This blog brings you breaking news about the 14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference and the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Librarians' and Teachers' Day - Wednesday, April 17th

Wednesday, 17 APRIL - LIBRARIANS’ AND TEACHERS’ DAY

NERGC's Fourth Librarians' and Teachers' Day will be held on
Wednedsay, 17 April 2013 at the Manchester Radisson. The day will be
devoted to showing attendees how genealogy can enhance
curricula, attract new patrons, and highlight collections.
Librarians' and Teachers' Day provides the opportunity for
professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their
dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as
ambassadors of genealogy resources for their schools and
libraries. All librarians and teachers who work with family history
patrons or genealogy-related research materials will benefit
from this special event.The cost is $40.00 per person and
includes lunch compliments of ProQuest.

8:45 A.M - 9:30 A.M.
Registration and Welcome

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Getting Patrons Started in Genealogy
Christine Sharbrough, MSLIS, CG


For those librarians who are not genealogists, dealing with patrons researching their family history  can be an exercise in frustration. Come and learn what genealogists want, how to use your facility to their best advantage, getting to know what you have, and getting patrons started in their research from the true beginner to the seasoned researcher.

10:45 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
Creating Digital Collections for Genealogists
D. Joshua Taylor
Digital collections have become a key resource for those tracing their
family history. Explore how to make the most of  existing digital collections and how to select records, search methods, and technologies that are ideal for genealogists.
9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

12:00 NOON - 1:45 P.M.
Lunch, Courtesy of ProQuest
ProQuest Information and Learning
William Forsyth

2:00 P.M.- 3:00 P.M.
Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
Lisa Alzo
Tracking down your immigrant ancestors can often be a daunting task. This session will show you tips and tricks for locating and searching passenger lists and other key immigration documents both on and offline to help you trace your roots.


3:15 P.M.- 4:15 P.M.
What Genealogists Wish Librarians Knew
Marianne B. Marcussen
When genealogists ask librarians for assistance, they may find friendly, helpful staff, or they may encounter something less welcoming. Here are some suggestions for making the experience satisfactory for everyone.

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 17-21, 2013 in Manchester, NH. More information is available from the conference website

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