. Some of our ancestors are illusive and others lead us to places we never expected to go. From Genealogy 101: Where to Begin (online resource):

"You have a little knowledge about your family history, a few old photos and documents and a consuming curiosity. Most beginning genealogy sites tell you to start with what you know and work backward, but wouldn't it be helpful to have a guide to help you get started on your journey?"

Marshall Public Library is teaming up with the National Archives at Kansas City to bring two programs on genealogy to area citizens at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, in the library's meeting room. Jennifer Audsley Moore, archives technician and volunteer coordinator at the archives, will present "Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin?"

If you are interested in starting your family history research, but aren't sure where to begin, this program will teach you how to start. The program covers the basics of what you need, where you can find information, what resources are available to assist and how original records will help tell your family's story.

At 1 p.m. Moore will present "Why Can't I Find It?: Ways to Search More Effectively through Online Resources."

Moore describes the afternoon program, "Given the vast availability of online resources, the World Wide Web is a sea of information waiting for you to set sail! In this program, attendees will learn how to avoid common pitfalls to ensure that you successfully find, sort and evaluate websites for genealogy research."

Moore, an archivist with the National Archives in Kansas City, has served in a variety of positions since 2006. Her duties include reference service, holdings maintenance, arrangement and description. Since 2011,she has served as co-coordinator of the genealogy program in Kansas City.

Moore will also answer questions about the National Archives. The National Archives preserves the permanent records of the Federal Government for the people of the United States. The National Archives in Kansas City is one of thirteen regional branches and houses more than 60,000 cubic feet of original records. At the Kansas City location, you can see original historical documents, photographs, maps, drawings, artifacts and much more from nearly 100 federal agencies including Leavenworth Penitentiary inmate files and mugshots, naturalization records, federal court and land records, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs' records.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both of these programs and to bring a lunch. Beverages will be provided. A tour of the Marshall Public Library local history and genealogy room will be given between programs.

For more information, contact Wicky Sleight or Terry Humphrey at 660-886-3391.

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