Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Colleen Greene
"Utilizing the Digital Public Library of America & the HathiTrust for Family History Research"
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to consortia-shared rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. Well-designed navigation and collection organization, combined with advanced search and discovery features, make it easy to quickly and effectively locate materials relevant to your research focus. DPLA’s mapping and time-focused features make it possible for those not so familiar with a particular era or geographic region to gain a better understanding of the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of public domain published family histories and historical materials You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.
Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, educator, and web developer. She is the Marketing Librarian & Digital Humanities Specialist for California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical methodology course for San Jose State University. Her teaching focuses on Mexican and Hispanic research; DNA; methodology; search strategies; emerging technologies; and society marketing and communications. Colleen’s Hispanic ancestors hail from Mexico, California, New Mexico, and Texas. She recently conducted research trips in Mexico and Spain. Colleen publishes her professional blog at www.colleengreene.com and shares her family history at www.cjroots.com. Sign up to receive her FREE monthly Hispanic research email newsletter at: http://www.colleengreene.com/email-newsletters/hispanic-research-heritage/.
"Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors" Presenter: Colleen Greene
This introductory lecture covers key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated, and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. We cover the colonial Spanish and Mexican eras. Colleen demonstrates key strategies to set you up for success, and explains how to avoid the common mistakes she made initially in her research. This class is ideal for anyone new to researching their Mexican lines, as well as those still relatively new to genealogy in general. Even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo. Lecture topic: "Step Up: Take Your Genetic Genealogy to the Next Level"
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Reunion Users Group - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Jul. 25th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Members who use Reunion (Mac) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited to ...