Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Little Bit of Everything Workshop & Seminar

PCGS is sponsoring a special two-day event featuring Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. Both Sayres are professional researchers, educators, authors, and lecturers. Both develop, coordinate, and teach courses for university-affiliated programs in genealogy, and they lecture regularly at national and regional genealogy conferences across the United States.

On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Sayres will present a two hour workshop:  

Maps! Wonderful Maps!

Maps enable genealogists to understand more about an ancestor's migration, community, and occupation. In this two-hour hands-on workshop, students will learn about traditional and online resources for finding historical, topographical, birds-eye view, and other maps, how to interpret the maps’ symbols and notations, and how to correlate other information with map data to place an ancestor in time and place. In on-line demonstrations, students will see some of the myriad sites for finding and downloading appropriate maps. For hands-on exercises, students will be provided with hard copies of maps, documents, and other tools to be used in correlating deeds, censuses, newspaper articles, or other documents with maps to solve genealogical problems using various kinds of maps, from deed plats to land ownership maps to panoramic maps. Demonstrations and exercises will include a mix of rural and urban problems and solutions.

A full day seminar will follow on Saturday, November 5. The Sayres will lecture on four topics covering a little bit of everything:

Enough is Enough! Or is it?

Tips and a step-by-step case study help attendees learn how to decide when adequate research has been conducted to meet the goals of a project. This session covers determining what other sources might be available, analyzing, and organizing research to ensure that a reasonably exhaustive search has been conducted.

Apps Galore for Genealogists

Learn about some of the many iPhone or iPad applications that will increase productivity for a genealogist. The speakers will discuss and demonstrate applications for the iPhone (or other smartphone) and iPad, from eBooks to genealogy programs to deedplatting to GoogleEarth, and beyond that to apps that help organize our busy lives—from accounting to contact management to file sharing. Live demonstrations from the iPhone andiPad will be shown on the projector, enabling attendees to see the usefulness of these apps for themselves.

Capital Treasure

This presentation features four brief case studies that demonstrate the wealth of records that can be found in the Washington, DC area or on websites of repositories such as the National Archives,  Library of Congress, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office, National Park Service, and Civil War Trust. Cases show how to find records of birth, marriage, and death for a burned county in which all such records were destroyed; how to learn how a Civil War veteran was shot to death in his old age; how to locate detailed facts about a person’s life from a simple land record; and why numbers of Union Civil War soldiers are buried at a site far from where they fell.

The Civil War—A Valuable Genealogical Resource

More than 3 million men fought in the Civil War (2,213,363 Union and 1,050,000 Confederate). The eligible military population (ages 18–45) in the 1860 census was about 4.5 million men. When compared to other eighteenth- and nineteenth-century wars the greatest probability of a military-aged individual serving is in the Civil War. The enormous quantity of extant records combined with the broad scope of the war make this event a unique and extraordinarily rich genealogical resource.
The workshop and seminar are priced separately, but there is discounted pricing for registration at both events. Registration deadline is October 22, 2016. Early Birds receive additional discounts if registration is received before May 1, 2016.

Participants may reserve a room at the La Quinta Inn & Suites for a discounted rate of $79 per night just by mentioning PCGS.

Visit the PCGS website for more information and to register.

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