Sat
23

Genealogy Symposium

Saturday, October 23, 2010

1:00 PM-5:30 PM

Cost: $10

Auditorium & Lippitt Hall (First Floor)

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Cost: $10. - Cash, check or money order will be accepted on the day of the program. Pre-registration via email is suggested so that we may gauge attendance: lmiller@provlib.org.

1:00 pm: Auditorium, 3rd Floor:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Megan Smolenyak: Cases that Make My Brain Hurt

How could brothers also be uncle and nephew? How did a trashed car in an Albuquerque junkyard lead to a family reunion? How did Facebook help solve an Egyptian genealogy case in just a week? How did a pair of tombstones in Ohio point the way to Barack Obama's Irish roots? These are some of the many questions that will be answered when our keynote speaker, Megan Smolenyak, discusses her most intriguing genealogical cases. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Megan Smolenyak is a nationally acclaimed genealogical adventurer who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries, and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. Since 1999, she's worn many hats in the family history world, including Chief Family Historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com, the largest genealogical company in the world, creator of RootsTelevision.com, a pioneering online channel of free videos and winner of four Telly Awards, and founder of UnclaimedPersons.org, a volunteer group that assists coroners and medical examiners. A popular writer, speaker and TV guest, she does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. She is also a Huffington Post contributor, whose most recent book is Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History, a companion guide to the NBC series. For more information visit: www.honoringourancestors.com.


2:00 pm: Reference Area, South Reading Room: Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest Database Demo
Discover the Library's genealogical databases. Our reference librarians will be on hand to help you get started.


2:30 pm: Lippitt Hall, 1st floor:
Maureen Taylor - Explore Your Family History

Books will be available for sale and signing.
Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert exploring the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, PBS Ancestors, and The Today Show. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. In 2007, The Wall Street Journal called her "the nation's foremost historical photo detective." Learn more about Maureen's latest news at her Photo Detective blog, and how she solves photographic mysteries and more for her clients www.photodetective.com


3:30 pm: Lippitt Hall, 1st floor:
Marian Pierre-Louis - Genealogy 101: How to Climb Your Family Tree Without Falling Off

New to researching your family history? Interested in learning about your ancestors? This talk will get you started step by step. You will learn how to begin and how to search for documents such as census and vital records. There are a myriad of resources available, much of which is accessible on the internet. You will also learn some tips to help you avoid common pitfalls. Let's get started!
Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogical Lecturer who specializes in southern New England research. She frequently speaks at conferences, societies and libraries on New England topics ranging from house history research, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. Marian is the Publicity Chairperson for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) and part of the Membership Committee for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Some prior positions include Public Information Officer for the Association of Professional Genealogists and secretary for the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


4:00 pm: Reference Area, South Reading Room: Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest Database Demo
Discover the Library's genealogical databases. Our reference librarians will be on hand to help you get started.

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