Family History Day

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Family History Day

Register to attend the 4th annual FREE family history day. Learn about resources and processes to start the journey to find your ancestors. Presenters will highlight a diverse range of resources held in the University Libraries and elsewhere.

For questions about accessibility or to request reasonable accommodations for this event (two weeks’ notice is preferred for most requests), contact:

Donna Carstens, Libraries Dean’s Office
402-472-2526
dcarstens1@unl.edu

General Questions? Contact:

Regina Flowers
402-472-3945
rflowers3@unl.edu

Saturday
June 9, 2018

9 - 9:30 am check-in
9:30 - 3:30 pm sessions
Richards Hall, Room 15

Register To Attend

Due to limited seating, preregistration is required.

Locations, Parking & DirectionsAll sessions will take place at Richards Hall, Room 15


Free Wi-Fi @ Family History Daylogin information will be provided to conference participants


Agenda, Speakers & SessionsAttend the entire day or specific sessions

Handouts for Family History Day

Time Schedule
9:00-9:30 Check-in and Coffee
9:30-9:40 Welcome
Tom McFarland
9:40-10:10 Introducing Family History LibGuide
Joan Barnes, University Libraries Community Engagement Librarian
Tom McFarland, University Libraries Staff Development Officer

We have gathered together the Libraries online resources that can be used to support your family history research into one convenient guide. In this session, Tom and Joanie will lead a tour of the guide and dive deeply into a few of the resources.

Joan Barnes is the Community Engagement Librarian and a member of the User Experience Team for the Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is responsible for marketing, communications, outreach, and coordinates the Peer Guide Program. When not working, Joan enjoys genealogy, bird-watching, coloring, and exploring metaphysical ideas.

Tom McFarland is the Staff Development Program Officer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University. He has published in academic journals and books on topics relating to librarianship and genealogy. Tom is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and president of the Great Plains Chapter. He presents on genealogy at national, state, and local conferences and specializes in genetic genealogy.

Find out more about the Family History and Genealogy Subject Guide.

10:10-10:30 HathiTrust and Genealogy
Toni Anaya, University Libraries Instruction Coordinator & Multicultural Studies Librarian

The Hathi Trust Digital Library is a partnership of academic & research institutions which offers over 13 million items which may help you with your research. Free to search, we will show you how to access this resource and provide search tips to help researchers use this valuable tool.

Toni Anaya is an Associate Professor and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she works with the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, and a variety of pre-college and first year groups on campus. Her current areas of research include the recruitment and retention of people of color in the library profession and library instruction for first generation, non-traditional and international students.

10:30-10:45 Break with Coffee
10:45-11:30 Digging for Gold in FamilySearch
Martha Grenzeback, Omaha Public Library’s Genealogy & Local History Librarian

FamilySearch.org offers researchers an enormous treasure trove of genealogical records--but the treasure is not always easy to find. Learn how to drill down to discover those vital family history clues, even in unindexed collections.

Martha Grenzeback began researching her own genealogy at the age of 12 in her native California and quickly became an addict. After obtaining a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Missouri, she attained her dream job as the Genealogy & Local History Librarian for Omaha Public Library, helping other people research their family histories and managing Omaha Public Library’s extensive genealogy collection.

11:30-1:00 Lunch Break (Bring your own, or view additional options)
1:00-1:50 Locating Information on Your Historic Home or Property
Kay Logan-Peters, University Libraries Architecture Librarian

This lecture will discuss ways to learn more about your historic property. We will learn about how to use city directories to determine ownership; what information is included in a building permit and how to locate permits; and review historic maps that are available for researching properties.

Kay Logan-Peters is the Architecture Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she often assists users seeking information on historic buildings. She is the author of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a visual history published in 2017 by Arcadia Publishing.

1:50-2:00 Break
2:00-2:50 Making Connections with DNA
Tom McFarland, University Libraries Staff Development Officer

The proliferation of DNA testing has resulted in a significant new tool for genealogists. We will examine case studies that use chromosome matching, shared matching techniques, and traditional resources to solve undetermined relationships and to find unknown ancestors.

Tom McFarland is the Staff Development Program Officer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University. He has published in academic journals and books on topics relating to librarianship and genealogy. Tom is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and president of the Great Plains Chapter. He presents on genealogy at national, state, and local conferences and specializes in genetic genealogy.

2:50-3:10 Letters, Diaries, and Photographs: Exploring ArchiveGrid
Joan Barnes, University Libraries Community Engagement Librarian

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records from over 1,000 archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies giving you the location of rich historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. This session will feature a demonstration on how ArchiveGrid helps in the search for primary source materials.

Joan M. Barnes has been working on her family’s genealogy since 1989. Her tree includes diverse ancestors from Acadian, French, English, Scots, German, and Native American cultures. She works as the community engagement librarian and associate professor of practice for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries where she is responsible for marketing, communications, outreach, and events. Joan has a Masters in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.


Attendees are encouraged to use the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (SDPG) at 625 Stadium Drive

  • Parking rates for the garage are $1.25 for each hour and $7.00 daily maximum.
  • Credit/debit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover) is the only accepted payment.

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Restaurants Nearby

Lunch options are available at several downtown locations. Restaurants in the Student Union are closed Saturdays.