Our Spring 2014 Seminar, "Wanted - Relatives: Dead or Alive!", will be held on Saturday, May 17th at Fairview Christian Church. The seminar will feature speaker Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom is a certified Genealogist who specializes in 18th, 19th and 20th century research in the Chicago and Illinois region. Known for her forensic work with the Department of Defense, Jeanne repatriates the remains of our WWII and later soldiers with their primary family members. Jeanne also served as a confidential intermediary for the State of Illinois from 2004 to 2006, assisting adoptees to find their birth parents. With an undergraduate degree in history, and a vocation in finance, Jeanne serves on the Board for Certification of Genealogists as their Treasurer. Writing, editing, and lecturing about a variety of topics of interest to all genealogists keep her traveling across the country and brings her to Seattle to be the Seattle Genealogical Society’s 2014 Spring Seminar speaker.
Registration and check-in, 8:00am - 9:00am
Session 1, 9:15am - 10:30am: 1940 CENSUS
Discover what one can learn from the Sixteenth Census of the United States. Taken at the end of a decade long depression and on the eve of a World War, it reveals the changes in family structures. Learn where to find images and indexes for this census and how to interpret the information you find.
Session 2, 10:45am - 12:00pm: INTERNET TECHNIQUES FOR LOCATING LOST RELATIVES
Each search is unique. There are many online resources, public and private, that can be used for a search. Learn the methodology, the strategies, and the techniques that can lead to successfully locating a lost relative. The presentation will cover the types of records, the quality of information in those records, and statutory considerations affecting the availability and use of records.
Session 3, 1:00pm - 2:15pm: LOST CHILDREN: ORPHANS, VAGRANTS, DELINQUENTS, HALF-ORPHANS, DEPENDENTS, SURRENDERED, ADOPTED
How society treats the “lost children” of the past is the topic of this session. Jeanne will explore the evolving societal views, the records , where they are found and availability.
Session 4, 2:30pm - 3:45pm: THE FAMILY TAPESTRY: INTEGRATING PROOF ARGUMENTS INTO THE GENEALOGICAL NARRATIVE
As family researchers, we often encounter problems. There can be conflicting information about identity, dates, and places. We encounter situations where no one document clearly shows a parent-child relationship. We need to use multiple documents that, after thoughtful analysis, lead us to a conclusion. After a reasonably exhaustive search for records and information, we must assemble the evidence into a proof argument. And then, successfully weave these proof arguments into the family tapestry.
Final announcements and raffle, 4:34pm - 4:00pm
Our Spring Seminar will feature a book sale table and a raffle. Raffle proceeds will go to the SGS Library Fund and will be used to purchase library materials and supplies.
Mail-in and online registration is open through May 9, 2014, with the option of ordering a box lunch. Registrations at the door will be assesed a $10 additional charge.
The Seattle Genealogical Society features two all-day seminars per year.
Each Spring we bring in a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. In the Fall, we hold a seminar focused on a particular theme with local experts.
Previous seminar topics and speakers include:
Fall 2013: A Genealogical Potpourri
Spring 2013: Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Fall 2012: Re-Search and Prove
Spring 2012: George G. Morgan
Fall 2011: Military Records: The Price of Freedom Isn't Free
Spring 2011: Colleen Fitzpatrick
Fall 2010: On the Move: US Migration
Spring 2010: Elissa Scalise Powell
Fall 2009: Oral History
Spring 2009: John Philip Colletta